Pippa Sharman

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Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Total tranquility in world of its own with a wonderful traditional atmosphere

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.

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Details for THE BARN 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

The barn is in its own grounds of 2 acres on Finca al-manzil, Extremadura. It has its own entrance and complete privacy. A really spacious house with upstairs bedroom, a double height sitting/dining room of 45m2 with sofa, armchairs, dining for 6; wood burning stove; plenty of books and dvds; fully equipped kitchen with door to terrace with outside dining table on covered porch. Sunny bathroom with roomy shower. Long terrace with views over the olive groves and up to the peaks. There is also a copse of Holm Oaks for shady siestas and star gazing in clear Extremadura nights. Furnished with care, interesting objects and paintings. Horse riding can be arranged from the finca. Bike hire available. Lovely walks in all directions. FANTASTIC FOR BIRD WATCHING... an eagle owl is nesting in the woods, flocks of azure winged magpies, magical hoopoes plus the usual eagles, hawks and griffin vultures circling up in the crags. Lovely swimming pool set into the natural scenery of the mountains.
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
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
Apr 2011
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Pippa Sharman

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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.

Pippa Sharman purchased this barn in 2000

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.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Montánchez Montanchez - Tamuja


  • 4 of 5
just returned after 13 nights stay at the barn at finca al-manzil.
found it a basic but clean, peaceful and wonderfully situated retreat.
owners are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and very discreet.
the barn is large and airy, but can get HOT, esp. at night, so
prepare to sleep armed with COLD water bottles!
situation very rural so plenty of ALL KINDS of wildlife
RECOMMENDATIONS - hire-car (a must), a torch, binoculars.
trujillo, merida, guadalupe, caceres, monfrague, marvao (portugal)
ALL worth a visit. the whole area is charming so get out & explore
EATING OUT - montanera in montanchez is good, so are the three
restaurants by hotel las glorias (6 miles approx) on road to trujillo.
they all do 'menu del dia' which comprise good hearty local food,
at a price that won't break the bank.
one negative point, the barn claims a television, but as it does not have an aerial this is just a video / dvd monitor NO WIMBLEDON.
also watch your fingers in the side door!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Quite a helpful review for future guests. But we would not describe the barn as basic, it has a cool,minimal feel with loads of space 130m2 just for 2! It is furnished in the Finca al-manzil style which is eclectic, a mix of old and new, decorative but not cluttered, lots of books, dvds and cds for entertainment, NO TV I am afraid.
It can get hot in the Summer but there are screens on the doors and windows so a cool night breeze can flow through, also thick wooden shutters for keeping heat out during the hottest part of the day. Because the finca is on the slope of the mountain it is cool in the mornings until 11ish so a good time to take a walk or ride directly from the finca into the mountain, then of course there is the pool for keeping cool during the day. Something to look forward to is dining on the terrace in the balmy temperatures of an Extremadura Summer night under billions of stars.
Spring and Autumn are sunny but with mild temperatures and the best times for the marvellous bird watching, wild flowers and taking longer hikes.
Besides the restaurants mentioned there are two charming olive grove restaurants only open in the Summer. Also Montanchez is one of the three most famous places in Spain for jamon, the air dried ham of Iberic black pigs, really delicious and available in any of the bars around the main plaza and can be bought in the Saturday market or in specialist shops in Montanchez.
Not sure about the fingers in side door warning, never had any probs. with this before.
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Montánchez Montanchez - Tamuja


  • 5 of 5
Wir waren eine Woche in der Barn. Die Lage ist wunderbar abgelegen aber doch sehr gut zu erreichen. Die Landschaft rundherum ist sehr reizvoll und man kann direkt von der Finca interessante Wanderungen unternehmen.
Pippa und Manfred sind sehr angenehme und unauffällige Gastgeber. Wir werden mit Sicherheit in einigen Jahren nochmals Gäste sein.
Barbara und Lothar
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for this positive review from Barbara and Lothar. We can certainly reciprocate and say what pleasant and perfect guests they were on their visit. For the benefit of English speakers, here is a translation of the review from German to English.

