The Manor Houses

near the south coast, Menorca, Spain Book from

Two imposing and very private seaview villas (each sleeps 10-20) with stunning swimming pools and private access to sandy beaches
Picture the scene: you awake in your kingsize bed, sun streaming through the sea-facing windows and pad downstairs to a table groaning under a home-cooked breakfast (thanks to the in-house cook you've chosen to hire). Then you consider whether to spend your morning by the flawless swimming pool, exploring the grounds on a mountain bike, or lazing on the white sands of one of Menorca's nearby beaches. Decisions, decisions...

Each of The Manor Houses is a decadent playground sprawling across private grounds, where your only neighbours are olive trees and open farmland. So palatial are they that 10-20 friends can easily spread themselves out amongst the various lounges, terraces and 6 or 10 bedrooms (some with bunkbeds; ideal if you have little ones in tow). If you tire of lounging by the pool and taking leisurely group lunches, you’re well placed for Menorca’s many south-coast beaches and central enough to make day trips to Maó, Ciutadella and everywhere in between.

Highs

  • Great for big group or family getaways - sit back by your private sea-view pool and enjoy
  • Each villa has a huge high-spec kitchen: self-cater or hire a live-in cook (there’s a bedroom for staff)
  • Direct access to south-coast beaches with crystal-clear waters (approx. 20-minute walk or a bumpy drive)
  • White walls, antique rugs and neon chairs help create a sense of style in these unique, airy hideaways
  • A concierge service can pre-arrange spa days, boat trips, nightclub bookings etc
  • Surprisingly affordable, with flexible booking except in July and August (7-night stays preferred)

Lows

  • We're yet to visit the 10-bedroom villa, but it looks gorgeous and the setting is wondefully convenient for Maó...
  • The 6-bedroom villa's 1.5km access track ensures plenty of privacy, but popping to the village for shops/eateries takes time
  • The 6-bedroom villa's al fresco dining area is sloped and lacks the high-spec finish of the villa
  • A hefty security deposit is required
  • The grounds' staff have limited English; if you want concierge services, request them before arrival

Best time to go

Summer can be busy on Menorca, but with so much space to yourselves, a July or August stay would be sunshine heaven! If you're planning to explore or want better value, spring and autumn are warm enough to swim and cool enough to walk and bike (plus there are fewer crowds).

Our top tips

It's worth noting that the two villas are located a 20-minute drive away from each other, so they're not really suitable for very large groups looking to book both properties together. The 6 Bedroom Villa's raison d'etre is it's supremely private location, whereas the 10 Bedroom Villa offers a more convenient location for exploring Maó and the surrounding area.

Don't miss Cova d'en Xoroi, on the south coast. Built into the cliff-face, this dramatic bar and club offers the best seaview sunsets on the island. In summer, guest DJs and performers draw crowds late into the night - great fun!

Great for...

Beach
Family
Wedding
  • Luxury Villa
  • Boutique Villas
  • Self catering (+ meals/in-house 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
  • Kayaks
Room:

Rooms

Choose from the fun and funky 6 Bedroom Villa or the cool and calm 10 Bedroom Villa. Both are gloriously comfortable and spacious, with open-plan kitchen-dining rooms, huge unheated outdoor pools and expansive grounds. Every bedroom has its own personality and strengths.

We’re yet to personally visit the 10 Bedroom Villa, but it's hilltop setting gives stunning views to both the coastline and the rural pastures of inland Menorca. In fact, the elegant first-floor dining terrace strikes us as the perfect spot for sea-view sundowners. All bedrooms come with ensuite showers and the first-floor master suite has a hot tub thrown in, too.

