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Charming stone cottage in UNESCO heritage site with pool, views, hiking trails

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,055 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bed cottage (sleeps 8 + 2 babies) 5 minutes from Sóller, Mallorca

This totally private, peaceful, spacious 3 bedroom country house with 5m splash pool, set within a garden of yucca, olive, and palm trees is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in the region of Sóller.

Only a 5 minute drive from a beautiful sandy beach and the historic market town of Sóller, the cottage offers a peaceful setting in addition to good accessibility and convenience. From every aspect of the house there are stunning views of the mountains covered in pine trees and ancient olive terraces, and of the valley below with its luscious orange and lemon groves. The house itself is located in a sunny and elevated position within the valley where you can enjoy cool breezes through the sliding glass doors to the living and dining rooms.

The three extensive terraces around the house provide the ideal spots for al fresco meals, relaxing with a book or enjoying a glass of wine in the evenings while distant sheep bells echo through the valley. There are mountain views from every room in the house, and proximity to hiking trails without even having to get into the car. There is an extensive book and DVD library (for adults and children), a grand piano and plenty of sheet music, and a stereo system.

The Grounds: The cottage is set within a landscaped garden of citrus, olive, and palm trees, and is totally enclosed by traditional drystone walls covered with wisteria and honeysuckle. There is a lawn area and a further 3000m² of olive terraces around the house.

Parking area, double swing set

Pool area: private wooden above ground splash pool (5m diameter x 132cm depth), wooden decking with 4 x sun loungers. Tastefully fenced off for the safety of children. Open between May and October.

Terrace 1 and balcony: access to dining room and living room through glass sliding doors; outdoor 'lounge' area, parasol, coffee table, round Moroccan tiled table with wicker chairs (seats 4), hammock with stand, small wooden table (seats 2)

Terrace 2: Access to kitchen; teak table (seats 5), adjacent lawn area

Terrace 3: Access to bedrooms 2 and 3; built-in barbecue, large rectangular Moroccan tiled table (seats 6), stone well

The cottage is suitable for families with small children, but supervision is advised

All-Year-Round Living:

The cottage is designed for comfortable all-year-round living. In summer, ceiling fans, large sliding glass doors, shady terraces, parasols for the sunny terraces, the pool, and an elevated valley location all provide cool comforts during the hottest months.

For winter living, the cottage is cozy and homely with double glazing, effective woodstove fireplace, gas central heating programmed for 2 hours a day, 3 further gas bottle heaters (with safety latch), soft furnishings, winter sun, and warm duvets. There is also an outdoor ´chimenea´ on one of the terraces for outside heating and ambiance, as well as a place to have winter campfires on the land (in summer campfires are not permitted). The house is situated in an enviable position that enjoys all-year-round sun, hence the house is powered mainly by solar energy.

Energy and Resources: We ask our guests to enter into the spirit of eco living during their stay here. The cottage is powered entirely by solar panels, and there is a water deposit which is filled by rainwater (or truckloads of water in summer) which is then treated by an ultraviolet light system and carbon filters. Therefore, we urge our guests to be aware of water and light consumption. We request that appliances with high voltage are not used at the property. A state-of-the-art generator is programmed to come on automatically when battery power is low (this occurs mostly during the winter and spring months) and is barely audible. The washing machine is hooked up directly to the generator and can only be used when the generator is functioning. A suitable hair dryer is provided which can be used on a low setting without the generator on, so we recommend you not to bring your own.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 June, 2017

