A charming colonial estancia which is still a working farm set deep in the Uruguayan countryside
Doubles from $113 per room
Best for: Horse riding
Why stay here: To enjoy some rest and relaxation far away from the bustle of urban life
- A working 1800 hectares agriculture and livestock farm
- Year built: 1860
- The history of the hacienda: It was founded by an Englishman, Richard B.Hughes, after he bought the original estancia, El Rincon. It was the best land in the area and he named it La Paz. He reportedly was the pioneer of wire fencing in Uruguay. A chapel exists which is reminiscent of Victorian England architecture. It remained in his family until it was bought by a Belgian family called Wyaux, who still own it to this day
- 8 bedrooms
- Room details: The rooms can be either doubles, twins, triples or quadruples
Food and Drink
- Dining: Bed and breakfast, half board and full board are all offered
- Bar: Yes
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Gaucho activities
- Bird watching
- Swimming pool
- Tennis and volley ball court
- Football pitch
- River walks
Local area attractions
- Boat trips, canoeing and fishing on the Uruguay River, ultralight plane flights and guided horseback rides
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events such as conferences and weddings are offered
- Gardens and outdoor space
- Extra beds available
Need to know
- Open all year: Yes
- Best time to visit: September to April as they are the warmest months
- Suitable for children: No – more suitable for those who want peace and quiet
- Languages: French, English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Employ local staff
- Special offers: Occasional offers – please check directly
- Check in/out policies: 2pm/11am
- From $113 to $160 per night
- Credit cards are accepted
- Booking and cancellation: To cancel your booking you must do so at least 48 hours before
- View Google Map
- Address: Paysandu, Uruguay
- Transfers available: Yes from the bus station
Estancia La Paz is a colonial style estancia set in the Paysandu countryside, close to the Argentine border. It is peaceful, relaxing and ostensibly in the middle of nowhere, far away from bustling urban life. Run by the friendly and efficient Anne, she and her team will try hard to make you feel welcome and ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your stay there.
The estancia dates back to 1863. It was founded by an Englishman, Richard B.Hughes, after he bought the original estancia, El Rincon. Hughes reputedly was the pioneer of wire fencing in Uruguay. A chapel was built in the style of Victorian England, said to resemble those found in the city of Liverpool. Later in the 1960s, the estancia was bought by another European immigrant, this time from Belguim, Pierre Wyaux and his wife Ma Helene. They restored the original house and chapel and also brought over cattle from France. The estancia still belongs to the Wyaux family.
There are 8 bedrooms and can be configured to meet demand – doubles, triples and quads are all possible. They are all comfortably decorated and very much in keeping with the overall style of the estancia. All 8 rooms are individually named and are more country style than modern. They are all quaintly furnished and yet well equipped for guests.
Even though the estancia is an ideal place to unwind and just relax, there is also plenty to do if you are feeling a little more active. There are lots of country activities to involve yourself with, for example, horse riding and taking part in some traditional gaucho activities. There is a pool, tennis and volley ball court as well as a football pitch to keep you busy. Bicycles are available and there are many paths to choose from. There is, of course, lots of hiking and walks (which can be guided if you wish). It’s also a great place for bird watching and as the Uruguay River is close by there is also the opportunity for fishing, boating and canoeing. Guided horseback rides are available and can even last for a few days if so desired. And as for the evenings, given it’s far from city location, it is an excellent spot for some star gazing.
There are different board options available but as there are not too many food options close by, it’s likely that most people will opt for full board. The food is usually solid Uruguayan fare with the occasional international twist. Breakfast is a buffet and lunch and dinner is normally a set menu or a limited choice of 2 options. There is a wine list, which should satisfy most people although at times they might not have everything on there.
Estancia La Paz is a wonderful place to take some time out and enjoy the tranquillity of the Uruguayan countryside. It is an authentic estancia which has opened it’s doors to paying guests so they can enjoy a taste of rural life. All the staff work hard to ensure the guests enjoy their time there and do their best to accommodate their wishes. There is plenty to do and see for the more active guest and the chance to learn about the local flora, fauna, wildlife and about everyday life on a ranch. It’s also a great place for horse lovers as there are many options for riding. It is beautifully decorated, has kept close to its historical roots and certainly worth the effort to get there.