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The cortijo is a unique holiday home and pool in Extremadura

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

The cortijo for up to 6

Finca al-manzil is in the magical Sierra de Montanchez, Extremadura, a wonderful part of Spain, pure nature but with plenty to see and do. This is a unique property full of character. The cortijo is the original farmhouse/countryhouse at Finca al-manzil. An ideal place for peaceful family holidays or a wonderfully romantic atmosphere for groups of friends. It has been beautifully renovated but retains that special Spanish country house feel. Very spacious with double height sitting room, 3 spacious bedrooms, all en-suite bathrooms. A covered porch, open terrace and a roof terrace, a special place ideal for all times of the day and for sitting under the canopy of stars at night. The kitchen is well equipped for creative cooks, dining room has huge refectory table and doors to outside dining terrace. The swimming pool is a wonderful space tucked into the natural hillside. There are stunning views in all directions, up to the peaks of the mountain and across the olive groves. Superb walks directly from the finca straight into the mountain and to the village of Montanchez. A perfect summer holiday, spring break or winter retreat for families, friends or couples. The cortijo is for up to 6 people. There is a special price of €650 per week for two at our romantic smaller house in its own grounds. There are lovely views 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.

Walk directly into the Sierra on ancient Moorish paths, nature is a delight at any season. BIRD WATCHING IS especially recommended with many rare species on the finca including an eagle owl nesting in the high crags. 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.

Spring is a delightful time to visit the finca, it's a long season from late March until the middle of May, the wild flowers are spectacular and a wonderful time for bird watching.

Summer means lovely lazy days surrounded by beautiful views of olive groves and up to the shady woods of the sierra, the evenings are a delight, long balmy hours for candlelit dining on the beautiful terraces, and possibility of sleeping outside under the breathtaking stars, all very romantic.

Autumn is wonderfully warm until the end of October, another great bird watching opportunity with the winter migrations starting. Time for enjoying the uniquely preserved Moorish paths of the sierra.

The cortijo can be rented with extra space for groups of 8. Discounts for renting a 2nd week. Dinner can be ordered.Please ask for rates.

More Details

About Us

Pippa Sharman
Finca al-manzil, Montanchez
10170 caceres
Caceres, X5109608-C
VAT Reg NoX5109608-C

Pippa Sharman
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 May, 2018

About Pippa Sharman

Formerly working in interior design all over Europe, now just concentrating on the finca. Love walking in the sierra, cooking with all the wonderful ingredients we have in Extremadura and still discovering the treasures of art, culture and nature in Extremadura.

Why Pippa Sharman chose Montánchez

The tranquility, the views, the walking, the birds, fresh air and water.

What makes this villa unique

Close to nature, very spacious accommodation, tranquility and well being.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We drove from Santander to Extremadura and stayed at the cortijo of Finca al-manzil for 2 weeks. It was an adventure,we didn't know what to expect despite the beautiful web site for Finca al-manzil. It was all that we could possibly dream of. The cortijo is a beautiful building in a stunning situation. Interior decoration is unique and feels like a real home. We had great fun with the extensive library and dvds. Pool is divine! We will be back.
Apr 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Montánchez in Cáceres

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , barn
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot , The Barn is available for 2 extra people
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Horse riding in Caceres, bike hire, donkey trekking, wonderful hikes in the sierra. The finca is great for bird watching and has some very interesting species, e.g. bee eaters and eagle owl nesting. We can also provide interesting itineraries for exploring the countryside and the 4 world heritage towns, Caceres, Trujillo, Guadalupe and Merida, all with great atmosphere, cultural events, nightlife etc. We can also arrange property viewing in our beautiful area if you are thinking of investing in Spain away from the coastal areas in the peace and quiet of the countryside.


