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“Gorgeous estancia, amazing staff, wonderful hospitality!”

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Estancia El Ombu de Areco
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

I'm so pleased that we read the reviews and chose El Ombu estancia over any other ranch in the San Antonio de Areco area. We chose to do a day trip as we were staying in the town nearby and as budget travellers couldn't stretch to stay the night, as amazing as it would have been.

We made the reservation the day before with the lovely owner Eva on the phone and she told us to be there the next day around 11am. We caught a taxi there from San Antonio de Areco (about 13 kms away) and as soon as we drove down the driveway we felt like we had been transported back in time.

El Ombu is a gorgeous, well-maintained, charming, much loved and traditional estancia. The grounds are immaculate, the staff are delightful (although not all speak English) but still smile and make you feel welcome even if they cannot converse with you. They all seem to really enjoy working at El Ombu which is evident in their attitude towards and patience with tourists.

When we arrived and had been shown around, we sat in the sun and were provided with drinks and empanadas (included in the cost) and when we were ready we were led to the horses which were already saddled up ready to go. They had horses that were suited for nervous first time riders, to experienced riders and everything in between. They even had a carriage for those that want to go on the trek but are too nervous/old to ride.

We had a lovely ride around the ranch and for those of us that were experienced the gauchos were all too happy to let us go for a trot or canter as we wanted to.

After the ride it was time for our traditional BBQ lunch on the deck of the lovely main building and the gauchos came around to serve up each table whilst the charming old gaucho Oscar played guitar in the background.

It was then time for the gaucho show on the grass and we got to see an amazing display of horsemanship by the gauchos. At the end of the show when the horse was lay on the ground with the gaucho we were allowed to sit next to it for photos - amazing!

At this time, around 4pm the day trippers from Buenos Aires headed back to their busses and Eva assured me that we were welcome to stay as long as we liked. So we walked around the grounds and sat by the wonderful infinity pool before ordering another drink and some pastry snacks. No one minded that we were still there past 6pm and it was a very heavy heart that I had to leave.

A huge thank you to Eva, and her gauchos Oscar, Javier and the other young man that helped us on 28th March (I have forgotten his name sorry) and please pass on my thanks to them all. I hope to see you again in the not too distant future and hopefully I will be staying at least one night this time!

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

This was a highlight of our time in Beunos Aires. The estancia is lovely, peaceful. Our only disappointment is that we did not do an overnight stay. We were greeted by the owner and given drinks and gorgeous empanandas. We were free to look around, see the horses in the paddock or just sit and relax. Other people began to arrive - in all there were around 30 people, not too crowded. We then could take a ride in a horse drawn cart or go on horseback around the pampa before returning for lunch. This was on the veranda, round tables seating 6. There was salads, potatoes, rice and the asada meat was served by the gauchos. All washed down with a bottle of El Ombu red wine!!! This was followed by ice cream and coffee.
We were then entertained by a gaucho playing guitar, singing songs and a display of the relationship between a gaucho and his horse - wonderful.
If you are going to Beunos Aires take at least a day of your schedule to visit El Ombu - its amazing! You will remember it forever.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank denchris2
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Reviewed 8 March 2016

We went to the Estancia and this was a great experience. We were treated extremely warmly not only by the owners but also from the staff. We felt great and we were sad to leave. The food, the atmosphere, the landscape, the pool area and the house itself, the horses and the gauchos are excellent! The only thing is that the rooms are not air-conditioned and it can be really hot, even if we had a fan in the room. Overall, highly recommended for this very authentic estancia.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Atanas S
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Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

If you want to try something out in the pampas that is not too far from Buenos Aires or just a day out in the countryside, this is a great place to stay. It is an all inclusive experience when you stay and offers great value (apart from the very poor breakfast). The lunch is very entertaining but be prepared to share your lunch with coach loads of day visitors but if you ignore that point, the food is good and it is unique. Dinner is delicious, home made and generous. Horse riding is offered in the morning and in the late afternoon and it is a great experience as you are taken out in the fields amongst fauna, kettle and the incredible vistas of Pampas. No previous experience is needed, the horses know exactly where to go and at what pace! Rooms are a bit Victorian but has great charm. Cleaning is ok but bathrooms could do with a proper deep clean. The pool is excellent and you can also enjoy sun loungers across the entire garden. One note, if you are not an animal lover, stay away. There are about 20 dogs around plus the rest of the farm animals, so be prepared.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Worldtraveler30
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

