Estancia La Sofia offers rides out in the argentine Pampa, Polo clinics for everyone from complete beginners to advanced players needing some private coaching with Marcos Antin who is a Professional polo player and very experienced instructor.
First class horses of private personal breeding, two Polo fields with sophisticated irrigation system, a sand track for you to improve your riding abilities and polish your style. Horse riding and excursions on horseback, Riding classes, Polo tution and Polo exhibition matches.
Spanish colonial elegance, refinement and traditional-style accommodation are the hallmarks of LA SOFIA. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the place set in the middle of peaceful countryside, far away from highways and any noise.There are lots of horses for all levels of play available. No excuse, therefore, for not getting onto a horse and enjoy a few rounds of polo!La Sofia is a working polo ranch. Guests will usually be able to watch practice polo matches, played regularly at La Sofia; and, especially during low season (Argentinian winter), the breaking of young horses (bred in our own stables), and training of new polo horses
POLO CLINICS For those who always wanted to try Polo or have just now got the urge, we offer your first POLO Taster EXPERIENCE. Classes are held by Marcos Antin himself.
INTENSIVE Polo programmes for novice and advanced players. For those of you who want to start up the game and progress or those who have already played but wish to take polo to the next step, we recommend one of the intensive polo weeks.
ARGENTINE PAMPAS trail riding (hacks): available year round. Take a break from polo or extend your trip to relax on these glorious rides across the vast expanse of the pampas. One hour rides to half- and full day excursions on HORSEBACK. These are individual programmes tailored to the wishes of the guests, with picnic (breakfast or afternoon tea) and/or lunch (asado) on the way. You will ride across open farmland and through typical villages of the area, with their traditional churches and old train stations. NON-riders: you can accompany the excursion comfortably on the horse-drawn carriage.
THE POLO DAY Training in the mornings, playing chukkas (real games of polo!) in the afternoons.After a good breakfast, the morning is generally spent practising “stick & ball”. Upon demand, you may also have riding and polo classes, either practicing on the horse on the green field, on the sand track, or sitting down reviewing the theory.
In the afternoon, we play games of 4 to 6 chukkas.
POLO TOURS - for experienced players.We also offer polo tours in the area. During these, you will have the opportunity to play in numerous other clubs in the surrounding area. This way, you will observe and be exposed to other polo clubs and play against different teams with different levels of play, The tours are always great fun!
A typical day at the Estancia. Eat a real argentine Asado (open barbeque), surrounded by open farmland in a traditional atmosphere. Accompanied by excellent Argentine wines from La Sofia’s private cellar, and followed by delicious home made desserts, your Asado marries historic customs and modern comfort. After lunch, rest by the swimming pool or in the shade of the trees in the park. Towels are provided and there is bar service available in the pool house. Naturally, there are a variety of horses for riding around the estancia or out in the surrounding countryside. For afternoon tea La Sofia lays out a magnificent sweet and savoury spread, with tea, coffee, cold drinks and a variety of homemade cakes, pastries, sandwiches and snacks.
Full board (four daily meals) , 5 “en suite” bedrooms, Swimming pool, deck and pool bar, Dining and Living room with lovely open fireplace (roaring and welcoming from dawn to late, in Winter), Terrace and balcony with outstanding views overlooking the polo fields, Library, TV, Internet WIFI, massages.
Promenades in old horse-drawn carriages, boules, croquet - all at the Estancia. Relax by the pool! Golf and tenis – there is a golf course and tennis courts just 15 minutes away.
Visits to Buenos Aires can be arranged - just one hour´s drive (103 Km) for shopping or cultural tours or spend a nice afternoon shopping or visiting the museums and cafes at the nearby San Antonio de Areco – the most traditional place in Argentina with its renowned museums and traditional arts and crafts (silversmiths, leather goods, musicians, painters, etc).
Also, just a few kilometres from the Estancia is a charming small little town named San Andres de Giles. Pilar is also a nice destination for shopping.
A visit to La Sofia was part of an extended trip to South America by my sister and I. It turned out to be the most unforgettable. We cannot praise the owners Marcos and Silke enough. We stayed 4 days and had the most exhilerating experience to date. Marcos provided a professional and extremely fun environment for us to learn polo. Despite the difference in our riding skills (mine non-existent!!) we both felt we had achieved far more than we could ever have imagined. They both made us feel very welcome in their fabulous home. The food was excellent, the company great and when not playing polo there were plenty of opportunities to watch and photograph the birds and hares that frequented the grounds around the house, go for a hack or walk or just relax in front of the log fire. The 3 dogs ensured you never went for a walk alone. Even the cat provided us with entertainment by playing football with us!! The weather was kind to us being sunny even though it was the winter season. For 3 of the 4 days we were the only guests there which turned to our advantage as the daily agenda became very flexible. We took the opportunity to do some retail therapy around the silversmiths of the nearby town of San Antonio de Areca - be warned - too many nice things - take plenty of money!!
