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Rural Self-Catering House With Stunning Views Of The Sierra De Montanchez

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Rural house near Montanchez, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain - Peaceful And Secluded Setting, Surrounded By Unspoilt Countryside, Perfect For Walking And Relaxing

The house is set in a peaceful walled three acre olive grove with shaded areas of cork and holm oak. We designed the house for outdoor living - the covered terrace is almost as large as the house and has a sofa to relax and table and chairs for outdoor dining - all with fine views of the Sierra de Montanchez with its Moorish castle and Catholic abbey.

Surrounded by unspoilt scenery and wildlife. There is excellent walking and mountain biking from the front door, along a network of paths and caminos. It is perfect for bird watchers with vultures, eagles, bee eaters and golden orioles. Or simply relax in the sun or on the large covered terrace with a sofa and hammocks.

ACCESS: The house is reached by a 1.3 km country track which is in places narrow and rough. It is passable for all cars (except low slung sports models) and needs to be driven slowly. It is not suitable for vehicles wider/longer than a standard transit van. It is very private, no other cars pass the house.

Inside is an attractive living/dining room with a well equipped kitchen area. A log burning stove heats the house during cooler months, there are cooling fans for use during hot weather. Water is heated by gas.

WINTER : a large wood burning stove provides heating for the house.

French doors lead onto the large covered terrace with lovely views of the Sierra, a sofa and table and chairs for alfresco dining.

ARRIVAL is Saturday, but at certain times of the year we can be flexible. Please contact us with your preferred arrival and departure date.

NEW 2017 - we offer mountain bike hire, guided hikes, activities (information sent with confirmation letter)

More Details

Owner
Noelle Griffiths
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About Noelle Griffiths

Noelle Griffiths is an artist who paints and makes artist's books. She and her family live in Hafod y Llyn, the old gamekeeper's cottage on a 30 acre estate in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Hafod Cottage (close by but out of sight) was the old stables and dog kennels for the estate and was renovated in 1992 as a holiday cottage. Noelle teaches art part-time in Wales and Spain.

Finca Acehuche is set in a three acre olive grove in SW Spain. She and her family spent summers camping on the land before building a house in 2009.

Noelle teaches landscape art courses at Finca Acehuche and urban sketching and painting courses in four historic towns in SW Spain. See finca-art.co.uk for more information.

Noelle Griffiths purchased this house in 2005

Why Noelle Griffiths chose Montanchez - Tamuja

Noelle and her family bought a three acre olive grove in 2005, because they fell in love with the landscape and the wonderful views of the Sierra de Montanchez.

After camping for many summers, they designed and built their own house. The house is designed for as much outdoor living as possible, and the covered terrace is almost the same size as the house itself, with a table and chairs for eating and a sofa and hammocks for relaxing. The nights skies are wonderfully clear, and the birdsong is rich and varied.

It is 1.3km off the road, along a camino (track) which means we do not get many passers by! usually just a man on a donkey, horses or cows being driven to another finca. We have planted fruit trees, and fenced half the finca so a friend's horse can graze for part of the year.

What makes this house unique

There are wonderful walks from the front door, along a network of paths and caminos. The large granite boulders amongst olive and fig groves are fantastic. It is a wonderful place for bird watchers, and in spring the wild flowers are plentiful.

And yet three historic towns are within approx 30 minute drive! The cultural triangle of Merida (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Romans), Trujillo (built by the Conquistadors in 16th century), and Caceres (a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unspoilt old town).

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing holiday. Finca Acehuche has an elegant simplicity and is well situated within an inspiring landscape. The geology feels ancient, with fascinating trackways and charming olive groves to explore. We were particularly impressed with the finca's 'off grid' systems which add to the 'getting away from it all' holiday experience and give a taste of self sufficiency. Nearby Montanchez is an authentic and atmospheric town and Caceras a culturally vibrant, historic city. We would wholeheartedly recommend Finca Acehuche to anyone looking for an interesting and relaxing holiday in this beautiful and unspoilt part of Spain." T Parker



"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the terrace was a cool haven to return to after a day sightseeing and birding on the plains. The terrace provided some wonderful experiences - sunrise from the hammock, breakfast al fresco, bird photography in the afternoon, dinner in the evening, rounded off by the most amazing star show"
Nov 2009
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Map

Nearest Airport
235 Kilometres
Seville
Nearest Ferry
615 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Caceres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

An information folder is in the house giving details about local markets, shops, supermarkets, banks etc as well as places of interest and where to swim in the summer. Lots of information about where to walk including local walks is provided. Excellent for bird watching.

