10 Best Ranches To Stay In Uruguay - Updated 2024

Sheherezad
Sheherezad 
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Between the vast plains of Argentina and the sandy shores of Brazil lies Uruguay. This country in South America has a lot to offer its visitors and locals alike. Head to its vibrant capital city named Montevideo, where you can check out many attractions — ranging from the historic Palacio Salvo to the Constitution Plaza. Another city worth visiting is Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Besides these attractions, Uruguay is also known for its sprawling ranches or “estancias”. These stand as a testament to its deep-rooted gaucho culture and they are often found alongside hills, verdant pastures, and waterways, such as the Rio de la Plata.

Despite being overshadowed by its larger neighbors often, Uruguay stands out with its rich past and traditions, exquisite wines, and more. Want to immerse yourself in the authentic Uruguayan lifestyle? Read on to find the best ranches to stay in Uruguay.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 01, 2024.

1. Lovely ranch situated on a hill; El Edén (from USD 500)

This charming ranch in El Edén offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Uruguay’s scenic beauty. A drive of just 90 minutes separates you from Montevideo’s urban pulse, while the coastal allure of Punta del Este is a short 45-minute drive away.

Guests can indulge in a lovely stay that offers everything from air-conditioned bedrooms to various entertainment options — such as a TV with Netflix and a private pool. This ranch is also situated on a hill, and you can witness cows and horses grazing the property. After an incredible day, whip up a meal in the kitchen.

Stayed at this property?
El Edén, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
55 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 16 Beds 14 Guests 8 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful place and comfortable place for nature lovers looking for piece and quiet
Host:
patricio is a fantastic host with a super quick response time alway helping out
Location:
amazing house and location once there you don't want to leave anymore
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2. Finca Los Limoneros; Punta Ballena (from USD 550)

Tucked away in the scenic landscapes of Punta Ballena, Finca Los Limoneros is nestled on a 14-hectare (34.59-acre) property and features views of the verdant hills and the lagoon. Just a short walk away are some pristine beaches. Moreover, top places such as Punta del Este and Piriápolis are also nearby, making this ranch the perfect accommodation.

Revel in the culinary delights with indoor and outdoor grilling options and take advantage of the traditional wood-burning oven. For relaxation, take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool that comes heated. Wander the grounds, fish in the waters, or engage with the farm animals. Nature is not just a view here; it’s an experience.

Stayed at this property?
Punta Ballena, Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
26 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 11 Beds 14 Guests 6 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
Host:
great host treatment very recommended for a quiet and beautiful escape with the family
Location:
perfect location for a family getaway all rooms are very private and main house is well equipped
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3. Pueblo Eden; Departamento de Maldonado (from USD 100)

Pueblo Eden provides a peaceful view of the surrounding mountains and a nearby stream. With the occasional visit from sheep and horses, the setting truly boasts a serene retreat. The property stretches over 7 hectares (17.30 acres), encompassed by lush nature and water. The ranch is neighbored by the residence of the landlords. However, despite their proximity to you, you are ensured of privacy. On certain weekends, the hosts might also even offer horseback riding experiences for interested guests.

The house features an outdoor kitchen, a barbecue grill, and an indoor fireplace catering to accommodate various moods and weather. Board games are also available for use.

Stayed at this property?
Departamento de Maldonado, Uruguay
141 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 5 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the house was spotlessly clean
a spotlessly clean home in a beautiful setting we enjoyed every minute of our visit
Location:
eden was the perfect location
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4. Country bungalow with mountain view; Minas (from USD 52)

Find solace in this quaint bungalow located 7 km (4.35 mi) from Minas. This serene abode, placed in the heart of the countryside, is well-characterized by a sprawling stained-glass window, offering an expansive view of a valley encircled by rolling hills and timeless stone landscapes.

Designed for year-round comfort, the space remains cozy during winter and refreshingly cool during the summer. The bungalow comes with an integrated kitchenette, living area, and sleeping space suitable for couples. On sweltering days, guests can take a dip in the private plunge pool overlooking the verdant landscape. Situated in a stunning 50-hectare (123.55-acre) property, this farm features horseback riding and even a recreational park that has a fire pit and grill. Here, visitors can also embark on hiking and biking.

Stayed at this property?
Minas, Departamento de Lavalleja, Uruguay
73 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is a cute little one room with a wonderful view
Host:
christoph is a great host
exelent great host in the area thank chistophfor the beautiful horse ride and bear we love to come back
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5. Rustic retreat with great amenities; Treinta y Tres (from USD 60)

This awe-inspiring country retreat is nestled between the cities of Treinta y Tres and José Pedro Varela — both of which are brimming with restaurants, supermarkets, and other nice shops. Immerse yourself in an authentic rural setting as you stroll through the premises, encountering local fauna and reveling under the shade of fruit trees. From playgrounds to the milking area, every nook offers a glimpse into countryside living.

