4.5
Very Good 202 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 202 Reviews
Lovely, but a few things to consider...
Reviewed 1 month ago

Villa Maria is stunning, set in 1,500 hectares of beautiful land, just an hour from the centre of Buenos Aires but feels like it could be in the heart of the pampas.

The grounds are beautiful, with the main building providing the focal point, with rooms, restaurant with dining areas inside and out, a games room and other spots to sit and relax. Surrounding the house are the swimming pool, lake and endless spots to sit and enjoy the sunshine or shade of the enormous trees. There's also a decent 18 hole golf course and opportunities for massages and horse riding.

Just a couple of buts, to qualify my praise. The service is fairly slow and you sometimes end up ordering a drink or dish several times before it gets through. Staff are all very friendly but not particularly present; they seem to come and go so you can wait around, for example at reception. The showers are only intermittently warm too.

Overall it's absolutely charming, but don't come with European or North American expectations in terms of absolute perfection; rather, embrace it for its imperfections!

A great place to spend time out of the city
Reviewed 3 months ago

Buenos Aires is a wonderful city but it's good to get out and see the country side. EVM has a great setting with beautiful grounds and a combination of open and wooded areas. The inside of the main house is as grand as the outside. Lots of dark wood and big, comfy furniture. We opted for the one suite that had air-conditioning and it proved to be a good decision as it was over 90 degrees outside. If you expect hot weather I suggest you spring for the master suite. We took the free carriage ride and got a good orientation of the grounds. We also arranged for a gaucho show that was a real treat. We were the only ones there to watch so we paid for the whole thing but for $150 it was well worth it. The food was very good but keep in mind there are no viable options for the three daily meals. You're a long ways from the nearest restaurants but we had no complaints. And meals were included in the room price. I can't compare EVM with other estancias but it's hard to imagine a better experience. I highly recommend EVM

Beautiful house and grounds but not 5 star quality rooms or service
Reviewed 3 months 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 4 months 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 8 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!