Estate in Extremadura

VIDEO · LAYOUT · THINGS TO DO · AVAILABILITY / PRICES · HOW TO GET THERE

322m2. 5ha. Country House.

Awarded with the Architizer A+ Award 2013 for Architecture+Sustainability, NY.
Finalist in “Domus Restauro e Consevazione”. Italy.

Located in a privileged environment in the province of Cáceres, the goal was to transform an abandoned stable into a family home by completely renovating it in a way that would be consistent and respectful with the environment. At the end, the Studio decided that building from scratch was the best option as the stable was in a terrible shape.

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High on a hill and far from city water or an electrical grid, a thorough investigation resulted in the addition of photovoltaic and hydro power (weighted toward solar in summer and hydro in winter) and worked to ensure the home wouldn’t use much energy. The building’s original orientation also helped as southern exposure allowed for the sun to be the main source of heat during the winter. A generous eave prevents much sun from entering the home during summer, thus keeping it cool. Large wooden shutters that slide closed like a second skin, cover the large windows at night to trap in most of the home’s daily solar heat gain.

As the building is located far from city water but perfectly located below two streams that flow year round the water is pure and can be used for drinking and bathing. The swimming pool acts as a holding tank for use in irrigation. In the interior nature has been incorporated almost to every room in the house: bathrooms with views of the interior patio and its stone water fountain, bedrooms with huge picture windows overlooking the countryside.

The position of the architecture is as it was originally and the material used are also the same though given the home’s crumbling state the façade was built with a mix of cement and local stone.In the interior, supporting walls were replaced by light metal pillars, the haylofts in the upper area were converted into bedrooms and the enormous central lounge serves different purposes. In short, a mix of modern cement and iron beams coexist with well-worn stone, weather-beaten wood and local stone.

Interiorismo: BATAVIA · Fotografías: Belén Imaz


Layout

Lower floor:
living – kitchen area
1 double room (queen size bed) with bathroom
1 double room (twin beds) with shower and lavabo (no toilet).

Upper floor:
1 double room (queen size bed), bathroom with with shower and bath tab
1 double room (queen size bed),
1 bunkbed room (we recoomend not to use more than 4 beds)
1 bathroom, shared by the previuos rooms
1 toilet


Things to do

Temperature of the area is quite mild in summer time because of the height of the house (1,200 m2 above the sea level) (see here or other sources of weather information)

There are fantastic and fun trekking trails you can do from the house. From one hour to ten hours of walking in the mountain without seeing traces of human activity. Forrest, high mountains, long distance views, big rocks, streams, wild goat (cabra hispánica), wildboar, eagles, vultures, fox, sheep, cows…

During certain times of the winter, you might be able to see the Hispanic Goat, a picturesque wild species of goat that moves in herds. This species can only be seen these mountains and in the Pyrenees. You’ll be able to see both big (royal eagle, vultures, falcons…etc) and small birds.

Jose is a friend of the house. He breeds cows that are fed naturally in the meadows in front of the house and also other places around. You will see them pasturing nearby all year round. He not only takes care of the cows and the calves; he also waters the meadows that are around the house in the old way: flooding them using a hand made canal systems that distribute the water from 3 reservoirs he opens and closes for this purpose all year round. If you can manage to communicate with him, you will definitely be able to learn a lot, not only from the area but also from nature and its rules.

There are some other things to do around el Toril (the name of the property, coming a place where toros would be kept) besides excursions. Most of them are related to the experience of untouched nature and secluded places around. Some other, cultural visits to historical places like these:

– Monasterio de Yuste (20 min drive from the house): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monastery_of_Yuste.
The place where Charles V , the most powerful man on earth at that time, chose to retire until he died in 1558.

– Visit of the old town of Cáceres (1h 40 min drive from the house), a UNESCO world heritage. The city’s history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A1ceres,_Spain#Main_sights
If you are a gourmand, you can have lunch at Atrio, a two michelin star restaurant that’s part of an exquisite modern architecture hotel in the old town. https://youtu.be/sfkM2cfCvoo

Here is an album with some photographs taken by us. I’m sure you will send us many more photographs to explain the beauty of the environment.
https://goo.gl/photos/UCzSPUHjaLxhamFn9
And also some videos:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/E2FvD8eYPgWbVYMk1

If there are extra friends coming, the Parador de Jarandilla (only 8 minutes away from the house) is a very nice hotel. Built in S XIV as castle of the Count of Oropesa, was very much destroyed during the Independence War and turned into a hotel in the 1960s.

Availability/Prices


reservations@abaton.es

nights 1-6 7th night on
Fri & Sat 780 € 620 €
Sun 680 € 540 €
Mon-Thu 520 € 410 €

October 8% discount
November 12% discount
Minimum stay is weekly from Saturday to Saturday from mid-May through September. The rest of the year is 3 night stay minimum.

900€ +Security Deposit.

Maximum capacity allowed: 10 people

Check-in: After 15h (flexible according to circumstances)
Check-out: Before 12 am

The price includes:
Cleaning post check out
4 hours of cleaning after night 3, 6…etc.
(if on weekends the cleaning might be anticipated or postponed)

No pets
No Smoking in bedrooms

Reservation and cancelation policy
50% upon reservation
30%+ deposit 10 days prior to arrival
Balance upon arrival.

Cancelation fee:
No cancelation fee if more than 80 days in advance
30% if less than 80 days in advance
50% if less than 45 days in advance
80% if less than 10 days in advance.

How to get there

The easiest way to get there is arriving to the airport in Madrid, renting a car and driving to El Guijo de Santa Bárbara:
https://goo.gl/maps/tqivF8dHptm

The drive takes around 2,5 hours.

Once you make the reservation, we will give you precise instructions to get to the house. The way to get there is a beautiful road through the mountain and sometimes, covered by big oak trees.

An alternative way would be taking the train from Atocha station to Navalmoral de la Mata station. From there, it should be possible to take a taxi to the house (around 40/ 45 euros). Please, let us know and we will make the reservation for you.