A traditional estancia that lives up to it’s name
Doubles from $190 pppn
Best for: Traditional Culture
Why stay here? For a taste of authentic Argentine farm life
- It is a large 4000 hectare working estancia with cattle, horses, pigs, sheep etc
- Year built: 1890
- The history of the hacienda: The estancia was part of a very large estancia but the owner’s father split the original estate between his 4 children. The casco principal is over 100 years old and they have been taking guests for over 30 years
- 6 guest rooms
- Room details: The rooms are a mixture of doubles and twins
Food and Drink
- Dining: 4 meals are included plus wine and beer with meals
- Bar: There is a list of drinks available
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Swimming pool
- Horse drawn carriages
- Gaucho activities
- Bird watching
Local area attractions
- Once you are there, you are there
Amenities and Facilities
- Wifi – only near the office area
- Gardens and terraces
- Safety deposit boxes available
- Extra beds available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: Spring and autumn
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English, Spanish and German spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic food and local staff
- Special offers:Yes they do special offers from time to time
- Check in/out policies: They are flexible and will do their best according to the guest’s itinerary
- From $190 pppn
- Credit cards are not accepted
- Booking and cancellation: 30% deposit required on booking. No refunds are offered
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- Address: Esquina, Corrientes, Argentina
- Transfers available: Yes from local town of Esquina
This attractive colonial style 19th century house is deep in the campo and about 40 minutes from the nearest town of Esquina. It might be a bit of a hike to get there but as the name suggests once there, the views and overall tranquillity of the place make it more than worthwhile. Situated in the province of Corrientes and although it’s just a few hours drive from Buenos Aires the climate is more tropical and the landscape very different.
The family who owns the estancia have been unofficially receiving guests for the last 30 years so they decided after having their fair share of non paying visitors to start charging and make it a business. The estancia has been in the family for many years and is part of a much larger estate. The owner’s father decided to divide up the original ranch between his four children so all the extended family live close by on their own piece. Despite this division their section is still a large 4000 hectare working estancia (only with animals as the land is not fertile enough for crops). It's often thought that parts of the landscape resemble an African savannah.
There are 6 bedrooms – 3 in the main house and 3 in the outhouse that can be either doubles or twins. They reflect the general feel of the estancia – authentic and someone’s home. They are a little old fashioned in style as are the bathrooms but they work well enough and there is plenty of hot water. It does not look like they have been updated in quite some time but this is all part of the charm. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and atmospheric but certainly by no means modern. They all have lovely windows opening out onto the gardens and make wonderful bedrooms to take a reviving siesta. The beds are very conducive to a good nights sleep – so deep in the middle of nowhere it's incredibly restful. There is no mains electricity at the estancia but there is a generator for the evenings.
As to be expected the main order of the day is horse riding and they have some very calm horses to choose from. Given the size of the estancia there are lots of different rides and many places to see. They will stop for impromptu lunches in beautiful spots such as the sandy banks of the river. There is also lots of wildlife on the estate including caimans and it’s also a very good place for bird watching. There is a swimming pool to cool off in or just to sit by relaxing with a book in the afternoon sunshine. It’s great for fishermen as well, having two rivers in close proximity. You can also join in or watch the typical gaucho activities such as lassoing. This is true Argentinian campo at it’s best.
The food is in keeping with authentic estancias and the 4 meals a day are included. Breakfast is a lighter affair – the usual tea and coffee, orange juice, breads, medialunas (croissants), marmalades, ham and cheese. Lunch and dinner is typically Argentine – lots of meat, pastas and delicious home made desserts. The asado (BBQ) is not to be missed – a wonderful array of meats and fresh accompaniments. Freshly baked cake at teatime is also another must have. There are enough eating spots dotted around the estancia that all four meals can be served in different places including afternoon tea on the lawn.
If you are looking for an authentic old style family estancia with comfortable lodging, good food and friendly, welcoming service Buena Vista could well fit the bill. The surrounding countryside and views are breathtaking. The place is very restful and yet there is also a lot to do there. Although it may be a little off the beaten track and you do feel cut off (eg no phone service) it's worth the effort. First impressions are enchanting when you see the old single storey house with a wraparound verandah, beautiful gardens, trees and colourful flowers. The rooms are all very traditional in décor with dark wood furniture, rugs and comfy beds. Corrientes is a province that has a tropical feel about it and although it is not too far from Buenos Aires this Argentine campo feels a world away.