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Finca es Castell

Near Caimari, Mallorca, Spain

Activities

  • Hiking on marked trails into the pine-shaded valleys and limestone foothills behind the farm. One leads up to the cool springs and fir forests of Binifaldo; another winds up to Lluc monastery, where the blue-robed choristers of Es Blauets sing mass every morning. James can drive you to or from the trailhead for a small charge, and will often guide you for free, if he's not busy. A 20-min drive from the finca brings you to Alaro, whose mountaintop castle can be scaled via a beautifully engineered mulepath winding up the cliffsides

  • Swimming: aside from the decent-sized pool, there are long sandy beaches in the bays of Pollensa and Alcudia (20 mins’ drive), and smaller coves at San Vicent (30 mins) and Formentor (40 mins). All of these can get crowded in midsummer

  • Sports: there are mountain bikes at the finca, a riding school nearby, a tennis court (with free access for Castell guests) less than 1km away, and several golf courses within a short drive. Paola has a friend with a boat in Alcudia for fishing trips

  • Touring: there are some lovely market towns nearby, including local Caimari (the best olives and oil on the island), pretty Campanet (which also has caves and a Vauclusian spring), vibrant Pollensa (art & textile shops, cafés & restaurants, and a summer music festival), and industrial Inca (the centre of Mallorca’s leather industry)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Food and wine
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping/markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Save to favouritesPrintMailFinca es CastellThis finca seems to have grown organically over its 900 years. At its heart is an ancient almazara (olive press) where the fruits of this 750-acre estate were pressed into oil; now it’s a rustic barn where homegrown dinners are laid out on trestle tables. Around it lies a warren of [r:ES032:14 cosy rooms], whose bones (500-year-old ceiling beams, metre-thick stone walls) are visible beneath white plaster and modern bathrooms. Outside, cobbled patios are festooned with ancient vines, a stone bench sits in the shade of a carob tree, and among the terraced olive groves you’ll find a pool catching the morning sun. It sits at the foot of the craggy Tramuntana mountains, above the tiny hamlet of Binibona – an idyllic spot, and the result of a long search by Paola and James. It took all his negotiation skills (he's a former media consultant) and her considerable energies (she’s from a dynamic Italian-English family in Kenya) to secure a 10-year lease. But they did, and immediately started transforming it into the kind of stylish rustic retreat, which their friends would flock to. The rest is history - 9 centuries of it, no less.

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