Bird

Finca Acehuche is the venue for Art Courses and Walking and Sketching Holidays ~ as well as self catering accommodation

ART COURSES in Sierra de Montanchez, Sierra de Gata and Trujillo

Finca Acehuche 

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.

Finca Acehuche is at the centre of a cultural triangle of TRUJILLO, MERIDA and CACERES, each about a 30 minute drive.

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, 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 castle and lovely Plaza with bars and restuarants. There is a weekly Saturday market as well as general shops and banks.

Montanchez

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.

What guests say:

"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

More wonderful photographs taken early May 2014 - Jouke Altenburg

"This is one of the best houses we ever rented! Perhaps the best! We loved the warm and soothing atmosphere of the house, the large terrace, the view on Montanchez, all the birds around the house. Yes, we miss it and we'd love to come back! We stayed here for a week and enjoyed every minute.

We also invited friends to stay with us for a couple of days. As the house has two en-suite sleeping rooms separated by the living/kitchen, you have optimal privacy. Although it was pretty warm (35C), the sleeping rooms remain remarkably cool.

Montanchez (at 3 kms) is a lovely small village. It has some basic stores and a lovely central plaza. Cáceres (UNESCO world heritage) and Trujillo should definitely be on the to-do list. Merida has interesting Roman remains (with a beautiful Roman theatre as it main attraction) plus a very fine museum. Besides, there are some very good hiking opportunities in the environment.

The owners warn that the access road is narrow (with stone walls on both sides). We drive a Honda Insight (not a small car) and we didn't have a problem. But there is an alternative route from the road with a 4 minute walk to the house." Gerard and Christina Seegers, June 2014

Finca Acehuche is at the centre of a cultural triangle of TRUJILLO, MERIDA and CACERES, each about a 30 minute drive:


Merida


Caceres


Trujillo

CULTURAL TOURS CAN BE ARRANGED, please enquire.

TRUJILLO, birthplace of conquistadors Francisco de Pizarro and Francisco de Orellana, with the beautiful Plaza Mayor, cobbled streets, noble mansions, churches and hilltop castle.
www.extremaduraguide.com/trujillo

www.spain.info/trujillo

MERIDA, founded in 25 BC as the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, it is considered to contain the finest Roman remains in Spain.  It has a Roman theatre, amphitheatre and temples as well as the National Museum of Roman Art.
www.extremaduraguide.com/merida

www.spain.info/merida

CACERES, the old town is a World Heritage Site with well preserved stone mansions and palaces within ancient Moorish walls, as well as mueums and a fine contemporary art gallery.
www.extremaduraguide.com/caceres

www.spain.info/caceres

FESTIVALS::
Merida  Semana Santa at easter, Merida Festival Teatro Clasico end June - end August  www.festivaldemerida.es
Cáceres  WOMAD mid May   www.womad.org
Montanchez  Enceuntros de Culturas Oriente-Occidente late August  www.montanchez.net
Madrid  Veranos de la Villa early July - late August  www.esmadrid.com/veranosdelavilla

Extremadura is well known for its birds and wildlife: Parque Natural de Monfrague is north east of Caceres, and Parque Natural de Cornalvo is north east of Merida 
www.extremambiente.es

www.extremaduraguide.com/monfrague