Viamonte is a busy working estancia which employs a combination of traditional and modern farming methods. Most of the activities, such as shearing, hay making, cattle branding and moving stock take place during the Southern Summer. The estancia follows the Altantic coastline for 27km, providing many stunning, unspoilt spots for observing wildlife. Inland the combination of meadows and rolling hills, covered with antarctic beech, provide impressive views and great trails for exploration.
The Guest House
The guest house, affectionately dubbed "SeaView" was the original home of Lucas Bridges, son of the first European settler to Tierra del Fuego, Reverend Thomas Bridges. This historic home is located in the heart of the homestead. It's old English style living room, with a bow window and inviting fireplace, provides a cozy setting to spend the evening.
It lodges six guests in three double bedrooms with private bathrooms, one of them on the first floor.
Seaview also has its own large garden. This organic garden provides fresh vegetables along with livestock, fresh beef and lamb. Enjoy an Argentine asado (barbecue), farm dishes, English tea, picnics, lunches and dinners which the family will be happy to arrange, upon request, according to your schedule.
History of the Estancia
Estancia Viamonte was founded in 1902, at the request of the Ona (Shelknam) indians. It was founded by the sons of the first European settler to Tierra del Fuego, Reverend Thomas Bridges. Son Lucas was the author of the book Uttermost Part of the Earth, and along with his brothers Despard and Will they underwent this endeavor. Times were hard for the natives, and the family strove to help them by learning their language and providing shelter from the advancing world. Today the open range is home to sheep, cattle and horses who live alongside native species such as Guanaco, Condors, Caiquens, Ibis and lots of other bird life.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!