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Originally built in 1625, this home has been lovingly restored over the last 40 years from a historic olive press mill to an updated farmhouse maintaining all of its original character. As you enter the gate, you are welcomed by a cactus garden, cascading bougainvilleas, climbing roses, oleander, a lemon and a fig tree, and the most spectacular vistas of the Mediterranean Sea, the Traumuntana mountains to the north and the Andratx Valley to the south.
The vistas at this 800 feet elevation take your breath away. After parking your car in the garage you will be tempted to linger in the driveway for 6 + cars and enjoy the smells of flower blossoms and views before entering the gate. The paved driveway to this exclusive retreat is 300 meter long way off the road providing privacy and tranquility.
The home has 7 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a fully equipped country kitchen. Both the living & dining rooms serve as the center of the home and both rooms have open wood fireplaces supplied by ample wood fuel. And of course there is wi-fi internet access throughout, Flat Screen with Apple TV device to watch movies, and a library of English books to choose from. The owner is a prolific reader of classics and contemporary literature.
The formal dining (also the front entrance hall) & living rooms and kitchen are divided by 3-foot thick walls with arched passage ways between all three principle rooms.
The KITCHEN (formerly a grain mill) has vaulted beamed ceilings & still has the original beams. You'll love the view of the Traumuntana Mountain range and the walk out to a back terrace complete with a small garden and BBQ. The kitchen is fully equipped to accommodate large groups with big gas stove & oven, dishwasher, two large fridges, coffee machines, blender, toaster and microwave. There are also two clothes washing machines.
BEDROOMS AND BATHS: In the main house block there are 5 bedrooms - 4 of which are on the second floor serviced by 2 bathrooms:a 3-piece bathroom and a separate powder room. Two of the upper bedrooms (one with a king the other a queen bed) face south with spectacular vistas of the Med and two face north towards the mountains. The 5th bedroom (with queen bed) is on the ground floor with a walk-out to the terrace and the four piece bathroom (ideal for the elderly).
The 6th bedroom with a queen bed, is a self contained apartment yet structurally connected to the main house but is only accessible from the pool terrace. This pool apartment, has its own 3-piece bathroom and kitchenette and enjoys spectacular views to the south.
The Olive Press Wing, is a magnificent (7th) bedroom (the largest) suite with King size bed, air conditioning and its own 4-piece bathroom ensuite, fireplace and commanding view of the valley below. It also has its own private living / dining room combo and a fully equipped kitchen.
DINING OPTIONS; Choose from one of SIX enchanting dining experiences on the four outside terraces of this remarkable property or the two interior dining areas (the kitchen and formal dining room). A local chef, can also delight you with his international culinary treats, by shopping, cooking and cleaning up after each meal that you must book in advance. BBQ nights are held on the northwest exposed terrace off the kitchen.
The gardens of this mountain retreat are the owners constant source of pride. The pool is flanked by bougainvilleas, hibiscus plants and an almond grove. Sitting by the pool with the distant sound of the sheep bells as they climb the amphitheatre of hills is sublime. Private hiking trails are accessible right off the pool terrace into the National parkland that surround this home. This tranquil location is rare treat of complete privacy where clothes are optional.
The nearest village is a 2 km walk down country lane or 3 kms by the main road. The plaza is the center of this ancient Moorish town with a quaint, fully equipped convenient store, a bank, post office, natural and traditional pharmacy, bakery, and several wonderful restaurants and cafes, and a magnificent church. The cafes at the plaza are open from the early morning until 1 or 2 or 3 at night (depending on how much fun you are having - the owners tend to stay open as long as you are ordering.
THE TOWN OF ANDRATX & PUERTO
Just 7 kms away in the Puerto you can hob nob with rich and famous of Europe. Puerto Andratx is one of the King and Queen of Spain's favorite dining experiences. They drop anchor in the fishing port or tie up on the quai and choose from about 50 remarkable restaurants. In fact boaters and residents of Palma 30 kms away often make the trip to Puerto just for the remarkable dining experiences and exquisite atmosphere. And Sailors from all over the world make Puerto their destination and often their permanent mooring.
ROAD CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING
The roads and trails surrounding this 3-acre property are the nirvana of road cyclists and mountain bikers all across Europe and North America. Each February all the Pro cycling road teams come to Mallorca to train on the mountain cols and flat roads of Mallorca and all are at the door step of this unique property. So bring your team or your family! The owner is a keen cyclist and hiker himself and is familiar with every col climb and screaming decent on the island.
BEACHES: From this property you are only 15 to 20 minutes drive from a huge variety of beaches. Some are huge sprawling beaches with sun umbrellas and concessions stands, others are quiet little pebble beaches only known by the locals. Our English property managers, knows every nook and cranny of this island.
The property managers are also superb cooks who will shop, cook and clean up for your group, but they are so popular you need to book them early.
Full carbon Bicycles can also be rented near the airport for about 100 euros per week.
Property Managers: They have lived on the island for 20 years and are familiar with everything worth doing on the island of Mallorca. They will guide you through the property and be your problem solver.
