4.5
Very Good 197 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Attentive, gracious staff
  • Choosing one of 40 Argentine wines from the wine cellar
  • A choice of traditional shows, including a gaucho welcome (for an extra fee)

What To Know

  • No nearby towns of note
  • Horseback rides are on flat terrain, geared for nonriders
  • Serious tennis players should bring their own balls and rackets
  • No spa – but some treatments can be arranged

Amenities

  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

In the late 1890s, enormous estancias were a common sight across the Argentine pampas as international aristocrats bought sprawling ranches and constructed European-style mansions. Estancia Villa Maria is one such manor: a stately three-story retreat just 45 minutes, and a world, away from buzzing Buenos Aires.

With its Norman-Tudor facade, horse-drawn carriages and more than 180 acres of landscaped gardens, Villa Maria wouldn’t be out of place in a historic novel — save the towering palm trees. Today, however, the property is a fully restored and modernized destination, though the other-era atmosphere is present in the wood-paneled billiard room (where you can smoke Cuban cigars), colonial-style dining room, reading rooms and vine-covered verandas.

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Surrounding the great house is the great park — all 180 pristine acres of it. Stone statues, flower beds and 300 species of tree dot the grounds, and guests are encouraged to explore them with a guide, on a bicycle, in a carriage or, most appropriately, on horseback.

Villa Maria is home to the G. Morris Equestrian Centre, run by renowned horse trainer George Morris. The Black Watch Polo Club trains here — you can watch the members practice — and there’s also the elegant Club House. A ride across the Argentine pampas is not to be missed, but for non-equine pursuits, there is one tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool, yoga and gymnastics.

Though the retreat feels far removed from city life, Estancia Villa Maria is just 45 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires and only 20 minutes from Ministro Pistarini International Airport — a convenient but transporting escape that’s right for families, couples and solo travelers alike.

How to Get There

Estancia Villa Maria
Av. Pereda s/n - Máximo Paz
Buenos Aires, 1812 Argentina

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 197 Reviews
Beautiful house and grounds but not 5 star quality rooms or service
Reviewed 5 days ago

The house and grounds are beautiful but the rooms are not deserving of a five star hotel. The shower is antiquated and the water pressure is terrible. There is no air conditioning so don't visit in the middle of summer. Staff are not very friendly and our stay was like walking around in a mausoleum. We were asked to fill out a card with our details including passport numbers and this was left on a desk in a public area. It was still there when we checked out and we were not happy for our personal information to be left for anyone to see. The safe in our room didn't work. Our television had no signal so couldn't work. Breakfast was very basic for a hotel marketed as high end.
The rooms are clean and we paid extra to have dinner there as there is nothing much nearby. Dinner was very nice. Overall though, it was a disappointing stay.

Relaxing with horse riding - perfect
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent our last two days in Argentina here and were so pleased with the choice. It's a beautiful setting to relax, with lots of indoor and outdoor secluded spots to sit with a book. I made the most of the horse riding available and went out three times - the horses are well cared for and incredibly well behaved, and are very happy to go for a canter through the extensive grounds if you have some experience. We loved the meals as well - the asado at lunchtime was a holiday highlight. And we got to visit the wine cellar to select some very tasty reds. Thanks for a great stay.

Polo Class
Reviewed 5 months ago

I had an amazing time learning to play Polo at the Estancia Villa Maria. I rode a horse once before and was a bit afraid to learn to play polo, but the instructors Juan and Ezekiel are extremely talented and were able to get me up to sopes in a matter of minutes.

I went along with a few friends and we all had an amazing time. We took pictures, played a small match and even enjoyed coffee with the instructors afterward. This was an excellent experience and the Villa is beautiful.

If you are considering getting out of Buenos Aires during your trip to Argentina I highly recommend staying at The Estancia Villa María and be sure to sign up for a polo lesson, you won’t regret it!

So quite
Reviewed 10 months ago

I stayed the last day of my trip here. I sleeped so good, I did not hear anything. I loved the fireplace in your room. Going to bed with a fire on is really cool. You can go horse riding, biking or just walking. I did enjoy it very much. The have an old wine seller down stairs. When I was there no WiFi but they told me normally they have WiFi but right now of the horible rains it did not work at the time I was in. They have set menu's but still you have three options per course. Breakfast was good.

Als nice coffe.

Beautiful grounds, more B&B than hotel
Reviewed 11 months ago

Villa Estancia Maria provides a great escape from the city, with a stunning 1917 villa/hotel (well-maintained in its original condition), sprawling gardens, a pool, and horseback riding. The hotel is all inclusive with a 3 course lunch and dinner, plus a light breakfast. Meals were good, but the lunch and dinner menu are the same and offered limited choices. Meals are also served during specific hours, so if you'd like a drink or snack in between it may be hard to get. The trail rides were beautiful (also only available during certain times) and everyone we encountered on the ranch and in the villa was friendly and helpful. The estancia could stand to improve by making a few changes - purchasing a full croquet set (the set they have is incomplete), replacing board games that have missing pieces, and offering a few more choices on the menu. Overall our visit was lovely and you can't miss a trip to see the Argentinian country!