|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
A lovely, large, modern house with private pool and petanque pitch 3 kms from the village of Valdefuentes in Cáceres province of Extremadura. Set in 3.5 hectares of wooded farmland the finca offers guests a tranquility rarely found in the modern world, with only the sound of sheep bells and birdsong to disturb your holiday. Surrounded by beautiful granite outcrops and boulders the finca is located in a typically rural area of Extremadura with many paths and tracks for walking, birding or biking. The private swimming pool with adjoining lawns, shaded terraces and BBQ with views over the finca, are ideal for relaxing. Guests enjoy exclusive use of the house, pool and all other facilities during their stay.
Situated in the middle of a cultural triangle formed by Cáceres and Trujillo to the north, both with important links to the Spanish Conquistadors, and Mérida to the south with its stunning Roman and Moorish architecture, all World Heritage Sites, we are centrally located to visit the numerous tourist attractions in the region. For those with an interest in the Peninsular War the fortified town of Ciudad Rodrigo, beautifully preserved and still showing the scars of its important role in that conflict, is also possible to visit on a day trip.
Monfrague National Park, with its wonderful bird life, is only about an hour's drive away, while the small hilltop town of Montanchez, famed for the quality of the Jamón Iberico cured locally, is only 15 minutes drive away.
In the nearby village of Valdefuentes (3 km) there are a number of shops and bars and in the twice-weekly markets you can find a variety of fresh produce, local sheep and goat's milk cheeses and local meat products. A number of Bodegas in the village offer wines made from locally grown grapes.
The eco-friendly house offers modern, comfortable self-catering accommodation, with a large, open-plan public area having an efficient, centrally situated wood-burning stove, large granite-topped kitchen island unit and French windows leading out to the shady SE facing terrace.
3 large en-suite bedrooms, shady patios and terraces, BBQ area, a beautiful swimming pool and petanque piste are all available for your enjoyment and relaxation. The master bedroom has a private balcony and double sofa-bed for sleeping under the stars on hot nights.
The house has been built with the environment in mind and relies on solar energy for power and domestic hot water - we are totally off-grid. As a result the house is not equipped with a dishwasher or air conditioning, but all bedrooms do have a fan. The water sourced from our borehole is potable and tastes wonderfully clean and fresh.
Dain and her husband Ian were both brought up in tropical climates (Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively) and have worked in Africa, UK and Belgium. As they approached retirement they looked for the quality of life they had enjoyed in their early years; long hot summers, far horizons and a slower, more traditional pace of life.
Ian Bennett purchased this house in 2009
This region of Spain, with its expanses of farmland dotted with shady holm oaks, and interspersed with ridges of hills covered in woodlands, both with many granite outcrops is very reminiscent of parts of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. After travelling through the region back in 2003 we decided we would retire to this rural and ruggedly beautiful landscape.
It was love at first sight when we saw Finca Marowa as it was everything we had been looking for.
Although only 3 kms from the village of Valdefuentes the finca gives us the tranquility we were looking for, a view that we love and the satisfaction of creating a very special home that we would now like to share with you.
What a pleasure it has been sharing your little corner of heaven for the last few days. The specification is top class and the views absolutely stunning. The area is full of attractions to see both from a historical and a wildlife view point. I will definitely recommend this to anyone looking for wildlife, archaeology or a fantastic place to unwind.
This was a fabulous holiday. We feel privileged to have stayed in such a gorgeous place. The villa was more that we could have hoped for, everything was immaculate and worked perfectly. We could not have added anything to improve it.
The scenery was spectacular, birds were wonderful, nearby sites were brilliant: Romans, medieval castles and conquistadors - who could want for more - plus an excellent recommendation for swimming in the Roman reservoir at Merida.
A special thank you to Ian for being so attentive, kind and patient with our shortcomings. Thank you so much. We would have no hesitation in recommending this to others.
As 3 couples traveling by motorbike, we found this property to be everything it said it was and much more. The property is lovely and well maintained, delightfully well equipped and we had no difficulties with the power capabilities and functioning of the house or the internet. I understand that an increase in solar capabilities has resolved previous concerns.
The owners were absolutely brilliant in their assistance with local knowledge of all sorts and when we had motorbike problems extremely helpful in coordinating the repairs and support needed.
We look forward to returning to this lovely hidden away piece of Spain and will not hesitate to rent Fina Marowa again.
This is a great house. Lots of space, well equipped and well maintained. Visitors need to go with the arrangements for power, water and refuse but these work well. The garden is a real achievement.
It's quiet but not so far from a lot of places to visit. Landscape is dry but full of wonderful colours.
The pool was lovely, the petanque surprisingly tense/bad tempered and the horse fair a revelation. Using up the wifi allowance was the only, minor worry.
Lovely house, extremely well equipped, just as described. Very welcoming and helpful owners, we thoroughly recommend this property.
Cette maison isolée, que l'on trouve au bout d'un petit chemin, à la fois au calme (car dans la nature) et à proximité d’un petit village (10 minutes en voiture), est vraiment très bien et possède, depuis sa confortable terrasse, une vue très belle, dégagée sur un paysage méditerranéen, des arbres et arbustes dans le jardin qui entoure la maison, jardin qui comprend d'ailleurs un magnifique terrain de pétanque digne de professionnels, à croire que les britanniques visent à être meilleurs que les français à ce sport...:-)). Son intérieur est très bien aménagé et propose toutes les commodités attendues (mobilier chaleureux, ustensiles de cuisine à profusion, etc).La grande piscine est très appréciée des jeunes et des moins jeunes tout comme le jeu de fléchettes. Cette région offre en outre une grande variété de paysages et de visites à effectuer. Enfin, vous avez compris, l'exemple même de ce que les anglo-saxons nomment "a home away from home"...
Et, last but not the least, avant votre arrivée et en cours de séjour, les propriétaires vous aideront avec gentillesse et professionnalisme.
En espérant y revenir.....
We hebben een fantastische week gehad in dit prachtige huis. Prachtige historische steden in de buurt voor een dagje uit met een goede maaltijd.
Huis was zeer compleet, ligt schitterend met uitzicht over olijfbomen en de grote keien.
Ontvangst was zeer gastvrij en servicegericht. Toplocatie en uiterst geschikt rust en natuur liefhebbers.
The exact location of the property is in the countryside, not in the middle of the village as depicted in the map above. We will provide more specific location information on request.
Although situated in a rural location we are close to good roads and services. Apart from our own pool and petanque pitch, there are municipal swimming pools in all the local villages. There is an excellent 18-hole golf course near Cáceres and a 9-hole course near Mérida (both about 40 minutes drive). Other activities in the area include an excellent karting track (15 mins).
This region is best known for its rugged scenery, excellent and numerous walking and cycling paths and, of course the bird watching. Monfrague National Park is 40 mins drive and the 4 World Heritage towns of Cáceres, Trujillo, Mérida and Guadaloupe are in easy driving distance.
Beaches and water sports are available on some of the large reservoirs in Extremadura (Proserpina near Mérida and Orellana near Don Benito are just a couple) and we are hoping a new one near Almoharin (20 mins) will be opening in the summer of 2017).
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£130|
LOW SEASON ONLY - 20% REDUCTION ON ABOVE RATES for up to 4 guests (EXCLUDES USE OF MASTER BEDROOM SUITE)
Payment can also be made by bank transfer to UK or Spanish bank account or by PayPal.