A luxurious palatial style estancia in the Pampas
Residential stays only starting from $3000 plus tax
Best for: Escape / R & R
Why stay here? To be spoiled in beautiful surroundings with great food and wine
- It is not a working farm
- Year built: 1902
- The history of the hacienda: The estancia was founded in 1873 and the French style house was built in 1902 with all materials imported from France. It only opened recently as a hotel in 2012.
- 7 guest rooms and 2 more being built in the outhouse
- Room details: The rooms are a mixture of twins, doubles, triples and a master suite
Food and Drink
- Dining: 4 meals, non-alcoholic drinks and one bottle of wine per room are included
- Bar: Drinks are readily available and there is a bar downstairs
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Cooking classes
- Swimming pool
- Gaucho activities
- Horse drawn carriages
- Vintage cars
- Cinema room
Local area attractions
- The local town is worth a visit in the vintage car
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events including weddings are offered
- Gardens and terraces
- Disabled access (there is an elevator)
- Extra beds available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: October to April for the better weather although it is nice and cosy in the winter
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Organic food
- Check in/out policies: Very flexible – they aim to fit in with the guest’s itinerary
- Rates for private stays start at US$3000 plus tax
- Credit cards accepted
- Booking and cancellation: For Residence Stays (private booking of the entire property) a prepayment is required, and cancellations are accepted only unto 30 days in advance.
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- Address: Salto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Transfers available: Yes they can be organised from Buenos Aires
Estancia La Fortuna really does live up to its title of being a palace in the Pampas. Different from most of the estancias featured, La Fortuna can be hired in its entirety – which is ideal for large groups of friends or families. Located just 2.5 hours from downtown Buenos Aires it makes a wonderful retreat from the city chaos. This beautiful French style palace is somewhere you can relax, enjoy the grounds and the delicious food.
Owned by an Italian-Argentine couple, they bought the property 3 years ago and then opened its doors in 2012 to paying guests. The house was built in 1902 and was previously owned by an Argentine-German family who used it as a very luxurious weekend retreat. The original estancia was much larger but over the years its prized fertile land has been gradually sold off and currently La Fortuna only has 14 hectares. The stunning architecture and grandeur will not fail to impress. It was commissioned by a Franco-Argentine family and designed by a French architect and German landscaper, and all the materials were imported from France. The whole house was sympathetically refurbished in 2009 and thankfully not stripped of its character.
Currently there are 7 bedrooms in the main house and they are building 2 more in the outhouse. There is a sumptuous master suite on the ground floor with its own huge terrace. Apart from 2 triples they are either doubles or twins. They are all different in style but are quite traditional looking (you will not find any flat screen TVs here) and overall not so grandiose as the house. All the bathrooms are large, old fashioned looking but with rain showers and some colourful tiling. The beds have luxurious bedding and are very inviting for an afternoon siesta.
Activities at the estancia include bicycle rides, 2 resident gauchos – you can help them and also see their displays, horse drawn carriages, horse riding, vintage car rides into the local town, a very appealing swimming pool with comfortable loungers, billiards room, cinema room, library, playroom, telescope and a spa which is being built. In the local town they have restored a building known as a pulperia where guests are taken to enjoy a change of scene and drink some mate (infused yerba dried leaves) and to have a glimpse at a very small local Argentinian town.
Eating at the estancia is one of the highlights. The day starts off with a relaxed breakfast which is served in the kitchen. You can either sit at the breakfast bar or in the adjacent dining room and help yourself to fruit, breads, cereals, yogurts, fresh juices and eggs made to order. It is quite a spread and certainly worth getting out of bed for. All 4 meals are included in the price and can be taken in an assortment of eating areas dotted around the property – lunch can be on the outside terrace, on the lawn or by the pool (where they do their asados). They can lay it out just about anywhere you fancy. Aperitifs can also be served wherever the guests want, the concierge will ensure all your wishes are met perhaps before you even know what they are – that’s how good they are. Dinner will usually be served in the elegant and formal dining room. The food is varied with both international and Argentine influences found on the menu. There is a downstairs bar which many guests gravitate towards after dinner to enjoy some more drinks, and sometimes accompanied with live music.
La Fortuna is a beautiful French style estancia set out in the Pampas. It makes for a very stylish weekend break away from the city. Although the bedrooms might not be super luxurious the overall feel of the building is rather grand with refined elegance. The service is second to none – all the staff are very friendly and welcoming and the attention to detail is outstanding. Unlike some old buildings from this era it's not dark and musty but very light with inviting common areas which are beautifully furnished. The estancia offers a very civilised experience and sophisticated retreat. They want their guests to have a wonderful relaxing time at their sumptuous palace in the Pampas and will do everything to ensure this. It is a slick and well run operation where they discreetly anticipate your needs and wishes – get ready to be spoiled at this exceptional country house estancia.