Encouraged by the demand from our guests, we began searching for a new lodge in Uruguay to expand our options. We found the perfect location. Uruguay Lodge is an elegant 19th century mansion which rests on one of the most beautiful estancias in the country. After an intensive restoration process this hundred-year old mansion has been returned to it’s original splendor, and updated with the modern comforts you would expect from David Denis Bird Hunting. Our aim is to keep the same high level of service as we offer throughout our portfolio of world class lodges, so that once every single detail is looked after by us, you can only concentrate on what matters most: GREAT MIXED BAG HUNTING. We hope to see you and share the excitement of this great new adventure with you!
WHY CHOOSE URUGUAY LODGE?
- Easy logistics. Fly to Montevideo or Buenos Aires. From those gateways, there are plenty of options to and from lodge, including short drives and private charters.
- A true mixed bag in friendly Uruguay. Alternate between ducks and perdiz each morning and experience awesome dove hunting minutes away from the lodge every afternoon.
- Outstanding hunting logistics for all 3 species. From 5- to 45-minute drives.
- The best perdiz hunting in South America, and pointing dogs without peer, trained by expert dog trainer and co-owner Bernardo Barrán. More than 18 well trained dogs are available for our hunts and more than 20 years experience training dogs.
- Our duck hunts are easy, even for those who hate the waders and mud usually associated with waterfowl. Just field boots are all that are needed on the edges of small ponds. And, our duck hunts are very productive with generous limits each morning.
- Six en suite bedrooms, exquisite “game” menu and great wines.
- The biggest dove roost in all of Uruguay just minutes away from the main lodge.
Coordinates: 32º37’00.68”S 57º36’56.20”W
Uruguay Lodge is located in a place of privilege in an area surrounded by a park of hundred-year-old trees: eucalyptus, palms, magnolias, roses and jasmines, which have been witnesses to the ranch’s rich history. It is located in the Young area, in the Río Negro Department, only thirty minutes away from San Juan Lodge. The proximity of both lodges will allow for both to share in the hunting area while, at the same time, allowing each lodge to have an exclusive area. The north area of the Río Negro Department and the south area of Paysandú will be the common area of both lodges. The southwest and the west of the Paysandú Department will be the exclusive area of San Juan and the east and central to Rio Negro will be the exclusive hunting area for Uruguay Lodge.
Uruguay lodge is one of the most beautiful estancias in all of Uruguay– recognized as such by several different publications that feature its outstanding beauty and tradition. Uruguay Lodge is a mansion that used to be the main house of a ranch from the end of the 19th century, built by a man that would later become the president of Uruguay. Since then it has had several different owners, including an Italian Count, made famous for his eccentricities. But when the mansion turned 100 years old at the end of the 20th century, the large dimensions of the house and the cost of maintaining its condition, made it is so that the owners stopped using it, leading to the beginning of its self-deterioration and ultimate abandonment. Until David Denies acquired it. We took care of the meticulous restoration of the entire property and brought it to the same level of splendor as in the time before, one hundred years ago, but with the comforts of the 21st century.
The mansion has six large rooms, which can be made single or double, a large living room with a wood burning stove, a sitting room with a large skylight and a bar that invites guests to interact in an eating area with a table for twelve people. Uruguay Lodge will be able to receive a group of six hunters in single rooms, or ten hunters in double rooms. The pinewood floors are original, as well as the mosaics in the main hallways, and the Spanish tiles and the wall tiles of the living and dining rooms. Extremely high ceilings at an impressive height close to three meters and a width spanning the entire floor will give a special sense of comfort to the guest. There is a wine cellar in the basement and close to the kitchen, a splendid greenhouse for the garden. In Uruguay Lodge our guests will enjoy service of the highest category, as they receive in all of the David Denies lodges. The hunting is the best “mixed bag” (ducks, dove and perdiz over pointing dogs), with the quality that we offer them in San Juan but in a mansion from the 19th century, completely restored, that will now welcome guests with both history and modern convenience.
FOOD AND DRINK
Our kitchens come to life through the use of fresh and regionally representative meats and produce. By combining these elements, we create delicious flavors and varied textures that harbor hidden stories and package traditions on each plate. A top-notch team of experienced national and international chefs, trained in both classic and avant-garde culinary techniques, execute our food. With an artisan’s touch, chefs prepare every dish by scratch to be served at a minute’s notice. Days start with a hearty breakfast composed of a variety of homemade breads, jam, meadow honey, fresh fruit, natural yoghurts, cereals and eggs prepared any one of six ways, including porridge, French toast and the daily special. Before lunch, delicious appetizers are served accompanied by your favorite drink. In the main lunch menu, grilled meats prevail. The evening meal is a celebration of fine dining in a casual setting, and it is a chance for our house chefs to really shine. Again, options are a la carte and each day brings a new creation. At Uruguay Lodge, the kitchen is particularly varied with preparations in different styles, from asados to the classical perdiz a la cordon blue and grilled duck breasts in moustard. Appetizers like hare loin carpaccio or mini dove brochette with bacon are a specialty. Home made bread cooked in an old clay oven accompanies every meal. Desserts go from the well-known mascarpone flan and sliced fruit plates to the most sophisticated sampling and home made ice creams.
