WELCOME TO FINCA AL-MANZIL!
Finca Al-manzil is 22 hectare finca on the S.W. slope of the Sierra de Montanchez, one of the most beautiful sierras in Extremadura.
One approaches the finca along a winding lane, part of the
ancient system of communication that link even the most remote parts of
the sierra. We are in olive and fig country and it is a delight to see
the carefully tended land along the way. As we climb and turn the last
bend we see a marvellous vista of five craggy peaks erupting out of the
sumptuous green of the sierra. We have arrived. The peaks are like the
guardians of the finca, wherever you may roam, look up and there they
will be, simply magical!
Please check the blog for Finca al-manzil for a constant update on
latest goings on and lots of information on interesting things to do
and see near the
We now run a new cooking holiday
for one week every month except July and August. Also a shorter 4 night holiday.
Whilst renting the cortijo, barn or casa alfarera you may book just a morning or two.
also be ordered whilst staying in any of the houses, it will be
delivered all ready to go for you to enjoy in your own space.
THE CORTIJO for self-catering by the week or B. & B. when not rented for 6 people in 3 bedrooms
The cortijo has been renovated with loving care using traditional
materials, the windows, thick shutters and doors were made by our local
carpenter with seasoned chestnut wood.
There are lots of books, DVDs and comfy chairs. Doors lead on to the porch and terrace with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The kitchen is well equipped and features a marvellous old stone work table, very inspirational for imaginative cooks. The dining room leads off the kitchen; there is a huge 3.30 metre dining table and access to the back terrace with barbecue, dining table for lovely outside dining experiences and sweeping views up to the peaks. The little path to the swimming pool starts here.
There is accommodation for 6 people in three comfortable bedrooms, all have en-suite bathrooms. We have a cot and 2 camp beds for children if needed. The upstairs bedroom has access to a secluded 20m2 roof terrace with the best views of the mountain. The other two twin bedrooms lead off the porch, a lovely space for enjoying the views and star gazing at night. Private entrance gate and driveway to entrance hall of the cortijo.
NEW! WiFi connection now available.
THE BARN for 2 people with one large double bedroom. 2 extra beds for children
THE BARN is
situated in its own 1 hectare grounds with a sunny aspect and views across
the olive groves and up to the peaks of the mountain. There is a spacious double height sitting
room and dining area with stairs
to a big 1st floor bedroom.
The whole space is heated by a wood
burning stove in the cooler months. The bathroom has a roomy shower and
views of the meadow. The kitchen is well equipped with gas hob and
oven, fridge, washing machine, lots of utensils and attractive table
There are French windows from the sitting room leading to a long
covered terrace for outside dining with barbecue, lovely views of the
Private entrance and parking. Access to swimming pool through small gate and along path.
THE SWIMMING POOL
Our filter system uses a salt water chlorinator which keeps the water
clean and soft, much better for skin and eyes than a normal chemically
chlorinated pool. Both Cortijo and Barn have access to the pool.
Exclusive use of pool by Cortijo clients can be discussed for additional cost
ACTIVITIES AT THE FINCA AND BEYOND
Bike riding - Bicycle hire is available for easy riding on the lanes around the finca, maybe a visit to the Visigoth Basilica set in beautiful cork oak forests.
Horse riding- We have 4 horses that are available for experienced riders and 1 donkey for gentler rides. Thers is also a riding stables nearby for treking with a guide.
Cooking - We run a cooking holiday week once a month except in July and August.
A 4 night holiday including cooking and one cultural visit is also available.
**COOKING OR ART FOR DIFFERENT INTERESTS: Accommodation is at Finca al-manzil, painting
tuition with local art teacher Noelle Griffiths.
Make paintings of the lovely scenery AND learn how to cook delicious
**COOKING AND ART WITH CONQUISTADOR FEASTS HOLIDAY AT THE PALACIO DE PIEDRAS ALBAS IN TRUJILLO
JUNE AND OCTOBER 2014
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watching is exceptional on any part of the finca, either on walks
or from the porches of the houses. We have had many professional wild
life photographers staying with us and they are impressed with the
variety and richness of the bird life. Our star attraction are the
Eagle Owl nests on the crags. The famed Monfrague National Nature
Reserve is about 1 hour from the finca, the colony of Griffon Vultures
is particularly interesting.
Walking - There
is a delightful walk directly to the village of Montanchez on the
old moorish path which takes about 40 minutes. The walk to
Arroyomolinos and the water mills takes about 1 hour. There are also
several beautiful walks on ancient paved paths on the higher parts of
the sierra, walking through the typical landscape of olive grove,
chestnut woods and cherry orchards.
- Only 10 minutes to Montanchez with its famous jamon served in all the
bars and the lively Saturday market. Our nearest large towns, Caceres,
Trujillo or Merida takes 30-40 minutes. See separate entries for
walking, bird watching and Extremadura . Also the blog has many
posts about interesting things to do and see our area of Extremadura.
OUR SOLAR POWERED FINCA
We have a powerful solar system which has been carefully designed to run the house and the barn 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 it is also runs automatically a borehole pump, a swimming pool pump and the 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 will enjoy staying in 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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This is a 2 bedroom house with accommodation for 4 people. It is just 300m up the lane from Finca al-manzil.
It has a double height
sitting room and covered porch with marvellous views of the mountain and
surrounding countryside. Both bedrooms have interior and exterior access. The
bathroom has shower and bath, separate lavatory and also a basin and lavatory
off the upstairs bedroom. The house is well furnished and equipped.
The kitchen area has a gas hob and oven, washing machine and double
sink. The sitting room has a wood burning stove which efficiently heats the
whole barn during the colder months.
information about walks and excursions from Finca al-manzil apply equally to
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We are keeping the grounds as natural as possible but with stone paths for better and safer access to all parts of the finca, especially the higher part which contains many old stone shelters, chozos, springs and wonderful vistas from the spectacular rock formations.
We want our guests to be able to enjoy a safe and rewarding wander around the finca and beyond, using the original ancient paths, two of which lead to the castle of Montanchez. We plan to revive as much pathway as possible as it is a truly great experience to walk on Roman and Moorish history.
The historic cities of Merida, Caceres, Trujillo and Guadalupe are nearby for the cultural and historical inspiration.
|We are in the excellent position of being able to offer an
interesting and rewarding holiday for our guests. Enjoy the unique benefits
to be gained from this area of the Extremadura, the rich nature, the ancient
Roman and Moorish vestiges, the healthy, natural food products and most of all the
comfortable, friendly and versatile environment to enjoy all these pleasures at
Finca al-manzil. Welcome!
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