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Nick & Karen Elcock Wales

We spent a very enjoyable week at Finca Las Abubillas. The accommodation was excellent and was beautifully furnished with everything we could possibly need. The location is lovely looking out over miles of dehesa and we spent many hours watching the birds from our patio - including frequent flights of vultures overhead.
Elly and Gertjan were very friendly and were helpful and knowledgeable hosts.

We thoroughly recommend it and hope to return.

Brian and Patricia Everson - Val d'Azun French Pyrenees

We have just returned after five weeks at Finca las Abubillas in Jan/Feb.The weather was kind and we toured everyday. Elly and Gertjan have created a wonderful base,beautiful accomodation,clean and well fitted with views across the Dehesas. Convenient for the village and just a few Kms from the autoroute and excellent road network it is ideally placed to visit all of Caceres province. We came for the bird life but found historical Extremadura just as interesting, the list of atractions is never ending, Roman ruins,moorish and medieval castles,monasteries,conquistadores palaces. The local people are very friendly and helpful.
Thankyou Elly and Gertjan-five weeks was not enough.

Rob and Louise - Buckinghamshire United Kingdom

We stayed at Finca Las Abubillas from 3rd to 17th October 2015.

Our hosts, Elly and Gertjan, have thoughtfully created a small number of very well appointed, clean and comfortable self-catering chalets which provide all the modern comforts whilst seamlessly fitting into their Dehesa environment. The quality of the accommodation and fittings are excellent throughout. Thoughtful and knowledgeable help from your hosts is always on hand if you need it.
The peaceful location is an excellent base for bird watching and we were able to explore the full range of habitats in the Caceres province of Extremadura and beyond with ease as the road network is excellent.
We had a great time, would happily return and have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Finca Las Abubillas to anyone that wants to explore Extremadura and the wonderful birdlife that is abundant everywhere.

David James & Sue Mckernan - Shoreham England

We spent a scorching week in June at Las Abubillas and it was wonderful. As well as the great birding and the fantastic weather, we were made to feel really at home at the finca.
The bungalows are extremely well equipped,situated,comfortable and clean and Gertjan & Elly could not have been more helpful, from making sure we had provisions when we got there, to directions & advice on where to see certain birds. We have already provisionally booked in for a future visit. Thank you Elly & Gertjan

Paul & Marleen Goethals Coudenys - Brugge Belgium

From May 1st to May 31st, Finca Las Abubillas was our home and we can wholeheartedly confirm what every guest before us has written: this is a little piece of paradise! On top of this, it's every bird photographer's dream come true! Among lots of other birds I photographed Montagu's harrier, imperial eagle, monk vulture, lesser kestrel, great bustard, red-legged partridge, kingfisher, black stork and european roller. Gerjan's advice in this proved to be extremely productive. Combine this with the luxury of the bungalows and the 5-star service of Elly and Gertjan and you'll understand why we had such a wonderful time here. Elly and Gertjan, thanks again!!

Marta & Marton - Budapest Hungary

We spent a really wonderful week in Gertjan&Elly's chalet last autumn. The wheather was exceptionally nice (full sunshine and 26 C degrees in the last week of October:-)), we had a lot of walkings in the last kept secret of Europe", Extremadura. Both Gertjan and Elly were very helpful and gave a lot of ideas how to make our holiday even better :-). If you want to see something unusually untouched, please try this place! This is a real luxury of the 21th century!!!"

John and Margaret - Kintbury UK

Elly and Gertjan made my wife and I very welcome from the moment we arrived and their chalets are truly wonderful places to stay, extremely well equipped and cosy. We found autumn is an excellent time to visit with warm sunshine and clear air allowing great views of the regions most notable birds. We saw Imperial Eagle, Eagle Owl, both bustards, pin-tailed sandgrouse and black-shouldered kite. Thank you Elly and Gertjan for making our stay so enjoyable!

Sarah and Dave - King's Lynn UK

This is no ordinary chalet! Elly and Gertjan have designed and created these chalets with attention to detail, love and respect for local culture and habitat, from the customised furnishings and beautiful oak doors to the perching posts strategically placed for close views of azure-winged magpies. The chalets are positioned for maximum privacy in a magical setting in the dehesa. As far as facilities go, we were short of nothing. We arrived on a chilly evening to a glowing wood-burning fire and in a couple of days the weather turned hot and the bee-eaters arrived: wonderful! Gertjan and Elly speak excellent English. They gave us a relaxed, friendly and informative guide to how everything in the chalet works, birds to be found in the surrounding area and local walks. Thank you Elly and Gertjan for making our week in Extremadura extra-special!

Gerard and Sally Henry U.K.

We spent two really memorable days in Extremadura in April 2013. It was a pleasure to be out with Gertjan who not only showed us a great variety of birds at Monfrague and on the Steppes, but sought out and found for us species we particularly wanted to see. Patient and painstaking and above all a delightful companion; alas the days passed far too quickly. Elly, his wife, produced outstanding picnic lunches. From start to finish, a hugely successful visit!

Peter en Karin - Heiloo Netherlands

Gertjan and Elly arranged our holiday mid May 2012. Elly put a lot off effort in getting two rental bikes for my wife and a friend of mine.

In this way the two of them could go out biking wile I was out photographing birds.
Gertjan arranged i day in the hut with the vultures which was a real spectacle! As a last minute decision I ask spent a morning with the bee-eaters which resulted in great pictures. Value for the money I would say!
Now just have find the time to pic the best shots and put them on my website....

Also the food Elly prepared was great. After the Spanish breakfast the home made bread was a treat.

Both Gertjan and Elly were very helpful and gave a lot of tips that made our holiday a success.
Can't wait till there own chalets are ready to come back.
(website: www.peterbader.nl)

Rob Innis - Alicante Spain

It was great meeting you both and visiting and walking in Extremadura. I shall return in 2013 - hopefully for the planned walking festival. Thanks for everything and good luck with the book. (website: http://www.robinnis.wordpress.com)

Gisela Radant Wood - Almoharín, Extremadura Spain

Many congratulations to you both at the start of your wonderful new venture. We look forward to coming up to see you and me getting some expert advice from Gertjan on photography. Every best wish for the future from Gisela and Roger. (website: www.walkingextremdura.com)

Tony Hovell - London England

My wife and I spent some time on the 6th of June photographing Bee-eaters with Gertjan, it was a truly memorable birding occassion, there were Bee-eaters sitting within 5 or 6 meters of us for most of the time we were in the hide. I have tried many times before to get near enough to them to take good photo's and never come anywhere near, this time it was so easy we could not fail, beautiful birds, a beautiful setting and Gertjan was so helpful, it could not have been better. This experience was great value for money, if I come back to Extremadura next year I will certainly do it again and try a vulture session as well. Many thanks Gertjan!

Sofia and Sander Brostrom Sweden

Just want to say THANK YOU for four absolutely wonderful guide days! Gertjan - you're the best guide we've had - sensitive to your customers' needs, bringing great picnics, always willing to walk that extra mile to make the day perfect :-) (website: www.sanderbrostrom.com)

Simon Hilliard - London U.K.

Hello Gertjan,
What can I say but.......Wow! The print is magnificent and arrived in excellent condition...thank you very, very much. I'm sure I'm going to enjoy your efforts for many a year....... perhaps you know the following rhyme- many of my generation (50 years) in England remember it as the theme to a children's TV show (called, not surprisingly, Magpie). One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret never to be told. Fantastic thanks, Simon