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Esqueredo, historic restored village house in fabled Fornalutx

Holiday Property Details

Property Type: Villa
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2
Accommodates: 4-5

Esqueredo, Carrer des Vent 4
City: Fornalutx/Mallorca
State/Region/Province: Balearic Islands
Zip/Postal/Mail Code: 07109
Country: Spain
Description: Esqueredo is a delightful house for 4/5 persons wrapped around a picturesque cul-de-sac in the historic village of Fornalutx - with stunning, uninterrupted views of the Puig Major, the highest mountain in the Tramuntana mountains. Fornalutx, known as "the village of a thousand years" was built around a 10th century Moorish tower and Esqueredo sits partially on its ancient castle wall. The village is an oasis of tranquility, with historic houses built in mellow, caramel-coloured stone, standing sentinel over cobbled mule steps rising from above a charming town plaza.

Fornalutx sits nestled in the most spectacular vale within the Serra de Tramuntana – the valley of Soller (pronounced Sól-yer). From its Moorish towers and ancient walls, Fornalutx commands fabulous views of orange groves and olive terraces climbing high into the backdrop. Staying in this historic pueblo, known as the Aldea Mil Años (Village of a Thousand Years) one can almost experience the spirit of the early settlers. The Venetian traders cutting through the high passes in search of olive oil, the then currency of the Mediterranean. The Roman soldiers milling Saharan wheat in the water mills powered by the valley’s abundant springs. The Moors, with their understanding of all things created in stone, ceramic and terracotta.

Close by Fornalutx is the Baranque one of the hundred wonders of the world. These stone steps were cut through the mountains perhaps 2,500 years ago by the Carthaginians, as they expanded their oil trading routes. To this day, nobody knows whether the great stones of the ancient olive tree terraces perched precariously on the mountainside, were rolled up the hill, or drawn down.

The very name Fornalutx is the subject of debate. Some say it derives from horno and lutz, describing the men’s view of the carbon burning oven lights as they came down in the evening from harvesting the terraces. Others say that it originates from the glow of the smithy’s forge or forja. Your choice. The smithy is still there, hand crafting beautiful railings and village lamp-posts. The abundant footpaths through the terraces are suitable for all levels of fitness, from casual strolls to serious hikes.

As Fornalutx offers a true oasis of tranquility in the daytime, scented by citrus trees and almond blossoms - so the imposing peaks of the Tramuntanas fall steeply into the sea, creating coves so sheltered as to be almost invisible. These in turn give way to lush green valleys and in the winter rushing torrentes. Many of these areas can be explored from the village by taking the local twisting mountain roads, revealing a different panoramic vista at each turn.

However, it is always a joy to return in the evening to Fornalutx three times awarded the "Most Beautiful Village in Spain" to enjoy its 5 excellent restaurants, three bars and convivial evening ambience. The village has recently been featured in Bon Appétit, National Geographic Traveler, Town & Country and The Los Angeles Times.

Owner Information

Name: Christopher Toyne

Phone 1: 503-288-3551
Owner Comments: Fax: 503-288-0781

Vacation Property Location

Fornalutx offers a true oasis of tranquility, scented by citrus trees and almond blossoms, its ancient houses built in mellow, terracotta stone, standing sentinel over narrow cobbled mule paths rising above a pretty village square.

Area Features Rental Property Amenities
The nearby town of Soller (Sóller) displays a wonderful air of grace and dignity, with its charmingly faded mansions bearing witness to the affluence that both the citrus trade with France and an historic weaving industry granted. This affluence provided for a private steam railway to be carved through the mountains in the late nineteenth century, which in turn became one of the first electric railways in Spain in the early part of thiscentury. This valley glowed with the light of chandeliers when, in other areas of Spain, electricity was an unobtainable dream. The weaving mills have given way to pleasant leisure pursuits. Now the rickety train ride is an enchanting option to the new, fast toll-road tunnel linking Soller to Palma, as the vintage wooden rolling-stock winds unhurriedly over splendid viaducts and past the sensational vistas.

An equally charming antique tram runs regularly between Soller’s town centre and the Port of Soller, meandering through the huerta of Soller, the gardens and lemon groves of this picturesque valley. The Port itself, an attractive sandy cove with its tiny beach restaurants and unpretentious bars, offers boat trips, fishing, sailing, swimming and windsurfing.
Master bedroom with queen-size bed and spacious bathroom with en-suite shower. 2nd Bedroom with either king-size bed or 2 singles. bathroom with large bathtub and shower. Cook's kitchen equipped with gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and fridge. Utility room with freezer, 2nd fridge, washing machine & storage space. Breakfast room. Dining area. Large split level Lounge/sitting-room with 2nd couch converting into extra bed. Outside: the house is situated in a secluded cul-de-sac, with breakfast/dinner patio adjacent to kitchen and sun terrace adjacent to sitting room on the top floor. Esqueredo, high on the edge of the village and with windows on all 4 sides, receives gentle micro-breezes even in the hottest, stillest of summers. The thick walls, some over 400 years old, and new roofs provide insulation. All of the plumbing and electrical supply has been newly installed. (220v / 50Hz.) Fireplace, wood burning stove, Oil-filled radiators in every room. . A telephone line can be arranged in advance with the payment of a deposit by credit-card. The house has a stereo CD player; satellite television (analogue in 2002 / Sky Digital in 2003); dual language Spanish television and a dual standard VCR (PAL/NTSC).

Rate Table and Comments

Rates from Mid-April 2003 are for 2 persons. Add E10 per night / E50 per week for each additional person.

All prices now include laundry and end-cleaning services and a "meet and greet" by the House Manager, along with a descriptive tour of the property. For stays 10 days or more the housekeeping services include a full mid-stay/weekly clean and change of linens & towels.

Deposit for pets or children 10 or under. We accept Visa, Mastercard & American Express (billed in US$ at the quoted "Mid-market rate"). Late/last minute bookings welcomed. No "change-over" day or "week-unit booking" policy. Bookings can be weekly and/or daily (minimum 3 days.)

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2002 Mid-April 2003 E95 E600 na
Mid-April 2003 onwards E110 E750 na

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