“Family guesthouse in the beautiful grounds of a fruit farm, with the stunning Andes as a perfect backdrop”
Stroll around and you’ll find the affable owner Armando with his workers in the fields, while the 2 Virginias (his wife and daughter) are helping pack blueberries to be shipped overseas. Lounge by the peaceful pool or play with the cats on the cobblestone courtyard beside the burbling stream. Inside the hotel, wicker chairs encircle the brick fireplace in the stone-floored lobby, noble wood beams criss-cross the ceilings, Mapuche weavings grace cornflower-blue walls. It’s a 5-minute drive into Santa Cruz for dinner, but before you head into town, have a glass from the complimentary bottle of Colchagua wine in your room, as you sit on your balcony and drink in that view.
- A perfect base for touring local wineries or driving La Ruta del Vino in the Colchagua Valley
- Spotlessly clean, spacious rooms with great bathrooms; most share a balcony with amazing Andes views
- Delicious breakfasts with homemade bread, fresh strawberry juice, creamy yoghurt and blueberries from the farm
- Friendly owners and staff who make you feel welcome and recommend restaurants and day trips
- Their commitment to renewable energy - heating is partially sourced from solar panels and stream water; windmills are planned
- No restaurant at the hotel, nor any within swift walking distance
- Santa Cruz is 2km away so you'll have to rely on taxis if you don’t have a car
- Some traffic noise can be heard from the highway, especially in the morning
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Our top tips
- Country Hotel
- Breakfast (+ lunch on request)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
A footbridge over the stream links the hotel to a 2-storey, fairly new (2008) building housing 8 country-rustic rooms. This extension to Casa de Campo was solidly built, with wood ceiling beams and thick walls separating the patios and rooms - it was unscathed in the 2010 earthquake, unlike many older houses in the region, which suffered major damage.
The rooms are spacious with marble-and-stone flooring and sepia photos on white stucco walls. Our room on the first floor was a Triple with a wooden staircase leading up to a small loft with a single bed; our own bed was a super-kingsize with oak posts, white cotton sheets, stacks of pillows and olive-green cushions and throw. French doors opened onto a black-and-white tiled terrace with cushioned wicker chairs, a glass-topped table, potted plants and, of course, the film-set panorama of the Andes.
There are 3 rooms in the original 1867 casa de campo, leading off a hallway lined with antique furniture and watercolour paintings - these slightly smaller rooms have double beds and ensuite bathrooms but lack a terrace.
Bathrooms have rain showers and terraSpirit toiletries; wardrobes and shelves are built-in. All rooms have well-stocked minibars, satellite TV and WiFi. Air con is not needed; the rooms stay cool all day and central heating is provided by solar panels.
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Satellite tv
Breakfast is served in the pretty dining room of white tables and blue-wash walls hung with colourful weavings. Creamy yoghurt and blueberries fresh from the family farm are laid out on a buffet table, along with pastries and orange juice. Homemade bread and jams and a plate of ham and cheese are at your table; tea or coffee is brought to you. There are also outside tables under a canopied terrace facing a water fountain.
Staff can make up sandwiches if you want to stay at the hotel and have lunch by the pool or on one of the terraced sitting areas. Alternatively, there is a list of suggested restaurants by the front desk - we went into Santa Cruz and had some typical Chilian chipperones and paella marina at Alma Campasina.
For dinner, Armando personally recommended Club Social, the town’s working men’s club, which has a restaurant open to the public. Waiters were friendly and there was a good selection of seafood, with many wines by the half-bottle. Out of town, Panpan Vinovino is set in an atmospheric old bakery with a huge brick oven and offers variations on local cuisine such as curried lamb stew and eggplant casserole with polenta. Its sister restaurant Mistela has an outdoor terrace and more traditional dishes.
- Lunch by arrangement
- Organic produce
Most of the young front-desk staff speak a little English and can suggest outings. The following are recommended:
- Winery Tours: The Colchagua Valley is aiming to become South America’s Napa Valley and dozens of local vinas offer tours - Casa de Campo is closest to Apalta, Las Ninas and Montes, which has a gravity-flow winery designed along Feng-Shui principles
- Explore the Colchagua Valley. There are some stunning hiking trails close by; ask staff to recommend a route, or arrange horse riding or bike hire for you
- Museo de Colchagua: Santa Cruz’s patron of the arts, Carlos Cardoen, donated his personal collection of pre-Colombian and Conquistador-era artefacts to the town and created a fascinating museum
- Espiritus de Colchagua: Tour this typical adobe house in Santa Cruz to learn (and taste) how the family makes delicious liqueurs and brandies from 21 different types of fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices (call to arrange a visit; +56-72-822-754, Thurs-Sun)
- Museo de la Artesania Chilena: Located in the nearby town of Lolol, this museum showcases more than 2,000 pieces of antique craftwork including Mapuche pottery and handicrafts from Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
- Pichilemu: this coastal town is about an hour away and is popular with surfing expats - wetsuits and lessons available or you can just eat grilled seafood by the shore
- La Lajuela: this hamlet is the best place to buy chupallas, the handmade braided straw hats - Casa de Campo also has a small shop with ponchos, purses and sombreros for sale
- The Train Tour: The Tren del Vino is a 1913 steam engine that wends through the Colchagua Valley, stopping at various wineries and offering wine tasting on board - unfortunately temporarily suspended because of the February 2010 earthquake, check this website for updates
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Children will enjoy the pool, extensive grounds, and wandering through pathways to the willow trees by the river at the edge of the fields, or watching the blueberry pickers and sorters. All of the rooms in the extension can fit an extra bed or a baby cot and some are triples with a single bed in a small loft.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Triple Rooms have a single bed in a small loft area, and all rooms in the newer extension building can fit a rollaway bed, where a child can stay free of charge
- Airport: 2 hours (Santiago)
- Shops: 5 minutes