Hacienda Los Lingues – San Fernando, Central Valley, Chile
Refined but Rustic Hospitality at a 16th-Century Working Ranch
Nestled in a fertile valley at the foot of the Andes, the 9,000 acres that comprise the Hacienda Los Lingues have been in the family of Germán Claro Lira since 1545. Today one of the most prestigious horse-breeding and agricultural farms in South America, Los Lingues ships both its lush fruits and surefooted Acuelo Thoroughbreds worldwide. Lush gardens and flower-decked patios with splashing fountains, intimate dinners in the formal dining room embellished with family heirloom silver and antique crystal, and creaky-floored guest rooms appointed with 17th-century carved beds and white lace curtains are all part of the lovingly preserved colonial ambience.
Days are meant for lazing about on shaded verandas while consuming a string of pisco sours, Chile’s national drink. Riders will want to saddle up and explore the rolling property on one of the ranch’s horses, which are cousins of the Austrian Lipizzaners, first brought to Europe by the Moors and introduced to South America by Spanish conquistadores.