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Estancia El Ombu, Buenos Aires, Argentina

130 kilometres from Buenos Aires is the historical Estancia El Ombu de Areco.

Constructed in 1890 in the town of San Antonio de Areco, home of the gaucho, it is now a guesthouse and farmhouse, with 9 simple but comfortable rooms, living room with TV, board games, table tennis and table football, library, dining area and an outdoor swimming pool.

It's a little worn around the edges but this adds to its charm. The estancia also has bicycles for guests to use. Meals here are hearty and delicious. In the winter guests dine around the huge hearth in the main house and in summertime lunch is served al fresco in the shadow of the great ombú (a plant as characteristic of the pampas as the baobab is of the African savanna).

Drinks and snacks are available at any hour, and, of course, guests are always welcome to share the famous Argentine maté (tea) with Eva, the owner, and her family.

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