In addition, our inspired lunch and dinner menus are paired with some of Argentina’s—and the world’s—best wines, from Bodega Catena Zapata. We celebrate our Argentine heritage with a wine partnership that brings truly world class wines to our lodges. We feel that the food we present and the wines we serve should mirror the sporting opportunities we offer—and be the very best available. We feel our offerings from Bodega Catena Zapata blend perfectly into our harmonious niche in the sporting environment. Boasting many accolades from the wine community at large, a Bodega Catena Zapata wine recently received a “number four in the world” icon ranking from Wine Advocate. These are truly great wines that compete on the world stage and in addition to enjoying your sporting holiday and our excellent menus, we hope you will also take note of our wines. They hold a special place in our culture and we are proud to serve them to you.
$1150 – $1450 per person per night – based on single occupancy & shared blind
Capacity: 6 hunters
Rates at Uruguay Lodge fluctuate between $1150 and $1450 per shooter, per night. These rates are flexible based upon month of the season, number of hunters in the group, and lodge availability—please CONTACT US for an accurate quote.
INCLUDED: Lodging, meals, all wines, beer and local spirits; Professional guide service and field assistants; Hunting license; Payment to land owners for hunting rights; Horseback riding.
NOT INCLUDED: Transfers to and from the airport; Hunting licenses; Gratuities for guides and house staff; Airfares; Gun entry permits; Gun Rental; Shells; Masseuse; Laundry service; Phone calls; Tours, shopping trips, etc.; Any items of a strictly personal nature; Baggage overweight charges; Personal and baggage insurance; Cost of itinerary modifications requested by passenger; Montevideo transfers and hotels.
*Prices are in USDDownload Rates & Program Info
Much has been written about this very sporting and tasty bird. One of the highest concentrations of perdiz in Uruguay is in the region of Paysandú, where Uruguay Lodge is located. It offers acres and acres of short grass pasture, which is the perfect habitat for perdiz. These great birds are hunted much as other upland species, with guide and hunters walking abreast, following a good dog or two. The cover is short and the land is flat to gently rolling. Once a dog has established point, the hunters move in to flush the bird, which is most often found as a single or sometimes a pair. After the shot, and hopefully a retrieve, the group carries on for more.
The eared dove is the most prolific dove in South America, and it’s also become, over the last several decades, one of the most important sporting birds for well-traveled wingshooters. Fortunately, the Uruguay Lodge property envelopes on of the biggest dove roost in Uruguay, which is just 5 minutes away from the main lodge. Should that roost not be producing for some reason, there are two other exclusive roosts just 30 minutes away. We’re confident in saying that we have some of the best high-volume dove shooting the country has to offer.
The duck shooting in the region of Uruguay Lodge is prolific due to the proximity of the Uruguay River and a number of small ponds and wetlands. Along the way they spread out on the lagoons and ponds along the banks of the river. Water holes and lagoons are normally small but reliable (year-round water). It is here where we decoy ducks in the traditional manner. Dry blinds are constructed near the pond, with decoys out front. Hunters will normally encounter five to six duck species; Brazilian teal are most common, with Chiloe widgeon, rosy billed pochards, red shovelers, and yellow billed pintail rounding out the list. Seasonally, you may see an even greater variety. Because ponds are small, you won’t need waders—leather or short rubber boots will suffice.
In addition to the species listed above, Uruguay is also host to several species of wild pigeons. Sometimes we have them in great numbers, flying with the doves, or their flight line may overlap that of the ducks. Sometimes they’re found flying alone, in which case we seek to decoy them on dry land. Know that if we have pigeons in the area, they are on our agenda.
The characteristics of the hunting in the area of Uruguay Lodge are similar to those of San Juan since it is located only 30 minutes away. There are fertile fields in abundance with good pastures to hunt perdiz with our great dogs; wide plots dedicated to agriculture for growing sunflowers, sorghum, soy, corn and wheat providing an infinite amount of food for the doves. In the area there are a large number of reservoirs and ponds, where, together with the abundance of food in the area, produce enormous concentrations of ducks, of all kinds of species. Like a great menu, hunting and shooting at Uruguay Lodge offers a variety of game that makes Uruguay a unique destination not only in South America, but anywhere in the world. It’s a rare treat for the bird hunter to enjoy the pursuits of an upland field, a fine duck marsh, or a cracking dove hunt, presented as a mixed-bag in the same day. Each morning at Uruguay Lodge, you’ll hunt wild perdiz in short grass pastures over English pointers and English setters, or ducks by decoying them in lagoons and ponds nearby. Each afternoon will find you dove hunting in grain fields or near sprawling dove roosts. Fine meals separate the day’s sporting pursuits, and the drive times between marshes, fields or roost are kept short, which adds to the overall enjoyment.
GUNS AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL
Many of our guests find that renting guns from the lodge they are visiting to be an easier solution than applying for consular permits and traveling with their own shotguns. It's easy to rent a gun from the lodge. We have a good selection of guns that are appropriate for the destination at each lodge. Just browse the gun rack until you find a gun that you like. Then, the lodge manager or your guide will note the specific number of the rental gun. That gun will be yours for the duration of your stay. However you are welcome to change guns along the way and try something different if you wish. You are only charged for one rental so you can switch guns if you wish. We want you to shoot a gun you are comfortable and effective with! You will settle up for the rental at the end of your stay, when you are charged for shells and other expenses.
Here is a listing of the guns we have at the lodge presently:
- 28 Gauge
- Silver Pigeon
- 28 Gauge
- Citory 525
- 20 Gauge
- Citory 525
- 12 Gauge
- Citory 525
- 12 Gauge
- 12 Gauge
- 20 Gauge
- 20 Gauge
- 12 Gauge
- 12 Gauge