A beautifully refurbished historical country house which offers sophisticated comfort in the wine country
Doubles from $205 per room
Best for: Food & Wine
Why stay here? To eat and drink well in a stunning and serene hacienda
- It is no longer a working farm
- Year built: Original building dates back to 1740 and has been extended in recent years
- The history of the hacienda: The Residencia originally belonged to the Jesuits. Parts of the building have been restored at different stages although some of the original buildings no longer exist as the workers quarters were not well built and didn’t stand the test of time. Wine production can be traced back to the 18th Century in the Marchihue area.
- 29 guest rooms
- Room details: There are 23 rooms and 3 x luxury 2 bed apartments
Food and Drink
- Dining: There is a restaurant where all the meals are served. Only breakfast is included in the rate
- Bar: There is a large bar called Mario’s – great place for pre and post dinner drinks
Activities at the hotel
- Swimming pool
- Massage and soon to be spa services
- Billiards table
- Games room
- Gift shop
- Live music shows
Local area attractions
- Star gazing
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting and conference facilities
- Special events are offered including weddings
- Wifi available near reception and in conference room
- Gardens and terraces
- Disabled access
- Safes in some rooms
- Extra beds available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: October to March
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English, Spanish and Italian spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic fruit and vegetables as well as on site dairy. All lamps are low consumption, they change sheets and towels every three days unless clients require differently or if towels need washing every day. They are careful about detergent use.
- Special offers: Different offers are available throughout the year and discounts are available for longer stays
- Check in/out policies: 2pm/10.30am
- From $205 to $390 per room
- Credit cards accepted
- Booking and cancellation: For no show or cancellation 24 hours before arrival 1 nights payment is requested. For big groups they require at least 2 weeks
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- Address: Marchihue, Colchagua Valley, Chile
- Transfers available: Yes they can be arranged from Santiago, Valparaiso etc at an extra cost
Just a couple of hours south of Santiago set in the Colchagua Valley is the elegant Residencia Historica. A beautiful colonial hacienda, it is the perfect hotel to explore the valley and all the wineries while staying in comfortable and peaceful surroundings.
The hacienda dates back 300 years to the 18th Century but has been carefully restored and extended in the last few years by its present owners, a very charming Chilean/Italian couple – Vivien and Silvio. The hacienda estate is comparatively quite small – only about 40 hectares but the grounds are lovely and full of beautiful trees, most notably eucalyptus. It opened as a hotel about 7 years ago after a long restoration and perhaps is yet to reach its full potential.
There are 22 bedrooms all set around the courtyards; they are mainly doubles and twins with 2 family style apartments. The rooms are large and nicely decorated but sparsely furnished – definitely no clutter here. The beds are exceptionally comfortable with soft well laundered linen, both aiding a good nights sleep. Some rooms come with splendid looking 4 poster beds as well. The bathrooms are equally large having both baths and showers and the fluffiest towels. In the original building the walls are so thick and the ceilings so high that the rooms have no need for air conditioning.
As Residencia Historica is located in the Colchagua Valley, the main thing to do here is explore the wine region and visit some of the many local wineries. They will happily help with this, pointing you in the right direction of the best ones. It's also situated close to the coast, which has some interesting places to visit there. Activities at the hacienda include a very inviting swimming pool, horse riding – although the horses are kept a few km away in order to keep the mosquitoes to a minimum at the hacienda (which does work), alternatively you can explore the local area on foot. There is a games room, library, gift shop and they are in the process of putting in a small spa. One of the highlights of the hacienda is their amazing bar where you can enjoy a pre dinner Pisco Sour. It's a very large salon called Mario’s and consists of 3 interconnecting rooms furnished with chess tables, a billiards table and comfortable sofas. The long wooden bar at the end of the room is well stocked and it’s a great place to chat to your fellow guests and enjoy some drinks.
Given that the proprietors live in Italy part of the year you would expect the food to be of a very high standard and you would be correct, it's delicious. Unless there is a large amount of guests your breakfast will always be served to you rather than presented in buffet style. The fresh fruit juice is out of this world (all fruit and veg is organic and from their garden), good coffee (including authentic cappuccinos), bread basket with jams, fresh fruit salad, ham, cheese and eggs cooked to order. It is an exceptionally good breakfast especially with the waiter service. The food itself is excellent but what makes it even more special is the presentation. The Italian influence is obviously apparent in the menu – if the beetroot ravioli is on offer then you must try, perhaps even better than found in Italy. The choice of food is nicely varied and most meals are served in the quaint and homely dining room, although in the better weather lunch will often be outside. Being located in the wine region they do have a selection of some of the best local bottles and it goes without saying that it would be sacrilege not to indulge or at least try!
This is a well run hacienda hotel set in very pretty gardens close to the town of Marchihue. It's rather picturesque – however as it is set close to the road and not too far from the town you don’t feel too remote or off the beaten track. It's very comfortable and although not super luxurious it has a lot of charm and makes a good place to base yourself to explore the region. It fills up considerably at the weekends so if you are there during the week you may well have the place to yourselves. The food and service is excellent and Vivien and Silvio are very convivial hosts, although they are not always there. This historic building has been lovingly and sympathetically restored and makes a great place to stay in the Colchagua Valley.