The Fornalutx Hideaway

Fornalutx Soller & Mountains, Spain Book from Book from £423 per night

Stylishly restored house on the edge of Fornalutx with pool and stunning mountain views (sleeps 8-10, weekly rental only)
The Fornalutx Hideaway lies at the end of a citrus-lined lane, shaded by three monumental date palms, in one of the prettiest villages in Spain. It's an unusual house, built by a famous Belgian photographer, whose curved walls and large windows provide breathtaking views of the Tramuntana mountains. From the roof terrace you can revel in a 360-degree panorama of fruit groves, wooded slopes and craggy peaks.

With 5 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, an open-plan kitchen-diner, plenty of terrace space and a lap pool in the garden, it's a seriously classy option for a large family or a group of 6-10 friends, who want to spend a week exploring Mallorca's most spectacular landscapes and rugged coastline. The house was renovated using slate, black marble, polished concrete and natural riverstones, to create an uncluttered, vintage-meets-contemporary atmosphere; walls are in muted Farrow & Ball colours. There are arty touches inspired by the owner's 15 years in Paris - silk onion-bulb lampshades, fern-fretwork wall appliqués, velvet and linen cushions, voile curtains in the bedrooms - and thoughtful extras such as fluffy bathrobes and slippers, custom-made bathroom products, and an ample welcome basket. The high-spec kitchen and gorgeous dining terrace put the seal on easy living.

Outside you'll find a 700 sq.m. garden fragrant with orange, lemon, jacaranda, bougainvillia, jasmine, magnolia, and herbs. Keen walkers love it here, with many trails into the Tramuntana mountains right from the doorstep. Beaches, tennis, cycling, sailing and snorkelling are all a short drive away.

Information provided by The Fornalutx Hideaway on 04/01/2021.

Opening Date
Most likely Easter 2021.

Cleaning and hygiene
Deep clean protocol so a second cleaning with anti-viral disinfectant after the regular clean with attention to handles/knobs/specific areas that are high touch such as light switches, plus a special anti-bacterial fabric spray for sofas/curtains/soft furnishings generally.
All guests given masks/gloves and hand gel
Guests greeted by owner wearing a mask and wearing gloves, maintaining at least 2 metres distance.

Policies
For the 2021 season, guests can cancel up to 2 weeks before their stay. The balance payment is not due until 2 weeks before the arrival date.

Highs

  • Delightful private setting just outside the pretty village of Fornalutx, with big views and gorgeous outside spaces
  • High standard of fixtures and finishings, with original artwork, accessories and flea market finds from Paris, good bed linen, and sleekly contemporary bathrooms
  • Proper 13m-long pool with sunloungers, sofas and a hammock
  • Extensive selection of books, music and films for the rare rainy day
  • Catering on request and culinary/wine tours; Jenny is a mine of local information

Lows

  • You can't drive to the door (you can stop 50m away to unload, and park 150m away)
  • Be prepared for a (short) uphill walk into Fornalutx (it's 5 minutes to the square)
  • The pool is unheated so can be cool in May and October
  • A 4-night minimum stay, rising to 7 nights in July and August (Sat-Sat)

Best time to go

Any time. Spring and autumn are best if you plan to go hiking. Go in winter if you want to smell the orange blossom and see the valley at it's greenest (October-January are the wettest months). July/August is the hottest and driest time - expect temperatures in the mid-high 80Fs.

Our top tips

Borrow a book from the well-stocked shelves, as the house and garden have a wealth of perfect spots for settling down for a good read, including the hammock.

Ask Jenny about the best shops and farmers markets for local produce, so you can make the most of the well-equipped kitchen - which was a real pleasure to cook in!

Great for...

Family
  • Boutique Villa
  • 5
  • Self-catering (chef on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

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 record player.

First Floor: a wide staircase leads to an elegant salon full of black marble, a range of 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 room with twin wrought-iron beds, an ensuite cloakroom, chest of drawers and a seagrass basket full of toys and a shelf packed with kids books.

