The farmhouse is within 5 minutes drive or 30 minutes country walk of this historic village in the Gredos foothills, one of Spain's most attractive and undiscovered landscapes. The property is quite remote and surrounded by nature, at the end of a rough track (passable with a normal car if you take it easy). The house is very bright and spacious and sits in its own 10 acre olive and fig orchard with oak woodland and a mountain river running down one side. Wildlife is abundant, within 5 minutes of the house (at the right time of year) you can see golden orioles, azure winged magpies, short-toed eagles, vultures, black storks, orange-spotted emerald dragonfly, ocellated lizards and praying mantis. Harder to see are the otters and Pyrenean desman. The village has 500 inhabitants, several small food shops and restaurants, and a very nice public swimming pool set in gardens (July-August only). The Gredos mountains are just behind the village (great walking) and there are many villages and small towns to visit locally. The area is famous for its local products, such as olive oil, figs and paprika. There are many local fiestas of cultural interest during the year. The delightful historic towns of Trujillo and Caceres are within 30 minutes and 80 minutes' drive respectively. Monfragüe Natural Park (a mecca for bird watchers) is 45 minutes away. Local companies offer walking, riding and canoeing trips.
Farm house near Cuacos de Yuste, Caceres, Extremadura, Spain - Country And Mountain Walks, Bird-Watching, Swimming In Mountain Rivers And Local Pool
Owner / Manager
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 29 Nov 2018
About Owner / Manager
We built the house as a family home in 1997 having moved out of Madrid in search of a rural idyll. The house is in a very peaceful and beautiful setting and is largely self-sufficient. The electricity and hot water are from solar panels and the heating is from our own fire wood. The house is now used by us only at certain times of the year, which is why it is available for you to enjoy! Don't be alarmed by the photo, it's not really me, it's a character in a very entertaining local fiesta (he is bombarded with turnips).
Owner / Manager purchased this Farmhouse in 1996
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Being in paradise!
The situation of the farmhouse is great. The surroundings (orchard, terraces, the river, birds etc.:fantastic.
The house is spacious and shows a fine taste. Lots of interesting books and magazines. Great literature (I read some essays on literature of a compilation published by Coetzee) and magazines on nature, ecology and arts. Equipment complete. Everyting breathes a spirit of nobility. For us it was very valuable being aware of the natural resources and our duty to deal with them carefully.
I suppose we would had gone along very well with our host, Guy. I lament not having met him personally.
Fabulous birdwatching trip to Extremadura
We've just got back home after 10 days at this lovely house as a base for birdwatching in the area. I don't think the interior photos really do the house justice - they perhaps make it look more "basic" than it really is.
The location is quiet and private - perfect if that's what you're looking for (which we were), not so perfect if you want to stroll down the road to a cafe. The track to the house is (as others have said) a bit of a challenge. Guy's instructions are very, very clear, so you won't get lost, although I am fairly sure you would not want to arrive for the first time in the dark. While you certainly could drive down the track in a normal car, we were very glad of having our hire car upgraded to an SUV at Madrid airport.
The garden is a delight - azure-winged magpies were flitting around all the time, the constant sound of cuckoos (although we didn't see one), and we saw & heard hoopoes around the garden and along the track to the road. In late afternoon the crickets (and on some evenings, frogs, I think) start up and make the most fabulous sound well into the night.
If I had one whinge it would be that the house felt a bit too "lived in". I've never used OwnersDirect before, so maybe this is par for the course, but the wardrobes and kitchen cupboards left little room for our own clothes and food. If you like staying in houses that feel that the owners have just gone out for the day, I suppose that's perfect, but I'd've liked just a little bit more "distance". If anyone reading this thinks that this is a bit unreasonable of me, please feel free to mentally adjust the review to 5 stars!
Top tip - don't arrive in Cuacos de Yuste expecting to stock up on food there - the shops are very small. Take the time to find the Dia supermarket in Jaraiz and stop there on the way. The main route from Madrid doesn't go directly past the supermarket (so we missed it), but it's only 1km out of your way.
Un paraíso en La Vera
Hemos pasado unos días maravillosos en esta apartada finca en La Vera (Cáceres) rodeados de la naturaleza. A pesar de que hizo un tiempo lluvioso y frío la casa y sus alrededores nos enamoraron completamente.
El dueño es muy amable y profesional, nos proporcionó con antelación instrucciones detalladas sobre el funcionamiento de la casa (que se alimenta de unos paneles solares) y cómo llegar a ella, además de consejos sobre los sitios que visitar, dónde comer, etc.... Aunque las instrucciones están en inglés él habla un castellano perfecto y estuvo siempre pendiente de nosotros y dispuesto a resolvernos cualquier duda o problema que pudiéramos tener. Todo lo que hay en la casa se corresponde con precisión con lo que aparece en el anuncio.