Just one thing unfulfilled - as it was winter the polo circuit was in Europe and we missed the chance to watch the Pros in action. Next time mayhaps??
Heartfelt thanks to Marcos and Silke for their first class hospitality and fun company. It was a privilege to meet both you and your family.
With such a varied programme of activities on offer and at all levels there is something for everyone at this extraordinary estancia. The whole package is very professional and homely at the same time. So what are you waiting for .... ?? Get it booked!!!
Susan Bean - Glossop - UK
Lynn Willis - Shelley - UK
And another report from Emma in Jersey:
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.
THE PATRON´S SUITE and THE POLO SUITE are located in the second house, adjacent to the main house. Both are spacious rooms (40 to 50m2) with kingsized beds, fireplaces, beautiful bathrooms with bathtub and a separate shower, equipped with a full set exclusively designed, high quality amenities, and access to a private terrace. Together, the two rooms are ideal for a family since they are connected by a shared living room with TV and a private library.
THE OLD ROOM, located in the main house, is one of the orginal rooms of the completely renovated house and dates from the beginning of the 19th century. As the other two superior category rooms it is spacious and boasts a king-sized bed, private fireplace, a comfortable bathroom with bathtub, separate shower, and a full set of amenities. The room also has private access to one of the terraces.
THE BIRDSUITE and THE TOWER SUITE are standard category rooms also located in the main house. Both rooms have double beds, private bathrooms, and other amenities. THE BIRD SUITE, on the second floor, has a romantic balcony overlooking the garden and polofields. Families with children are advised to reserve the superior category rooms, as extra beds cannot comfortably be added to the Bird or Tower Suites.
All rooms of La Sofia are non-smoking and the management of the fireplaces is limited to the staff. All prices are subject to change.
Prices are per person, per night and based on full board accommodation sharing a room. Rates include: local VAT (21%), one night’s accommodation(extra beds may be added to the superior category rooms for an additional charge of 50% of the room rate); full board: breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner with non-alcoholic drinks during meals; unlimited WiFi internet access; and activities like a trailride of two hours or a horse carriage ride. (half- and full-day excursions on horseback with picnic or a “gaucho barbecue” are available at extra charge); and a range of further activities such as swimming in our pool, croquet, birdwatching, and peaceful countryside walks in the pampas. La Sofia provides chaps and helmets to all riders (obligatory).
Single supplements apply. Transfers from Buenos Aires are not included, but we can arrange these (either from the airport or from a central hotel). Flights are not included although we are happy to advise. Polo and riding packages are listed below.
High season is October to April
Low season is May to September
Standard Room with bathroom: $180 USD / £111 (double occcupancy) per person per night in high season OR $150 USD / £92 in low season. For single occupancy: £173 pp per night in high season and £150 pp in low season. Standard double rooms are with double beds (not twins) in the Bird Suite and the Tower Suite. No extra beds in this category.
In a Superior Category room: $225 USD / £140 per person per night or for Single use 350 USD / £215 per night (Superior room: 40m2, with fireplace, private bathroom “en suite”, private access to one of the terraces). Extra bed can be placed in this category room for an additional charge of 50% of the room rate. Can be made up as twin beds.
Longer rides (half day or full day) with picnic or 'gaucho barbecue' are available at extra cost. 1/2 day $40 Full day $60
Extras: polo, riding lessons, massages, excursions.
Full day polo tuition for beginners with polo classes (on the horse and theory) plus playing games (4 chukkers) including accomodation and full board. Rates are per person and per night with full board in a standard room.
£108 or $160 USD high season per person per day
£84 or $130 USD low season per person per day
Singles room: £84 or $130 low season, £108 or $130 high season
£835 or $1376 USD low season
£826 or $1360USD high season
Singles room: £986 or $1627 low season, £1172 or $1934 high season
£1623 or $2679 USD low season
£1842 or $3040 USD high season
Singles room: £1973 or $3256 low season, £2182 or $3601 high season
£1928 or $3179 USD low season
£2209 or $3.645 USD high season
Singles room: £2276 or $3756 low season, £2549 or $4206 high season
· Accomodation in comfortable double rooms.