The rental is equipped with a host of amenities. For instance, there is a kitchen for home-cooked meals, an indoor fireplace for cooler evenings, and an outdoor dining area near a wood-burning barbecue grill. The location is merely a short drive from natural attractions, such as the Olimar Grande River and the stunning Quebrada de los Cuervos.

Whether arriving by car or hopping off the inter-departmental bus that stops right at the entrance, accessing this countryside gem is a breeze.

Stayed at this property?
Treinta y Tres, Departamento de Treinta y Tres, Uruguay
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

6. Beautiful ranch surrounded by nature; Mariscala (from USD 200)

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Lavalleja, just a 90-minute drive from Punta del Este, this breathtaking 104-hectare (256.99-acre) farm offers an authentic retreat for nature lovers.

Beyond its picturesque outdoors, the main house, reserved entirely for guests, promises the comforts of home coupled with modern delights. Featuring comfy bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and rooftop terraces with spectacular lake views, every corner of this property whispers relaxation. Other things to enjoy here are daily fresh eggs, an organic vegetable and herb garden, and an in-house staff ready to cater to your needs.

Venture out to nearby Mariscala for local shopping and dining, or arrange riding excursions to truly embrace the landscape. Amenities, such as a natural swimming lake and barbecue grills, are also available for fun.

Stayed at this property?
Mariscala, Lavalleja Department, Uruguay
9 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 5 Beds 6 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Host:
very kind and thoughtful people that helped us spent a great time at ñuyporá
Location:
it’s so unbelievably beautiful here we can’t imagine a better place to spend the rest of our trip
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7. Ñangapiré; Tacuarembó (from USD 91)

This lovely retreat in Tacuarembó is an embodiment of sustainable living nestled within the biological corridors of Quebradas del Norte. This lush eco-tourism sanctuary promises an enriching experience, where guests can reconnect with nature properly.

Founded on Batoví Instituto Orgánico, the environment here reverberates with over 17 years of the host’s commitment to nature. As a testament to this dedication, the property features over a thousand native trees and organic vegetable gardens. Amenities include a wood stove, a well-equipped kitchen, and outdoor recreational areas, such as a swimming pool and a grill area.

Stayed at this property?
Tacuarembó, Uruguay
17 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in nature lodge 19 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

8. Quaint farmhouse with kitchen; Punta del Este (from USD 98)

Discover the perfect blend of country, beach, and lake at this quaint farmhouse complete with a kitchen. Outside, indulge in a delightful barbecue area, a refreshing swimming pool, and an on-site tennis court. The young ones can also revel in the playground, while animal lovers will cherish the presence of horses and other farm animals.

A stay here isn’t just about the place — it’s also about the overall experience. Plus, from the peacocks to the sheep, everyone is a treasured member of the community.

Stayed at this property?
Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
24 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
clean well equipped rooms decorated in a traditional manner
Host:
everyone was so helpful and informative and we quickly felt very comfortable and at home
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9. Rustic cottage with garden; Montevideo (from USD 20)

Located near the capital city’s bustling downtown area, this rustic cottage offers a serene escape while still being near conveniences. Experience the rural allure with the company of farm animals, such as horses, sheep, and peacocks. For those looking to properly immerse themselves in the authentic countryside experience, horseback riding is available for free. The property also has a well-equipped kitchen.

Outside, guests can enjoy the tranquil ambiance of a Japanese meditation garden or spark up a barbecue. With the convenience of free on-site parking and regular bus services to Montevideo, moving around is hassle-free.

Stayed at this property?
Montevideo, Montevideo, UY, Montevideo, Uruguay
52 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

10. Century-old countryside farmhouse; Capilla de Cella (from USD 30)

Situated in the serene landscapes lies a century-old farmhouse that’s been thoughtfully revamped to offer a harmonious blend of age-old charm and modern conveniences.

The unique aspect of this retreat is its permaculture project, allowing guests to immerse in a wholesome experience with the resident animals and gardens. Just 9.66 kilometers (6.00 miles) away is the beach, where you can feel the sand between your toes and relax. The property’s seclusion promises tranquility, punctuated only by nature’s symphony and the occasional cattle drive from a nearby neighbor.

For those seeking an authentic countryside sojourn combined with easy accessibility to essential amenities, this is your perfect Uruguayan hideout.

Stayed at this property?
Capilla de Cella, Departamento de Canelones, Uruguay
11 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Host:
so nice so true so friendly
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Experience country life in Uruguay

Explore Uruguay’s diverse landscapes by opting to stay in one of the above ranches, all of which boast rustic charms and modern comforts. From eco-retreats to beachside havens, choose and book your perfect stay today.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

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