Submitted: April 24, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
Yes, it was tough leaving our Buenos Aires house. We had seen the website photos, but when Ruben took us in, tired out after an overnight flight from the UK, and showed us round the house we were thrilled to bits to think this was ours to live in for three weeks, it's even lovelier than the images show. We were a group of seven, two generations of two families with young adult children. We often had our friends' older daughter over to visit - she's in BA on her third university year learning Spanish. The house was as described and was clean, with great facilities. The beds were comfortable, and the house was beautifully furnished with art works and antiques which made it feel like a lovely home not a holiday property. We often ate in - with fabulous fresh vegetables a stone's throw away in the San Telmo market and fresh pasta with sauces & empanadas available to buy close by it was made easy. And let's not forget the wonderful wine shop with knowledgeable English-speaking owner, just round the corner. We entertained various young people during our stay, so it was just as well that the dining table expanded to seat 12, and that the kitchen worked well. Then there was the roof terrace. We'd breakfast out there, sunbathe, chat & have evening drinks. The greenery on the terrace makes it an inviting space & we grew to love our BA urban skyline views. And if the light went & the evening cooled too much we just retreated to the indoor snug & watched the sunset from in there. San Telmo is full of bohemian life, with interesting shops - clothes for the young people, lots of antiques shops, varied eating places and the buzz of street markets at the weekends in Defensa & Plaza Dorrego nearby (street tango there too on Sundays). We ventured all over Buenos Aires from the house. Palermo with its nightlife and boutique shopping & restaurants was a big attraction. We went to La Cabrera for the steak eaters, Sarkis Armenian restaurant, extremely popular, and Olsen's, fabulous. Just down the street from the house Café Rivas is a gem. Ruben, who manages the property, was a treasure, always available to answer queries and very knowledgeable. We had an unforgettable empanadas & paella evening with him as chef in the house and he helped us find our bearings with a city tour early on, plus much more. Thank you Ruben, and Richard, the owner too. We will all remember our stay in Buenos Aires with enormous pleasure.
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