Finca al-manzil- The Cortijo
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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The cortijo of Finca al-manzil is in the magical Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura, a wonderful part of Spain with plenty to see and do. This is a unique property full of character, please see reviews. A perfect summer holiday, spring break or winter retreat for families, friends or couples. There are lovely views over the olive groves or up to the spectacular peaks of the sierra. Decorated with great care, a mixture of simple, good quality design with antique and ethnic furnishing, plenty of books for a good read on the patios and terraces. Bedrooms all en-suite, one with roof terrace, perfect for sunny breakfasts or star gazing. The swimming pool is situated in a natural curve of the mountains, surrounded by trees and shrubs, it has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere with stunning views of mountains and olive groves.
Walk directly into the Sierra on ancient Moorish paths, nature is a delight at any season especially Bird Watching with many rare species on the finca including an eagle owl. The walk to our local village of Montanchez takes 40 mins on a delightful path through the natural scenery of the sierra.
There is also a great 3 hour walk up the watermill gorge, over the mountain and into Montanchez. There are 4 World Heritage towns within 40kms: Caceres, Trujillo, Guadalupe and Merida, fascinating to explore, great night life and shopping. Horse riding, biking, and hiking from the finca. Welcome to join in the local farming activities & fiestas or a fun cooking morning.
Cooking holiday: We run an interesting creative cooking holiday at Finca al-manzil several times a year. Please contact Pippa.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||cadiz or lisbon 200 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: madrid or seville 200 km, Nearest railway: caceres 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details outdoors|
The finca has 50 acres of mountainside and pasture with natural springs and wonderful rock formations, a well protected area for all nature lovers.
The Extremadura region
The finca is in the middle of 3 world heritage towns, Trujillo, Merida and Caceres, all 40kms. Also the spectacular monastries of Guadalupe and Yuste are nearby. Throughout the year the Extremadura has some of the most interesting fiestas in Spain due to its rich heritage of Roman,Visigothic, Moorish occupation. Extremadura was the birthplace of nearly all the great conquistadors of the 16th century, you can visit the gorgeous palacios in Caceres and Trujillo built with Inca gold by Cortez and Pissaro. These towns are also great for shopping and nightlife, great bars and restaurants within the ancient walls of the historical centres. The food and wine of the Extremadura is of the best quality , grown in natural,unpolluted environment.
Situated in the stunning Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura,a still little known province with wonderful unspoilt nature and some of Spain's most impressive historical towns. The sierra surrounding the finca is still living at a slower pace, the olive groves and vineyards are tended carefully even though access is only by donkey along ancient moorish pathways that afford wonderful routes by horse, donkey or foot. Montanchez is famous for the air dried jamon, Pitarra wine and small sweet figs, also wild asparagus is abundant all over the sierra. A lively town with a weekly market and a plaza with many tapas bars and restaurants. Only a 5 min. drive from the finca or a delightful 40 min walk throught the sierra.
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2 Jan 2013
"A very special place to stay in gorgeous scenery, great walking and bird watching"
We all loved Finca al-manzil, even better than the photos. Not an average holiday house, full of personality, comfortable and felt like home with lots of books and dvds for entertainment. The pool is wonderful with great views and a little terrace above for just 2 people. We loved the Saturday market in Montanchez and exploring the nearby historical towns. A super holiday, perfect mix of relaxing at the peaceful environment of the finca and some more active walking and exploring. We shall certainly return.
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