A well run winery and finca set in the lovely Uruguayan countryside
Doubles from $150 pppn
Best for: Food & Wine, Family
Why stay here? To enjoy the glorious location and of course some good wine
- It is a 1000 ha working estancia
- Year built: The original house (casco principal) was built around 1950 and the bodega dates back 1936. They have extended the property in recent years
- The history of the hacienda: The current owners bought the estancia a few years ago and set about producing wine and also opened up the finca to paying guests
- 13 guest rooms
- Room details: The rooms are a mixture of singles, doubles and family rooms
Food and Drink
- Dining: 4 meals a day plus some activities are included
- Bar: There is a bar and drinks are extra – of course you have to try the wine while you are there
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Swimming pool
- Golf driving range
- Bird watching
- Uruguayan bowling
- Winery tours
Local area attractions
- Colonia is about an hour away
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events offered
- Gardens and terraces
- Disabled access – there is 1 ground floor triple room suitable for disabled guests
- Safes are provided in the rooms
- Extra beds are available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes except for 25 December
- Best time to visit: October to April for the better weather although many locals prefer going in winter
- Suitable for children: Yes most definitely
- Languages: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic food, use environmentally friendly products, food waste goes to ostriches, in the rooms there is information on how to do your bit for the environment
- Special offers: There are occasional weekend promotions
- Check in/out policies: 1pm/11am
- From $150 to $260 pppn
- Credit cards accepted
- Booking and cancellation: Credit card confirmation and no charge for cancellation up to 72 hours in advance
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- Address: Mal Abrigo, San Jose, Uruguay
- Transfers available: Yes
About an hour inland from the charming historic town of Colonia del Sacramento is Finca Piedra. A very well run family establishment, this finca is certainly one of the best options to stay at in the Uruguayan campo. Partly old and partly modern it comes with its own vineyards and winery. This self sufficient eco-tourist ranch certainly makes a wonderful place to spend a few days.
It's run by a young French/South African couple, Sandrine and Jason, who are very hospitable. Her family bought the estate after a long search to find somewhere suitable to fulfil their wine making ambitions. The bodega dates back to 1936 while the main house (casco) is from 1950 so it’s not the oldest of buildings. However what it lacks in historical context it makes up for in all other ways. This 1100 hectare estate produces its own wine which is really starting to take off – selling to restaurants in Punta del Este and Montevideo with plans in the pipeline to export.
There are 13 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 28 guests in total. The rooms are of mixed standards and sizes with one sleeping up to 5 people – some are in the new block while others are in the main house. All are very comfortable, nicely furnished, clean and fresh looking (as are the bathrooms) with lots of wardrobe and drawer space. It’s not super luxurious but of a high comfortable standard with soft pillows, fans, heating and safes.
Boredom is not an option here. There is plenty on offer to keep you entertained and as you would expect, everything is well organised. The list of daily activities include horse riding, trips to the vineyards (clear maps are provided to help you on your way), a very inviting swimming pool, bicycles, volleyball, golf driving range, Uruguayan bowling, polo, fishing, farm animals and more. There is lots to do especially when the sun is shining and takes advantage of the finca’s beautiful position.
The large restaurant is located as you walk into the property. There are lots of windows and although it may be a little on the functional rather than the atmospheric side the views and light are lovely. All 4 meals are included – breakfast is a delicious spread where you can see the European influence. A fantastic selection of tea/coffee, cornflakes, their own fresh yogurt, their own most exquisite fresh orange juice, freshly laid eggs with the brightest orange yolks, ham, cheese, home made honey, fruit, cake and breads. All the food is organic and very good – lots of traditional Uruguayan meals including empanadas, parilla and pasta. The Finca’s own wines are of an excellent quality – there are lots to enjoy and wine tasting sessions are available. An after dinner treat is their own limoncello but made from a variety of different fruits including mandarin, grape and grapefruit – a great way to round off the days superior culinary experience.
Finca Piedra is a well run and thought through hotel not too far from Colonia, therefore making it in a very accessible location even from Argentina. They have created a most appealing environment here and seem to have thought of everything to keep their guests entertained, and is especially great for children. Sandrine and Jason are an amiable couple who will do everything they can to make sure you enjoy your stay. More like a small hotel the accommodation is very comfortable, the food is delicious and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. The vineyards and land are beautiful to walk around and the situation, comfortable décor, pool and views make it a lovely place to spend some time winding down. The wines are excellent and show that Uruguay is a match for its neighbours. It’s very easy to spend a few days here especially combined with a trip to the city or the coast – an all round good option and highly recommended.