· Full board: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
· Free drinks during the entire stay.
· Please see above for a detailed programme description.
· Certificate of participation and a polo gift.
· Use of First class Polo pony of personal private breed (trained by the owner of La Sofia).
· All necessary equipment for horses and rider: polo helmet, malets, whip and chaps.
Other available activities: horseriding, horse cariage rides, swimming pool.
Riding lessons and individual polo classes:
Individual Riding classes for beginners and advanced, given by the owner of the estancia and in the spcecially-prepared sand track (duration approx. 45min): £26 or $40
Individual Polo class for beginners (stick & ball):
Given by the ownwer of La Sofia, (prof. Polo player, duration approx. 60min): £76 or 121 USD
Excursions on horseback (Hacks) prices per person (min 2 people required)
Half day excursion on horseback with picnic £15 or $20 USD
Full day excursion on horseback with picnic and “gaucho” barbecue £26 or $40 USD
TRANSFER to La Sofia (from Buenos Aires city and its airports)
Transfer service by private car, up to 3 people per car
From B.A. CITY or any airport to La Sofia (1h15): £32 or $50 USD each car (not per person) per way. Price is paid to the driver directly.
- until 2 years of age: free; there are baby cots available with no extra charge.
- from 3 to 9 years: 25% discount on mentioned rates if the kid sleeps together with the parents in the same room (please note that only the Superior category rooms are big enough to add extra beds);
- 10 years PLUS: rates the same as adults.
Holidays can generally be of any duration and start on any day (except where specified).
Make a reservation / enquiry.
Minimum/maximum age: 7 years old to 70 !
Fly to Buenos Aires (www.travelocity.com for flight information and best deals) then we will organise a private transfer to take you down to the Estancia. Flights are not included.
TRANSFER to La Sofia (from Buenos Aires city and its airports) by private car, up to 3 people per car
- From B.A. CITY or the airport to La Sofia (1h15): Approx £32 or $50 USD each car (not per person) per way. Price is paid to the driver directly.
Anytime ! La Sofia is open all year and particularly welcomes riders new to polo during the winter months (June to August) when it is lovely and sunny during the day (shirt-sleeves) but cool in the evenings. During the polo season, November, December and January, things are busy on the tournament calender and polo takes place early morning and at sunset so that you can rest with a siesta or lie by the pool during the heat of the day.
What to bring:
For hacking and for polo you only need to bring a pair of riding boots. Everything else will be provided.
Why not combine a polo course with a few days in the capital or a few days touring to other parts of Argentina. We can organise this for you, whether you would like to visit Salto or another region, visit the famous Iguassu waterfalls, or visit Patagonia and the south. You could also combine a polo course with riding in another part of Argentina and participate in an 'Estancia to Estancia' ride.
- Please note that LA SOFIA is not obliged to refund any amounts for eventual reductions in the scheduled polo training programme due to “last minute changes” or individual fitness (lack of fitness).
-Certain weather conditions (heavy rain) might delay or shorten a training programme (worst case!). La Sofia cannot take any responsibilities for such weather conditions and is not obliged for any refunds due to extraordinary weather conditions.
At La Sofia we always will do our best to fullfill a scheduled programme.
-Any guest training at La Sofia is asked to become a temporary member of La Sofia Polo Club and the AAP (Argentinian Polo Association) which includes an insurance for eventual accidents (fee of US$ 100, or about £60 paid directly on arrival).
You can calculate the CO2 emission of your journey to Argentina at Climate Care and compensate for your 'environmental footprint'. If you let us know how much it is we will be happy to pay this on your behalf.
In the office, we use paper from sustainably managed forests and recycled material where possible.
We encourage you to travel onwards from your arrival airport by rail when possible, and will book seats on your behalf.
To make a non-binding enquiry or a provisional booking, please fill in the reservations & enquiries form. Once we have checked availability, we will send you a quote with a holiday reference number by email. To secure your holiday, a deposit is required of £200 per person (or half the cost of the holiday, whichever is lower) and forward any insurance premiums to the insurance company. You should book your flights at this stage, and forward details to us so that we can organise your transfers. The balance of payment must be received by us not less than eight weeks before departure. Payment instructions.
Insurance: all riders must be fully insured. We can recommend this travel insurance policy. The application form may be printed out to send with your premiums direct to the insurance company.
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