Over at the 6 Bedroom Villa, the first-floor King Suite has a four-poster gazing directly to the sea beyond, plus there's a private west-facing terrace. Like the Sjal Suite and South Suite (also on the first floor) it has an ensuite bathroom, but here you get a freestanding tub as well as the walk-in shower. The lofty second-floor Queen Suite is the only double room to lack an ensuite, but we're rather fond of its dazzling sea views and 2 private terraces. There’s also a kids' bedroom and shower bathroom on this floor, so no need to traipse downstairs. The ground-floor ensuite Bovera Suite has direct access to the grounds: ideal for guests with limited mobility or those who enjoy an early morning dip in the pool.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Each house has a huge kitchen, a stylish dining room and an ocean-facing terrace made for lazy group feasts. We'd recommend hiring a cook (on request for individual meals or the whole stay) and revelling in the house-party vibe.

If you'd prefer to self-cater, you'll enjoy cooking here. The 6 Bedroom Villa has an impressive double oven and hob, a large fridge-freezer, a couple more fridges, and a huge pantry stocked with crockery, cutlery and equipment. We’re yet to see the 10 Bedroom Villa’s kitchen, but it promises to be of a similar high standard. Some basic ingredients may be available but nothing is officially provided. You’ll find grocery shops in your local village or a shopping service can be arranged.

Being somewhat isolated on your grand estate, you’re unlikely to want to eat out regularly in the evenings, but when you do you’ll find a few informal eateries in your nearest village. Es Migjorn Gran is a 30-minute walk or a 10-minute drive from the 6 Bedroom Villa. The 10 Bedroom Villa is a short drive from Sant Climent village and a 10-minute drive from island capital and restaurant hub Maó.

Both houses are also within a 10- or 30-minute drive of Hotel Torralbenc’s outstanding restaurant (book ahead). If you’re spending the day exploring the island, head north to Fornells, west to Ciuatdella or east to Maó for authentic tapas and fresh seafood lunches.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • In house cook
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shopping service
  • Welcome hamper
Eating: 6 Bedroom Villa
Activity:

Activities

  • Enjoy your private estate: roam the grounds and paddle in the swimming pool, then in the evening, make sangria and watch the sun set
  • At the 6 Bedroom Villa, you can also explore the caves behind the villa, use the on-site bicycles and follow your 1.5km private track down to white-sand Cala Binigaus. Bring the house's 2 kayaks and take to the water. Afterwards follow the coast along to Santo Tomas, where there are a couple of beach bars for light lunches and afternoon drinks
  • The 10 Bedroom Villa has a 2-3km track down to Es Canutells, a natural harbour with a sandy beach and rocky gorges. If you enjoy being at sea, you can anchor you boat here with ease. The Villa itself sits just outside Sant Climent, a sleepy 13th-century village with a handful of restaurants, plus it is particularly well located for visiting Maó
  • Fancy a private boat tour of the island, a relaxing spa day or a night of partying? The houses' concierge service can arrange all manner of bespoke activities; you'll be sent a list of possibilities prior to arrival for pre-booking
  • Walk, run or bike the coastal Cami de Cavalls - the route is easily picked up, and encircles the entire island
  • Bitesize Menorca is wonderfully easy to explore - see our destination guide for highlights and inspiration

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting

Kids

These palatial pads are perfect for a cluster of families or a multi-generational getaway, with seemingly endless space indoors and out.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

6 Bedroom Villa: a top-floor kids' bedroom with 2 sets of bunk-beds (4 single beds) and a small selection of toys. This floor also has a double bedroom and a shower room - handy for parents. Three other bedrooms (ground and first floor) can be made up as doubles or twins.
10 Bedroom Villa: two twin bedrooms (top floor and ground floor), plus a ground-floor single bedroom. Acres of space to relax in and a more family-friendly pool area.

Babysitting:

Available on request.

Baby equipment:

Each house has up to 2 baby cots are available on request.

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

Children's meals:

Each house has an extensively equipped kitchen and a cook can be arranged on request.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Underground caves (6 Bedroom Villa only)
  • Bicycles

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Boat trips

Families Should Know:

6 Bedroom Villa: the infinity pool is unfenced; Cala Binigaus is a 20-minute walk away. Outside of peak season, the beach can be popular with nudists (as are many of Menorca's beaches).

Kid Friendly: 6 Bedroom Villa

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