“Stylishly restored house on the edge of Fornalutx with pool and stunning mountain views (sleeps 8-10, weekly rental only)”
Ground Floor: you enter the house through French doors off the large shady veranda, to find an indoor dining area which flows through an archway into a contemporary kitchen. There's also a cosy TV room with satellite TV, CD/DVD and video player.
First Floor: a wide staircase leads to an elegant living room full of black marble, antique books, French furniture (including a 19th-century sofa with velvet cushions), an open fireplace and exceptional views. The Master Suite, which used to be a photographic studio, has a Balinese emperor-sized four-poster, slate floors and a gorgeous ensuite bathroom with freestanding oval bathtub and walk-in riverstone shower. Opposite lies Bedroom 5: a small twin room (bunk-beds) with an ensuite shower room, a desk and an armchair. It's best suited to little ones as comes with a wicker basket full of toys and a shelf packed with kids books. This is the only room which lacks air-con, but the owners are planning on adding it in the future.
Second Floor: Bedroom 2 - a large double with ensuite bathroom and private terrace with view of the mountains; Bedroom 3 - large double with ensuite bathroom (this room can be converted into a twin if required); Bedroom 4 - twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
All bathrooms have fluffy bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers and custom-blended organic toiletries. Three of the bedrooms have large custom built Mallorquin wardrobes; the twin has a chest of drawers. All rooms have crisp French bedlinen, voile or heavy raw linen curtains and air-conditioning.
Catering is on request. But budding chefs will have fun in the well-equipped kitchen complete with induction hob, American fridge, oven, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, blender, toaster, kettle, blow torch and countless other cook’s toys. Your generously packed welcome basket includes wine, beer, Tio Pepe, all the usual breakfast basics (tea, coffee, milk, juice, bread, butter, bacon, eggs, jam, honey, cereals, yoghurt) plus a whole cooked chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta and home-made cake - enough for the first 24-36 hours before you need to stock up again! If you have any special requests or dietary restrictions do mention this when booking.
And there are some lovely spaces to sit and eat. Take breakfast al fresco on the palm- and olive-planted terrace, enjoy a poolside barbecue on sunny afternoons, at night dine indoors and in style at the antique mahogany oval table for 10.
The village shop in Fornalutx is incredibly well-stocked and includes a butcher’s counter, a wine section and in-house bakery. Otherwise, drive down the hill for 3 minutes to the Co-operativa Agricolo Sant Bartolemo selling organic local produce plus fantastic Soller olive oil, almonds and oranges. If you don’t feel like cooking, Fornalutx boasts 3 bars, 2 cafés and 4 restaurants including C'an Antuna, a typical Mallorquin restaurant with spectacular terrace views of the Valle de los Naranjas - the King of Spain is a regular guest.
Ca's Penelope is a family home and is well set up for groups and families as such, sleeping up to 10. It's filled with games and toys and equipment you probably wouldn't think to bring with you, but really need (such as a sun tent for the beach) and we think it's great for all ages – as long as you watch toddlers around the pool. You would anyway, though, wouldn't you?
If you want to book tennis lessons or riding nearby, contact the owners in advance or when booking. And you can also arrange for nappies and baby food to be purchased in advance for your arrival.
Of the 5 bedrooms, 2 can be made up with twin beds, and there is 1 room first-floor room with bunkbeds. Baby cots are available and 2 of the 4 bathrooms have a bathtub.
English-speaking babysitter available by arrangement. See rates.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kitchen is well-equipped and has a microwave and blender among other gadgets. You can book catering if you want; there is a grocery store 4 minutes' walk away and takeaways and child-friendly eateries nearby too.
The pool is unfenced