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Beautiful places to enjoy your holiday in the stunning scenery of the Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura.

Our houses are privately owned and have been created individually by the owners. They are situated in a particularly lovely part of the Sierra de Montanchez famed for unspoiled nature, tranquility and direct access to the ancient paths of the mountain and its villages. We are also serious about our eco credentials, the houses are efficiently run by solar power * SEE BELOW

The sierra is ideal walking country from easy to challenging; not only the ravishing nature but many fascinating and unique features of rural architecture such as the water mill gorge, numerous rustic ermitas and the wonderful Visigoth basilica of Santa Lucia situated in a remote cork oak forest.

Bird watching is a particular delight, there is nothing to disturb the birds so many species can be seen in their natural habitat including eagle owls up in the crags of the sierra above Finca al-manzil.  Please look at the bird watching entry, month by month report.

SEE BLOG FOR WHAT TO DO AND SEE WHILE STAYING AT THE RURAL RETREATS           www.finca-al-manzil.blogspot.com


There are three houses with accommodation for
2 - 6 or for larger groups a combination of 2 houses.

The houses are in their own extensive walled fincas so very private with 300 - 600 metres of woodland between individual houses with private entrances from the same  country lane.



El Cortijo - Available now for 2 - 6 : 3 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, very spacious, wonderful views-

In 22 hectares of wooded mountain slope, private pool, lovely views in all directions. A comfortable and characterful family home, very spacious with charming atmosphere.

The Barn - Available now for 2 : 1 bedroom with 2 camp beds for children if necessary

In its own 2 hectare walled finca with fabulous views up to
the peaks and a lovley holm oak copse in the barn meadow. Very spacious just for 2.

(private pool is shared between cortijo and barn unless otherwise organized)

La Habiba- Available April - October. Our lovely little house on a beautiful part of the finca, just or 2, very tranquil and private. It's a big studio with bedroom and bathroom, covered terrace with kitchen and dining area, big roof terrace. A lovely retreat.


We  have  powerful solar energy systems which have been carefully designed to run the houses  BUT as with all solar powered houses we have to be  careful and sensible about using powerful machines at the same time.

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.

We  ask our guests to help by not using unnecessary lights,  always switching off lights and appliances when not needed and not to use washing  machines or vacuum cleaners at night when the storage batteries are at their lowest.  Our system works perfectly for all normal daily needs      and we hope that everyone staying at Finca al-manzil and the other rural retreats will enjoy experiencing a totally solar powered environment, we are doing our little bit to help the poor battered planet and we ask for helpful participation.


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