Estancia El Ombú de Areco



The Late-Colonial style mansion, built in 1880 by Lieutenant-general Pablo Riccheri, offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable stay. Enrique Boelcke, grandfather of the present owner Eva Boelcke, purchased the El Ombú in 1934. Eva’s father, Osvaldo, a renowned botanist, ran the estancia as a working ranch until his death in 1990. Eva was trained as an agronomist, but since 1993 has expanded her role as farm manager to include local and international estancia tourism.

Centennial oaks, araucarias (monkey-puzzle trees), palms, eucalyptus, casuarinas and magnolias adorn the four-hectare (ten-acre) park, tempting guests to stroll about and enjoy the scent of gardenias, roses and lime trees. Presiding majestically over the park is the Estancia’s namesake, the great ombú (Phytolacca dioca), a plant as characteristic of the pampas as the baobab is of the African savanna.


El Ombú offers nine spacious, modernized bedrooms (6 doubles and 3 triples), with en suite bathrooms, large windows and an interesting array of antique furniture. In winter, guests enjoy the warmth of central heating in every bedroom, augmented, if desired, with the friendly glow of the gaucho’s typical wood-burning salamander.

The Estancia provides all the comfort required by the most demanding guests, together with a kind and personalized attention by professional staff, against the backdrop of the big-sky beauty and pastoral quietude of the Argentine pampas.

In the cosy and commodious dining-room, facing a large hearth, guests are treated to a wide selection of international or creole cuisine served with local wines. No stay will pass without at least one asado, the typical Argentinean barbecue of the world’s finest beef raised free-range on the Estancia.

The Estancia’s living room is now a spacious common room, in which guests can enjoy a round of billiards, a game of chess or hand of cards. The main house is surrounded by a covered gallery typical of the late-Colonial period, with a richly tiled floor and cascaded steps that lead into the gardens of the park.


Thanks to all the activities, the guests the chance to immerse themselves as much as they wish in the life of a working Estancia, dedicated mainly to raising Hereford and Aberdeen Angus Stock. Guests are welcome to observe and take part in the various stock-rearing activities as they happen on the ranch: milking, driving cattle to harness, vaccination, ear-tagging, de-horning, branding, etc.

They can explore the 300-hectare (ca 750 acre) Estancia on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on one of the 38 horses that are part of the working drove. Horse drawn carriages are also available. Those that want to learn some of the thousand species of Argentinean birds are provided binoculars and guide books.

Other recreational activities include: 2 swimming pools with solarium, ping-pong, table football, volleyball and football and bicycle rides.


We offer two options of packages which include the transportation from Buenos Aires, a guided visit of San Antonio de Areco and a stay in the Estancia El Ombú:



Please contact us for rates and availability.

If you are only interested in the Estancia, you can also come and spend the day at El Ombú…

The Dia de Campo includes:

  • Reception
  • Traditional lunch asado
  • Horseback riding or carriage
  • Guitarreada and folk dances
  • Demonstration of horse dressage
  • Swimming pool

Please contact us for rates and availability.

… or choose an Overnight Stay.

The Accommodation includes:

  • All inclusive
  • Lodging
  • Horseback riding or carriage
  • Guitarreada and folk dances
  • Demonstration of horse dressage
  • Swimming pool

Please contact us for rates and availability.


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