Name: Hosteria Estancia Monte León
Sometimes when you need to get away, you REALLY need to get away. Not just to the usual white sandy beaches and cosmopolitan cities that form a luxury travellers’ day-to-day holidays but to somewhere wonderfully remote and wild and off-grid, where adventure beckons and your daily life becomes just a dream. Somewhere then exactly like Hosteria Estancia Monte León in the wild, remote and beautiful Patagonia.
Hosteria Estancia Monte León is located inside the Monte Leon National Park in Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Argentina. It’s the ideal spot from which to explore this pristine and remote part of Patagonia. Monte Leon National Park is the first Marine National Park in Argentina with 150,000 acres of steppe and 24 miles of coastline. It’s home to a wonderful collection of wildlife and you never know who you might catch a glimpse of on your travels; sea lions, Magellanic penguins, cormorants and other seabirds, as well as an incredible number of pumas, guanacos, armadillos and choiques. You are located just 15 miles from the coast, it’s well worth renting a car and heading there on your own, ask your host for tips on how to get there but it’s an easy ride. The house is located 2 and a half hours from Rio Gallegos Airport and 5 hours from El Calafate, private transfer services can be arranged from either or you can rent a car or use the regular bus service.
Style & Character
Estancia Monte Leon is a special place. The only accommodation inside the park there is a magical feel about the house. On one side you are surrounded by the endless steppe and the other looks to the majestic sea cliffs. The property itself is a charming English House from the 1900’s with white walls and a beautiful red tiled roof. Inside is cosy and welcoming, much like the service you will receive. A stay here really allows you to sense how life would have felt when the property was one of the most important working ranches in Patagonia. You are just steps from the sheep shearing sheds and other buildings of the old ranch, which are now used as the National Park Administration Offices.
Service & Facilities
The house has a homely living room at its heart; relax by the fireplace or curl up with a book and reflect on your day’s experiences. There’s also a stunningly luminous winter garden, perfect for a moment or two of quiet contemplation whilst soaking up the infinite steppe landscape that surrounds you. There’s also a drawing room, a salon dining room and a cosy library. A typical Patagonian atmosphere is felt throughout the house and the owners are very welcoming and very hospitable. They are happy to welcome guests from all over the world and are bi-lingual speaking both English and Spanish.
The house has 4 spacious, comfortable guest rooms, 1 is a double room, 2 are twin rooms and 1 is a triple room. There are two large bathrooms with bathtubs and you have the option to have a private bathroom or share at a reduced rate.
Food & Drink
A delicious continental breakfast sets you up for your day of adventure. You can request a packed lunch if you don’t want to factor finding food into your plans. Reconvene at the house in the evenings for a hearty Argentinian feast served at the in-house restaurant and share your stories with your fellow travellers, it’s just that kind of place.
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