Rural accommodation in Extremadura, Spain, sleeps two

“A renovated stone watermill with two simple yet charming eco-accommodations both sleeping two. And spectacular mountain walks straight from your front door. ”

Highlights

Renovated watermill | Two rural accommodations both sleeping two | Double rooms with studio kitchens | Separate bathroom facilities | Original stone mill floors | BBQ and shady outside terrace | Comfortable communal sitting room | 4km from Montanchez | Thirty minutes from Trujillo, Caceres and Merida | Walks into the sierra from the doorstep | Excellent bird-watching | Wild swimming

Description of Rural accommodation in Extremadura, Spain, sleeps two

Settle into a stay in peaceful, rural Extremadura at this renovated watermill just thirty minutes from the historic towns of Trujillo, Caceres and Merida.
The basic, but comfortable eco accommodation provided by each of these two converted mill buildings is perfect for bird-watchers, nature-lovers and walkers alike.

In the heart of Extremadura’s most scenic areas, you’ll enjoy spectacular walks in the sierra straight from your front door and excellent bird watching opportunities. Alternatively, head into the charming mountain village of Montanchez, just 4km away and famous for its Iberian ham, to soak up the local atmosphere at one of its lovely cafes.

Each of the mill buildings boasts a double bedroom with studio kitchen, perfect for preparing breakfasts and light meals. Both accommodations still retain their original mill stone floors with stone water canals, and with the addition of locally made hand-woven vintage textiles they offer a unique, characterful stay.

Separate bathroom facilities are available in a new stone building; however, each accommodation has its own designated shower and toilet. You’ll also enjoy a communal sitting room with comfortable chairs, books, DVDs and a dining table. Dinners can be ordered or you can cook your own on the barbeque and enjoy it outside on the shady garden terrace, surrounded by fruit trees, flowers and herbs.

A swimming pool is open in the nearby public park in Montanchez from June to September, or you can take a cooling dip in one of the spring-water-fed natural pools surrounding the property.

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Environment

We are continuing the traditional way of life here and have taken a lot of care to keep our part of the sierra looking natural but well maintained. We have solar energy so no ugly power lines.We are lucky to have a rich wild life on the sierra, especially rare species of birds which are left undisturbed in their craggy nests.

The land surrounding the molinos is mostly wooded with cork oak and holm oak, also ancient olive groves, we have been careful to maintain these old trees in good condition, using the pruned branches for firewood in the winter. It is especially important to keep the holm oaks pruned as they are the source of acorns which feed the black, iberic pigs producing the famous jamon iberico of Montanchez.

The original ingenious water system of the mills has been preserved although the water is now diverted into huge stone troughs and then back into the stream, the troughs make a wonderful dip pool for cooling off in the hotter months. We have done our best to make each mill comfortable without destroying the original stone work, there is plenty of light with two windows and a stable door entrance.
You can walk straight out into the garden and then on to one of the many caminos across the mountain.

Community

We employ local people for all our building, renovating and farming work. We also give a significant boost to the local tradesmen through our property selling activities, we try to guide the renovation as much as possible in traditional ways and methods which we have used in our own home. We contribute to the important local jamon iberico industry by letting local farmers use parts of the land for their iberic pigs to eat the acorns. We buy all food and wine for the molinos from local establishments. By attracting outside people to the area with our accommodation and activities we help the local shops and restaurants with new clients.

In winter local farmers use parts of the sierra for their free range pigs. We have initiated a programme to revive the callejas, pathways, of the sierra dating back to Roman and Moorish times. Many have become choked with brambles and weeds.

We have cleaned all the old callejas near the molinos and surroundings and encourage the local councils to do the same. It is so important to keep these ancient ways open as they provide wonderful riding and walking, giving access to the remote, high olive groves and vineyards and the great views of the higher pastures.

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