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Argentina's House of Jasmines

Formally the estate of actor Robert Duvall, House of Jasmines is the perfect place for your own relaxing escape.

A sitting room at House of Jasmine.
PHOTO:Courtesy of House of Jasmine
By Michael Luongo

In the sunny, frontier- inspired public rooms of House of Jasmines, an estancia outside the city of Salta, in northwestern Argentina, only a few artistically blurry photographs of Robert Duvall reveal that the actor is associated with the property. Duvall and his Argentine wife, Luciana Pedraza, bought the 120-year-old, 300-acre ranch a few years ago to use as a personal retreat. Last year they converted the colonial home into an inn so they could share it with others.

To reach the estate, visitors wind their way down a long drive lined with magnificent 100-year-old trees, the surrounding Andes Mountains looming into view. With only seven suites, the intimate inn is a perfect romantic place to escape from the bustle of Buenos Aires, a two-hour plane trip away.

White and beige guest rooms have four-poster beds. Florencia Pedraza, Duvall's sister-in-law, is the hands-on manager of Jasmines and its attentive staff. Chefs prepare regional specialties as well as lamb dishes. Guests can lounge by the pool, wander through the gardens or go trekking and horseback riding. Afterward a steam bath and a massage at the small spa will soothe their saddle-weary bodies. Rooms from $125 to $150. 011-54-387-497-2002;

Published on 11/1/2005


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