A beautiful, friendly and very well run historic hacienda set in the Cordoba countryside
Doubles from $380 pppn
Best for: History Buffs, Horse Riding
Why stay here? To enjoy time on a wonderful working estancia with welcoming hosts
- It is a 2500 hectare working cattle farm
- Year built: The house was built in 1679 and the estancia dates back to 1574
- The history of the hacienda: The original house dates back to 15th Century and was originally a Jesuit settlement. It has a rich and interesting history going back hundreds of years and for the last four generations has been in the Anglo-Argentine Begg family
- 9 guest rooms but a maximum capacity of 12 guests at any one time
- Room details: There is a mixture of singles, doubles and family rooms
Food and Drink
- Dining: 4 meals are included as well as drinks
- Bar: They operate an open bar policy, help yourself or more likely someone will serve you
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Swimming pool
- Bird watching
- Wine tasting
- Farm activities
Local area attractions
- Jesuit ruins
- University city of Cordoba
Amenities and Facilities
- Gardens and terraces
- Extra beds available
- Central safe in office
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes except in May
- Best time to visit: Spring and Autumn
- Suitable for children: Only from about 10 years old
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic fruit, vegetables and eggs. Organic farming, they use solar power as much as they can, local staff, contribute to local school
- Special offers: Stay more than 6 days and you get a discount
- Check in/out policies: Very flexible – they may ask you to leave your room but you can use shower etc with no extra charge
- From $380 to $440 pppn
- Credit cards are not accepted
- Booking and cancellation: To confirm the reservation a deposit of 50% of total cost at the time of booking is required. Then the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. All payments are via bank transfer or Paypal. Cancellation – no charge if more than 90 days. 30 – 90 days deposit is non refundable unless stay is rebooked within 1 year of original dates. Less than 30 days – full payment is retained
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- Address: Rio Ceballos, Cordoba, Argentina
- Transfers available: Yes pick-ups can be organised from Cordoba city and the airport
If you are looking for a beautiful and historic estancia with outstanding service and hospitality then Estancia Los Potreros will fit the bill perfectly. This 2500 hectare working cattle farm is located approximately 1 hours drive from Cordoba city in the stunning Sierra Chicas. This enchanting and well cared for historic building opened up to guests back in 2001 and might just be the archetypal Argentinian colonial estancia.
There is so much history here – all of which is well celebrated and documented and would hopefully satisfy any history enthusiasts. The original house dates back to 1679 and it has been in the Anglo-Argentine Begg family for the last four generations. Originally a Jesuit settlement, the welcoming and obliging owner, Kevin, knows all about the heritage of the estate and is more than happy to discuss with you. The Beggs have steadily bought more land and increased the size of the property and there appears to be very little that Kevin doesn’t know about the estancia.
Los Potreros has 9 bedrooms but they only ever have a maximum of 12 guests at any one time because of dining numbers. They get lots of single travellers due to people coming alone for the outstanding riding so that doesn’t necessarily mean all the rooms cannot be occupied. The bedrooms are not 5 star but they are very comfortable, well decorated and traditionally furnished. Don’t expect any modern conveniences such as air conditioning here but given the thickness of the walls, keeping cool is not usually a problem. Most have fires that will be lit to take the chill off the occasional cooler evening. The bedding is very luxurious and this along with the overall tranquillity of the ranch will ensure you have a restful nights sleep. All the rooms are different in layout and size and some are interconnecting which are obviously ideal for larger parties. The bathrooms are in keeping with the traditional style and have large free standing baths and old style fixtures. It is full of character and you will feel like you are staying on an authentic estancia. Repeat guests, of which there are lots (always a good sign) can ask for a particular bedroom if they have a favourite. Kevin and his charming wife Louisa are willing to do their best and try and accommodate all requests.
This is the estancia to learn to ride at although it’s equally excellent for experienced riders as well. There is something for everyone and they even organise riding trails that can last up to a week staying at different places along the way. There are very few people who would come here without getting on a horse even if that was not their intention, the temptation would be too great for most. All the horses are very calm and you rarely get the same horse twice so you get to know different ones. There are Peruvian Pasos and Criollos horses and in the rooms there is a lot of detailed and useful information regarding the different types of horses found in South America. Styles of riding differ from North America and Europe but that is all part of the experience and you will undoubtedly learn a great deal. You will always go out with a gaucho and an English speaking volunteer guide. And unusually for Argentina they even wear hard hats there! After your ride there will be a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade waiting and it’s the little touches like this which make Los Potreros so special.
You can also take part in the daily gaucho activities such as rounding up the cattle as well as play polo on their newly completed pitch. For the times when you aren’t on a horse (and of course you don’t have to ride) there is a swimming pool, long trails for walking, lots of bird watching and the opportunity just to unwind and enjoy the scenery and beautiful views.
They take their commitment to the environment and local community seriously. They use solar and wind power and try to keep the generator use to a minimum. Apart from the volunteer (foreign) guides all the staff are local, the meat and fruit/vegetables are organic and whenever possible come from their farm. They, also along with an English tour operator, make a contribution to the local school for each booking made and the vast majority of the farm shop’s profits go there as well.
The food is delicious as is the wine (being their own label). All four meals are included in the price as are all the drinks, they operate an open bar policy and by all means you can help yourself although it’s more than likely there will be someone around to serve you. Breakfast is definitely worth getting out of bed for – eggs and bacon to order, bread, fruit, yogurt, cereals, fresh orange juice etc. Everyone eats together for all meals and the food is typical Argentine; asado, vegetables, salad, pasta, milanesas to name a few. Before the late afternoon ride goes out there is tea and freshly baked cakes served on the lawn. There are always pre dinner drinks with the other guests and (as you can imagine given the British influence) lots of gin & tonics, followed by free flowing wine at dinner. To finish the evenings off after dinner coffees are often taken in the sitting room in the more comfortable surroundings. It’s all very civilised and convivial and as the majority of the guests seem to hail from UK (as does Louisa) some might say it’s like a little slice of England in the Argentine campo.
This is the sort of place that people dream about returning to again and again and many do as you are treated as an esteemed guest from the moment you arrive. It’s a wonderful retreat – beautiful old colonial building, warm and friendly hosts and staff, stunning scenery, well behaved delightful horses and all this capped off with mouth watering food and wine as well. It’s not too far from Cordoba, which is a prominent transport hub with good and frequent connections to the capital. For horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike this is the perfect estancia where you can really feel the history. Here you will have a traditional farm experience combined with top service as this is a very well run estancia with outstanding attention to detail. A highly recommended place to stay where you could easily spend a week, be treated like family and also make some good friends. It feels more like a wonderfully civilised hosted house party than a hotel.