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.
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- More than 1100 acres of forest, slightly hilly landscape, fresh air and nature all around. Far away from the city noise. ... more less
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