Arrived for one night's stay. We were greeted with wine & snacks & shown to our great retro room, felt we were in one of the cowboy films of our childhood. The ranch is a lovely period house, has two pools & lovely gardens. We ate a very copious barbecue lunch served by the gauchos on the veranda with a lot of day visitors, but our table for two had been placed on the edge of away from the main tables. An elderly guacho sang & we watched an exhibition of gaucho skills with the horses.
The day visitors had been leaving from time to time for short rides or carriage rides, but the owner told us to wait until they left. I had not had the intention to ride (last rode badly 40+ years ago), but she persuaded me that I should, & a gentle horse would be provided. At the end of the afternoon we went out into the pampas to ride for 1 & 1/2 hours with the other 4 overnight guests. The light was fading and beautiful, all was quiet except for the flocks of parrots, and the cows & bulls in the fields. Thank goodness I had been persuaded out. This was so wonderful. The horses were sensitive & obedient, I was absolutely able to control mine. After a swim we had a simple candle lit, home cooked dinner on the terrace under the millions of stars. This stay was about nature, horses, simplicity and quiet. If you are looking for this you will be delighted.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Christine F
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

A real live, working ranch experience. The property with its historic buildings, sprawling pampas, and beautiful horses and other livestock made us feel the we were living the estancia experience. We were hospitably greeted with wine and fresh empanadas as we relaxed under the Ombu trees. The asada was spectacular along with a gaucho guitarist and followed with a fantastic display of horsemanship by a horse whisperer. Activities were available for horseback riding, carriage rides, relaxing poolside, or walking the pampas. Accommodations were very comfortable and private. My only recommendation would be to spend more than one night to truly enjoy the estancia experience.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Camie S
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

I selected this estancia because it was the only one I found that is actually accessible by public transportation. There is a bus that leaves from Buenos Aires to Areco, and from there is a short cab ride to the estancia. This is a big plus for a solo traveler who doesn't have anyone to share the cost of private transportation with.

All the good reviews are mostly accurate. Beautiful scenery (which due to its non-varying terrain gets slightly boring after a while of horseback riding), great food, nice staff.

One complaint: I read a previous review from another solo traveler where he or she stated that the staff was very accommodating and went out of their way to find a group to sit him or her with during lunch. I was very disappointed that they didn't make the same effort with me. There were one or two other American groups I could have easily sat with, but instead they brought out a solo table just for me in the middle of all the other groups, which was extremely awkward for a while, until a nice group invited me over to their table.

Stayed: November 2015, travelled solo
Thank eplLrod
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Address: RP 31, cuartel VI,Villa Lia, San Antonio de Areco | Argentina, San Antonio de Areco 2760, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Central Argentina > Province of Buenos Aires > San Antonio de Areco
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in San Antonio de Areco
Price Range: $420 - $919 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Estancia El Ombu de Areco 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recreational activities: Guests can go horse back riding throughout the 300-hectare estancia accompanied by gauchos, enjoying the Pampa with its birds and animals and observing the cattle grazing or feeding their young or wander around the park among the ancient trees and scented flowers. There are several horse rides during the day.They last 1 hour or 1 hour and a half aprox. If you prefer longer or shorter rides, it can be arranged at the estancia. We have horses for both beginners and experienced ridersWe also offer rides in a sulky with a Gaucho driver for those not wishing to ride horses, and bird watching. There are several bycicles available that one can use to get to the river inside the estancia.We have a play room with games and a billard table, soccer and volleyball field And if it´s hot enough, two large swimming ools. Also a game room featuring a fireplace for winter, pool table, ping-pong, foosball, and various board games for children and adults. ... more   less 
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