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6 BEDROOMS | 12 GUESTS | JOSÉ IGNACIO, URUGUAY
The estate is a haven of peace, hidden away on the shore of the Laguna Garzon, just a few minutes from the bustle of José Ignacio. There are 6 suites in total spread between the main house and two identical cabins which are reached through the garden. There are views of the lagoon all around - from the main house there are especially spectacular sunsets from the deck; from the garden and quincho, a lovely open-sided thatched bbq pavilion; and form the two bedroom cabins.
The main house is an innovative structure of white-painted wood with panoramic views of the surrounding unspoilt landscapes. With its wide elevated terrace and wrap-around deck, open plan living space and high breezy ceilings the houses succeeds in being both traditional and unique, a property that is perfectly in harmony with its surroundings. Uruguayan architect Mario Connio, responsible for many of the most important houses on this stretch of the South American coast, originally conceived and built the house as his holiday getaway home and was uncompromising about the location he chose which is at once an oasis celebrating the region’s beauty yet only a short bike ride to the chic centre of the action in José Ignacio. Built following simple materials of wood and corrugated iron, the house appears planted in the landscape as it sits of stilts on three sides of the 200m2 construction and this elevation helps to make the most of the staggering views, best seen with a frosted glass in hand from the deck at sunset.
Other than the two bedrooms (the master-suite and second ensuite double bedroom) the main-house is entirely open plan with a fully equipped kitchen to the right as you enter, followed by two large sittings rooms that offer a variety of spaces to relax depending on the time of day. Huge picture windows surround the house which is flooded with light and with no doors or walls to obstruct either the sunlight or views it creates a space where there seems to be no boundary between inside and out. At the front of the house sliding doors open onto the wide deck where there is a dinning area and open sitting room with sofas and low tables for lazing away the long summer days. The deck comes with a small pool on the lip of the structure which seems to flow into the lagoon.
The decor completes the feel of the ultimate summer house with deep white sofas and armchairs clad in natural fabrics, bright splashes of colour in the artwork on the walls and the roll down blinds that surround the house and allow for guests to block out the sun’s rays on the hottest of days. There are fire places for the winter and despite its undoubted claims as the ultimate summer residence we found ourselves dreaming of autumn nights, looking out over the lagoon sitting in front of a roaring fire.
A short walk out the back of the house and across the grassy park land (ideal for children’s games!) is a splendid lunch pavilion with a thatched roof and open sides that houses an outdoor kitchen and professional barbecue grill, table, chairs and benches and that will be the backdrop for many a long lunch.
Beyond there are 4 further suites which are houses in two identical cabins, two bedrooms in each and each separated by a mini-siting area where a flat screen TV provides a little hide-away for younger children. Both cabins are built using the same wide wooden boards as the main house and are elevated on stilts. A broad wooden deck connects them and both have sun loungers, tables and chairs and benches outside and guests can choose here and the hammocks slung among the trees in the garden for their siesta.
José Ignacio with its famous restaurants, boutiques and endless beaches are just a few kilometers away (if that) and guests at the villa can dip in and out of the scene - often summed up as a heady mix of cash and DNA - at will. It is one of our very favorite houses on the coast.
VILLA 120 ACCOMMODATION
• 1 master suite (queen sized bed) with air-conditioning with a large bathroom with bath and shower
• 1 Further suite (double bed) with A/c and a small ensuite bathroom with shower
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Spacious indoor and outdoor living areas
• The house has a wrap around deck with a breakfast table set on the east side and a wide sun deck, dinning area and small swimming pool to the west. The deck is open sided and has no protection at the edge
• The main living areas – inside and out – are cooled by overhead fans
• Wi-fi internet, Ipod docking station and Cable TV
CABAÑA ONE AND CABAÑA TWO
• Each cabaña has one double suite with a double bed (queen size) and one suite with two twins beds both with A/C and small ensuite shower rooms
• The entrance hall between the two rooms has been set up with a built in corner sofa that makes a perfect TV lounge for kids
• Outdoor deck with sofas and benches and sun-loungers
GARDEN AND OUTSIDE
• Ample gardens with mature trees that roll down to the lagoon with surrounds the property and forms the boundary on two sides
• Open lawns which are great for children
• Hammocks slung in the shade of large trees
• A covered barbecue pavilion with built in wood burning grills, fridge and table and chairs (benches)
The physical appearance of this small town has changed little over the past decade. For much of the year, the sandy streets of the former fishing village on the country’s Atlantic coast are silent and un-trodden, the avant-garde designer houses half-hidden behind modest fishing shacks, and tumbledown cottages shuttered and empty. Even its grassy plaza is unadorned by anything more showy than a bed of lavender. Yet once a year, artists, aristocrats, and A-list celebrities transform the coastline into South America’s most exclusive — yet determinedly rustic — year-end enclave.
