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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.




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.

Casa Alcornoque Azul for 2 -6.  3 bedrooms. In its own independent finca with private pool


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.

  • A contract between you and the owner/manager will come into existence when we receive payment and accept your booking by issuing a confirmation of booking for the holiday dates shown in the rental agreement. The contract binds you & all the members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that all members of your party accept the terms of the contract set out in these terms & conditions of booking. Failure to disclose all relevant information or comply with these terms may lead to termination of the contract & loss of the booking.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 40% of the holiday price is payable at the time of booking. Bookings made less than six weeks before your arrival date must be accompanied by the full amount of the holiday charge and the  refundable damage deposit (if requested).
  • The balance must be paid so as to arrive no later than six weeks before the commencement of your holiday. If the balance is not received by the due date then your holiday will be treated as a cancellation and the client will remain liable to pay the balance of the rent.
  • All cancellations must be immediately notified by telephone and then in writing. If you cancel your holiday more than 6 weeks before it is due to start then your deposit will be forfeit. If you cancel less than 6 weeks prior to the holiday then the full balance remains due and is not refundable.
  • We strongly advise that you take out comprehensive travel insurance. If you choose not to then you accept responsibility for any loss that you may incur due to your cancellation.
  • Your booking will not be cancelled by the owner except in exceptional circumstances beyond our control. Notification will be given of the cancellation as soon as possible and we will promptly refund all payments made for your holiday. Our liability for cancellation will be limited to payments made to us.
  • The number of persons using the accommodation at any time must not exceed  that stipulated in the rental agreement and only those people listed on the booking form can occupy the house. We reserve the right to terminate the booking without notice and without refund in case of a breach of this condition. (This clause is useful if you are made aware of a party/large gathering).
  • Bookings cannot be accepted from persons under eighteen years of age.
  • We (the owner/manager) reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving any reason.
  • We or our representative reserve the right to enter the apartment at any time to undertake essential maintenance or for inspection purposes with a suitable warning time.
  • Tenancies normally commence at  16.00 unless otherwise agreed and guests are required to vacate the apartment by 11.00 on the day of departure. This allows the accommodation to be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for incoming guests. 
  •  Pets unless pre-arramged or smoking anywhere on the premises will result in immediate termination of occupancy and forfeiture of all payments. This must be strictly adhered to and any damage or extra cleaning caused by pets or smoking will be at the expense of you.
  • Damage deposit – In making a booking you accept responsibility for any theft, breakage or damage caused by you or any member of your party and agree to indemnify us in full for any loss that we may incur as a result.

    The security deposit will be returned within 7  days of the end of your holiday less the cost of damage/breakages.
  • Damage to property – Please treat the facilities & accommodation with due care so that other guests may continue to enjoy them. In the event that you notice damage in your accommodation please let us know immediately so that we can take the appropriate action. If there have been any breakages during your stay, we would be grateful if you could replace them or advise us before you leave. The accommodation will be inspected at the end of the holiday & you may be charged for any loss or damage found.
  • The owner reserves the right to make a charge to cover additional cleaning costs if the client leaves the property in an unacceptable condition.
  • Please note that in the event that any keys issued are not returned at the end of your stay, then the cost of replacement will be charged to you.
  • The client may in no circumstance re-let or sublet the property, even free of charge.
  • The owner shall not be liable for any temporary defect or malfunction of any equipment, machinery or appliance in the building, grounds or pool.
  • All inventory items must remain in the property it was in at arrival and not be taken to another property.
  • The pool; Children under 18 must be supervised by their parents/guardians at all times.
  • Any problem or complaint which the client may have concerning their holiday must be immediately reported directly to us/our representatives and we will endeavour to put matters right. Any complaints not reported to us/the property manager at the time and only reported after the client has returned from holiday will not be considered by the proprietor.
  • We reserve the right to make reasonable amendments or additions to these terms and conditions without notice.
  • The properties are privately owned . We expect all guests to enjoy the facilities and treat the property with the same respect that they would with their own house.



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