Para asegurarse unas buenas vacaciones es conveniente tener una idea clara del tipo de casa que es: no es lujosa, está relativamente aislada y para llegar a ella hay que recorrer al final un camino de tierra lleno de baches (¡Ojo con los coches bajos!). Pero se tardan pocos minutos en llegar en coche al pueblo más próximo, la casa tiene todo lo necesario para vivir cómodamente, es acogedora, bella, extraordinariamente tranquila y silenciosa (sólo se oyen los ruidos de los pájaros) y está rodeada de un magnífico huerto de olivos e higueras. Más allá al fondo hay un arroyo y, a lo lejos, las montañas. Para nosotros fue un retiro paradisíaco al que seguro volveremos con mejor tiempo.
We spent a long while looking for a quiet, scenic house/villa with good bridwatching nearby for 3 couples. This property looked ideal and you build up a mental image of what it might be like. It was a little different to the place I had imagined but only in good ways - it was fantastic. The setting is brilliant, the track is unique (but not difficult), the olive and fig trees bring the birds up close to the house and the house is a real winner. It is comfortable with all that you might need but still full of quirky character and spotless. The local plumbers/electricians must be magicians to integrate solar power with generators and wood burners. The smell of the wood burner burning oak was almost worth the rental alone (I am a bit addicted to wood burners).
The local walks and bird watching were wonderful. We saw Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole, Hawfinch, Hoopoe and Subalpine Warbler all on the property or within a mile and more Nightingales than I have had hot dinners. Lots more further afield.
The running was also excellent, such quiet roads and tracks and if you want a challenge try running up the road past the monastery. I met a party of lady pilgrims early one morning, not sure who was more surprised.
The local villages are intriguing with some considerable history and odd shops, but very friendly people. Clearly an area struggling with reinventing its economy.
My only disappointment was the local craft beer we bought. The nut flavoured one was truly awful - a few notches down on creosote.
We didn't eat out as we enjoyed cooking in the kitchen so much and the terrace was stunning in the spring sunshine. We also enjoyed nosing in the vegetables and I could not resist a tiny bit of weeding. Brilliant place, would love to bring some daughters and grandchildren some time, to get a taste of a rural idyll (at least for the visitor).
I would add that Guy was very helpful.
A really lovely, peaceful break.
We very much enjoyed our time at Finca Cebrea. We loved the house, and the olive groves around it, and we walked down to the river several times, bathing in it twice. We were really lucky with the weather - it was hot and sunny all the time we were there. The villa was a home from home, bright and clean. We really enjoyed the unusual "garden room" with it's wonderful view. We also made the most of the music - something for all of us there. We had several trips out, some as far afield as Merida, where we much enjoyed the Roman museum and the amazing Roman theatre. We enjoy watching the birds too, and saw several that were new to us, including that elusive Great Bustard. We were also treated to a close up Wild Boar. Montfrague Natural Park was a highlight; we went there twice. Beautiful.
Given the last mile or so of pretty rough track to drive down (which we came to enjoy!) we were glad that we had decided not to arrive at night. Our flight came into Madrid in the evening and we spent a night there before the wonderful drive out to the villa, with a supermarket stop on the way.
We stayed at Guy’s house in September looking for a peaceful rural retreat, and we found it! It is quite remote but the instructions for getting there and finding the key were very clear. The house is just as described and has everything we needed and was cool downstairs even though it was hot outside. We loved the view from the conservatory, but we spent most of the time on the terrace in the shade of the vine and fig trees, watching a pair of eagles in the sky over the woods in front. There is a big olive and fig orchard to walk in, and we were allowed to eat the vegetables from the garden! We recommend this house and will certainly go again.
Special interest holidays:
We can recommend horse-riding, cycling, walking and canoeing trips with local guides. Please email us for more details.
Madrid is the nearest airport, approximately 2.5 hours by car (recommended). There is also a bus direct from Madrid to Cuacos (a 4 hour trip, but very scenic). Note that public transport in the area is rather limited.
The historic towns of Trujillo and Caceres are within 30 mins and 80 mins respectively, by car. The Monfragüe Natural Park is 45 minutes by car.
Guided nature walks, horse riding and canoeing are all on offer locally. The whole region of Extremadura is a paradise for bird watching.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Changeover Day: Flexible. We ask you to arrive no earlier than 16.00 p.m. and to vacate the house before 11.00 a.m. to give us time to prepare for the next guests.