The Walk to the First Drive
Waiting for Firsts Partridges
Flagmen in “the punta”
The Walk to the First Drive
Waiting for Firsts Partridges
Flagmen in “the punta”
A visit to El Despeñadero is not just a hunting trip, its goes beyond, is a cultural trip.
El Despeñadero is located in Toledo, one of the most historic cities of Spain with a big past at his back including being the capital.
What to visit?
Cultural trips can be guided by one of our personal guides by the city, to some private cattle raising, natural park’s, private bullfighting can be organized, shopping and an infinity of activities that anyone would love to do.
Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries, behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of Castile – La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.
At only 60 min journey by car from Toledo, Madrid offers you an infinity of different cultural and playful activities to enjoy.
Museums, gastronomic visits, visits to cattle ranches and even private visits to stores for those groups in which women prefer to enjoy a shopping day in the capital of Spain while men are shooting.
Located in the north of Madrid, the old town and his aqueduct were declared world heritage by the Unesco in 1985. The aqueduct, of 818 mtrs large, It is considered the most important Roman civil engineering work in Spain, and is one of the most significant and best preserved monuments of those left by the Romans in the Iberian Peninsula.
Small village located in the south west of Madrid. In 1974, his old town, with an amazing and a big major square was declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
A little bit further, but not impossible, you can find Salamanca, without doubt one of the cities with the greatest historical heritage and of greater importance in Spain.
With more than 5 hectares of land, El Cigarral de Las Mercedes is considered as one of the most exclusive places and with the best landscapes of Toledo due to the conservation of their gardens, the traditional architecture and and the origin of this fabulous estate.
The big team of professional who run this awesome place keep the history, values and essence of this Cigarral.
¿What is a Cigarral?
A Cigarral is one of the most exclusive estates in the middle of the city of Toledo. A big lodge with big gardens and extension of more than 5 hectares and a big wall giving it a traditional and a very exclusive smell.
Also, a “must” of a Cigarral must be a stunning views to the city and in that case, El Cigarral de Las Mercedes can be beaten for any other.
El Cigarral de Las Mercedes lodge is a new place unprecedented in Toledo. It makes the difference offering an accommodation, services and facilities considered excellent, over the top. Their three main buildings are surrounded by a big lake, gardens, olive trees, pine trees and an ancient wall making this setting unbeatable.
El Cigarral de Las Mercedes lodge has been built around the traditional architecture with ancient stones and the best quality materials and is exclusively closed for our teams of shooters for those who prefer more privacy.
In our different settings you will find: the Mirador-, the best views of Toledo and the most impressive sunsets. the Gazebo-, to be found beside our lake, Lakeside House. Will add charm to your stay.
So as to cater to all kinds and numbers of guests we have intimate settings located in our luxury Boutique Hotel and the versatility of La Casona – the original Cigarral building now refurbished-, or for larger parties you can select the wide open space in the Salón de la Luz, which is the largest of all and is surrounded by gardens and terraces.
At El Cigarral de Las Mercedes we have a total of 21 rooms, 15 classic doubles, 2 deluxe & Jacuzzi and 4 private villas with a private garden each one and Jacuzzi.
Our aim is to offer the most attractive setting possible. From the impeccable décor to the Beauty Centre for guests, everything has been designed to create a delightful experience right down to the last detail.
***We also give to our guest the possibility to celebrate business meetings in private rooms. One of them is situated in the middle of the lake what gives you the perfect atmosphere and all the facilities and latest technology.
Last July 28-29 I went to the already famous show The Game Fair. This time was in Hatfield so I choose to stay in London that woke me up some really great memories during my time working and living in that amazing city.
I had high expectations placed on the trip where I had an appointment to meet up with old and new friends / clients (many friends already).
It was very nice to see the great hospitality with which each and every one of them treated me. The first day and just after arriving at the fair I was greeted by the team of Eagle Review (website that I recommend to each and every one of you). I have the great pride of having been represented in his stand. They spoke to me about the operation of the fair (giant compared to other fairs in Europe) thing that helps me a lot.
During those days, I was lucky enough to be able to meet old friends like Guy, Sean, James, Martin (the best editor of Shooting Gazette!) … and even meet me at the fair with friends from Spain! Apart from meeting clients and already friends there at the fair and a couple in London with what I had a fantastic time.
In the same way I could meet new ones and finally have a personal talk like Alex, Will, Tom, Charles, Jonny, Chris, Charlie, Nicholas, etc. Without forgetting of course the honor of being able to chat long and long with Dave Carrie, whom I hope to see again sooner than later. No doubt there are few people who take better care of this wonderful practice like him. Cannot also forget some other friends I couldn’t meet there-
Overall it was a great weekend and, above all, a pleasure to have been able to share some time with each and every one of the people I was with. Increasingly surprised at how to take care of hunting in the UK, no doubt and from my point of view, a lot, a lot to learn.
Hope see you againg soon!
Dario Vallano Jr.
I love hunting and because I love hunting I am ecologist and conservationist.
Hunting is not killing. Hunting is conservation. Conservationism of our country side and flora and fauna.
Being committed with conservation must be our main focus as hunters and lovers of shooting. Committed with the country side maintaining it in good condition picking up cartridges or any other kind or rubbish produced.
All our guards work during the whole year keeping our estates in the best conditions possible, feeding and taking care about the health of animals. Prune the brush, olive trees, vine yards, holm oaks giving the health that nature needs for a natural and complete development producing a big and a healthy flora.
At Cacerías Ibéricas we are specialized committed to environment and different species that live in there. Actually taking special attention to our Iberian lynx and protected species.
We also work hand with hand with the government attending any request to collaborate at any time.
Committed to keep the feeders and waterers taking care the whole year of our partridges trying to maintain them in the best conditions and non-losing the pure red-legged partridges of our country side trying to increase their population is one of our main focus nowadays.
Installation of feeders and waterers to supply the needs of the field – nowadays too technified to be suitable habitat -, sowing’s lands dedicated exclusively to the food of the species, protection of nests of partridges, etc.
In our case, we always put the survival of the species in the interest of hunters. Hunt exists because of hunters.