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Our holiday in Selva in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range was really lovely. The place is cosily nestled between olive trees and offers great views without feeling exposed. The outdoor area is fantastic with a big oven, a grill and an espresso machine. We had the pool all to ourselves.
Santiago took care of everything! He speaks English well enough for any concerns you might have and is very responsive. He picked us up in Selva to guide us through the village to his place. We felt very welcomed in his place and although he lives in the main house we hardly noticed that we had neighbours.
The only reason why we did not give 5 stars is that the mattresses were really quite old and especially the fold out sofa is very worn, so you feel the springs. We would definitely recommend to change them, but otherwise it was a great experience.
It may be worth mentioning that we're climbers and it's a great spot for climbing as it's very close to a lot of crags. Caimari is only 7 min away and a fantastic climbing area for mid grades and most other places are reachable within 45 min. ...One more thing - pick a small rental car (i.e. Ford Fiesta) since anything bigger might give you a real challenge getting through the tight streets in and around Selva ;)
While the house is smaller than it appears on the photographs, it is more than adequate for at least four people. The property is on a public footpath and very close to the main Selva-Caimari road. Traffic can be heard during the day and also at night if the windows are open (as can the cockerels, dogs and goat/sheep bells!).
The owners only speak Spanish, but their son speaks English and all three are very helpful.
There is adequate glassware, crockery, cutlery and cooking pots/pans for 4-6 people and a nice BBQ area outside the kitchen door. There are shaded outside sitting areas around the property and space for 3 sun loungers by the swimming pool. The outside dining table is very useful and is undercover from sun or rain! The bed sheets are cotton and bath and pool towels are both provided. The WiFi is good.
With average mobility/fitness, one can walk along the public footpath into both Selva and Caimari, though would not recommend walking to/from Selva at night due to there being no footpath lighting and the main road is windy with no pavement and can be busy with vehicles i.e. could be dangerous in the dark.
Fresh bread (and other provisions) can be purchased in both villages - from a grocery store in Caimari and from a small supermarket or bakery in Selva. Ca Na Toneta in Caimari and Micili in Selva are two excellent (but rather expensive) restaurants offering tasting menus (advance reservations essential). The Sa Ruta Verda cycle shop/“juice bar” in Caimari (on the main road) is welcoming and offers breakfast, lunch and snacks. The 'Sa Tafona de Caimari' restaurant (and shop) is literally across the main road from the property and offers a good choice of food at reasonable prices.
The property (based in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and one of the epic cycle climbs in the world - Coll de Sa Batalla) is well placed for exploring Mallorca by car e.g. Pollensa/Puerto Pollensa, Campanet village and its nearby caves, Soller/Port de Soller, Lluc monestary, Alcudia (old town is much nicer than the new town) and both Palma and the airport are only 30-40 minutes drive away.
As there is no air conditioning (did not need it in early September) the price of this property makes it VERY good value for money and is recommended.