- House / Villa
- Village / Rural
- Horse Riding
- Ideal for honeymoons
- Other rental properties on site
If you’re after a complete reboot, then there’s no better place to do that than at these ancient watermills in Extremadura. Simple, rural living at its best, and an ideal place for exploring the Sierra de Montanchez, which superb walking and birdwatching. Each of the two renovated mills can sleep up to two people.
The molinos are old mills which have been renovated using good quality materials and furnishings, it is not luxury accommodation but provides a unique opportunity to stay in a wonderful setting in unusual accommodation. There are two summer restaurants in olive groves within walking distance which provide excellent grilled food and salads throughout the summer, as well as having swimming pools and bars. Set within the stunning scenery the molinos are well placed being close to the fascinating towns of Merida, Caceres and Trujillo, which are all about 30 minutes away. Just 4km away is the town of Montanchez with its famous jamon which is served in all the bars and the lively Saturday market. The black Iberic pigs graze contentedly in the surrounding oak forests gorging on the abundant acorns. Extremadura offers some superb bird-watching opportunities as it’s located on one of the major European migration routes and has great habitat diversity. There are beautiful walks directly from the property. The Sierra de Montanchez is blessed with a network of ancient paths only accessible by foot, nature is undisturbed and provides a rich environment for many species of wildlife, especially birds, insects and reptiles.
The walking, riding and birdwatching are wonderful here due to the lack of urban development in the sierra. The nearest village is Arroyomolinos, 2kms away - a 30 minute walk or 5 mins drive where the unique ruta de molinos climbs up through a stunning gorge passing numerous ancient watermills. There is so much to see and do within an hour of Montanchez. Stunning countryside including mountains, plains, woodland and the very special dehesa environment of Extremadura, meadowland with cork oak and holm oak woods. There is a riding stables nearby for trekking with a guide.
Detailed directions provided on booking.
Madrid, Seville or Lisbon, all around 2 -3 hours drive
Nearest Train Station:
Merida and Caceres
Nearest Bus Stop:
Trujillo, Merida and Caceres, all 40km, we can arrange pick up.
Meals available on site (pre order only) or 2kms to nearest restaurant
There are three mills, two of which have been converted into accommodation for two people. Each mill has a queen sized bed and a small studio kitchen with hob, sink and fridge. The beds are super comfy with pure cotton bedding. The decoration is simple, using natural materials and rustic objects, as well as some vintage hand woven textiles made locally. There are original mill stones on the floor, thick stone walls and wooden doors. The molinos stay cool even in the hottest summer months. Bathroom facilities are in a nearby stone building - each mill has a designated shower and toilet. There is a third mill which has been converted to a sitting / dining room with lots of books, DVDs and seating, with a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Breakfast ingredients can also be ordered and left in the fridge. Coffee and tea are complimentary.
Each mill has its own outside area with table and chairs for outside dining. There is also a barbecue in the shade of a huge willow tree. The garden surrounding the mills has fruit trees and aromatic herbs supplied by a constant flow of mountain spring water which constantly fills two huge stone water troughs, great for refreshing dips in warmer months.
The dinner menus feature a selection of wonderful recipes from Extremadura and Moroccan, accompanied by great local wines and the best cheeses of Extremadura. Many of the recipes are unique to the cooking holidays run at the cortijo of Finca al-manzil. Rate is €25 per head. Moroccan/Iberic fusion cooking morning with Pippa @ €40 per person: minimum 2 persons; includes tuition plus ingredients for making evening meal.
Conditions of Rental
Payment by bank transfer or credit card through paypal. To secure the reservation 40% of total price. Final payment 8 weeks before arrival. All inclusive except for logs for wood burner if needed which are charged according to use. Cleaning is once in a 2 week stay with linen change, extra cleaning and linen change can be ordered at extra cost. Damage deposit of €150 charged with final payment (returned if house is left in good order less €30 final cleaning charge). Breakfast is not included but can be provided at €5 per person. Dinner can be ordered at €25 per person.