Argentina: Estancia San Mateo

A private estancia with traditional Argentinean comfort and style combined with fantastic facilities for Polo

Set deep in a beautiful Buenos Aires province, yet only an hour’s drive from the international airport, Estancia San Mateo is a perfect base from which to enjoy the multitude of charms that Argentina has to offer. The lodge is nestled at the heart of a 50-acre farm, comprising stunning pastures, elegant drives, forests and lakes. The privately owned ‘estancia’ has been extensively refurbished and caters for guests’ every comfort. Whether you wish to enjoy the superb polo facilities, use it as a base for numerous other sporting activities or simply as a retreat to relax and enjoy all Argentina has to offer, Estancia San Mateo will provide for your every requirement.

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The Lodge & Service

The estancia building is discreetly positioned at the end of an elegant drive and in the lee of mature rustling poplars. The lodge is based around a traditional farm, which has been tastefully refurbished and decorated to retain its original character and feel. Guests are accommodated in four double bedrooms and two twin rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. The main building consists of a ‘cancha’ – an extensive lounge area with dining table, bar, pool table and sitting area as well as an extensive wine cellar. An outside veranda allows guest to dine outside and enjoy long lunches or balmy evenings alongside a ‘parilla’- a traditional Argentine fire where meat is prepared. Excellent food, good wines and attentive staff ensure that you are well fed, watered and rested.

Polo at Estancia San Mateo

Polo and Argentina are inextricably linked. As a nation their professional polo team has been the undisputed world champions since 1949. There is simply no better place in the world to learn, practise and play polo than Argentina and this is the primary raison d’etre of Estancia San Mateo. With over 45 ponies, a dedicated team of grooms and some of the most skilled and accommodating polo player instructors you are likely to find, you are in extremely capable hands. The lodge, stables and private polo field are all within a stones throw of each other, allowing you to move from one to the other without a second thought.

The estancia caters for everyone, from absolute beginners, to bespoke tailored polo-themed holidays including tournament matches against local teams. Whatever your standard of play or level of experience of this exhilarating sport, you will not be disappointed.

Alternative Activities

If the estancia has a focus towards polo it is far from all it has to offer. Outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and a gymnasium are all to hand. The proximity to Buenos Aires and the international airport makes it a perfect stopping-off point for any trip to Argentina. Whether you prefer relaxing by the pool, an adventurous day’s dove shooting or being guided around the town and numerous local sights, the estancia offers an unrivalled range of activities:

  • Waterskiing and speed boating on the lake
  • Quad Biking
  • Horse riding – from basic lessons to a day’s trekking
  • Tango Dance Lessons
  • Evening Tango and Horse Riding shows at the Estancia
  • Hunting with one-to-one guides, 4x4 transport, overnight accommodation (if required)
  • Guided tours of San Miguel del Monte & local sights
  • Escorted trips to Buenos Aires for shopping, culture etc
Our Testimonials

"The highlight has to be the horses – there are 50 of them – 20 polo ponies and the rest are for riding out, all trained brilliantly by Niko and Augustin. They help you chose the right one for your experience and make you try them out on the polo field before sending you on your way. All are fit and able to canter for miles on end. All of the staff are great – extremely warm, friendly and upbeat. Florencia gives the polo lessons and couldn’t have been more patient – the polo ponies are all stunners. A fantastic place and I can honestly say that it is one of the most comfortable and beautifully done places that I have stayed whilst it maintains a very real Argentine feel."
Lucia Labouchere – London April 08

Availability and Pricing

Season: The estancia is open for individual or group bookings throughout the year
  • Double Occupancy (min 2 nights) - US $250/night
  • Single Occupancy (min 2 nights) - US $375/night
  • 5 Day polo course - US $700
  • Transfers to BA/international airport - US $150
Package Includes: Prices include all meals, morning and afternoon tea, Argentinean wine and beer and picnic lunches on day trips
Note: Price does not include additional activities such as watersports, shows, hunting etc. Full price list available on request

If you would like to know more about the Estancia San Mateo, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart Justin Maxwell-Stuart

Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Fax: +44 (0)20 7352 0942
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Online Enquiries

If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to the San Mateo, please contact us at the following:

United Kingdom Office:
Justin Maxwell-Stuart
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 519 857
Fax: +44 (0)20 7352 0942

United States Office:

US Country Code: +1
Telephone: 646 797 2945

Or alternatively email us via our Booking Enquiries Form to request more information.

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