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Reviewed March 13, 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.

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank denchris2
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Reviewed March 8, 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.

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Atanas S
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Reviewed March 1, 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.

Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Worldtraveler30
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Reviewed February 29, 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.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Christine F
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Reviewed February 11, 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.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Camie S
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