Finca Acehuche is the venue for Landscape Sketching and Painting Courses ~ as well as self catering accommodation
SLEEPS 4-5 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
A secluded house set in a three acre olive grove with excellent bird watching and walking. In the most beautiful and culturally interesting part of Extremadura, one of the least visited areas of traditional Spain.
Extremadura is rich in wonderful wildlife. Birds flock here in huge numbers in winter, which includes 55,000 European Cranes. Azure-winged Magpies, Black Vultures, Hoopoes, Great Bustards can all be seen.
The house is set in a walled three acre olive grove with shaded areas of cork and holm oak. The finca was chosen for its particularly fine views of the Sierra de Montánchez with its Moorish castle and Catholic abbey. Surrounded by unspoilt scenery and wildlife, the landscape is both soft and rugged with dramatic granite boulders, grazing pasture and fincas growing olives, figs, citrus and grapes. There is excellent walking and mountain biking from the front door, along a network of paths and caminos. It is perfect for bird watchers with vultures, eagles, bee eaters and golden orioles. Or simply relax in the sun or on the large covered terrace with a sofa and hammocks.
Finca Acehuche ~ (top) relaxing in the hammock with spring flowers, (bottom) Finca Acehuche with surrounding olive groves and vines in summer (photo: Paul Thompson)
The house is reached by a l km rural track which is narrow and rough in places. It is fine for most cars (except low slung cars) and needs to be driven slowly.
Inside there is an attractive living/dining room with a well equipped kitchen area. A log burning stove heats the house during cooler months. Cooling fans are provided during hot weather. French doors lead onto the large covered terrace with lovely views of the sierra and a table and chairs for alfresco dining.
Casa apartado en olivar de 1.5ha, muy buena vista hacia la Sierra de Montanchez y su castillo arabe y abadia catolica. Observacion de las aves es excelente, tambien se puede cambiar por un red de senderos y caminos. O relajate bajo el sol, o en el porche con sus hamacas, su gran sofa, mesa - un espacio muy comfortable.
Summer views from Finca Acehuche and local walks, Pedro the horse at the old stone entrance
The small hilltop town of Montánchez (pictured) is approx a ten minute drive. Well known for its specialist shops selling jamon (cured pork) it has a lovely Plaza with bars and restuarants. There is a weekly Saturday market as well as general shops and banks.
Swimming: We have chosen not to create a pool at Finca Acehuche. We swim in the excellent large public swimming pools in Montanchez (approx 10 min drive) or Alcuescar (approx 5 min drive) both with an adult and toddlers pool as well as a shaded bar for drinks and snacks, open mid June - early September. Or we go to a large swimming lake Embalse de Prosepina (pictured) with outside bars on the way to Merida (approx 25 min drive), open all year!
Embalse de Prosepina
Montanchez (dibujado) esta a 10 minutos en coche. Trujillo, Caceres y Merida a 30 minutos.
Wild flowers are at their best between March and June.
Excellent bird watching in Extremadura
Extremadura is the size of Switzerland but sparsely populated and 74% of its land is designated as IBA (Important Bird Areas) - the highest of any region in Europe. Good times to visit are : end of FEBRUARY and MARCH when the winter populations are reducing and the first wave of summer migrants arrive; APRIL, MAY and JUNE with full breeding activity; end of OCTOBER and NOVEMBER is a transitional time when the summer visitors depart. Late October though to March the region provides a safe winter home for thousands of Eurasian cranes.
"We stayed in a lovely Finca just outside Montanchez, south of Trujillo, the accommodation was accessed up a 1 km track in a totally quiet and secluded situation among old Olive Groves and Vineyards. Wildlife abounded there and while we sat on the terrace in the evening, relaxing or eating dinner with a very nice bottle of the local wine, Hoopoes, Bee Eaters and Woodchat Shrikes among many others were regular visitors. It was an idyllic location and one which is highly recommended." Steve Wilce see his blog about birds and wildlife seen around Finca Acehuche early May 2013