Casa Rural el Recuerdo
Our home for the week is the carefully restored traditional farmhouse belonging to Claudia and Martin Kelsey, who have been welcoming guests to their home for the last decade.
It has a comfortable and homely ambience, all the rooms are en suite and the sitting room has an open log fire that is always lit on cold nights. All the food is home prepared and reflects the hosts' passion for local cuisine and includes their own home grown vegetables, their own olive oil and home-baked bread.
The house is surrounded by a quiet garden environment, complete with its own swimming pool and extensive olive groves. There are many walks from the village into the wider countryside with panoramic views over the olive groves and plains of dehesa beyond.
As well as Mark Cocker's ten books and 30-year career writing for newspapers and journals, he has also pioneered the teaching of nature writing for Arvon, Ty Newydd and in private classes at his own Blackwater Carr in Norfolk. His approach to writing is founded on a deep concern for the fine detail of our natural surroundings. This is rooted in a belief that the precise facts of landscape and nature are the very source of authenticity and lyricism in writing.
Martin Kelsey has been fascinated by nature since he was a child and studied ecology at university. While based at Oxford's famous Edward Grey Institute he conducted fieldwork in Zambia and the Colombian Amazon, where he met his wife Claudia. For 15 years Martin worked in many countries for charities including BirdLife International and Save the Children. He was awarded an OBE in 2001. Martin has been sharing his immense knowledge and love of Extremadura with guests since 2004.
© Mark Cocker 2013