Port Howard Lodge
Formerly the farm managers house but converted into a comfortable 7 room lodge (all ensuite) with a lounge, honesty bar, dining room and conservatory. The house was originally built in 1952 and still retains the charm of that era. The well manicured lawns and many hedges in the garden provide a great area for enjoying the Falklands sun and fresh air, or you could even try your hand on the putting green.
Port Howard is the largest remaining sheep farm on West Falkland – its 200,000 acres support approximately 45,000 sheep which produce about 550 bales of wool annually. In addition they also run about 500 cattle.
Lying behind a rocky coastal ridge on the west side of Falkland Sound, and at the base of Mount Maria (2400 ft) the settlement of Port Howard is one of the most picturesque in the Islands, especially in springtime when the gorse (Ulex europea) is in full bloom.
In the grounds of the lodge there is a small museum giving an insight into the 1982 conflict when 1000 Argentine troops occupied the settlement. At the edge of the settlement there are some well-marked minefields remaining from this period, and guided excursions can take visitors to some of the areas that figured during the conflict.
Port Howard offers one of the best golf courses in the Islands. The nine-green/eighteen tees Clippy Hill course offers a challenge to golfers of all standards. With no queues and just handful of people on the course at any one time, whilst in beautiful surroundings, this is the perfect way to relax.
You will have ample opportunity to see a working farm in full flow, especially if you are visiting during the summer season when you may be able to view the process of gathering, sheep shearing, wool classing and baling, and even maybe the final product being loaded onto the intercoastal vessel which also delivers stores, fuel and any personal goods to the farms around the Islands.
Undoubtedly one of the main attractions of Port Howard is the superb fishing. Both sea and brown trout and well as the Falkland mullet are all entertaining sport for avid fisherman. There are two main rivers accessible from this destination, the Warrah River and the Chartres River. Closer to Port Howard settlement the tidal waters of Bold Cove and Many Branch Creek and Harbour can also be fished.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.