Estancia El Rocío is an approved “Polo Club” by the AAP (Argentine Polo Association) and has become an “Affiliate Member” of the US Polo Association.
Estancia El Rocío is any polo lover's dream. Patrice personally chose the perfect setting for the polo field and stables, landscaping the surrounding grounds to embrace the true feel of the Argentine Pampas whether one rides on horseback or just walks around the estancia.
At Estancia El Rocío Polo Clinics are organized by professional polo players who focus on participants learning through a very practical teaching style for both beginners and more advanced players. Classes are planned according to players' levels and may include practice games between teams and according to guests’ timetables.
El Rocío offers its´ guests the possibility to have polo games organized for them at different clubs in the surroundings of the estancia and in the province of Buenos Aires.
Whether it’s polo lovers or people who just like outdoor activities, Estancia El Rocío becomes the perfect setting to enjoy nature, practice sports o just lay back and relax.
• Horseback rides
• Sulky rides
• Bicycle rides
• Swimming pool
• Massages (advanced notice)
• San Miguel del Monte town: museum, lake and the adobe house of Juan Manuel de Rosas. Other visits: local craftsmen; dairy farm and cheese factory; 7,500 acres of neighboring farm land, adjacent to El Rocío with cultivated fields and cattle.
• Bird watching
• Jineteada (rodeo)
• Horse training exhibitions
• Pato exhibitions
• Polo exhibitions
• Folklore (Guitar players & dance groups)
The farm's surrounding area is a rich habitat for Argentina's local fauna and offers many possibilities for this sport. Activities are coordinated by expert guides with over fifteen years' experience and are therefore planned according to guests' requests.
Although the principal house is well heated through its central heating, the fireplaces brighten and give a warm, cozy atmosphere to the living room, dining room and library in the winter and cold autumn days. Guests can easily access Internet through Wi-fi, comfortably watch a DVD or a cable movie, or find a cozy corner where to relax and enjoy a great book from the library. Drinks are served in the sitting room before dinner. Dress code: smart casual.
Full board is offered which included breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Each meal at Estancia El Rocío is a perfect combination of flavors of the Pampa and Argentina. “Empanadas (small pies), locros, carbonadas (meet & vegetable stew), pollo al disco, mil hojas de dulce de leche, tortas fritas, pastelitos (regional pastries), traditional “asados” and “cordero a la cruz” (traditionally made roasted lamb) accompanied by the most Argentine exquisite wines are some of the proposals for our guests to enjoy.
Meals are served, according to the day’s temperature, at the gallery under the wisteria, on tables prepared under the gentle shadows of the eucalyptus, at the “Olive patio”, the dining room or at “la matera”.
Total rooms available: 5 (2 suites, 2 twin, 1 loft) --- Maximum capacity: 12 guests
Main House - Central heating
A little background about your hosts, Patrice and Macarena Graviere
Patrice Graviere’s long romance with Argentina goes back to when he was two years old, only a young child arriving in Buenos Aires from his native France. During most of his childhood he watched Argentina’s top polo players like Dorignac, Alberdi, Harriot and Heguy at the Tortugas Country Club, the Hurlingham Club and Palermo. It is Patrice’s fascination with Polo and the Argentine Pampas that finally drove him to find a perfect setting to build his dream house.
The dusty roads of La Pampa and his friends in the area, led Patrice to the old cottage in San Miguel, which would years later become Estancia El Rocío. It was the wide variety of birds that flew into the area (San Miguel is perfect for bird watching) and the wonderful trees that surround the colonial cottage that drove Patrice to buy the place.
The original structure of the cottage was impossible to rebuild so Patrice decided to pull it down but used its bricks for the new house that would have all the facilities and comforts he was used to. Patrice’s wife, Macarena Llambí, who has a long history in fashion next to the world’s biggest brands like Hermés, was responsible for every detail of the decoration. Macarena personally chose each of the objects and trained the staff to offer an impeccable personalized service to their demanding international guests.
Each corner of the house is finely decorated with exclusive pieces Macarena has collected in each of their trips and the colours of the walls were inspired by all the colors of the Argentine Pampas. Yellows and oranges resembling unforgettable sunsets and the bright greens of the surrounding trees are all present in each room welcoming the guests.
Macarena is El Rocío’s Hotel Manager and as such, she is personally responsible for every detail including the food and the decoration of the place. She has carefully selected everything from the whitest linens to the Spanish China at the table and the unbelievable flavors of every dish and the best wines to go with them.
Every moment at Estancia El Rocío is a special one, made to be enjoyed in the relaxing atmosphere created by the surrounding pampas.
A personal view from one of our clients:
In Argentina horses and polo are embedded in the history and culture of the country and seem to be a natural part of everyones lives. Against the backdrop of wide open blue skies in the pampas these holidays offer close encounters with the real “world of the gaucho”, where polo is a way of life that spans all ages and social groups and underpins the rural economy. This is a refreshing contrast to the elitist image that it has in european countries.
A stay in an estancia offers a close up view of this life and the opportunity to either hone your skills if you are a polo player or try out a whole new riding experience if not. Many of these properties are family homes with a long history which owners are proud to relate over long sociable evening meals. Whilst staying in small privately owned estancias provides a very authentic experience of polo, the level of hospitality and standard of comfort provided makes it restful and relaxing at the same time. These places are intimate and friendly as they are family homes, but you are provided with the surroundings and hospitality to make you feel properly looked after and pampered.
All levels of riding ability are catered for and in many places there is the opportunity to take gentle rides out in the pampas gaucho style (horses always abreast rather than in line!) as well as to take polo instruction. However once you have stood in the stirrups, turned with arm out stretched and swung the stick through making contact with the ball you can be hooked on this game, and charging up and down the pitch with a few other friends and fellow enthusiasts is all you will want to do. It is great fun and the horses are amazingly talented and patient with learners so it really is possible to have a go even for a relatively inexperienced rider. A great way to have a relaxing holiday, explore an exciting and beautiful country, spend some time doing an exhilarating and fun activity and return home with a new skill.
El Rocío is located 64 km (45 minute ride) from Ezeiza International Airport (main International airport for Buenos Aires) and just over 100 km away from Buenos Aires Capital (1hr and ½ ride).
Although transportation is not provided, all transfers to and from the estancia can be organized, by private car, including airplane (runway/landing-strip at San Miguel del Monte’s aerodrome, 12km from El Rocío) or private helicopter transfers from Aeroparque to El Rocío.
Why not extend your trip with a few days in Buenos Aires or visiting another part of Argentina. We have teemed up with one of the top, exclusive agencies in Buenos Aires to organise a tailor-made itinerary for you. Contact us for options and prices.
* If you wish to participate in any tournament in Argentina do not hesitate to let us know in time and we’ll organize everything to ensure the best service.
* All polo programs provided by El Rocio´s designated polo instructor / advisor.
* All programs are subject to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. A programs day’s agenda may be changed for such reasons or in case it is cancelled, reimbursed.
* Please let us know in order to re-quote in case polo program is for more than 1 guest.
* If a guest participating in any of the above polo program buys a polo horse, his/her polo program fee will be deducted from the horse selling price.