Argentine designer and painter Alicia Goñi and her husband, polo player Juan Martin Zavaleta, have revamped a 100-year-old ranch into the shabby-chic Ranchito de la Huerta (Orchard Ranch), an hour's drive northwest of Buenos Aires. The setting: a former warehouse and chicken coop on 60 acres with centennial ash trees, wild jasmine, and a polo field in the middle of the pampas. The rooms in the main building and the coop have a sophisticated blend of Argentine crafts and 1950's Mexican furniture, plus the original cement floors. In between polo lessons and bird-watching, dine at picnic tables on local specialties such as spinach and cream quiche, tenderloin beef slowly barbecued over wood, and dulce de leche crépes. Ranchito de la Huerta, Los Fresnos, General Rodriguez; 54-237/485-0180 or 54-11/4833-1035;; cottages from $300, including meals and horseback riding.

Ranchito de la Huerta