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La Estancia Argentina

January 31, 2011

Hola de Argentina! We arrived in Buenos Aires yesterday, “we” being my cousin, Em, BC and I. Aside from a side trip or two (we’re definitely going to Colonia, Uraquay) we’re spending our trip in the city. Which is why I thought it would be fun to take a Salvaged Getaway today to a couple of country properties outside BA.

From what I could find, an “estancia” is a farm or country house. And this word did come up when I discovered the country hotels, Estancia Las Viboras and Fincas Los Alamos.

Las Víboras is located south of Buenos Aires, in a district known for the wild horses than once roamed the planes. The ranch was established in the early 1800’s and became a vacation home for governors and wealthy families. Las Viboras is a working horse farm and most of the activities revolve around accompanying guachos in their daily work.

This bathroom is incredible! I love the cabinetry and mirror.

Los Alamos is located south of BA, and is on the west coast of the country, near Mendoza. It was originally built as a fort for protection but became a working livestock and agricultural farm, as well as a vineyard. The Bombal family who owned the property created an “oasis of refinement” which attracted many of their famous Argentinian friends, including the writer Jorder Luis Borges. Paintings, manuscripts and verses were inspired by the ranch and it’s owners.

Just reading about these houses and looking at the pictures, I can feel a sense of the rich history and culture of these estancias. No wonder they attracted the level of guests that they did (and I’m sure they still do). They look to be extremely comfortable, unpretentious, relaxing places to escape to.


One Comment leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 12:40 pm

    These photos look so romantic, what a different way of life. Lovely.

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