The Menorca Hideaway

Alaior, Menorca, Spain Book from Book from £287 per night

A gloriously restored villa with enchanting gardens, on the edge of the peaceful town of Alaior (sleeps 4-8)
Here is a splendid rags to riches story: a derelict 19th-century manor house is found on an ancient quarry in the heart of Menorca. From the ruins, an inspired British-Spanish team salvages wood beams, stone walls and terracotta tiles. Three years later, this gorgeous rental villa emerges, set in 2.5 acres of beautifully terraced grounds. A contemporary kitchen and living room has been carved out of crumbling sandstone. Stairs that were never completed now climb to 4 bright bedrooms, with windows over a lavender-filled landscape.

The villa is an idyllic family-and-friends retreat – children can play amongst the orchard trees, adults can sip wine on the patios; everyone can dip in the lovely rectangular pool, a transformed water tank. And who doesn’t love sharing home-cooked meals al fresco? It’s a short walk to the medieval streets of Alaior and a quick drive to the sandy beaches of Son Bou. But we think this enclave looks so enticing, we may just stay put.


  • A great option for a family (using 2-3 bedrooms) or 2 families travelling together (using all 4, a mix of doubles and twins)
  • We love the look of the magical gardens filled with flowers, fruit trees and friendly tortoises
  • Natural cork insulation makes the house cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Solar-powered hot water provides plentiful and pressure-full showers
  • The British owner has plans for an olive grove, vegetable patch, beehives and horses


  • The nearest restaurant and supermarkets are a 10-minute walk away
  • You'll need a car to reach the beach (15 minutes); but this central spot is well placed for exploring all corners of the island
  • There's a TV, DVD and stereo in the living room, but don't expect gadgets galore
  • No aircon in the bedrooms, just ceiling fans

Best time to go

The villa is open year-round. In the hot summer months (June-August), it can be a cool haven from the beach crowds; in the winter it’s warm and cosy, wonderful for a family Christmas celebration. Spring (April/May) and autumn (September/October) can still be warm enough to enjoy the terraces and gardens.

Our top tips

Don’t buy fruit at the supermarket; you’ve got an orchard on your doorstep: cherry, apricot, orange, lemon, pear, almond, fig and pomegranate trees are set throughout the walled garden. Pick and enjoy - some guests have even made their own jam!

A games basket is supplied, with volleyball, badminton, beach bats, boules, frisbee and fishing nets.

Check out the lovely restaurant of Es Festuc in Alaior: excellent, well-priced, 3-course lunches and dinners, with a takeaway option, and only 7 minutes' walk away.

Great for...

  • Boutique Villa
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • 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
  • Laundry Service
  • Weekly clean


There are 2 double and 2 twin bedrooms in the villa - doubles are ensuite, and the twins share a large bathroom. All are clean and simple, with white bedding, wood-beamed ceilings and scatter rugs on tiled floors. The twins are on the middle floor with the smaller double, which has a second door to a small patio. For the couple who likes a bit of privacy, the room at the top - the big, A-frame double - has its own entrance.

Open-plan eating and living areas are on the ground floor. In the lounge, 2 smart sofas face a double-fronted fireplace, shared with the kitchen. Modern, with long, sleek countertops, the kitchen has exposed-brick walls and a rustic dining table for 10. Both rooms have arched French doors onto a stone courtyard with wicker furniture. From here, steps lead up to a terrace with a benched table set under a straw pergola - perfect for a lazy outdoor lunch.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Beach towels
  • CD player
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Mosquito net
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


The villa is self-catering but the smartly equipped kitchen will delight the cooks in your crew. (A private chef can be hired if they insist they’re on holiday, too). The town of Alaior is close enough for early birds to stroll in and pick up fresh-baked bread for breakfast. Well-stocked supermarkets are on the edge of town.

Most restaurants in Alaior will have a menu del dia for lunch (a fixed price for 2 or 3 courses). After the midday meal, the town moves into siesta mode, but perks up in late afternoon - a good time to grab a cold beer at one of the cafés on lively Placa Constitució.

For a casual supper, tapas bars abound in town, or for more upscale fare, drive 15-20 minutes to restaurants in Son Bou or Mahon. Return to Alaior for ice cream at one of the artisan parlours around pretty Placa del Ramal.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper


  • Head to the beach – a short drive to the south are the white sands of Son Bou and Binigaus; the northern beaches of Algairens, Pilar and Pregonda are about 45 minutes away
  • Hit the water – snorkelling, diving, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and kayaking rentals are available, or set sail from Fornells harbour on a ‘llaut’, a traditional Balearic boat
  • Take a hike – the ancient bridleway Cami de Cavalls encircles Menorca and walking its paths is a wonderful way to explore the island’s terrain and its intriguing Bronze Age stone monuments
  • Tour a winery - Binifadet has a terrace for tastings, Binitord is family-owned and the Hort Sant Patrici also produces award-winning cheese
  • Stroll into town – Alaior is a charming medieval town with shops and cafés dotted around winding streets and cobblestone squares
  • Chill out – the lovely pool and tranquil gardens are alluring enough for days of just taking dips and watching butterflies

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga


Children are welcome at the villa - it works well for either 1 or 2 families, with 2 twin and 2 double rooms, plus a cot or extra bed by prior arrangement. Junior chairs and child-size cutlery can be supplied, and there's a small pool (unheated) with a code-locked gate. The villa's garden is a natural playground. Teens may find the location rather quiet, but there are activities including horse riding and watersports nearby.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool (unheated)
  • Gardens

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Clay-court tennis club in Alaior
  • Children's play areas in Alaior
  • Horse riding
  • Watersports

Families Should Know:

There are no stair gates. The swimming pool has a code-locked gate.


  • Shop: 10 mins' walk (Alaior)
  • Chemist (multi-lingual): 10 mins' walk (Alaior)
  • Beach: 15 mins' drive
Kid Friendly:

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