The SpaceThe most stylish and atmospheric of all the houses available for private rental in the village, "The House on the square" is also the most authentic house and well incorporated into the natural surroundings. The main house leads out onto the village square, which is the focal point of Pueblo Garzón (featured as #21 in the New York Times's list of places to visit in 2016) and where the villagers gather in the shade of the trees to sip mate and catch up with local news. Decorated throughout with antique floor tiles, exposed brickwork and carefully sourced antique Uruguayan furniture the house resounds with the spirit of the countryside and feels like a warm and well loved country house which complements the tranquility of this quiet village.
In the main house the kitchen opens onto a domino-tiled courtyard with a well at the center. During the day it is a suntrap and the perfect spot to enjoy the sun, and by night a lovely place to enjoy sunset cocktails with friends and family.The kitchen is the only place to eat inside and is stocked with everything guests will require for cooking family meals. A larder / boot-room connects to the kitchen where there is a double-door American chest fridge-freezer and another door that opens onto the courtyard. The sitting room echoes the style of decor with gorgeous antique floor-tiles, sofas and a chaise lounge re-upholstered with fabrics brought from Paris, exposed brickwork and a tall, central fireplace for cooler evenings. A set of double doors opens onto the Plaza. The main (double bedded) bedroom is reached through the sitting room and is a lovely light filled room with a small fireplace and adjacent dressing room. All the windows - and the French doors that open onto the courtyard - are fitted with mosquito netting and there is a built-in ceiling fan. A second twin-bedded room, ideally suited for two children, shares the one bathroom in the main house which has a bath, wooden floors and heated towel rails all set under careful lighting reflected in a original art deco mirror.
A separate casita is set on the garden side of the courtyard from the main house and contains both tack area and service area (washing and drying machines, deep washing sinks) and a well-appointed master suite, which has tall windows, wooden floors, a chimney place and a ceiling fan.
A tradition parrilla (BBQ grill) is at the heart of a second brick-lined courtyard with a well-stocked supply of firewood and a table and benches for outdoor meals. By day the area is beautifully shaded by a 12 meter high Anacahuita tree and it is gently lit by night allowing dinner to drift on into the early hours. There are two large garden areas. The one closer to the house is fenced and ideal for children's games (although it is set up with large wooden chairs and a hammock under the apple trees for more sedate pleasures) and the areas bordering the house and street have been lavishly planted with lavender, roses, a herb and vegetable garden, bougainvillea and fruit tress. Passing through this garden you come to a meadow garden with longer pasture, olive trees and palms and this is where the pool (approx. 4m x 6m) is located. Guest AccessGuests will have access to the whole property, except for a small room off the kitchen that is kept locked and is used as a deposit. The NeighborhoodPueblo Garzon was featured as #21 on the New York Times' list of 52 Destinations to visit in 2016. (URL HIDDEN)
"In 2008, Alejandro Bulgheroni, who owns wineries from Napa to Tuscany, began growing grapes in a ranching region of Uruguay near the dusty town of Garzón, about 20 miles inland from the beach village of José Ignacio. Last month, the resulting boutique vineyard, Bodega Garzón, added a 161,000-square-foot winery angling for LEED certification and a restaurant with an open-flame-cooking focus overseen by the celebrated Argentine chef Francis Mallmann. It’s on an approximately 10,000-acre CQ property that includes olive and almond orchards. An inn is planned next year. Spanning nearby Lake Garzón, the new ring-shaped Laguna Garzón Bridge designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly is poised to be both an architectural attraction and a gateway to the rustic countryside."
Pueblo Garzón is close enough to the beaches and restaurants of Jose Ignacio (25 km) to be able to dip in and out of the best the coast has to offer at will and for house guests to enjoy a morning swim in the sea when the urge strikes. The nearest beach is about a 20-minute drive from the house and is virtually deserted even at the busiest times of the year. The water is bracing.
The Laguna Garzón is a fantastic place to learn to windsurf and kite surf, sports which are taking Uruguay by force, as you will see on any breezy day on the coast. Getting AroundCar hire is required, as there is no public transportation to Pueblo Garzón. Other Things to Note- This is a wonderful property to experience this remote and rural village. Simple by design and favouring the traditional over the more luxurious this house is suited to a family, a couple or a small group of friends who e
njoy life's simplest pleasures; good food, time well spent, country living, long walks and great riding in a bucolic and timeless setting
- Wonderful horse rides can be arranged (locally at an additional cost) with a local gaucho tailored to suit all levels of experience, and a full asado or picnic can be arranged in the campo to make a memorable full day's expedition
- Having a pool to cool off in is a must in the heat of the summer months
- Bird watchers will find plenty to keep them occupied from dawn to dusk
- Great for 'foodies'. In addition to Francis Mallmann's renowned hotel-restaurant there are several other excellent unique owner-run restaurants all a short walk away