Noelle Griffiths also offers Landscape Painting and Sketching holidays at Finca Acehuche as well as Urban Sketching and Painting holidays in Trujillo, Caceres and Merida. These are advertised on our website.

Coast/Beach:

Swimming: We have chosen not to create a pool at Finca Acehuche. We swim in the excellent large public swimming pools in Montanchez (approx 10 min drive) or in Alcuescar (approx 5 min drive) both with toddlers pool and shaded bar for drinks and snacks, open mid June - early September. Or we go to a large swimming lake Embalse de Prosepina, with outside bars, on the way to Merida (approx 25 min drive) open all year!

Travel:

Airports are Madrid, Lisbon are approx 300km and 3 hour drive. Seville is approx 250km, approx 2.5 hour drive.

Distances:

Local villages all have a weekly market. Montanchez has a lovely Plaza with bars and restaurants, shops and a castle (approx 10 minute drive) Historic towns of Trujillo, Caceres, Merida, all approx 40km (approx 30 minute drive). Zafra approx 1 hour drive. Guadelupe approx 1.5 hour drive. Monfrague National Park is approx 1.5 hour drive, La Vera with its natural pools is approx 2 hour drive.

Further Details:

FINCA ACEHUCHE is in the CENTRE OF A CULTURAL TRIANGLE OF HISTORICAL TOWNS (each approx 30 min drive):

Trujillo: birthplace of conquistadors with a beautiful Plaza Mayor, noble mansions and hilltop castle.

Merida: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to contain the finest Roman remains in Spain as well as the National Museum of Roman Art, with theatre and dance festival in the ancient roman theatre in July and August.

Caceres: the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Womad world music festival in May.

Local town Montanchez (10 min drive) with Saturday market, shops, bars and restaurants and large public swimming pool. Hilltop castle.

EXCELLENT BIRD WATCHING IN EXTREMADURA:

Extremadura is the size of Switzerland but sparsely populated and 74% of its land is designated as IBA (Important Bird Areas) - the highest of any region in Europe. Good times to visit are : end of FEBRUARY and MARCH when the winter populations are reducing and the first wave of summer migrants arrive; APRIL with full breeding activity; end of OCTOBER and NOVEMBER is a transitional time when the summer visitors depart; DECEMBER normally sees some of the highest numbers of cranes in Extremadura, with incoming birds pausing here for several days before moving on to other parts of the region.

Amenities

Montánchez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4-5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and French doors onto the covered terrace. Bedroom 2 with double bed and single bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house has been sympathetically built and furnished.  SOLAR panels provide electricity powering an A++ energy efficient larder fridge, lighting, washing machine. Solar power is fine to use laptops, charge mobile phones etc. NOTE : you cannot use items such as hairdryer, heater, iron.  WINTER : a large wood burning stove heats the house. The walls and roof are well insulated, the house is designed to keep cool and shaded in the summer and capture passive solar heat and remain warm in the winter. A perfect place to explore Trujillo and the 2 UNESCO World Heritage towns, each approx 30 min drive: Roman Merida, Medieval Caceres and Conquistador Trujillo. There are lots of delightful walks connecting the local villages and fincas.

Reviews

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Rural Self-Catering House With Stunning Views Of The Sierra De Montanchez
average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews
5