Described as one of the hippest places on the planet at New Year and there is little doubt that, along with Trancoso in North-east Brazil, José Ignacio can make a strong claim on being the hottest place in South America to party in the New Year. First impressions of José Ignacio, the pueblo, is that it looks like a film set and this feeling is only heightened by the glamorous extras that throng the streets, cafes and the two beaches, the mansa and the brava. Nestled in sand dunes overlooking an endless beach, Parador La Huella is everyone’s favourite restaurant and its tables and bar are packed from the time it opens at midday until it closes sometime in the early hours. The menu is perfect for the beach – grilled brotola (a substantial white-fish that gets hauled from the ocean in front of the restaurant), crispy-thin pizzas, oven-charred baby squid, a sushi bar and, of course, the best steaks in the world are perennials on a menu that otherwise changes daily – and the service is snappy and informal. Prices are fair even in high season, the coffee reaches the table piping hot and the rosé is served icy cold. If only all beach bars were made this way. The only price to pay is the wait for a table in the season, not least as the secret is out about this part of the coast.
Yet, even at the busiest times when parked Porsches and SUV’s clog the sandy streets, there are still good and rather more down-to-earth options available. Manolo’s, the world’s most glamorous butcher’s shop, sells huge milanesa sandwiches to bikini-clad beauties and further up the street the little supermarket does a brisk trade in iced champagne, emapanadas, cigarettes and freshly baked bread. Despite the increasing hype and invariable comparisons to Ibiza or the Hamptons, Marbella or St Tropez, ‘as they were back in the day’, it’s a place that hasn’t sold out and clearly hasn’t lost its soul. This, I am sure, is down to Uruguay herself, the most down-to-earth, least pretentious country in the region, whose greatest asset is its people. It is true this coast has the feel of a previous era when the world was a simpler, better place: the endless under-developed coastline; the absence of drunken hordes by night; empty beaches by day; all coupled with the fact that it still not that easy to get to from anywhere else. But what it is most of all, it’s essence, is that it this little corner of South America still has a style that is all of its own that rubs its magic dust on everyone who visits. Prepare to be seduced.
- Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Seating
- Air Conditioning
- Maid Service
- Child Friendly
- Good for Events
- 12 Guests
- 6 Bedrooms
- 7 Bathrooms
The house comes with a housekeeper and groundsman who live on the property and a professional chef and the assistance of an English speaking local host / concierge can be arranged for additional cost
A professional cook, barman, babysitters, etc. may provided for an extra cost and paid for locally when requested in advance. IT IS RECOMMENDED TO HIRE A COOK WITH THIS PROPERTY
TRANSFERS TO THE VILLA
Private transfers with trusted drivers from the Punta del Este airport (40 min) and the Montevideo airport (less than 2 hours) can be arranged upon request for an additional cost. Car hire is recommended while staying at this house.
PRE-ARRIVAL GROCERY SHOPPING
A welcome hamper of drinks and snacks is included in the cost of the rental. To make your arrival at the property as relaxing as possible, we suggest we stock the kitchen with a pre-arrival customized grocery and wine shop with handpicked premium, fresh local ingredients. This means that you will arrive to a kitchen full of food and cold drinks, and the first meal can be served shortly after your arrival.
Bear in Mind
Availability and Prices
Please contact us for the complete price list for the year or for a quote based on specific dates.
Some properties have discounts available for smaller numbers of guests or couples.
RATES UPON REQUEST
Minimum stay: 7 nights throughout the year, and 10 nights for New Year.
INCLUDED IN COST:
• A young local chef available to prepare, lunch, dinner and snacks
• An assistant chef who will also help serve / make drinks
• Assistance of an English speaking BBH Host
• Daily maid service (in the event the house is full then an extra maid must be contracted to handle laundry for an additional US$150 per day)
• A luxurious hamper of premium local produce, including Garzon wines and oil
• Local taxes
• Transfers to and from the villa
• Car hire (recommended)
• Additional staff (professional cooks, maids, babysitters, barmen, etc.)
• Food & beverages (can be pre-paid so that the kitchen is fully stocked upon arrival)
• Availability & prices are subject to change & will be confirmed at the time a booking request is received
• A one off US$ 300 booking fee is charged for all reservations
• A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure any booking, with the balance due no later than 60 days before the date of arrival. If the booking is made within 60 days of the date of arrival, then the full value of the rental is required
• Security deposit is usually 10% of the total amount of the booking (or a minimum of US$ 1,000) and should be paid with the balance. Usually it will be returned within 10 working days after departure if there are no damages or outstanding payments to be settled upon departure
• Full Terms & Conditions may be viewed here.