We are Martin and Claudia. We met on the banks of the River Amazon where Martin was studying the birds in a national park and Claudia was completing her studies in tourism, helping to set up a visitors' centre there. Since then we have lived in various countries, England, Colombia and India, and now in Spain, accompanied by our son Patrick. After much hard work, our Casa Rural was ready to open to the public in 2005. We enjoy very much sharing this project with you.
The story of the house
The house was a small winery, which had a smallholding with olives, vegetables and some animals. The traditional vernacular architecture of the main house has been conserved with careful restoration
A place for birdwatchers to stay
Today the house has become well-known as a place for birdwatchers to stay, and we are committed to the study and conservation of nature, as well as promoting all else that Extremadura has to offer: its cultural, historic and gastronomic heritage.
- We are convinced that changes for a better world start at home.
- Our solar panels produce most of our domestic energy requirements.
- We recycle as much of our waste that is possible.
- We have eliminated the use of plastic water bottles and hugely reduced our use of plastic packaging.
- We purchase local products. We actively support local producers and businesses by being part of local associations like the Cheese Route and Ham Route of Extremadura.
- We offer home-grown products, from our ecological vegetable garden, olive oil and free-range eggs.
- We support local conservation. We donate to AMUS (a wild animal rescue centre and leading conservation organisation), support a bird conservation project through the Birding in Extremadura Club and volunteer time to monitoring wildlife.
- We follow an ethical code in our nature guiding activities to ensure the welfare of wildlife comes first.
- Light pollution monitoring with low cost photometers designed by astronomers with the aim of studying the evolution of this problem. Fotometria
Where we are
In the district of Trujillo, off the EX 208 road between Trujillo
and Guadalupe. 12 kilometres from Trujillo, taking the right turn at the junction signposted Pago de San Clemente. The house is at the back of the Pago de San Clemnete hamlet, about a kilometre from the main road.
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