4 independent reviews for Extremadura hiking vacation, Spain

Reviews for Extremadura hiking vacation, Spain

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review 21 May 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Most memorable: My arrival at the remote location--not the house for which I had registered and paid for but rather the site where the owners had decided to place me. Upon that arrival I did not see, and would not see for the balance of my 18-hour stay there, another human being at the location. What I did see were two converted mill houses and an exterior building of toilets and showers to be shared by the mill house occupants. My mill house was rife with safety hazards (e.g., propane tank inside the building, a fall-inviting undulating floor, and no phone or other means to summon help in an emergency).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Read carefully the owners Cancellation Policy, especially the line: "Once the week has commenced there will be no refunds on unused portions." That means if you show up and find--as I did--that the descriptive literature and photos about the property are misleading and that your accommodation is both unpleasant and potentially perilous, you are not entitled to ANY refund whatsoever. So, my most important tip to anyone considering an Extremadura vacation is to avoid this one. As I discovered upon leaving the property, there are plenty of far safer, far pleasanter, and far less expensive places to stay during your visit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The location to which I was assigned was so far removed from other human habitations that I'm sure it could not pose any detrimental environmental impact on an area that anyone cares about.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I have travelled widely on four continents and without a doubt my 18-hour stay on this property and the subsequent acrimonious exchange with one of the owners represent the nadir of that travel experience. I regret that this review form does not permit lower than a one-star rating.

Read the operator's response here:

The client booked a one week walking vacation including breakfast and dinner, a package, not a hotel room. He received a full description and photos before arrival and did not make any negative comments while he was with us. He decided to leave without explanation and without experiencing any of the walks or other aspects of the vacation. The subsequent written negative comments about the accommodation are obviously from his own particular point of view and cannot be held to be representative of the general reaction to the mills which is always positive with appreciation of unique historical buildings set in a lovely natural environment. The client has been offered a partial refund to show good will even though I am not obliged to make a refund according to my terms and conditions.

review 25 Apr 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The accommodation and location.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It's a very pleasant vacation with walking rather than a walking vacation with long daily hikes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, because the environment reflected a commitment to low impact agriculture.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks for this informative review, especially mentioning that the vacation is designed as a gentle walking experience to discover the delights of our part of Extremadura both the nature and the historical towns. Thanks again for this review and so glad that the vacation was enjoyable with lots of new sights, especialy the bird watching experiences.

review 13 Apr 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Great to see a totally different area, 2000 years of history.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Beware the hosts have 3 dogs who may accompany the walks. Friendly but large. Take plenty to read as plenty of time for siesta and binoculars as plenty of local birdlife visible from the balcony

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Walks often ended up at the local village square so supported bars and eating places. Several from the Finca, though some longer drives. House entirely solar powered.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Good

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks very much for this very positive review, it was a great pleasure to introduce these walking clients to our wonderful town and country walks.

review 21 Sep 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The care and trouble taken by the providers (Pippa and Manfred) to meet our particular needs and make this a vacation to remember. Nothing was too much trouble from the house, meals and guided walks both country and city.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't take too much luggage as washing machine facilities are available. Always ask your hosts if there is anything special you want to do (or not to do). Walking poles. Remember this couple fit the vacation to your needs - do tell them what your needs and abilities are.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

This finca is run on energy efficient systems with solar panels and batteries Local produce used including wine. The bore hole water is so soft and delicious to drink.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Superb. For us the personal service made this a memorable vacation.

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