|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
This gated home is nestled in the 11th century village of Fornalutx, just minutes from Soller and the beach town of Puerto de Soller. The home has been lovingly converted from an historic olive mill. Antique ceramic tiles accent the bathroom and kitchen walls, and all metal work including, gates, door fixtures, lamps, etc. have been hand-crafted by the town blacksmith - once the mayor of the town, and now our caretaker. Once you enter the gate, you are welcomed by cascading bougainvilleas, climbing roses, lavender, orange trees, and rosemary, and the soothing flow of the creek nearby. There are 5 parking spots - 4 cars can fit within the gates, and one just off the street.
The home has 4 bedrooms, 3 newly remodeled/updated baths and a newly remodeled/updated kitchen. The eat-in kitchen has a dishwasher, microwave, gas and electric stove and oven, and of course, a refrigerator. The living/dining room serve as the center of the home and has an open fireplace, elevated ceiling and opens onto the terrace, pool and garden. The view from the living room and terrace is vast with roof tops, bougainvilleas, majestic mountains and the magnificent valley below.
The pool is flanked by climbing roses, bougainvilleas, hibiscus plants and the orange grove. Sitting by the pool is one of the world’s greatest treats, with the gentle flow of the creek; the distant sound of the goats’ bells as they climb the hills; the lingering scent of jasmine and orange blossoms; and spectacular view. Just beyond the pool and orange grove is the petanc court (bocce ball). We’ve had some great tournaments there!
BEDROOMS AND BATHS
The two upstairs bedrooms share a beautifully remodeled bathroom with antique mallorcan tiles. The larger bedroom, with king size bed, has a terrace overlooking the garden and valley. The second bedroom has two twin beds and a view of the dramatic mountains. Both rooms have A/C. The third bedroom is off the foyer, and has a double bed. This bedroom is steps from the second full bathroom with shower and tub. The fourth bedroom is a studio off the kitchen and has a separate entrance - this room uses the third bathroom, that has a free standing shower.
The home is very private, despite being just a 2 minute walk to the village plaza. As you walk along the cobblestone streets, you pass the carefully tended stone homes, all of which contribute to the beauty of the village. 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). There is also great hiking trails just steps from the house.
MY blog post on this great villa in Mallorca can be found here - travelinbadger/2014/06/s-aubareta (Add .com after travelingbadger and .html at the end as you cannot post a link). I would absolutely stay here again.
To anyone thinking about renting S’Auberata,
We just returned from two wonderful weeks in Mallorca, I am pretty sure that our home had much to do with our amazing experience.
The house was rustic but very comfortable with a true Mallorqui style, it was large and comfortable for our family and all our guests. There are two completely independent suites from the rest of the house with 3-bedrooms.
The pool area and the gardens were absolutely stunning with the breath taking back drop of the Tramontana Sierra. I liked the privacy we had even though we were along a little road the passerby could not see into the property.
One of my favorite things was the proximity to the most beautiful village of Fornalutx, my 10-year old daughter could safely and easily go to the store to purchase something. There is also a variety of restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner so we didn’t have to take the car all the time.
The close beach/port town of Soller is perfect for a swim, a nice lunch or a stroll. You are also close to Deia and Valledemossa which are must see towns.
I would say the only down fall was the distance to the beaches on the other side of the island (Es Trenc for example) but we braved the 1 hour and 15 minute drive because the island is so beautiful and with all the little stone walls along the roads, the olive trees, the sheep roaming around and all the farmland it was a pleasure to drive around. I was also surprised to find very little traffic the roads during the month of August! The tunnel is a true life saver!
The roads around Fornalutx are not for the faint of heart, you will have to manage very tight quarters but it’s all very well worth it!
I highly recommend this home, we feel very lucky to have found it. I thank Dafne for all her help before hand and even when we were there, you can tell how much this home is loved!
We spent great eleven days with fresh orange juice and dips in the pool among flowers. Perfect vacation, great villa with character in the beautiful village.
Spacious bedrooms, nice pool (note: quote deep), feeling of loved home in the villa. Very much recommended, but be sure of your driving skills if renting a car: the roads among orange and olive trees are beutiful, but challenging...
We had a wonderful time at the villa. The mountain location was gorgeous and the villa was even nicer than the pictures. We loved picking oranges for breakfast - and throughout the day - and the pool was beautiful. The village was exquisite. A highlight of the morning was walking to the bakery to get our fresh croissants. We highly recommend this holiday vacation.
If you are looking for the Real Mallorca then this is the house & the town.
Dafne has retained the old Mallorcan feel to the house but also provided everything the modern traveller desires.
It is easy to feel at home straight away in this house and the small town of Fornalutx. Dafne & her team of Christian & Pepe take care of this house to a high standard. Both clean & well maintained.
Well thats it, lets keep it a secret. There are lots of new, shiny villas in mallorca to rent!
We have just arrived home from our wonderful vacation in Mallorca and we are wishing that we were back in the beautiful and peaceful village of Fornalutx!
S'Aubereta is a beautiful home - calm, comfortable, and definitely a place where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The gardens were lovely, the pool perfect, and we enjoyed our morning stroll to pick up bread and pastries from the local patisserie. We hiked several trails - a great trail up the mountain and down to the nearby village of Binaraix, a spectacular 4 1/2 hour trail to the port of Soller - winding up through olive groves and terraces (we recommend using a trail/map guide to find your way off the main tracks...)
We would highly recommend this home and also the location (requires some deft maneuvering when you drive on the little narrow streets). We rarely go back to places we have visited - preferring to find new locales - but this is the rare spot that deserves a return visit.
Thank you for sharing your home Dafne. It was a privilege to have family time there together.
In Soller in Calle Luna, the famous shopping street that leads from the main square - Plaza - towards Fornalutx,
you will find Tramuntana Tours. ' They rent out bicycles and have a lot of fun, interesting things to offer!!
Cancellations made within 4 weeks of occupancy will not
be refunded.Cancellations made within 4-5 weeks of occupancy, 20% charge of rental
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.