HOME -WELCOME TO EXTREMADURA RURAL RETREATS
Beautiful places to enjoy your holiday in the stunning scenery of the Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura.
All our houses are privately owned and have been created individually by the owners, there is no theme or style in common except that they are all situated in a particularly lovely part of the Sierra de Montanchez famed for unspoilt nature, tranquility and direct access to the ancient paths of the mountain and its villages. We are also serious about our eco credentials, all 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 five houses with accommodation for
2 - 6 or for larger groups a combination of 2 or 3 houses.
All 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.
SEE DETAILS OF HOUSES WITH RATES FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INDIVIDUAL HOUSES
El Cortijo 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 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)
CASA ALFARERA for 2/4 with 2 bedrooms.
Set in an olive grove with stunnning views of the mountain peaks. Spacious house with private pool.
FINCA ALCORNOQUE AZUL for 2 - 6: 3 bedrooms
A spacious house for 6 set in a finca with olive grove and holm oaks, wonderful views. Private pool.
CASA DE SIERRA for 2: 1 bedroom
A small cosy house for 2 set in a lovely finca with great views up to the peaks. Private pool.
A unique collection of 3 old water mill buildings in a beautiful part of the sierra. Each rented as private room for 2 with own entrance.
With a kitchenette in each mill and a shared bathroom house but with own designated shower, basin and toilet. The millpond is fed from a natural spring and is wonderful for refreshing dip on hot days.
*WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ECO CREDENTIALS
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.