This is a traditional three-storey village house, built in the early 1900s from stone, massive timbers and adobe. We have restored it with great care to make it spacious, comfortable and very attractive, while conserving all its character and old materials.
We rebuilt the top floor and roof with local chestnut timber and cork insulation. The walls were restored with lime render. The original terracotta, tile and wood floors were conserved or restored as appropriate.
The top floor has a large sitting room with a balcony big enough for loungers or a dining table and chairs, looking over the olive orchards and countryside with the Gredos mountains to one side. In fact the back of this village house is really in the countryside. There is an “altillo” or sleeping loft in the sitting room, and a wood-burning stove to keep it very cosy in winter, and a big ceiling fan for the summer.
The kitchen/diner is also on the top floor, with a large balcony overlooking the village square, perfect for watching the world go by.
The middle floor has two large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. These rooms keep cool on hot summer nights.
The ground floor is an independent studio/bedroom with its own kitchen and bathroom.
Central heating and hot water are from an oil-fired boiler.
The house has been successfully used for holiday letting on Airbnb and Homeaway for several years, with many 5 star reviews.
Cuacos de Yuste is an historic village in the foothills of the Gredos mountains in the beautiful district of La Vera (Extremadura). The village has about 500 inhabitants, three or four small shops, a similar number of bars and restaurants. There is an excellent municipal swimming pool (3 open-air pools in gardens with bar/restaurant), open in summer only.
Within a few minutes’ walk of the house the countryside and mountains are full of paths to explore and there are mountain rivers for bathing and an amazing diversity of wildlife. La Vera is a district of mountains, rivers and rolling foothills, with a rich diversity of landuses and habitats. The uplands are a mosaic of extensive grazing (goats and cattle) and forest, interspersed with tree crops such as olives, chestnuts and cherries on terraces with dry-stone walls. Further down the slope towards the river Tiétar (this big river is the southern boundary of La Vera) there are dehesa wooded pastures of Holm and cork oak, as well as irrigated peppers and tobacco. The Gredos mountains dominate the district to the north and offer stunning walks and peaks of over 2000 metres.
About 40 minutes by car is Monfragüe National Park, a mecca for bird-watchers, and very beautiful just to drive through, and to stop for picnics and walks. The district of La Vera is also very rich in local Fiestas and cultural events.