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- Horse Riding
- Cook available
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From 1st April 2021 to 10th June 2021
Enjoy a spring and early summer full of wild flowers and nightingale song
Beautiful barn conversion for two people set in 22 hectares on a wooded mountain slope in Extremadura, Spain. Set in its own grounds of one hectare, it’s completely private and secluded - the perfect romantic retreat in peaceful mountain scenery. Bike hire, hiking, birdwatching all on tap!
Set within the stunning scenery of the Sierra de Montanchez the cortijo is ideally placed right in between the fascinating towns of Merida, Caceres and Trujillo, which are all about 30 minutes away. A ten minute drive gets you to 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 experiences due to the lack of urban development in the sierra. Nearest village is Arroyomolinos, 2kms 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. Bicycle hire is available for easy riding on the lanes around the finca. We have 4 horses that are available for experienced riders and 1 donkey for gentler rides. There is also a riding stables nearby for trekking with a guide. We run a 7 night and 4 night cooking holiday at Finca al-manzil once a month except in July and August.
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
The barn sleeps two in one bedroom. It is furnished with interesting objects and paintings throughout. There is a large double height sitting room with sofa, chairs, dining table and wood burning stove, as well as plenty of books and DVDs. The kitchen is well equipped with gas hob, oven, washing machine, fridge, attractive table ware and lots of useful cooking equipment, with a door leading out to terrace. The bathroom is sunny and has a shower and meadow views.
There is a long covered terrace with views over the olive groves and up to the mountains - a lovely place for dining al fresco and watching the birds. You have complete privacy here - there is a magical copse of old holm oaks perfect for hammock siesta and star gazing on the clear Extremadura nights. There is a pool on the estate which is shared with the guests at the bigger cortijo. We have made paths for easy walking, particularly to the highest parts of the finca where there is an olive grove and many traditional stone shelters, chozos, also plenty of springs and ponds, perfect picnic spots. The hike to the top is rewarded by wonderful views.
We have powerful solar energy systems which have been carefully designed to run the house. Besides powering all the lights, sockets, fridges and washing machines they also run automatically borehole pumps, swimming pool pumps and at Finca al-manzil a tracker system which moves the solar panels into optimum position everyday. There is a lot of power being used but the system is designed for maximum usage of 3500 watts with optimum sun.
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. Swimming pool is operational from May 01 - October 15. 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). Dinner: @ €25 per person, choice of menus inc. vegetarian. Moroccan/Iberic fusion cooking morning with Pippa @ €40 per person: minimum 2 persons; includes tuition plus ingredients for making evening meal. Swimming pool is shared with barn rental if it is rented, exclusive use can be discussed. The pool is a big space with room for everyone, plenty of loungers and chairs and plenty of privacy in the pool area.