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Estancia Santa Ines
Ranked #2 of 11 Posadas B&B and Inns
London, England
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55 reviews
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“A wonderful and unique place to stay”
Reviewed 30 May 2011

Estancia Santa Ines is unlike anywhere else we stayed in Argentina. Although we were paying, we felt as if we were staying with old friends in their country retreat. Nanni and her niece Andrea were perfect hosts. For example we arrived late at 11 pm and were amazed and touched that Nanni had stayed up late so she could eat with us. Meals were delicious. Breakfast was served on the verandah and tea by the fireside. Lunch and dinner were served on the large mahogany table in the large dining room . The house and estate have an interesting history, and Nanni spent several hours showing us round and talking about all the trees, shrubs and flowers in the subtropical forest surrounding the house. She also booked taxis for our visit to the Jesuit missions about an hour's drive away, and to the even better preserved missions in Paraguay.
Our bedroom and bathroom were delightfully old fashioned! The beds have comfortable new mattresses. We were sad when the time came to leave.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

My Dad always used to say a well-off chap could sit around "like a tea planter", and now I know what he meant, even though Mate is rather different to tea. Living at Estancia Santa Ines for a couple of days was to be transported right into another lifestyle and it was one that I would like to have become accustomed to. While the building, the grounds, the plantation and the forest are all great, it is really the trust and friendship extended by family taking you right into their home and lives and amazing history that is so special. That and taking a swim in the forest-hidden, spring-fed swimming pool, and the joy of sharing time and generous and delicious meals with such wonderful hosts. Even the old mattresses said, this is the real thing. Don't miss it.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Massachusetts
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102 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

The estancia is a working farm, and the accommodations are in the main house of the family that has founded the estancia a century ago. Beautiful home, full of the family furnishings and pictures. Architecturally this place is a gem, and the setting superb, with grand gardens that merge into jungle and a natural pool great for swimming. The manager, Nanny makes one feel completely at home and the food is some of the best in Argentina, taken in the formal dining room on the family's china. It makes you feel as though you've landed in a Latin American version of 'Gone With the Wind."

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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newyork
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117 reviews
70 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2010

If you're going to Posadas (e.g., en route to Iguasu, to the Jesuit mission ruins at San Ignacio Mini, or to the Esteros del Ibara), this is a much nicer place to stay than in a hotel in town. Nanny, the owner and your hostess, is charming and welcoming and will tell you the fascinating history of the estancia, which is still a working farm growing yerba mate. The lovely main house, built in 1903, is filled with antiques and an outstanding collection of books on Argentina in English, French and Spanish (Nanny is fluent in all). A wide veranda surrounds the house, and in good weather meals are served outside. The veranda is also a great place to read, sip lemonade, and watch the birds in the surrounding garden. Meals are served family style, with all guests at the same table, and you are guaranteed to meet interesting people there. The food includes salads and vegetables fresh from the garden as well as traditional northern Argentine dishes, and you will be offered seconds and thirds. Wine is also included with lunch and dinner. Nanny will arrange for a car and driver to transport you to/from Posadas airport; the estancia is about 20 miles outside of town and the car cost $40 or $45 one way. This is a delightful place - you will not want to leave!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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South Bay area, Ca
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

We stayed for two nights at the estancia and had a wonderful time. The estancia is an old house built in 1901, by the host’s grandfather. It’s like staying in a museum but you get to touch things. All the meals, including wine, were included, and we had some of our best meals in Argentina at the estancia. One day we hiked to the swimming pool, which is truly amazing. It’s about three miles (5 km) from the house, in the middle of nowhere, and it’s massive. It’s also made with black lava rock, so it is warmed by the sun. We heard the howler monkeys on our way there. We also did a bit of a walking tour of the mate plantation and saw the church. We would have liked to have gone horseback riding, but the roads were too muddy from a heavy rain. Our hosts, Nana and her niece Andrea were very warm and welcoming. As far as cons go, the beds were pretty weak, and we had some initial trouble getting hot water. Also, one of our nights was a Saturday, and a disco or wedding or something had loud music playing well into the night. So, I’d avoid Saturday night, but otherwise, I’d definitely recommend.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Level 6 Contributor
294 reviews
118 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2008

My wife & I stayed 2 nights, during a driving tour through the Misiones province. We had heard about staying at estancias, and booked one through a travel agent in Posadas. Overall, we had a wonderful experience.

The main house is absolutely beautiful, as is the surrounding grounds. It is obvious that the family had a lot of money at one point. The brother and sister who run it are wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, hike, and horseback ride with them. All meals served at the estancia were excellent, with Ricardo taking pride in serving classic northern Argentinian dishes. At all times they (and the servants) were focused on making our stay enjoyable, and were always gracious. Breakfast was particularly delightful, as they set a table on the patio with juices squeezed from fruit on the plantation. For breakfast we dined alone, dinner was with our hosts (VERY enjoyable). Lunch was our choice of dining with or without them.

The horseride was very enjoyable (even for me, I don't like horses), with a beautiful ride through the plantation. We were shown the mate fields, a spring-fed pool surrounded by a bamboo forest, the remains of the mate factory, and other areas. A highlight of our stay was the howler monkeys - two groups live on the property, near the main home.

Only two downsides. One, the price is pretty high compared to other lodging in that area of Argentina (2 nights cost us about $450). But that includes 3 meals per day, unlimited delicious juices, horse rides, and of course the monkeys. The other downside is that the mattresses were AWFUL. They are probably 30+ years old, I would have been more comfortable on my camping mattress.

Overall, we were delighted with the stay. My wife feels our 2 nights here were the highlight of our 2 weeks in Argentina.

Stayed August 2007
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Property: Estancia Santa Ines
Address: Ruta 105 km 8,5, Posadas, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Litoral > Province of Misiones > Posadas
Amenities:
Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Posadas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Estancia Santa Ines was founded over 100 years ago by Don Pedro Neez who promoted the tourism in Iguazu building the first hotel where the travelers arrived on his renowned Espaea ship, He was a pioneer with the first plantations of yerba mate in Misiones. The colonial English style farmhouse is located in the middle of a park, which opens on a Misiones whispering jungle islet. It also has a small Chapel and a volcanic stone swimming pool and its water is fresher than a spring. This ranch is situated just 20 km from Posadas, province capital city, in the k. ... more   less 
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