A 6,500 acre working cattle and horse estancia in the heart of Argentina, which has been in the family for generations. Set in a secluded location in the Sierras Chicas, Los Potreros is just an hours transfer from Cordoba International airport. The estancia is set in buildings steeped with not only family history but references to the Jesuists, and guests are welcomed to join as part of the family. Estancia Life is centered around riding, but they have plenty of other activities for non riders, including birdwatching, hiking, swimming, wine tastings and spending a night in the kitchen with the estancias chefs learning how to cook traditional argentine cuisine. With varied and plentiful landscapes and wildlife there is always plenty to do and see. Rooms are comfortable but simple and traditional, furnished with antiques – each room is individual and private, finished with top quality linens, wood-burning stoves and amenities.
Today the estancia is considered one of the ‘must visit’ destinations in Argentina. People come from all over the world for a genuine estancia experience, or for the ultimate riding holiday. No matter your ages and background, whether you’re a couple, a solo traveller, or a family, guests arrive as strangers to Estancia Los Potreros and usually leave as friends. They ensure their visitors enjoy the highest standards in personalised hospitality by hosting no more than 12 people at any one time. This means they all eat, drink, laugh and ride together in a warm and friendly environment – just the way the estancia has always been.
Every day at the estancia is different. The would-be gauchos amongst you can canter along grassy hilltops, take a dip in natural rock pools, visit local churches on horseback, help round-up the young horses (to protect them from the elusive puma), learn how to lasso, or have a go at polo. Out of the saddle, the cattle and horse trails make for wonderful walking, taking guests to awe-inspiring viewpoints and hidden waterfalls whilst experiencing the plentiful birdlife and colourful wildflowers, or watching the gauchos at work. Enjoy the best of Argentine food and wine with home-reared beef washed down with Malbec. The serenity and landscape lend themselves to those who enjoy painting, photography or writing, or simply curling up with a book, whilst good conversation and a gin and tonic are never far away.
Mealtimes are one of the highlights at estancia. They are always sociable affairs. Lunches and dinners are taken together at a ‘family’ table and hosted by one, or both owners (Kevin and Louisa) and dishes are European in style, varied and delicious, with plenty of excursions into local favourites. You’ll get to experience the traditional Argentine ‘asado’ or barbeque, plus freshly baked bread and homemade dishes, all supplemented by the estancia’s home-reared beef and organically grown vegetables, fruit and free-range eggs. We also can’t wait for you to try Estancia Los Potreros’s ‘own label’ wines, which often accompany some great conversations, well into the night.
The estancia recognises its responsibility to the environment and they were one if the first in South America to receive the Green Leader Platinum Level award by TripAdvisor. Whether your passion is horseback riding, bird-watching, exploring scenic walking trails or simply relaxing amongst local tradition and culture, The Sybarite and Estancia Los Potreros are proud to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Come and fall in love with Argentina as you eat, drink and breathe it alongside us. Estancia has been recommended as one of the top guest experiences in Argentina by the BBC, the Sunday Times, National Geographic Traveller, Tatler and Footprint guides, to name but a few
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