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Argentina - Estancia Los Potreros
Argentina - Estancia Los Potreros
Argentina - Estancia Los Potreros
 
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Argentina - Estancia Los Potreros

This is the land of the horse where the culture of the gaucho is strong and where children still go to school on horseback. Wherever you ride you are welcomed with a smile and a wave.

This 6,500 acre working cattle estancia and stud farm, dating back to 1573, lies at the top of the Sierras Chicas in the heart of the beautiful region of Córdoba. During your stay you are welcomed into the family home by the Anglo-Argentine owners whose family have lived on the estancia for four generations.

The rugged hills, home to wild boar and deer and covered in a tall grass called 'paja brava', give way to lowland meadows and woodlands and make for beautiful and varied riding. These contrasting terrains are home to a wide diversity of birds from the condors with their three metre wingspan to tiny brightly coloured hummingbirds. Every day is different on the estancia: canter along grassy hilltops; take a dip in natural rock pools; visit local churches on horseback; help the gauchos round up the young horses in order to protect them from the elusive puma; during the summer take an overnight trip north into the sierras; watch the horse-trainer at work or try your hand at lassoing. Informal polo is usually played weekly on the estancia, so you have the chance to be introduced to this fun, fast and highly addictive game. Dedicated polo weeks are also run for beginner and novice players, with daily tuition, chukkas and a mini-tournament.

With a herd of over 80 well-loved riding horses, there is something for everyone. The herd is a mix of Criollos, polo ponies and Paso Peruanos most of whom have been bred on the farm. The Paso Peruano has a fifth 'gait', a running walk, which is extremely comfortable to ride. All the horses are soft-mouthed and ridden Western style with a loose rein. At all times during your stay the first class hospitality of the Begg family is evident. When not riding relax in a hammock with one of the many books found at the estancia, take a dip in the swimming pool on a hot summer’s day or enjoy a wine-tasting followed by a delicious supper made with fresh organic produce from the farm’s vegetable gardens and orchards.

Accommodation is in the beautifully restored farm house, which is steeped in family history with many references to the Jesuits who first organised farming in the area. There are seven bedrooms each with private bathroom and tastefully decorated in traditional style.

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Andean Riding Specialist  Abigail Wood

Abigail says:

A wonderful estancia with great hosts and lovely horses which regularly receives fantastic feedback. They have also just been included in the Sunday Times '100 Best Hotels in the World.'

My top tip:

If you have time it is worth extending your holiday and spending a few days exploring Buenos Aires, or visiting Iguazu Falls.

Call: 01299 272 239 | email: abigail@inthesaddle.com
 
 

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