A rustic estancia off the beaten track
Doubles from $240 per room
Best for: The Great Outdoors
Why stay here? To get away from it all deep in the Uruguayan countryside
- It is a 1100 hectare working estancia with cattle
- Year built: The original building dates back around 100 years but has been sympathetically extended over time
- The history of the hacienda: The estancia was bought by the current owner’s father a few years ago and they started taking in guests in recently. It is an old cattle and sheep farm and former secret meeting place of the White Party (Partido Blanco), one of the three most important political parties in Uruguay
- 5 guest rooms
- Room details: The rooms are a mixture of singles, doubles and family rooms
Food and Drink
- Dining: 3 meals plus snacks are included
- Bar: Drinks are extra but readily available
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Gaucho activities
- Bird watching
Local area attractions
- Once you are there, you are there
Amenities and Facilities
- Internet connection available in the office
- Gardens and terraces
- Disabled access
- Extra beds available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: October to April for the better weather
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic food; they do not work with artificial fertilizers or pesticides on the cattle farm, only natural grazing, compost recycling etc
- Special offers: These are available for groups, long stays etc
- Check in/out policies: For morning check in – 11am and check out at 10am. For afternoon arrival – 4pm check in and 3pm check out. They work out price and meal plan from your arrival time
- From $240 per room
- Credit cards are not accepted
- Booking and cancellation: Booking is confirmed with a deposit of 30% of the total. This deposit is non refundable and no shows have to pay the full amount
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- Address: Cerro Colorado, Florida, Uruguay
- Transfers available: Yes from the local town of Cerro Colorado
A simple and rustic estancia set in the beautiful Uruguayan countryside. It is about 45 minutes down a dirt track from the nearest town of Cerro Colorado but it's well worth the journey. Having your own wheels is ideal although they will pick you up from the town. It really is a case of once you are there you are there and there is in the middle of nowhere.
Owned by Anglo-Argentine brothers, Jonathan and Jaime, the original part of the building dates back around 100 years or so and has been sympathetically extended in recent times – so much so that it's hard to tell the old from the new. It is a large working cattle of about 1100 hectares that stretches for as far as the eye can see.
There are 5 simple rooms – this is rustic at its best; don’t be expecting anything too luxurious as this definitely won’t be the place for you. All bedrooms are ensuite (again the bathrooms are somewhat basic) but the rooms and number of beds are flexible and they will try their best to accommodate your requests and can put in extra beds especially in the family rooms.
As this is a proper working estancia you are able to participate in ranch life. There is of course horse riding and plenty of land to ride out on. Close to the casco principal (main house) there is a dam where you can fish, canoe and kayak. There is also a big tub to cool off in if the heat gets too much. The property is also a great place to enjoy some down time as you truly feel you are out in the sticks.
Jaime used to live in London and honed his cooking skills in some of the city’s best eating spots so you can expect the standard of gastronomy to reflect this. The meat comes from the estancia and the majority of the fruit and vegetable are also home grown. Milk, butter and cheese also come from the farm and the bread is freshly baked. You won’t be going hungry as the usual 3 abundant meals a day are included in the price.
Estancia Aguila Blanca is a beautifully set, off the beaten track, rustic working estancia. It's not luxurious but has a lot of charm and is run by a very welcoming family who are keen for you to enjoy a taste of Uruguayan ranch life. This is definitely somewhere to go to get away from it all. It’s popular with weekending Uruguayans but also receives some international and intrepid travellers who have not been put off by the back and beyond location. This is a no frills estancia where you can participate in real farm life but also be able to relax. The views are outstanding and to sit out on the verandah and enjoy the changing colours of the scenery is an unforgettable experience. It certainly feels like someone’s family home and somewhere you are made to feel most welcome.