Lovely house in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay and it was as lovely as ever with its magnificent views of the Sierra de Montanchez and the wonderful view up the track towards Montanchez castle on to of its volcanic plug. Speaking of the track; it is now much improved and our Skoda Rapid managed it without difficulty in second gear. There are wonderful places to visit in the area, but one could equally spend time simply wandering the network of beautiful tracks in the vicinity. In three visits we have never eaten a meal indoors and the terrace is a delight, sitting in the late evening watching the geckos catching insects on the walls. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is lovely to know guests enjoy staying at our finca so much that they keep returning! and it is always a pleasure to hear from you when you book. Thank you for your review and I hope we can welcome you back over the coming years.
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Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Finca Acehuche, previous visits being in Mar/April 2016 and May/June 2015 and as always we had a lovely time. The general layout of the property is good with plenty of room, and a well equipped kitchen, which is not always the case with other places where we have stayed. One of the best features (along with the 'wild' unsprayed garden/olive grove) is the large veranda that spans the entire front of the house, complete with sofa, large table and chairs, as wells as hammocks if needed - it soon becomes the most used part of the house for dining and relaxing. The solar power and bore hole water systems have some limitations, but we have never had any significant problems, after familiarising ourselves with the simple instructions that are supplied.

The access lane to the property with its dry stone walls is a little narrow and bumpy in places but again we have never had any problems, unless you count the occasional herd of oncoming sheep, and the time it takes for stops to enjoy the views of hoopoes, woodchat shrikes, bee-eaters, Sardinian warblers, turtle doves etc!

With our interest in natural history we have found the large garden and adjoining olive grove, as well as the tracks (caminos) accessed directly from the property, perfect for experiencing the birds, flowers, insects, lizards etc that can be found in the area. The views from the veranda across the garden to the rocky Sierra de Montanchez and Montanchez hill top Moorish castle are delightful. An evening visit to the castle with its spectacular views is also recommended.

As well as the varied stunning countryside well within day-trip distances, including Monfrague National Park, the rocky boulder-landscape of Los Barruecos and the extensive steppe grasslands/plains that can be explored for birdwatching etc., we have enjoyed visiting some of the historical towns in the area such as Merida, Trujillo, Caceres and Guadalupe.

We are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Idyllic Finca

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and well equipped. We walked in the morning using Gisella Radant Wood's excellent book (copy in the Finca) and relaxed on the spacious veranda during the heat of the afternoon. Wildlife aplenty, with bee eaters flying over every day and a very large lizard we kept on disturbing on our drive back to the property.

We shopped at a small supermarket in nearby Alcuescar and stopped off at the large Carrefour in Caceres when we visited the Trujillo Plains to see Rollers, Bustards etc.

Recommended if you want to get away from it all and relax in Extremaduran warmth!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Good property, terrible access.

  • 4 of 5

No problems at all with this well equipped and well situated house, the ecosystems required no attention at all.

Entertainment must consist of walking,nature-watching or reading, the radio will be available to Spanish speakers.

Surrounding villages are small and pretty uninteresting and provisions must be obtained from either Caceres,

Merida or Trujillo, all small towns of charm and character and considerable historical interest. These towns are all

about a half hours drive from the property.

Having lived at the end of one for the last thirtyfive years I am no stranger to rough farm tracks but the

kilometre or so of track to this property is absolutely atrocious and on the limit of what can be managed by a

normal saloon car. I am personally no fan of 4x4's but this track would really warrant such a vehicle.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you liked the house and location, but sorry that you found the track difficult for your car. I hope it did not spoil your holiday. As I write my husband and son are in Spain improving the track. We drive along this track regularly in all sorts of hire cars as well as our own car and do not feel it needs a 4x4 vehicle - but you do need to drive slowly. We also have many guests who return to stay at the finca who drive hire cars or their own cars.
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5

Tranquil

  • 5 of 5

A true escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Everything slows down here and you are left to enjoy tranquility in a stunning landscape.

The track to the Finca is a little challenging to drive first time around but worth it!

Montanchez (8km) provides shops and a supermarket for cheap, good quality local produce. Imberico ham is everywhere! The views from the old castle are also quite spectacular .

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

lovely location, ideal for a retreat

  • 4 of 5

This traditional finca is set in 3 acres of land, in a rural location, with stunning views across to Montanchez and the sierra. Simply and traditionally furnished, the property is comfortable, well equipped, and homely, with lovely artwork, and a good supply of books, and information for the art/nature lover/walker.

A feature of the property is its sustainability with regard to energy/water/waste, utilising solar power, which gives a real opportunity to live in tune with the environment.

We particularly enjoyed eating out on the sheltered verandah, even at this time of year, and the walks available directly from the property.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $131.89

Security deposit is also a cleaning deposit, please leave the house clean and tidy when you leave.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.