Yes, we’ve been featuring a lot of wine lodges lately. Can you tell this has become a big trend? Get ready for more new openings on the way, but sometimes we like to make sure a place is getting raves from picky travelers before we feature it. That’s the case with 5-room Narbona in Carmelo, Uruguay.
Lest you think this is some obscure B&B we plucked out of thin air, note that the owner’s other hotel is Four Seasons Carmelo just down the road. So they know a few things about staff training, about setting the right mood, and about pleasing guests who have the money to stay anywhere in Uruguay. This place also makes the most of its remote setting and its story.
The Wine Lodge is only fifteen minutes from town, but it seems light years from, well, everything. That’s what helps makes it so enchanting for those who can embrace the tranquility. It is a place where the stars can be seen in their full glory at night, where birdsong can greet you in the morning, and where you are encouraged to meander freely throughout the vineyards. The property itself dates back to 1909, and still boasts a lot of its original architecture, antique vehicles and farm machinery. Black and white photos throughout the five guest rooms demonstrate Narbona’s rich history.
Naturally, you’ll drink great wine here, probably all of it new to you and anyone else you know. While Argentina and Chile get all the glory, Uruguay does produce some very good wines as well and there’s a shared tradition of long meals of grilled meat and wine over good conversation.
Rooms here are not what you’ll get at the Four Seasons. This is a rustic farmhouse with simpler furnishings and a real sense of place. Don’t worry though, you can still log on with your devices, watch satellite TV, and crank up the tunes if you would like. It would be a shame though in a place like this where you can ride horses, explore the countryside, go out on the water, or learn more about wine making. Plus you need hours for those leisurely meals while looking out at the vineyards.
See our full review of Narbona Wine Lodge in Uruguay.