This historical estancia (ranch) is located in San Antonio de Areco just over an hour's drive from downtown Buenos Aires and the birthplace of the gaucho tradition.
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 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.
El Ombú offers nine spacious modernized bedrooms (6 doubles and 3 triples) with en suite bathrooms, large windows and an interesting array of period furniture.
In the winter time 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's living room is now a spacious common room, in which guests can enjoy satellite TV or videos, a round of billiards, a game of chess or hand of cards.
On the adjacent gallery there will also be a ping-pong and metegol (table football).
The park and surrounding ranch land with its natural lagoons and small water courses running to the Areco River offer a rich habitat to a large proportion of Argentina's 1000 bird species.
No stay will be complete without at least one asado.
The typical Argentinean barbecue of the world's finest beef raised free-range on the estancia.