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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. Cooking holidays at Finca al-manzil: We run an interesting creative cooking holiday at Finca al-manzil several times a year. Please contact Pippa. 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.