An authentic and historic estancia where you feel like you have stepped back in time
Doubles from $100 pppn
Best for: History Buffs
Why stay here? To enjoy a piece of stately and historical Uruguay
- It is no longer a working estancia
- Year built: 1740s
- The history of the hacienda: San Pedro de Timote was owned by the Jesuits until 1767 before belonging to a family who eventually sold the ranch in 1825 to an Englishman called John Jackson. It remained in his family until it became a hotel in 1997
- 32 guest rooms
- Room details: A mixture of doubles, triples and apartments
Food and Drink
- Dining: 4 meals a day are included
- Bar: There is a bar and drinks are extra
Activities at the hotel
- Swimming pools (indoor and outdoor)
- Horse riding
- Dairy visits
- Family room
Local area attractions
- Not much to see in the local area
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events offered including weddings (there is a chapel)
- Wifi – in office area
- Gardens and terraces
- Safety deposit boxes available at reception
- Extra beds available
Need to know:
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: From October to April for the warmer weather (although in December and January it can be very hot)
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: There are plans being made to include ecological policies regarding plastics and organic waste
- Special offers: There is a discount of 15% if stays are for more than 6 nights
- Check in/out policies: They are flexible – from when you arrive/leave they work out your meal plan
- From $100 to $305 pppn
- Credit cards accepted – Visa and Mastercard
- Booking and cancellation: They take credit card details on booking and you receive full refund if cancelled 48 hours in advance
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- Address: Cerro Colorado, Florida, Uruguay
- Transfers available: Yes – they can do transfers from Montevideo and Punta del Este
Estancia San Pedro de Timote is one of Uruguay’s most historic estancias. Set in the beautiful countryside of Florida approximately 160km from Montevideo, San Pedro is a well preserved monument that has opened its doors to guests. An absolute must see for history buffs this is one of Uruguay’s most stately estancias. With white buildings and exquisite Spanish Moorish tiles you could be mistaken for being in Andalucia.
No longer a working ranch, it was founded by the Jesuits in the 16th Century. Although parts have been added and extended over the years the original buildings and the sense of history has not been lost. You really feel like you are stepping back in time – it has a rich and interesting history which has been well documented. There is plenty of opportunity to learn about the estancia as everyday there is a historical briefing. It opened as a hotel in 1997 and now has such a wide array of facilities it’s probably best described as a country hotel as opposed to a traditional estancia.
The 32 bedrooms are made up of different configurations. Doubles, triples and apartments – no two rooms are the same. There are both old and new accommodation blocks and obviously the rooms differ in both. On the whole rooms are simply furnished with no mod cons. Some of the rooms can be quite dark and cool but this is not surprising given the width of the walls. The bathrooms are also in keeping with the general style and history of the building. Although the bedrooms are comfortable they might not be as impressive as the common areas and definitely cannot be described as luxurious. They will probably be in need of a little updating soon as some look a little tired especially in the older block. There is plenty of hot water but it’s important to bear in mind the age of the building when it comes to the plumbing.
There are two horse rides per day; one in the morning and one after lunch. At midday there is the daily historical briefing. A list of the activities is printed each day so there should be enough to do to stave off any boredom. Additionally there are 3 swimming pools to choose from (including one indoor), a very well equipped games room and a library. They do have conference facilities in the newer block and companies from the capital like to bring their staff down for meetings and conferences. Despite all this activity it’s also a lovely place to unwind and take walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside or just to enjoy the tranquillity.
There is a separate restaurant and bar area that serves 4 meals daily all included in the price. The food is of a good quality and as you come to expect in this part of the world – in an abundance. Healthy appetites will be satisfied with the considerable Uruguayan fare on offer. Breakfast is buffet style and certainly caters for the South American early morning sweet tooth. In the evening there is a wide array of choice especially in the desserts (that sweet tooth again). They also have a good selection of wine (which is not included) particularly local ones – and although not quite as established as their neighbour’s reputation is well worth a try.
On first impressions and especially in the soft evening light, this estancia appears noble and even a little magical. It’s a very serene place where you can really feel the history. The surrounding views are lovely as are all the different buildings and outdoor spaces to be found. The white walls and Spanish tiles are stunning and add to the overall beauty of the place. It's the best place to soak up the colonial past of Uruguay and although it’s not luxurious it is very comfortable. It might be more of a country hotel than a traditional estancia now but certainly not a sterile one. It’s rather grand and crumbling but that only adds to its charm. It’s very popular with the local market who like to escape urban life for the weekend and enjoy time in the countryside. It’s quite large (32 rooms) and therefore might not have the same convivial atmosphere as some of the other estancias. Those interested in South America’s colonial past would certainly enjoy a night or two here. It is unique and authentic and although some parts could benefit from a little TLC it makes one of Uruguay’s most interesting places to stay.