Peter Wirth combines Swiss and Italian hospitality with unique Uruguayan charm to make you feel at home in Salto.
Once built by a wealthy landowner madly in love with a ballerina from Buenos Aires, our Casa is the most heart-warming place to rest and enjoy the colonial flair of this well preserved mansion in the center of the old heritage town of Salto in Northern Uruguay.
CASA WIRTH (5 bedrooms, each with bathroom)
We offer the choice of either renting individually one or two double bedrooms, each one with a bathroom, or if you want more privacy, the whole Casa which includes five double bedrooms each one with a bathroom. The house has a sun terrace with views of Argentina and a garden patio to quietly enjoy or to have a great asado evening. In addition there is a well equipped kitchen that you can freely use. WIFI is available everywhere and there is a warm fireplace (we call "quematutti") to sit next to, The living/dining room and the garden patio or the large sun terrace give you the chance to read a book, get a tan or to plan your next day.
Privacy is very important to us - we want you to feel at home. Our staff Macarena, Abel and Veronica are available during your stay to prepare you breakfast as well as to make up your room. If you need special attention like washing or ironing clothes just ask for it. Furthermore we can prepare meals of all kinds. You can access the lounge, the large garden as well as the main kitchen and cook for yourself. A garage space for your car is also available on request.
THE GARDEN & THE PATIO
Escape here from the busy rest of the world and relax in our big garden or on the terrace, recline on a deck chair, taste a delicious passion fruit from our trees and breathe the marvellous fragrance of the orchids and red roses.
Casa Wirth provides the perfect location to explore the old town of Salto by walking through the historic center and visits it's musuems. Dive into the exciting 250 year old history of the city and get to know true Uruguayan life.
Walk around freely or let us arrange a tour through Salto and tell you more about the unique spots along the Rio Uruguay.
Nearby there is a fitness center free of charge for guests at Casa Wirth. If you stay longer we can arrange for you a daily membership at the local 'exclusive' Club Remeros. In case you want to try your luck you can walk a few blocks to the Grand Casino Salto.
Mi Casa es Tu Casa at Casa Wirth !
Calle Sarandí 246 between Varela and Rivera
at Estancia Don Pipo
Free your mind on the back of a horse
Once in South America and in Uruguay, you want to go out into the vast prairies of grazing land, forests and rivers. Christine's "Estancia Don Pipo" is just 20km outside of Salto and it is definitely the best place to recharge your batteries with fresh clean air ! We arrange trips to the estancia and will drive you there. You can visit for the day, ride on the well bread Criollos horses, or even stay overnight. On the way there is a famous pilgrim site called Gruta de Padre Pio that we can stop to visit.
On her 1'000 ha large property Christine raises more than 100 Criollo and Arab horses, keeps a cattle herd of 400 Angus, 100 sheep, chicken and of course we have our beloved labradors. Here you can take a ride on one of our well-tempered Criollos and get a new perspective from the back of a horse. On request we prepare great asados (Uruguayan BBQs) and offer overnight-stays at one of the two traditional and cozy Gaucho huts.
Read a Book, Explore salto or ride into the sunset
No matter what your wishes are - we make it all possible for you
Explore the urban architecture of Salto
There are so many historical buildings, monuments and parks in Salto, each with European architectural influence.
We can guide you through the lovely alleys in the old town of Salto.
Visit Argentina for a cup of tea
The river Uruguay draws the border between Salto and Concordia.
Why don't you take the charming ferry and cross the border in just a few minutes.
Unwind and relax at the thermal baths nearby
Just a few minutes from our estancia you'll reach the Termas de San Nicanor thermal baths. Enjoy the hot water at 40°C / 104°F.
Discover the world of the Gauchos
At our Estancia Don Pipo we provide you a wonderful opportunity to dive into the life of a Gaucho. You can enjoy the rural wilderness, discover Uruguayan countryside during a horse ride and top it all off by enjoying a delicious ASADO (Uruguayan BBQ) by the open air fire.
There are many tours offered such as Birdwatching, Paragliding, Rides to the Wineries, Visits to the Chapel of Padre Pio, trips to the impressive Water Dam of Salto Grande, or you can follow the traces of two most famous Uruguayan writers, Horacio Quiroga and Enrique Amorim who at some point lived in Salto. All these tours can be arranged for you via the local tourism agency through our staff or you can contact the local agency directly at www.turismoensalto.com. (only in Spanish but soon in English too).
get to know us
Hospitality is not just a word for us - we live it.
A WARM WELCOME FROM US
CHRISTINE von Bonstetten has her roots in old Switzerland. Her family left Switzerland in the early 50ies and landed in Uruguay. Her biggest passion are horses. All her life she has bread Criollos and Arabs. Today she is in charge of all the horses and cattle at her estancia.. The "Estancia Don Pipo" is personally run by Christine and a team of Gauchos. She loves to introduce you to her world of rural Uruguay. She speaks fluently Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Some people say, she even speaks "Criollo" and "Angus" with her animals... Nobody will show you the wide open grasslands on a horseback better than her.
PETER WIRTH is a Swiss hotelier with world wide experience. He worked at the Hassler Hotel in Rome and as Executive Director at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. In Mexico he owned and managed the first Relais & Chateaux of Latin America - the Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel de Allende,
Love plays an important role in his life. Peter fell in love with Uruguay and Salto in particular. He loves its people, its history, its culture and the colonial gaucho tradition. It reminded him of San Miguel de Allende. He speaks fluently Swiss German dialect, Spanish, English, Italian, German, French as well as a little Portuguese and Mandarin.
How to finD us
Calle Sarandí 246-264
between Varela and Rivera
50'000 Salto, Departamento de Salto, Uruguay
By private car you just follow the Ruta 3 from Montevideo until Salto.
Three buses departure from Montevideo to Salto, take about 6 hours and leave at around midnight as well as early in the mornings and around 12-1pm.
On request we can book car pick-ups from Montevideo, Colonia de Sacramento, Punta del Este and Buenos Aires.
There is an International Airport in Salto - at the moment it's only used by private planes, air-taxis or charters, If requested we can book an air-taxi for you.
Make the most of your time in Salto at Casa Wirth with our selection of packages and offers.
RESERVE THE HOUSE (UP TO 5 BEDROOMS)
- Daily breakfast
- Private ensuite-bathroom for each room
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kitchen and living/dining room with chimney
- Television, Direct TV
- Patio with BBQ / Asado area
- Direct access to the sun terrace and the patio
- Free entry to the gym nearby
390 US-Dollar per night
ROOM FOR TWO
- Daily breakfast
- Private ensuite-bathroom
- Free Wi-Fi
- Shared kitchen and living /dining room
- Free entry to the gym nearby
85 US-Dollar per night
WE ARE HAPPY TO BOOK DAY VISITS AND OVERNIGHT STAYS AT CHRISTINE'S ESTANCIA DON PIPO (20km from Salto)
Feel free to ask us for a special offer.