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« on: September 30, 2007, 11:39 AM »
Finca Al-Manzil Extremadura near Trujillo


In the heart of Extremadura near the medieval town of Trujillo is the granite and oak covered mountain of Montanchez. Much of this area is covered in old stone walls, small fields and wooded slopes. Quietly tucked away is Finca Al-Manzil owned by Pippa and Manfred. The two Moroccan red buildings that make up the accommodation are powered by 2.5 kilowatt solar panel array and the water supply is pumped from a bore hole on the property. As long as care is taken theses houses run just like any other connected to “mains” supplies. We really like the emphasis on energy efficiency and the non dependency on the power grid. There is a small discreet swimming pool that is treated with a salt system which does not give rise to the red eyes associated with chlorine. It is set apart from the houses amongst oak trees and garden and is a lovely place to relax away an afternoon reading or nature watching.

The “gatehouse” serves as a self catering cottage for 2 people (room for a couple of young kids as well) and then a short track leads to the main guest house that has three twin rooms and a shared “community area” comprising of a huge kitchen opening into the tall ceilinged lounge. The three en-suite twin rooms are set along an open terrace facing out through oak trees and stone walls against a back drop of olive groves. The décor is a mixture from Pippa and Manfred’s worldly travels as is the bookshelf. The rooms are tall and spacious with carefully chosen furniture and colourings.

The ample breakfast with hot bread, cheeses and other goodies plus fresh coffee is included in the price and it is more than enough to set you up for a morning’s exploration of the area.

We can heartily recommend this place to any nature lover from which to explore the dehesas of Extremadura or as we did the plains of this region looking for Bustards! We didn’t see any Bustards but we did see 4 Black vultures, 6 Egyptian vultures and over 100Griffon vultures all on the ground at the same time feeding on a dead cow. Of course if it’s a week of lapping up some tranquillity you are after then you could always just sit by the pool and listen to the birdsong.

Clive and Sue
« Last Edit: July 02, 2009, 21:36 PM by Clive »
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