A lovely estancia set in the stunning Patagonian Lake District
Doubles from $410 pppn
Best for: The Great Outdoors
Why stay here? To enjoy fly fishing, horse riding and wild Patagonia
- It is a large 20,000 hectare working estancia with cattle etc
- Year built: The original building dates back around 80 years
- The history of the hacienda: The estancia was founded in 1909 by a Frenchman. The estancia still belongs to his family and they own property on the estate.
- 9 guest rooms
- Room details: The rooms are either doubles or twins
Food and Drink
- Dining: 4 meals and drinks are included
- Bar: There is an open bar in operation
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Fly fishing
- Bird watching
- Guided hikes
- Spa services
- Photography courses
- Wine tasting
- River swimming
- Mountain bike riding
- Farm activities
Local area attractions
- In winter there is skiing close by, the tourist town of San Martin de los Andes to visit and lots of other outdoor pursuits available, eg.rafting.
- Jack Nicklaus golf course nearby, Chaplco
- National park, Lanin
Amenities and Facilities
- Gardens and terraces
- Disabled access: there are bedrooms on the ground floor and ramps available for any steps
- Safes in rooms
- Cribs available
- Sauna and massage room
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes apart from June
- Best time to visit: November to March for the better weather
- Suitable for children: Not for under 10 years
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic food, local staff
- Special offers: They do low season special offers, offers for repeat guests and also if you book the whole lodge
- Check in/out policies: They are flexible regarding check in as most people tend to arrive around lunchtime. Check out is 12pm.
- From $410 to $440 pppn on double basis without fishing included
- Credit cards accepted: Only for non-nationals; they accept American Express, Visa and Mastercard
- Booking and cancellation: To confirm the booking 50% is required as deposit via bank transfer. Cancellation – deposits for parties up to 5 guests are fully refundable for cancellations received more than 60 days in advance of arrival. Deposits for parties of 5 guests or more are fully refundable for cancellations received more than 90 days in advance of arrival. Balance must be received 60 days prior to arrival date.
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- Address: San Martin de los Andes, Patagonia, Argentina
- Transfers available: Yes from San Martin de los Andes and the nearby airport
Not far outside the charming tourist town of San Martin de los Andes is the exclusive fly fishing lodge and estancia, Tipiliuke. This working ranch in the stunning Patagonian lake district is set in about 20,000 hectares. It's close to the local airport, which has regular flights to Buenos Aires, therefore making it an accessible option on tight itineraries. A very pretty and natural coloured lodge, the overall contemporary style makes it feel very different from other Argentinian estancias.
It may not be architecturally historic but the estancia has an interesting history which the very affable manager, Kevin, will gladly share with you. The original house dates back about 80 years from when the estancia was founded by a Frenchman whose four daughters still live in a house on the estate as do his grandsons. Crosses were erected on surrounding mountain peaks in memory of the family members who did not return from World War One. A chapel was built on the property in honour of the family’s sons returning from World War Two. One of the grandsons has written a very interesting book about his extraordinary life called, “A Pioneer in Patagonia”.
There are 9 bedrooms but they prefer not to have full capacity at any one time. All the rooms have a fresh and contemporary feel about them. Lots of wood cladding and neutral tones have been used and they consist of a mixture of comfortable looking doubles and twins. All have large en-suite rustic style bathrooms. It is not 5 star deluxe but more homely looking – perhaps more akin to a very stylish and upmarket small hotel.
The main attraction at Tipiliuke is of course the well known outstanding quality fly fishing. However that is not to say there aren’t plenty of other things to do if fishing is not your thing. You can have long guided hikes (of different levels of difficulty), go horse riding or swim in the river. It’s also a great place for bird watching and they will happily arrange for an ornithologist to come in for a tour. In the local area it's possible to play golf and ski and on site there is a small spa with sauna and massage room. Other activities which can be arranged include polo, wine tasting, photo workshops and rafting. There are plenty of different things to fill your days with here or of course just to wind down and relax – there are numerous chairs and hammocks dotted around to help you with this.
The food is sublime and is undoubtedly one of the best things about the lodge. Even so they don’t want to rest on their laurels and from time to time bring down a chef from Buenos Aires to teach the resident cook a few new things. Breakfast is a delicious and filling affair – eggs and bacon to order, breads, fruit, yogurt, granola etc. When the weather is warm, the three course lunch is normally taken on the lawn, laid out on a beautifully presented table. The food is mouthwateringly good and not served up in extremely large portion sizes either, which is often the case in Argentina. Dinner is in the dining room and depending on the day’s activities the times can vary (remember the Argentines like to eat late) although everyone will eat together. There are snacks and drinks available throughout the day to help yourself to in the reception area. All 4 meals are included – the freshly baked teatime cakes are a must try as well. Great wines are served at both lunch and dinner so a siesta after lunch is encouraged.
Tipiluke Lodge is a lovely place to spend a few days. It has a homely and welcoming atmosphere and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. You are made to feel at ease immediately and the light and neutral décor gives the lodge a very fresh and modern feel. The grounds and vistas are amazing and everywhere you turn the scenery is awe-inspiring. All the guides do a fantastic job be it with fishing, hiking or horse riding. It's truly a wonderful experience to get out and see the Patagonian wild. The estancia thinks of everything to make yours a truly unforgettable stay and on top of this hospitality the scenery, colours and light take your breath away. If you are wanting to spend a few days in the Patagonian Lake District then look no further, Tipiliuke will more than meet your expectations.