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Chateau d'Ancón Ranch

Lodging: 5 doubles with private bathroom.

Activities: Cavalcades along the low mountain, strolls by the ranch, the neighbor ranch, the vineyard and rides on carriages.

The Bombal family comes from Limoges, France. It settled down in Mendoza in 1760. From this root descends Domingo Bombal Ugarte, eleven times governor of Mendoza between 1863 and 1890. One of his sons, Ignacio Bombal, senator, married a lady very appreciated by the society of Mendoza: Doña Lucila Barrionuevo Pescara. Domingo Lucas Bombal was born from this marriage. Doña Lucila, already widow, purchased the Ancon Ranch in 1908 and gave it as present to his son Domingo on occasion of his twentieth birthday. In Europe, Domingo Bombal married Bettina, who died a few years later in Switzerland. Some years later, Domingo Bombal married the American citizen Katherine Harrison West. In 1933 Domingo and Katherine built the Chateau d’Ancon. In the middle of the Tupungato mountain range, surrounded by gardens and chestnut tree woods, gothic arches and Carrara marble floors. The mansion did not differ at all from a French chateau. Even at present, it is considered one of the most spectacular buildings in Mendoza..

It is decorated with English furniture that arrived in 1933 acquired in auctions and private collections from Europe and Buenos Aires. A statue of Saint Catalina de Siena was bought in Siena. It is an original XV century wooden sculpture, carved in the Borgoña School. The piece is exhibited at the entrance in the "Ancon Marble Gallery". We can also find a Florentine Font in this luminous space with gothic arches and Carrara marble floors. The 2500 covered square meters of this mountain range mansion conform an aesthetic treat. Each corner has a special charm of its own. In the extremely roomy living, a gobelin from. Flanders harmonizes with the great chimney made of stone that dominates the room. In the adjacent room, a welcoming English bookcase invites to reading. Large windows facing the garden surround the house and each room preserves giant and precious French oak doors. But the ranch has also important walnut, chestnut and cherry tree woods in addition to its vineyards. The park, designed by Carlos Thays, counts with a centenary magnolia flanking the entrance and old carolinos reminding us how old the Ancon is. The ranch passed on to their daughter Lucila Bombal. Lucila and her sons Martin, Gabriela and Lucas opened the chateau for ranch tourism.The ranch counts with five rooms with private bathrooms open to guests willing to enjoy of the exquisite Tupungato landscape in a purely French environment. It is opened from September to May.

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