About Claire

In the winter of 2004, while living in Hertfordshire and writing up our doctoral dissertations in Ethnomusicology, we came across an article in the Guardian about a young woman who would sneak off for the weekend to the village of Deiá, former home of the poet and writer Robert Graves. She did this without her boyfriend ever knowing, pretending instead to attend conferences in London. The article awoke in us a romantic sense of adventure that our present circumstances could allow. So we found a tenant to rent our house for 6 months, packed up our belongings and our dog, and drove to Deiá. We found a little cottage to rent on the outskirts of the village, with no landline or smart phone, TV, or internet. Instead, we lived through that winter listening to the sounds of rural Mallorca in winter, attending the local fiestas, hiking in the Tramuntana mountains, writing, reading and playing chess. Occasionally we would drive to Palma to check our emails which felt like a world apart, but most of the time we felt blissfully cut off. It was during these months that we made some decisions that changed the course of our lives. We wanted desperately to start a family and, watching the local children roam free around the cobbled streets at all hours with their friends, we knew this would be the perfect place to raise our own. Knowing many academic couples who have been forced to live and work in separate parts of the country, especially in the field of Ethnomusicology, we began to open our minds to a different kind of life. While drinking coffee in Café Paris on the square of the nearby historic market-town of Sóller one morning in March, we glanced up and saw a sign on the top floor of the building opposite for a language academy. Upon enquiring about jobs (we had teaching qualifications), to our surprise the owner told us they were selling the school. There began a series of events that led us to set up a language and cultural centre, start a family, and renovate a house.

Claire purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Claire chose Deia - Soller Region

In 1968 my parents had spent the summer in Mallorca (they met Robert Graves himself and spent time at his house in Deiá), and their stories about the island had always fascinated me. The moment we stepped onto this property, we knew it was for us. The views took our breath away, the peaceful valley was calming and serene, and we could dream of the many possibilities and adventures to come. It was our dream house, and we knew it was the perfect place in which to start a family. We sold our house in the UK and bought the cottage. There was no electricity, no running water, and several gaps in the roof open to the elements! We began renovating the house over the next couple of years, braving the first winter with only a small generator to provide us with light and running water occasionally. When we were expecting our first child I remember seeing ice on the INSIDE of the windows. The imminent birth of our baby prompted us to install solar panels, an underground gas tank, central heating, and a state-of-the-art generator with a remote control fitted in the kitchen (no more traipsing out in all weathers to start the small generator engine with several tugs of a chord). Unfortunately, the very premature birth of our son, Aureli, left us homeless for six weeks after we came back from the hospital, due to the house being in no fit state into which to bring a baby. We spent those weeks with our newborn living in people´s spare rooms in town. It was not until Christmas Eve 2006 that the house was finally ready for us. A year and a half later our daughter, Núria, was born and our family was complete. By then we had landscaped the garden. After five years we sold our academy (it sadly no longer exists) and after a short stint living in northern Portugal for work, we returned to Sóller and moved into a flat in town so that we could continue renting out the cottage for income. Those were difficult years financially, but in the winters we would spend most of our weekends there.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Finally, in 2012, we felt it was time to move on. We both got jobs at an international primary and secondary school near Barcelona, so we left the island that summer. We moved to a little white-washed village amidst vineyards, where we rent a tiny but cute terraced cottage and our children (who coincidentally both have Catalán names) attend the local public Catalán school, and are still able to roam the streets freely.

We all miss living in Sóller, but we manage to return to the cottage every Christmas when we are able to visit our old haunts, and revisit so many memories of the adventure that began so simply, but which ended up changing the entire course of our lives.

Our children are now 9 and 10 years old, and fluent in Spanish and Catalán. Thanks to have managed our cultural centre, so are we. Looking back over our lives during the last 13 years, we wouldn´t have wanted to have done anything differently. Some people thought we were crazy at the time, and others were disappointed in the choices we made. They thought the sacrifice of academic careers far too great. But we have come to understand that life is what you make it, and as long as you are true to yourself, there can be no wrong decisions, no mistakes. On the contrary, there can be a life right there in front of you, full of excitement and adventure, that you will never know unless you try it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We felt truly at home! When we weren´t out hiking or discovering the surrounding villages, we sat in the garden playing the guitar, or reading our way through the bookshelves while Maria regaled us with Chopin, Debussy, Schubert and Bach on the piano. I liked the carpet in the room below very much - Moroccan? Thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful house!
Mar 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Sóller in Majorca (Mallorca)