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The cortijo is a unique holiday home and pool in Extremadura
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 12 reviews
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

If you want to stay in rural Spain away from the costas stay in Extremadura, if you stay in Extremadura, stay at Finca al-manzil. We stayed for 1 week during the summer and we had such a great time not only at the finca where everything was bliss but exploring the 3 world heritage towns nearby, eating at super restaurants. From the finca you can hike into the beautiful mountains, hire horses and bikes. We were made to feel very welcome in the cortijo which felt like home, very warm and lovely atmosphere. Not to mention the great pool secluded in a beautiful part of the grounds. The descriptions and photos are tempting but don't come near the real thing.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2007
  • Date of Stay: July 2007
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Relaxing, well designed house

  • 5 of 5

We loved the well designed house with a touch of Arabic style. There were so many nice areas to relax in and enjoy the peace and tranquility. We especially enjoyed cooking in the well equipped kitchen and eating outside on the terrace. The pool was great to cool down in after a day hiking in the beautiful surrounding countryside or after a trip to historic Medieval towns like Trejillo only a short car journey away.

We were sometimes greeted on our way out of the gate at the finca by the owner's friendly dogs who never seemed to bark at night. A lovely cat used to join us at times when we were relaxing on one of the terraces in the evening watching the sun go down.

We very much enjoyed our stay at Finca al-manzil and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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A holiday with some precious and special memories

  • 5 of 5

Finca al-manzil is really special, something that is getting quite rare in Europe today. Besides the good feeling that the whole finca is run on ecological lines....solar power and spring water pumped up from underground streams, it is also a place with attention to every little detail. It's not over done but one can just sink in to the atmosphere from the first moment. It's all unusual, wonderful decoration but practical and runs smoothly, just what we wanted for our Extremadura holiday. A huge thanks to Pippa and Manfred, we could not have had better hosts, so helpful but left us to enjoy the perfect tranquility of the cortijo and finca. Thanks!!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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A place of tranquility and romance!

  • 5 of 5

A great base for walking in mountain scenery on ancient paths and of course bird watching in the ideal natural conditions around the finca. Wonderous sightings of birds including a family of eagle owls! The house is very special, full of character, a real home with great books and dvds. Lovely outside spaces as well, especially the pool area, a little paradise. We loved it all and will be back as soon as we can.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
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The Cortijo at Finca al-manzil, happy memories!

  • 5 of 5

One of the best holidays we have had for a long time. The cortijo is so special, we chose it because it looked so charming in a beautiful landscape but it was so much more than we expected, the views, the tranquility, the wonderful atmosphere of the house. We could hardly drag ourselves away from the cortijo and pool but did go on some memorable trips to the stunning historical towns and the national park of Monfrague to see the griffon vultures in the wild.

The local markets and restaurants were great, fantastic value for money. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor restaurant in an olive grove near Montanchez.

Pippa and Manfred gave us some good tips and we enjoyed the bike rides and horse rides arranged by Manfred, star horse was "Fatboy". Star walk was straight from the finca to Arroyomolinos and up the watermill gorge to Montanchez, spectacular! We loved it all and are plotting a return visit, maybe in the spring when the bird life and wild flowers are at their peak.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
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Most relaxing holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

The Cortijo farmhouse is a wonderful place to stay. The accommodation is excellent, the situation glorious and the views magnificent. We had the most relaxing holiday ever. We had planned birdwatching trips but they all came to us as we lounged and read around the pool! Eagles, vultures, bee-eaters, golden oriole to name a few. Azure-winged magpies everywhere. One evening flying ants (I think!) rose in the most amazing thick clouds all together across the entire countryside. The walk to Montanchez is delightful. There are spectacular Roman remains - almost complete amphitheatre and theatre - at Merida. Trujillo and Caceres are also fascinating to visit. I can't recommend this lovely farmhouse and its environs highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
250 Kilometres
Seville or Madrid
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres

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


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £131.46

The standard rate of €650 is for 2 people occupying a private house with 1 bedroom, double height sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, covered porch set in 1 hectare of private grounds, swimming pool.
For more than 2 people accommodation is at the cortijo with 3 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, 2 terraces, covered porch, swimming pool. The rate for this accommodation is between €1350 and €1500 per week,depending on season, minimum rental period is 4 nights based on these prices.
Both houses are completely private with own entrances and on different parts of the finca.
Free cleaning and linen change once in a 2 week stay.
There is a final cleaning charge of €25
Winter - Logs are charged according to use.
Rates for Easter, Christmas and New year €1400 per week or minimum of 4 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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