A well furnished and equipped 2 bedroom house with accommodation for 4 people. The covered porch gives marvellous views of the mountain and surrounding countryside. The bathroom has shower and bath, separate lavatory and also a basin and lavatory off the upstairs bedroom. The kitchen 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.
It is situated in a peaceful olive grove with beautiful views in all directions, with a swimming pool set in a secluded part of the finca.
bird watching: at all times of the year there is a wonderful selection of birds to watch, resident are eagle owls, griffon vultures, ravens, hoopoes, sardinian warblers, dartford warblers, black caps and some familiar garden birds too. in the spring and summer we have nightingales, cuckoos, turtle doves, golden orioles, bee-eaters, and many predators, such as short toed eagles. most of these can be seen from the porch, or walking up and down the path from the gate.
bustards can be seen on the nearby plains, and there is the huge reserve of Monfrague an hour's drive away.
local attractions: we are equidistant from three historical towns - Merida to the south is full of Roman remains, Trujillo is the conquistadors' home town, and Caceres has a very well preserved medieval centre. all take about 40 minutes of easy driving to reach.
food: extremadura is famous for many products, particularly those of the black iberic pig, fattened on acorns in the woodland pastures of the dehesa. Jamon serrano iberico is produced by about 5 local businesses, and the by-products include wonderful chorizo.
local cheeses, from goat, cow and particularly sheep, are very good too. splendid vegetables and fruit always available, and there are many weekly markets which are worth attending.
Birdwatching here from the porch can also be very rewarding. We just witnessed two Black Vultures patrolling the mountainside.
The first week of our stay two Hoopoe parents were feeding their young in the olive tree next to the “roundabout” in front of the house. Our daughter discovered the nest at about ground level in the trunk when she approached the tree and saw a hoopoe looking out from one of the holes.
A pair of Sardinian Warblers was darting near the gate offering each other nice juicy caterpillars. This must be the most common warbler in the area.
Almost always you can hear a Corn Bunting, singing from one of the tree tops. Not a difficult song, one simple strophe lasting maybe five seconds but very characteristic and unmistakeable. Just now the hoopoe starts calling from the rooftop. One other typical sound I heard this morning is that of the Golden Oriole. I saw two birds earlier this week in front of the Finca Al Manzil house.
Of course we saw some other animals too. the frogs near the pool let us know that they are still there. the children found some lizards. We saw blue, white, and brownish butterflies, but we don’t know which kind. Yesterday a gecko climbed the wall of the house close to the porch roof. Near the well (pozo) some tongue orchids are blooming. A few nights ago the sky was clear, no moon, so it was really really dark, as dark as I haven’t seen in years, so we enjoyed watching thousands of stars.
We loved it being here in Casa Alfarera. It’s a great place to spend a holiday. We would love it to return one day and we’ll recommend this casa to our friends and family.
I'm an artist/designer; I design hand knit cashmere cardigans and accessories, and I make ceramics as well. some are in the house. the name means house of the (female) potter.
fell in love with the finca, it has a real fairytale quality, and the surrounding area is gorgeous
I designed and built the house so that I could be here with my daughter and her family, and work here as an artist one day. the sierra above, the olive grove, the rocks, the trees, the birds, make it a little paradise, and I hope other people can have holidays here as wonderful as I have had.
Bird watching is exceptional; eagle owls live in the rocky ledges above the finca and can be heard at dusk. The centre of Caceres is one of the most complete examples of a medieval town centre anywhere in Europe . Of similar importance are the monastery of Santa Maria of Guadalupe and the extensive Roman remains at Mérida, which have earned the city recognition from UNESCO as of world heritage importance. The Womad world music festival is held in Caceres every May, and outdoor theatre, dance and opera are put on in the Roman amphitheatre in Mérida every summer.