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Estancia Pinos de la Quebrada
Reviewed January 15, 2012

We found this on the internet and I knew it was going to be a good choice when I received a prompt reply to my queries before arrival. Driving up to the estate, you pass through several farm gates before reaching the estancia. We were fortunate to be the only guests so it was especially quiet and Martin upgraded us to a much larger room than we'd booked just because it was it was vacant which was very kind. There was plenty of storage and a large bathroom. The rooms are clean and look out onto the farm away from the main home. Martin made us feel very welcome, showing us around the house and making it clear that we were free to make use of the various well-appointed and interestingly furnished rooms.

The homestead is located within a huge pine plantation (400,000 trees) and there are animals roaming everywhere. Martin gave us a walking map of the estate with the option of going alone or coming with us. In the event, we couldn't find him, the house is so vast, so we enjoyed a lovely walk on our own down to the sawmill, through the pines and past grazing sheep, several horses, dogs, cats, and so on.

We ordered dinner - there's not much option really as it's about 35 kms to Treinta y Tres - but we were looking forward to a home-style meal anyway as we'd had so much deep fried meat and pasta in Uruguay. When asked what time we'd like dinner, we suggested 8pm even though we usually eat much earlier because we thought we'd be eating with the family and that they might eat late being Uruguay. This wasn't the case though so we should have said earlier because the meal didn't actually appear until 9.30pm. To be fair, we only ordered dinner on the day of arrival so they hadn't been given much notice. During the long wait, we made use of a games room which has table tennis, darts, a pool table and so on. I think there was some gym equipment there as well. Martin had also given us a bottle of wine on the house which was a very generous gesture. We still offered to pay the next day but he refused.

The 3 course meal was cooked & served by the maid. The home-made cheese & onion empanadas were delicious and very welcome as we were quite hungry by then. The main course arrived with 5 star presentation but unfortunately, and surprisingly, the meat was quite tough. It was still tasty despite taking quite an effort to cut it. I've mentioned this only in the interests of keeping my review completely honest and because Uruguay is so famous for its beef. There was a nice fresh salad and we were offered a range of desserts & our chosen selections were very yummy.

We'd been invited to just ask the maid if we wanted coffee made, etc. Personally, I like to have tea and coffee-making facilities in the room or at least a communal area where I can serve myself. The lady wasn't always present and it's always great if you can get to a coffee pot when you wake up.

We had a great nights' sleep in peaceful surroundings. In the morning, we headed back to the appointed dining area looking for breakfast and this time were invited into the family's dining room where 5 places were set. We ate our breakfast, the usual bread, jam, juice and coffee but no-one else joined us.

This is a hospitable, friendly, well-travelled family who speak fluent English. We had a thoroughly peaceful and relaxing time here and I have no hesitation recommending it to you.

Room Tip: All the rooms that we were shown looked fantastic and well-furnished.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

It's actually challenging to write this review because words seem inadequate. This estancia is one of the most special places I've ever been. It's impossible to describe how lovely it is. If you are looking to get away from it all, you will be at the right place. There isn't a lot to do and that's the whole point. The two main activities are walking and horseback riding. There is also plenty of time for long chats or reading by the fire.

We stayed in the largest suite and it was incredibly romantic. The room was enormous with a separate seating area and it's own fire place. It was very clean. The housekeepers do a great job. You will probably get to know them since they also cook and serve the meals. We saw some of the other rooms that are designed for families or larger groups. These rooms were also very nice. If you are there with your special someone, I highly recommend the larger suite.

We also enjoyed the meals. It's a little scary to be at a place where there are no other dining options for miles away. You will love the delicious food at the estancia.

It's an incredibly magical place that is like no other and impossible to really describe. Go see it for yourself and see how much you love it. It's worth the long trip to Uruguay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

My husband and I stayed here for two nights at the beginning of our Honeymoon (we travelled through Uruguay & Argentina). I have to say it really was a highlight staying at the Estancia and especially being hosted by the beautiful Valentina & her husband Martin (also their sweet children, dogs, cats, horses, you name it!! all welcoming). The Estancia is really beautiful and the drive up to the residence is so fun crossing lots of land and eventually driving through their pine forest. We were shown are gorgeous enormous room at the back of the house, overlooking the vintage car collection & view of the horses roaming just outside our bedroom. The first night Valentina gave us lots of nice drinks and made a stunning dinner, honestly the best meals I had during our trip in Uruguay were in the Estancia, everything is homemade and delicious. We relaxed in their games room and watched DVDs. 2nd day we went horse riding twice and had a great walk through the pine forest. We really can't commend this place enough! We were made to feel very special during our stay there and it was worth every penny.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Helliebelle
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

We had two fabulous days at this estancia and we could not have had a better introduction to Uruguay. The service and comfort is great as was the outstanding hospitality and welcoming of our hosts. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, clean and with lots of wardrobe space for hanging.

The estancia is set in a most beautiful landscape with nature all around. All farm animals are in excellent health and the horses were a delight to ride. We have returned to Sweden with a wonderful memory which we gladly recommend to anyone who is looking for a country/riding experience out of the ordinary.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at this unbelievably beautiful estancia for three nights. We happened upon the write up of it in Time Out Argentina and Uruguay- and could not agree more with their stellar review! Martin and Raphael were in Montevideo on the day that we decided to head up- so they very kindly picked us up at the bus station and gave us a lift, and from the moment that we met them we knew we were in luck and had made a great decision. It's a bit of a long drive from Montevideo but more than worth it. Once we arrived at the Estancia we were greeted by the rest of their lovely family. The Estancia feels like a home away from home- and you are made to feel like a part of the family. The grounds and the house are spectacular. The horses are beautiful and if you love riding you must make the trip here- it was a dream come true. Martin's beautiful wife Valentina and adorable little girl "mamee" joined us with the incredible Esteban (you must check out all the beautiful furniture that Esteban made for the estancia- he is an incredibly skilled craftsman as well as the epitome of Gaucho!) for our first ride through the pine forests. It was a magical experience and we were sorry to leave- but it will always remain one the best times my husband and I have ever had. Thank you to all at the Estancia- especially Valentina and Martin for your incredible hospitality. If you love horse riding and beautiful countryside this place is an absolute must!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sidandpenny
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

While traveling through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay we stumbled upon Estancia Paz via a last-minute, frantic Google search for a place to go/stay overnight. The photos alone on their website sold us the place and off we went, about a 3.5 hr drive north of Montevideo. But the photos did not prepare us for the pristine beauty of the countryside and the estancia itself. Simply breathtaking! But a pristine location and gorgeous lodging alone is not the whole experience. More important to us was the warm and hospitable welcome of the proprietors: Jorge and Rita and their sons, Martin and Rafael. It was as if visiting good friends at their country estate. Likewise the wonderful staff, in particular Ramiro the chef and Esteban, who took us for a couple of horseback riding excursions. We were spoiled with delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. And so what began for us as an overnight stay ended up as three nights. All this in a most relaxed and congenial atmosphere. This is not a 5-star hotel and, in fact, this is not what the owners are after. What they are after is sheer peace and tranquility and something far less rigid. Thus the estancia's name. This is now a top destination for us and I suspect the same of anyone who visits.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LakkaLakka
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Room Tip: Si vas en pareja la habitacion en el segundo piso con balcon es la que estan buscando
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Ruta 8, Km. 316 5, Treinta Y Tres 33000, Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Treinta y Tres Department > Treinta Y Tres
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Treinta Y Tres
Price Range: $129 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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