Accommodation in Argentina: The Pampas
Our recommendations are properties that we particularly like, regardless of budget. means that the hotel is one of our Dream Destinations.
El Ombú de Areco (Estancia/Ranch - San Antonio de Areco - about 1.5 hours from BA)
The property has been in the hands of the Boelcki family since the 1930's. The dining room is informal with fireplace and private tables. The sitting room has a cosy fireplace and is surrounded by a beautiful terrace with mosaic tiled floor and huge pillars. All of the buildings are covered in wisteria and ivy, and the grounds are well maintained. View details
Estancia El Rosario de Areco (Estancia/Ranch - San Antonio de Areco - about 1.5 hours from BA)
Owned by the Guevara family, the main house was built in 1892 and the estancia has 200 acres. The sitting room has a huge open fireplace. There are two polo fields and a pool. View details
Estancia La Candelaria del Monte (Estancia/Ranch - San Miguel del Monte, 120km from Buenos Aires)
A family owned and run house, set in a beautiful park, with sycamore, Ginkgo bilobas, elms, a variety of pine trees and a swimming pool. The brick built house is of colonial design and traditionally furnished with many antiques. The owner, Sebastian, who speaks excellent English is an artist and sculptor by trade. His work reflects the conflicting aspects industrial and rural life and he will be more than happy to talk to you about his inspirations and show you his workshop.
Estancia Las Viboras (Estancia/Ranch - Dolores)
An impressive working estancia with extensive grounds and swimming pool in the heart of the Pampas. The original house dates from the 1820's, with beautifully decorated interiors and the owners Sandy and Gigi Dodero are very welcoming. Plenty of asados and typical food eaten communally. View details
Estancia Villa Maria (Estancia/Ranch - Maximo Paz)
Very impressive Tudor style main house with very well kept gardens, lake and over 300 species of trees. Beautiful main sitting room with antique furniture and has the feel of a traditional country hotel. View details
- Estancia Dos Talas (Estancia/Ranch - Dolores)
Sadly, after ten years as a Last Frontiers' Dream Destination, Dos Talas has closed its doors to guests.
The estancia was established in 1858 by the Basque Pedro Luro, a 19th century pioneer who owned vast tracts of land across the pampas. The farm has remained in the Elizalde family for 5 generations and the 1,500 hectares are used for the rearing of Shorthorns and Herefords. 40 hectares of parkland laid out by Charles Thays contain 50 tree species, a rose garden and artificial lake. In 1893 Pedro Luro's daughter, Augustina Luro de Elizalde, built the house as a summer residence to accommodate the stream of guests from Buenos Aires and it is here the current Elizalde family live with their four children. The magnificent library contains more than 3,000 volumes and the family has strong literary links. Past guests include the Spanish writers José Ortega y Gasset and Federico Garcia Lorca and the hero of Argentine gaucho culture, Ricardo Güiraldes, who wrote part of his masterpiece Don Segundo Sombra sitting on the terrace. The chapel is a replica of Nôtre Dame de Passy, commissioned by Augustina in remembrance of her daughter who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1918. The chapel is consecrated and still used for summer masses and family weddings. Amongst the many European statues dotted around the estate are an amazingly intricate dovecote and a small museum to Pedro Luro's achievements. View details
Estancia La Bamba (Estancia/Ranch - San Antonio de Areco)
A traditional colonial house with watchtower, roofed verandas, and interior patio. In the main house is a lovely sitting room which leads to the dining room where guests dine communally. There is a separate bar which sells local artisan goods. The estancia is 90 minutes from Buenos Aires. View details
Estancia Las Colas (Estancia/Ranch - 2 hours north of Buenos Aires)
This turn of the century Renaissance house is ideally situated close to the small town of Gualeguay and provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the capital. The house itself is well decorated with a mix of classic and modern art and has a very comfortable living room for guests. There is also a small museum with old farming equipment, classic cars and even an antique dentist chair. The atmosphere is very homely and the food is traditional to the area. View details
Estancia Santa Rita (Estancia/Ranch - Lobos - about 1.5 hours from BA)
The main house is built in a baroque style with sitting area, library, and small dining room downstairs. In the grounds are a swimming pool and lagoon with excellent birdlife. View details