“A historical Patagonian estancia right on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, offering horse-riding and hiking tours”
Accommodation is in 2 houses which were built as part of the original estancia in the 1920s, both offering stunning views over the steppe to the Torres del Paine.
The Administration House is a quaint zinc building, with a red tin pitched roof, and peonies and lupins growing by the door. It has 5 Standard Rooms, and a sitting room decorated in rather English style, with floral textiles in warm colours, where guests can sit and relax. The hallway has interesting photographs of the estancia in the early days, plus an old gramophone. The bedrooms are all furnished in traditional early 20th century cottage-style, with polished wooden floors and homely touches like woven blankets and folky wall hangings. There are antique wardrobes and night tables, and views over the picket fence to the garden and landscape beyond. Rooms are warm and centrally heated, and there are impeccable modern bathrooms, with simple toiletries provided.
The other guest house is known as The Owner’s House and has 10 Superior Rooms coming off a spacious central sitting room, with lots of armchairs and a wood-burning stove. These rooms are larger than those in the Administration House, with kingsize or twin beds, and fireplaces in most - probably worth the 10% surcharge. Other than that it's similar to the Administration House: the same decor, modern bathrooms and long views, all housed in a traditional Patagonian building, with a red tin roof and a wooden balcony running the length of it.
Cerro Guido’s magnificent view of the Torres del Paine is the focus of the dining room, or quincho, with a whole wall of picture windows to bring vast landscapes and skies inside. This attractive building is a recent construction in traditional style, some way up the hill from the 2 guest houses. It’s a pleasure to sit here and watch the sun set, while sharing pisco sours and delicious canapés with the hosts Paulina and Horacio.
The quincho has a relaxed ranch feel: furniture is specially designed in blond wood, and tables are simply decorated with cream linen and pastel patterned runners, creating a harmonious continuity with the colours outside. There are hints of the typical Patagonian estancia, too, in the old bar and ceiling lights mounted on a wagon wheel.
Dinner offers a limited set menu, but different dietary needs can be catered for. Food is simple rather than gourmet, and typical dishes include home-reared lamb, seared local salmon and salads. The Calafate berry ice cream is particularly delicious, and the waiting staff are charming and extremely professional. Outside, there’s an open area for traditional barbecues (asado), which consists of an entire lamb being speared and cooked to perfection over an open fire. This is usually organised for groups of guests on their last evening.
Breakfast is an uplifting experience here, with the morning light on the steppe and the Torres del Paine, and a wood-burning stove creating a cheery glow. Don’t expect anything more ornate than the traditional rural breakfast; toast, jams and free-range eggs cooked to order.
Lunch is often taken with you on rides or activities within the park.
Estancia Cerro Guido would be wonderful for older children (over 12), as there's lots of space to run around in and plenty of adventure. We don't recommend it for younger children, however, as there's a fast-flowing stream through the property and little on hand to entertain them.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available