This is a stunning house, with a delightful owner (when there were problems with the water he dashed out to help us immediately), in the most lovely surroundings: it is set in a fair amount of its own land, some of which is landscaped, including the most spectacular pool hewn from the rock, and some of it left under typical Mallorquin scrubby forest (holm oak, juniper, brambles) rich in beautiful bird life. It is incredibly peaceful (bar the bells of neighbours' sheep). The house is not huge, but very comfortable and charming. So why is this only very good and not excellent? First, there are minor problems: a tv that despite much fiddling only had one channel – in German (not that I would have watched much Spanish tv, but it seems a bit silly having a tv at all if that is all there is); a double kitchen sink in which the water that one let out of one basin immediately bubbled back through the first (scarcely hygienic and downright annoying); and then there were the cats. The grounds of the house were inhabited by at least six or seven adult cats, and at least two kittens. These permitted one to play David Attenborough, watching their interactions, and hierarchies. But they were clearly pretty much feral. However cute the kittens, heavens' knows what parasites they carried, and unless one went out one's way to scare them off, they constantly begged for food and got into the house. The two dominant toms, both with nasty injuries from fighting (and I saw one of the fights that was totally brutal), were in a state of near constant conflict, eyeing each other up and making really disturbing and prolonged battle challenges that actually scared my (not easily scared) eight year-old, and which were simply a very nasty sound. Now disregarding the damage that feral cats do to birds, and disregarding the fact that many people are allergic to them, and disregarding the fact that these cats were clearly not living very happy lives and should have been, at the very least, neutered, I really think we should have been informed about them before we booked. The cats certainly did not spoil our delightful stay, but I would hope they were re-homed (the fact that one tom had a collar, and that two queens seemed to be pedigree Siamese suggested they were not long-term ferals), and spayed/castrated, and that at least people who for some reason don't like cats or were allergic to them could have made a decision to book elsewhere. Finally, a set of instructions about how things worked, and a better set of instructions about how to find the place (being advised to turn at a sign that one would not be able to see until one had already turned is not very helpful) would be really useful. I would recommend this place, but I would also suggest that the owner considers different agents who struck me as pleasant but not very competent.
You couldn't wish for a more secluded spot on Mallorca: wonderful evenings on the terrace or my the illuminated pool, listening only to birds and cicadas. The old stone house is fantastically atmospheric: it absolutely takes you back in time. Amazing pool, surprisingly deep, I couldn't get my children out of it they loved it so much; periodically, a little waterfall is switched on, which adds to the fun. The estate of the property is very large, and gives you total privacy (and secure parking). You will NOT see any other house from here, only rocks, forest, and a picturesque mountain, Es Fangar, in the background. Totally lovely. But bring a small car, the last part of the access road is bumpy and narrow!
The location, at the edge of the Northern mountain range, is great, with some unbelievably spectacular drives on your doorstep, and the nearby Coves the Campanet are out of this world!
We rented through an agency called Majorcan Villas, which is not terribly efficient: everything worked out in the end, but we had to prompt repeatedly for things like instructions to drive to the property, and not being charged twice for the deposit. There were no instructions for the house, although most of it was self-explanatory. However, the owner of the house is lovely (when the water supply ran out, he turned up within 15 minutes to fix the problem: one needs to connect an emergency water pump, and then everything is fine even during water shortages.) As for the inside of the house, everything worked (except TV, only one channel, but you won't need it!), but don't expect total luxury: this is a rustic retreat, perfectly functional, but basic.
One thing to note: a number of cats treat the garden as their personal property, and are clearly accustomed to begging guests for food: this did not bother us, but if you don't like cats, you may find them intrusive.
Property is without doubt beautiful but has ancient equipment which needs updating. A kettle which does not work at all, a DVD player with no sound, a cable box which does not work and 99% of tv channels in German leaving a choice of Sky News or the God Channel. My email to bring this to attention was ignored sadly.
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