Villa Ocampo, San Isidro

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A charming house with a rich history, Villa Ocampo is the former home of Victoria Ocampo, one of Argentina's strongest cultural voices of the 20th century. Built in 1891 in an eclectic mix of British and French styles, the house became Ocampo's permanent residence in 1940. The influential founder of "Sur" magazine hosted such artistic luminaries as Albert Camus, Graham Greene, Le Corbusier, and Igor Stravinsky here. Since a 2003 restoration, the house has served as a museum providing an important look into Ocampo's life and career. A visit to Villa Ocampo represents just the start of the adventure when you use our San Isidro holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 11, 2017
    We spent a sunny day outdoors full of music and quiet. The House is beautiful and has a very nice, simple but full bistro. Very good quality of your meals. I recommend the salmon sanguche and onion tart. Clean, warm and friendly.
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  • August 9, 2017
    It was the summer residence of the family. Ocampo. Excellent option to do with guide and tour the House and beautiful garden. Ideal for tourists!
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  • August 8, 2017
    I went with my daughter. We did the tour. Beautiful outdoor Park and good maintenance of the interior. Very educational to find out who was Victoria Ocampo in Argentine history. It's worth the time.
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  • January 20, 2017
    The house is great and it is surrounded by gardens with grasses, trees and flowers, etc.
  • July 2, 2016
    A unique place. Not to miss. Victoria was close to many celebrities. Indira Gandhi, Andre Malraux, Graham Greene, Rabindanath Tagore, Jorge Luis Borges and many others visited this house. A wonderful oasis. You will be transported back in time. It is the only property owned by UNESCO outside París. Few places like this in Latín América. Ideal place to drink a cup of tea at the cafetería and relax.
  • April 11, 2016
    I was very disappointed in the Villa Ocampo. The contents of the house were thoroughly undistinguished and there was a need for appropriate re-decoration of all the rooms on the ground floor. There was no guide book or pamphlet explaining in English the history of the building or the significance ( if any) of the furniture or paintings in the house. The first floor was roped off and only accessible if one was part of a guided tour, (all of which when we were there were in Spanish). There was to attempt to make the kitchen area in the lower ground floor into an interesting visitor experience. In Punto Arenas in Chile the Museum of History Braun Menendez shows what can be done with a building of this age and importance. I have to add that I found the staff at the Villa Ocampo to be officious, ticking one visitor off for sitting on the arms of a sofa which was not of the slightest quality, and asking me not to walk on the grass. ( Why not? This is a garden, not the lawn of an Oxford College quadrangle.)
  • July 13, 2017
    Excellent!
  • May 3, 2017
    bellisimo

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