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2055 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to bedroom 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large French doors overlooking valley, skylight window
    Bedroom 2 - 4 Single Bed , 2 Cot , Door to barbecue terrace
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Door to barbecue terrace, ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 has bunk beds plus 2 single beds. Child´s bed guard available. There are two collapsible baby cots with good mattresses. Sleeps 8 plus 2 babies.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Car Hire: Car hire is strongly advised. Taxi service: the town taxi service between the house and town/port costs between 4 and 8 Euros. Walking: It takes about 25-40 minutes to walk to the beach and town from the house. One way is downhill, the other is uphill.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


Great location and great house

  • 5 of 5

Feels like home the minute you step over the threshold. We loved everything about it: lots of space, nice living room, well equipped kitchen, good selection of books, grand piano (!), lovely terrace and garden etc. Well located for discovering the Serra de Tramuntana and hiking. Caretaker Monica is charming and helpful. Car recommended. Thanks so much for sharing your house with us!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. I shall pass on your kind words to Monica. I´m glad you enjoyed your stay!
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A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We came here to mark Pat´s sixtieth birthday (and semi-retirement from teaching) with our three "children" (and eventually two of their partners). And our week here has been everything that we dreamed it might be. We were enchanted by the villa from the moment we saw it and have felt privileged to spend time here.

We have loved everything about it: leisurely breakfasts on the back terrace; lunch at the table down below (which felt like a scene from a movie rather than from our own lives given the extraordinary location); reading in different spots according to the sun; listening to our son playing Debussy; late dinners Spanish-style followed by board games. We were fascinated by your 'library' – so many points of similarity with our own bookshelves at home yet so much to explore (we set aside the books we brought and read some of yours instead!)

We did make an excursion of some sort every day. The trip to Cala Tuent was amazing, though our friend whose enthusiasm for this region prompted us to come will be disappointed that we drove there on the hair-raising hairpins rather than walking over the top. The shorter walks we did do were still memorable, not least for the astonishing bougainvillea around every corner - around Fornalutx and Biniaraix, from Deia down to its cove - though we never found the direct path to Port de Soller mentioned in a previous review by Ben and Sarah (maybe next time!).

Thank you for sharing this piece of paradise.

Chris, Pat, Kate, Misha and Holly (plus Dan and Annie)


P.S. Literally as I was writing in here on our last evening Pat found the path, which we had assumed was a road to someone else´s house - so our last walk will be from here to Soller, with the car and bags going on ahead!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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In need of maintenance

  • 2 of 5

The location of the property is indeed beautiful however the house was in need of maintenance and the owner did nothing to rectify problems and instead argued with us. The problems encountered were:

The main bedroom roof was leaking badly and directly onto a light fitting below. By the heavy staining on the ceiling and the lampshade it had obviously been doing this sometime. When we took this up with the owner she said she would get the local caretaker to look into this. He never showed up.

Bathroom towel rail hanging off wall and the loo seat was broken.

Curtain poles in bedroom and one in the living room were hanging from the wall.

The burglar alarm only worked occasionally. Even the lady who let us into the house had problems working this.

Finally the memory foam mattress in the main bedroom was worn out and very uncomfortable. We took this up with the owner whose response was no one had complained about it before so there couldn't be a problem. She said her caretaker would come and take a look. He didn't show up again! In fact he didn't even show up when we were due to vacate the property, despite having contacting him.