"We were a week in the Barn. The location is wonderfully secluded yet very easy to reach. The landscape around is very attractive and you can travel directly from the estate for interesting hikes.
Manfred and Pippa are very pleasant and unobtrusive hosts. We will certainly in a few years once again be guests.
Barbara and Lothar"
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Montánchez Montanchez - Tamuja


  • 5 of 5
Dès notre arrivée nous avons été séduits par la situation de la finca. La grange est nichée dans un écrin de verdure au pied des premiers contreforts de la Sierra de Montanchez. Le chemin d'accès bordé de murets de pierre sèche serpente entre les oliviers et les chênes-liège. Partout les floraisons de viperine, de camomille, de cistes, de lavande forment des parterres colorés du plus bel effet.

D'un point de vue ornithologique la finca est également remarquable et bon nombre des espèces typiques de la région sont observables sur place ou dans les environs. Durant notre séjour les matinées étaient agrémentées des allées et venues des pies bleues (azure winged magpie), les alentours de la grange bruissaient des chants de nombreux passereaux dont parmi les plus remarquables: loriot (golden oriole) huppe (hoopoe) rossignol (nightingale) fauvette mélanocéphale (sardinian warbler) serin cini (serin). Nous observons régulièrement des poursuites de coucou (cuckoo) et plusieurs pies-grièches à tête rousse (woodchat shrike) autour de la maison. Les guêpiers (bee-eater) sont revenus de la migration et commencent à creuser des galeries dans les talus.

Dans l'après-midi nous avons pu suivre à plusieurs reprises les parades de 2 couples de circaetes (short-toed eagle) ainsi que la chasse d'un couple d'aigles de Bonelli (Bonelli's eagle) au-dessus des arêtes dominant la finca. Milan noir (black kite) aigle botté (booted eagle) vautour percnoptère (egyptian vulture) vautour fauve (griffon vulture) et cigogne blanche (white stork) planent régulièrement aux alentours.

Mais un des sommets du séjour était sans conteste les apparitions d'un couple de grand-ducs (eagle owl) presque tous les soirs sur les crêtes au-dessus de la finca. A une occasion nous avons pu apercevoir un des poussins de l'année rejoindre un des adultes sur un rocher. C'était vraiment un grand moment pour un ornithologue de diner avec le chant de ces rapaces comme ambiance sonore!

La finca constitue également une intéressante base pour explorer les milieux intéressants des alentours comme les dehesas et les steppes autour de Trujillo et Caceres, et observer d'autres espèces comme les outardes (great and little bustards) le rollier (roller) le coucou-geai (spotted cuckoo) le vautour moine (black vulture) et bien d'autres que la brieveté de notre séjour ne nous a pas permis de découvrir.

C'est une bonne raison pour revenir plus longuement dans le futur.
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this very positive and informative review, it will be useful for future guests who are interested in the wonderful bird life around the finca and generally in the whole of Extremadura.
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Montánchez Montanchez - Tamuja
London, England.


  • 5 of 5
We stayed in the barn for 10 days in April. What a delight, the wild flowers were stunning, the whole barn meadow was ablaze with camomile, wild marigolds and deep purple bugloss. The barn itself was a haven of peace, airy space and comfort. We are very keen on bird life and nature generally, we had hours of interest sitting on the porch observing the azure winged magpies and many other species, in the evening the eagle owl started its wonderful low hoot. There are great walks directly from the barn straight into the sierra and up to the castle of Montanchez. We also did a few excursions further afield to the three main towns, full of culture and atmosphere. Pippa was very helpful with any questions about the area, specially on where to eat in the towns.
A very special place!
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hello Diana, Thanks so much for your glowing review of Finca al-manzil and especially the barn. You loved it and we loved having you staying..........perfect guests. Thanks.
Pippa and Manfred,
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Nearest Airport
250 Kilometres
Seville or Madrid
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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

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Montánchez Barn Rental Rates

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Mar 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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
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Montánchez Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 double , 2 child bed , 1 baby crib
  • 1 double bed in bedroom with possibility of 2 extra beds for children only at 5€ each per night
  • Video Library
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
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