Second Floor: superking double Bedroom 2 is directly above Bedroom 1 with the same large footprint. Bedroom 3 is a large king double with a private terrace with fantastic mountain views and Bedroom 4 is a superking double bedroom (which can be made up as a twin). All three bedrooms have their own ensuite bathrooms.

All bathrooms have fluffy bathrobes, slippers (a gift for booking through i-escape), hairdryers and custom-blended organic toiletries including hand-made soaps. Three of the bedrooms have large custom built Mallorquin wardrobes; the twin has a chest of drawers. All rooms have orthopaedic mattresses and 400-thread count Egyptian cotton bedlinen on the beds, voile or heavy raw linen curtains, and air-conditioning.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Catering is on request. But budding chefs will have fun in the well-equipped kitchen complete with induction hob, American fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher, blender, toaster, kettle, blow torch and countless other cook’s toys. Your generously packed welcome basket includes wine, beer, 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.

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 solid oak table which seats 10, and can extend to 14 if you have visitors.

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 bars, cafés and 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.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Children's meals
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Chill out by the lap pool (13m x 3m); although unheated it is delightful to swim in from May-October
  • Enjoy a culinary/wine tour
  • Go hiking: try the Sa Figuera path running from Fornalutx to the Port de Soller (2hrs) or a spectacular circuit round the beautiful Tossals Verds massif with a stop at the pretty refugi (hut). Mountain guides can be arranged
  • Head to Port de Soller for all things nautical, including a dive school, fishing charters, lively bars and a very safe, sandy beach for small children
  • Take the scenic coastal road to Cala de Deia where you will find a stunning cove offering sublime snorkelling and a cliff top restaurant, C’as Patro March, serving a delicious catch of the day
  • Sit in the shady main square in Fornalutx sipping an ice-cold beer and watching the world go by
  • There are fine clay tennis courts at Soller Tennis Club, with private coaching by arrangement
  • Culture: Discover the world of Chopin and Georges Sand in Valldemossa, visit the Deia International Music Festival (March to September) or take 'El Tren' from Soller to Palma to see the latest exhibition at Es Baluard, the fabulous contemporary art museum in Palma
  • For cycling, Tramuntana Tours in Soller can arrange bicycle hire and tours by prior arrangement
  • Son Termens golf course is a 15-minute drive towards S'Esglaieta through the Soller tunnel

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing

Kids

This is a family home and is well set up for families and gatherings, 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.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Of the 5 bedrooms, Bedroom 4 can be made up with twin beds, and Bedroom 5 has twin beds. Baby cots are available and 2 of the 4 bathrooms have a bathtub.

Babysitting:

English-speaking babysitter available by arrangement. See rates

Baby equipment:

  • 3 cots
  • 3 high chairs
  • Pushchair to borrow
  • Baby bedding
  • Baby bath
  • Sun tent for the beach
  • Kids crockery and cutlery
  • Non-slip bath mats
  • Bottle warming
  • Pool noodles and armbands

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The well-equipped kitchenand 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.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Children's DVDs
  • Satellite TV with children's channels
  • A wendy house/play tent
  • Football net and hammocks in garden
  • A groaning games cupboard and toy chest filled with board games, ELC toys, Duplo, Lego and more, appropriate for toddlers to teens
  • Playstation, Wii and Xbox in the TV room
  • Sand toys

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Port de Soller has a safe sandy beach with a PADI dive centre and watersports
  • Tennis lessons with an English coach are available in Soller
  • Nearby riding stables run private and group lessons

Families Should Know:

The pool is unfenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes
  • Hospital: 30 minutes
  • Doctor: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

The Fornalutx Hideaway is on the edge of pretty village, Fornalutx, close to the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, in the North West of Mallorca.

By Air:
Palma (35km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
From Palma get a taxi (there are plenty outside the arrivals building it's and a 40min drive - see Rates) or hire a car if you plan to explore the island.

By Car:
see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be given you to once your booking is confirmed through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Mallorca and getting around

Airports:

  • Palma 35.0 km PMI

Other:

  • Beach 6.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Rates for The Fornalutx Hideaway

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