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. The CORTIJO for 2 -6 people OR Romantic BARN just for 2. Both houses are in their own walled grounds and have total privacy. There are lovely views from both houses, 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.
Bonjour Manfred et Philippa
C'est avec infiniment de plaisir que nous avons séjourné à Finca al-Manzil et avec beaucoup de regret que nous l'avons quittée.
Cela nous redonne des forces pour faire face à la vie urbaine et à l'agitation du monde. Il suffit de fermer les yeux en pensant aux oiseaux qui nichaient à proximité, au chant des grenouilles...
Et puis le blog de Philippa va aussi nous permettre de garder un lien..
Nous avons particulièrement apprécié votre accueil chaleureux, en Français - nous aimerions parler aussi aisément d'autres langues - qui nous a grandement aidé dans ce trop bref séjour et aussi pour trouver facilement la route vers Madrid dans la traversée de Trujillo .
Nous songeons déjà à y revenir tant tout nous a paru si calme et paisible, si riche de vie (papillons, insectes, plantes, grenouilles...) si naturel et proche de nos propres préoccupations (électricité, eau, respect des chevaux et des "invités" ..) avec un vrai souci de l'autre que nous pensons partager.
Encore un grand merci
A bientôt .
Annie et Christian
Pippa is English, Manfred is Austrian. Have lived in Portugal and Spain for over 20 years. After a huge project of renovating a group of watermills in the Alentejo Portugal and creating the famed Moinhos de Madragoa they moved to Spain and bought the extensive finca on the slopes of the Sierra de Montanchez. It was a labour of love to build and renovate the two houses on the finca, the cortijo and the barn. Pippa comes from an arts background and has worked in England, Portugal and Spain as an interior designer, Manfred ran many successful restaurants in Austria and Portugal...both experiences have been useful in creating Finca al-manzil.
Totally fell in love with the view of the mountain peaks and the sense of tranquillity.
A place that feels quite secluded, wrapped in tranquility but is quite close to local villages and the 30 min. drive into three large towns, all of which are amazingly interesting historically as well as having some good shops, restaurants and bars. Also the friendly local people who made us so welcome in their community.
Finca al-manzil is in the Sierra de Montanchez , Extremadura. The sierra is a magical place, still rich in the traditional olive, fig and vine cultivation, also a sanctuary for wild life. We have an eagle owl nesting in the peaks behind the finca. Walking and bird watching are unique experiences in our woods and mountain paths, views are spectacular in any direction. The slow pace of life still goes on in our local village of Montanchez, famed for the delicious jamon iberico which can be sampled in the little bars on the plaza where it's fun to watch the life of the village going on, still plenty of donkey traffic. A walk up to the Moorish castle is worthwhile, amazing views from this originally Roman fortress.
.The finca is exactly in the middle of the golden triangle of 3 world heritage towns, Caceres, Trujillo and Merida, 40kms to any of them. Each town is a delightful experience, Merida for the Roman ruins and beautiful Moneo museum of Roman art; Caceres for its intact medieval centre and lively night life including the famous Atrio restarurant; Trujillo is an undiscovered gem, full of conquistardor palaces, Moorish gardens and the Plaza Mayor at sundown with the beautiful buildings turned to gold.
The famed monastery of Guadalupe is 1 hour away, a special experience to visit the black madonna and explore the remote mountain town.
Bird Watching for very rare species at the national park of Monfrague and in the sierra of Villuercas.
Nearest airports are Seville, Madrid and Lisbon.
Other Activities: Cooking holidays,Trekking with Donkeys, Hiking, Bird Watching, Property Searching /Buying
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||€100|
|Notes||Big discounts for long stay
2 extra beds are available for children @ €5 per day per bed.
One linen change per 2 week stay
Bike , horse and donkey rental available from finca
Dinner can be booked @ €25 per head
Christmas, new year and easter are all €700 per week, €100 per night, min. 4 nights stay
There is a security deposit of €100 payable with final payment. Returned promptly if house is left
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.