In short the property badly needs some attention and the mattresses in both the main bedroom and the double bedroom downstairs need to be replaced. It is not acceptable to provide grotty mattresses in a holiday rental at this price. The owner also needs to listen to her guests and not argue with them!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response:   We are very surprised to find this review posted. We were in contact with this guest throughout her stay via email and looking back over the correspondence, are reassured that we responded to all her requests in our usual friendly, cordial and respectful manner, doing everything we could to alleviate her discomfort. There was no arguing or negligence. I have written to this guest since kindly asking her to rethink her hurtful accusations but have heard nothing back.   We are proud and conscientious owners. We tried our best to address the problems this guest encountered and find solutions from a distance. Unfortunately, the guest did not respond to my follow up email asking if she was finding the mattress more comfortable, so we had no way of knowing if she was still experiencing discomfort. We had a continuous stream of guests until the end of December, and no one has complained about the bed, either before this guest or since. It is a high quality, expensive, super king sized one that was bought only 4 years ago. I recently found it extremely comfortable to sleep on.   The roof leak was quickly rectified the day after this guest alerted us to it. We contacted our builder who repaired it immediately. This guest must have been away from the house at the time and we heard nothing from her afterwards to suggest that the work was not completed properly. I think anyone would agree that an owner would want to repair such a thing as soon as possible, not least for the good of the house itself. The alarm worked perfectly when we stayed there recently, so we are at a loss as to what the problem is in that regard. This was also never mentioned to us during their stay. Nor were the other details mentioned.   I agree it is a great shame that the caretaker could not be trusted to show up and do his job when requested. I did not know that he never turned up in this case, but we have replaced him for similar reasons since then. We have a new team who have completely overhauled the house and garden with new paint job, etc, and has rectified other details such as stated in this review. The downstairs double bed has also been replaced.
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Beautiful peaceful casa

  • 5 of 5

We have been lucky enough to stay at this property a few times over the last 5 years. We love the area for walking and exploring this quieter piece of Mallorca. The views are amazing. The 30 minutes walk down the valley through ancient olive groves and orange and lemon plantations is fabulous to arrive in the port or the village. We like also to take a sailing trip to Foradada for an amazing paella lunch at this secluded cliff restaurant. The casa is beautiful and it's lovely to stay in a solar powered house feeling we are doing our bit for the planet. The house has everything you will need, including a grand piano!! The pool is also a welcome place to cool down in the afternoon heat.

All in all our favourite place to stay in the area, we have already booked again to stay later in the year. Well done Claire and Ian...Don't change a thing!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic escape into paradise

  • 5 of 5

This gorgeous cottage nestled in the most picturesque valley between the mountains and the sea is the perfect escape into peace and quiet and tranquility. I stayed here with my family for a week in March (the weather was hot!) and we had everything we needed and more. The house is cosy while the views from the living room and master bedroom are magnificent. We were well taken care of and even given a welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk, wine, jam, etc. The pictures don´t do this house justice! We could relax and read to our hearts content, with nature all around us. And we went on many excursions to the surrounding towns and villages, as well as walks into the mountains and valley. This house is perfectly situated so that while close to everything, we still felt a world away. Our children loved exploring the olive terraces belonging to the house, while we enjoyed soaking up the sun on the terrace. We hope to return again next year!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this peaceful cottage near Sóller and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were a group of 6 -- 4 adults and two children. The view of the mountains was spectacular and the terraces were great. We ate many meals al fresco and also enjoyed using the grill. The kids really enjoyed the splash pool. The house is a short drive from Sóller, the port, the beach, and Deia. We also enjoyed using the trail near the house and walked into town a few times. The kitchen has almost everything you need, especially for a rental home. The living room, bedrooms and bathrooms were good-sized and had everything you'd need in each room. There is wifi here, which was very handy. The solar power and generator worked very well. I like the eco-friendliness of the house. Claire and her local contact were both gracious and helpful. I highly recommend this house. It was the perfect get away for my family and my friend's family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season
17 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Weekly cleaning, laundry and maintenance cost charged at additional 100€ per booking (required upon booking).
Towels, beach towels and linen included (for baby cots also). For parties of more than 6 people, an additional 10 Euro per extra person is charged.
Long winter let (for periods of 2 months or longer between November 2014 and April 2015): €1350 per month plus gas bill.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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