When I first purchased La Margarita all those years ago it needed lots of work and before I started the work I held an asasdo on the estancia for friends, those who worked for me and an assorted number of experts in tourism. It was a great weekend and all that came seemed to enjoy it. At the Sunday asado I stood up and mentioned to my guest that there is no such thing as a free lunch and I needed some advise. I gave each guest a piece of paper and asked them to give me three suggestions on how I could improve La Margarita for guests. It was very interesting to read the feedback when I gathered them all together. However, one suggestion by someone who will remain nameless (he was a Brit and tourist expert) suggested I didn’t mention that the new owner is a Brit because if I did the Argentines won’t want to come to the estancia. It worried me a bit I must admit- what if he was right. There is no don’t about it I wanted the La Margarita to be enjoyed by guests from overseas but also I wanted to have lots and lots of Argentines guest enjoying their heritage.
In truth I didn’t need to worry as the years rolled by because more and more Argentines came to enjoy La Margarita on long weekends and summer holidays – I didn’t seem to matter a hoot to them that a Brit was the owner only that La Margarita was a traditional estancia which I have to say it very much is.
This Easter was no different we were full and 75% of our guests were from Argentina which for me was great and it made me feel very happy and proud of my team who made the Easter holidays on La Margarita a fantastic few days. To cap it all a few days ago we got a wonderful email from a family who spent Easter on La Margarita La Casa Rosado where our self catering units are located . What they wrote was a wonderful tribute to La Margarita and the team who work on it and I felt like sending a copy to Mr Nameless but that would have been childish but the thought was there! Below is the unadulterated version of the email that Dra. María Jose Sañudo sent us – it is of course in Spanish since the family is Argentine. If you need it translated please mail me at estancialamargarita @gmail.com and I will be happy to do it for you but even if you don t speak Spanish I think you will see that this family were very very happy here and that makes me very very happy for sure.....
Quiero agradecerles los lindisimos días pasados allí. Realmente nos ha sido un espacio para compartir en familia, para fomentar el diálogo, para vivir una verdadera Semana Santa. La presencia de la capilla completó nuestras expectativas, que no pensábamos tendríamos esta facilidad y cercanía con la práctica de la Fe. El continuo contacto con el aire libre, los caballos, las cabalgatas tanto la extensa como las más cortas, nos permitieron, junto a la gracia y simpatía de Lalo y su hijito, poder remontarnos a tiempos lejanos en el que recorríamos el campo paterno. La posibilidad de brindarle a mi hijo Francisco el espacio necesario para que tomara confianza sobre el caballo y saliera al galope, hicieron que no quisiera volver a su casa y protestara por lo corto del viaje.
La preocupación compartida con nosotros por la pérdida del celular de la pequeña, y la busqueda hecha en gran medida por todos.
La compañía de Raquel en el Vía Crucis del Viernes a la tarde, invalorable.
Y por sobre todas las cosas, el hacernos sentir como en casa, y a la vez atendidos ante cualquier necesidad.
El huevo de Pascua fue llevado al almuerzo familiar del Domingo en Buenos Aires. Al momento de romperlo pedimos por la PAZ en el mundo y en nuestro país, EDUCACION para todos aquellos que no tienen, UNION entre todos los Argentinos.
Me siento orgullosa de poder decir que ESTANCIA LA MARGARITA se encuentra en nuestro PAIS.
NUEVAMENTE , GRACIAS!!!!!.....Y HASTA CUALQUIER MOMENTO.
LOS SPITALERI. ADRIAN, JUAN PABLO, MARIA INES, FRANCISCO Y MARIA JOSE
Dra. María Jose Sañudo
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho feeling very happy