“Guest estancia set within an organic winery, offering a tuition in wine-growing and wonderful walks”
Matetic's 7 rooms are set in a horseshoe-shaped estancia around a central courtyard filled with bright rhododendrons, leafy shrubs and towering palm trees. Built in the early 20th century, this was once a family home and its pink adobe walls and long columned walkways brim with colonial charm.
Each room is named after a type of wine - we stayed in Syrah, one of the 6 Standard Rooms. It had a super kingsize bed (some have twins) with a heavy cream damask bedspread; other rooms, such as the Sauvignon Blanc Suite, have pretty floral bedspreads. All rooms have elegant sitting chairs and floors of beautifully polished wood. The feel is old-fashioned but not fusty - the op-art black and white tiles of the large ensuite bathrooms make sure of that. All have walk-in showers; the Suite also has a Jacuzzi bath.
Outside, each room has a pair of chairs on its stretch of terrace; we loved sitting here looking out over the vineyards and gardens, with a G&T from the honesty bar in the hotel's games room in hand (though when we visited this was missing ice and mixers and we had to ask staff to bring them).
Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate, and full board rates are also available. All meals that are included in the rates are served in the estancia’s St. Malthide dining room.
Breakfast is a buffet spread of fresh juice, homemade breads, hams, cheeses and Chanco (sheep's milk cheese made on the estate). You can also have eggs to order, and there’s a high-tech German coffee-making machine for those who need a morning caffeine shot. Dinner consists of 4-5 options, and the reception desk delivered a form to our room so we could select our dishes and choose when we wanted to eat.
Lunch is also served in the nearby Equilibrio, the Californian-style wood-and-glass restaurant by the lake, which has a great reputation locally and serves self-proclaimed 'gourmet' food accompanied by the estate’s wine. We had a tasty breaded shrimp and green salad, followed by a shrimp risotto with crispy seaweed and reineta (similar to sea bass) with spicy Chilean mash. To finish, we tucked into a most unusual but tasty blue cheese ice-cream - the ideal partner for our nut pie. Starters come with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc EQ, followed by a complimentary bottle of wine with the main meal - we tried the award-winning Syrah EQ.
The restaurant is open for lunch only, and is closed on Mondays. It’s sometimes busy with winery tours or corporate events a, but staff are happy to fix you something light - perhaps a BLT - to eat on your terrace or by the pool.
Children are welcome, and reduced rates are available for those staying in their own room. There are cots for under 2s and extra beds for those aged up to 11. Children ages 0-4 stay free of charge when sleeping in their parents bed. Older children will enjoy the pool and the activities on offer.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking