Estancia El Ombu
The main house is surrounded by a covered gallery typical of the late-Colonial period, with a richly tiled floor and cascaded steps that lead into the gardens of the park. Presiding majestically over the park is the estancia’s namesake, the great ombú, a plant characteristic of the pampas. Centennial oaks, araucarias, palms, eucalyptus, casuarinas and magnolias adorn the four-hectare (ten-acre) park, allowing you to stroll and enjoy the scent of gardenias, roses and lime trees. The park and surrounding ranch land, with its natural lagoons and small water courses running to the Areco River offer a rich habitat to a large proportion of Argentina’s 1000 bird species.
El Ombú offers 9 spacious, modernised rooms (6 doubles and 3 triples), with en suite bathrooms, large windows and an interesting array of period furniture. The rooms are simple and rustic gaucho beds. In winter, guests enjoy the warmth of central heating in every bedroom and if desired, a gaucho’s typical wood-burning salamander.
There is a small swimming pool and the estancia is located near a small town which is ideal for exploring. On the actual Estancia you have the opportunity to immerse your self as much as you like on the working farm and have afternoons on horseback while driving the cattle.
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