Keywords: Farmhouse, Finca, Agri-tourism, Villa, 500 years old. Rustique Villa, Panoramic views,
Pool, fabulous hiking & biking.
There is one bedroom on the ground floor, that has double doors opening onto the terrace. And there is a full bathroom close by. However there is one step up to this bathroom. And there are total of 6 steps from the main driveway to the main terrace. There are another 5 steps up to the pool terrace....moreless
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Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015
3 night min stay
Novemeber to New Years
Nov 1 - Jan 2, 2016
4 night min stay
High Summer 2016
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2016
7 night min stay
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This Property is Ideally Located for its Access to the Best Cycling (Where the Pros Train All Winter), Hiking, Golfing, Dining, Shopping, Diving and Sailing in Europe.
Looking north from the pool terrace of this property it is possible to see the highest mountain, Puig de Galatzo, in the southwest corner of the island. It reaches 1,027 meters and its very accessible with a little effort. My mother climbed it in her 70s and I have seen 10 year old girls summit without whinning. Pack a lunch and bring lots of water if its a hot day. Each person should carry a litre and a half of water. From the summit you can see on a clear day at least the half island while having lunch. In the town of S'Arraco Robin Saker is a Hiking guide who can escort you all day and give you remarkable history of the island as he has lived on the island all his life.
Or you can rent a yacht in the Puerto Andratx hire a skipper, and head up the spectacular coast line with 400 meter drops into the ocean. There are many fishing village ports to explore all up the coast where the snorkeling and bottle diving is sensational. You will also discover secluded beaches only accessible by boat. In the town of Sant Elm there is a very good bottle diving shop which will rent you everything you need or give you lessons and take you on a tour of the best places to dive. In the Port of Andratx you can also rent kayaks and explore the coastline much of which is inaccessible by car.
The whole island of Mallorca is a playground for everybody from serious adventure enthusiasts to luxury comfort seekers. It has the best shopping and dining experiences that rival Paris, Rome and Barcelona as well as Spas, Casinos, the best Clubs in Europe in Palma that close at about 6.30 am. All of which is only a 35 minute drive away. Or from the farmhouse you can set out and discover the island on high performance super light bicycles that can be rented nearby. Mallorca has the best cycling terrain in Europe which is why all the pros of northern Europe come to Mallorca to train from January to March in our mild weather. As an avid cyclists myself you can follow me on Strava.com where I can show you all my favourite routes on the island. There are many.
After going to the island for more 40 years in summer, spring winter and fall, I still have so much to discover about Mallorca. I feel like I have only scratched surface, partly because life in our mountain top farmhouse is so peaceful and idyllic you won't want to leave.
Year Purchased: 1973
About the owner: My parents bought this farmhouse has a retirement home in 1973 and we began renovation that lasted 10 years. It was a complete ruin that was abandoned during the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Today I have extended family all over the world and we call Mallorca our home base for family reunions.
Why the Owner Chose Mallorca:
My Parents fell in love with the island of Mallorca in the early 70s. It was their retirement home, hence my home. I also fell in love with the cycling, hiking & sailing that Mallorca has to offer and all my Canadian friends want to visit. So now it is used for reunions with family, friends & winter training camps for cyclists. We have also had several yoga retreats come together on the mountain, where we can spoil guests with spa treatments.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Located in the foothills of Tramuntana mountain, this property has direct access to the best hiking trails on the island and the best cycling roads in Europe. Only 6 kms away there is a superb 18-hole golf course as well as a tennis club. Professional cycling teams from all over the world spend three months of the winter training on the roads that pass our driveway. And with the beaches so close by I use the whole island as a training ground for Ironman triathlon competitions. But of course the Andratx valley has so much more to enjoy, such as the finest vineyard on the island very close by and remarkable restaurants in the nearby villages of Es Capedella and Calvia. And with Palma only 25 minutes away by car, the shopping and dining experiences are a bonanza.
View of this Finca farmhouse facing south from cliffs 800 meters away.
South Terrace dining areas lead up to Pool terrace past gate.
New Palm tree planted on Pool Terrace January 2014 for more shade & exotica!
View from the upper pool terrace Gazebo.
Winter Dining room for large groups. Smaller groups use the formal dining room.
Olive Press wing living room walks out to south terrace
Main house master bedroom with King bed, ceiling fan & south view of Mediterrean
Master suite also has a private living room & nursery room.
We can support cycling, hiking & yoga retreats & family reunions.
Son Viguet enjoys 5 outdoor dinning or lounging areas all with different views.
Fining dining overlooking the Andratx Valley and the Med Sea.
Looking north at Traumuntana mountains, upper pool terrace with outdoor shower.
Note new outdoor shower with mosaic and panoramic views of the Madonna mountain
Living room with comfortable furnishings, fireplace & flat screen TV with DV
Kitchen with 2 fridges, walks out to north dinning terrace with BBQ.
Olive Press wing master with king bed & private 4-piece bathroom - stunning view
Separate private pool apartment with 3-piece bathroom
Twin bedroom can become a king with mountain views.
kitchen Terrace ideal for breakfast & sunset aperitifs.
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