|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Casa Cristina is a fully modernised comfortable old farmhouse with 3 bedrooms (1 double 2 with with twin beds) all with ensuite bathrooms. It has its own pool and still retains much of its old Spanish charm being set in a large well established garden surrounded by a dry stone wall. Good sized shaded patio with an adjustable awning outside the kitchen and another shaded area for drinks and meals by the pool at the bottom of the garden. Sea views from the balcony of the upstairs bedroom and views across fields to the old village of Torret in the distance to the East.
As a family we have had a long connection with Menorca. One of the owners relations, Francisco Preto y Neto, was representative for the Balearic Islands in the Cortes in Madrid in 1823. His father had been British Consul during the British occupation and so he was in favour of democracy. These views meant that he had to flee for his life from the Spanish King by escaping to America where he married an American lady, Mary Griffiths. Subsequently he was appointed Spanish ambassador to Mexico in 1838. His portrait is in the Ayuntamento in Mahon and his wife is the only women buried in the American naval cemetery on the North side of Mahon harbour. In 1972 we bought the old farm house so our family, grandchildren and friends can continue to enjoy the beauty and history of Menorca.
We were intrigued by the house's history in that it was one of 2 semi detached houses built for Menorcans by the British so that they could grow vegetables and rear pigs for the British fleet. There is still the old pig sty and well in the garden. It provides an ideal location to have a Mediterranean garden, a quiet rural setting for holidays, near to shops and at the same time a house with old Menorcan charm rather than living in a modern resort full of modern boxes. With a car you can choose which beach to go to either 10 or 40 minutes away according to the direction of the wind or whether you want to be all day on the beach with a picnic or just a bathe and come home. We were fortunate to have a good local architect to modernise the house inside yet still to retain its farm house charm.
With the garden and the pool area with its shaded pergola, you can live out of doors eating either on the patio under the awning near the house and barbcue or down by the pool. Both areas are surrounded by flowers and shrubs, particularly jasmin, bourgainvilla, lantana etc. which attract all kinds of butterflies - even swallow tails. This makes an ideal stting for a family holiday which is child friendly as we have 9 grand children who love Menorca as do their parents and grandparents.
"Yes, we loved everything about our holiday in Menorca - all we could have needed in the house, the lovely garden and pool area, we enjoyed it all so much.
It was our first visit to the island and we hope to return again one day."
"Just a quick email to say we love the house! It more than exceeded our expectations. It's very welcoming, and helped us to quickly relax and settle into a holiday routine. And we're having a delightful time slowly exploring the vicinity.
My parents - keen gardeners - enjoyed the garden."
"I wanted to drop you a quick line to say how much we enjoyed our stay in your farmhouse in Menorca. The house, garden & pool area are lovely & as my wife, in particular, has always wanted to stay in, or near to S'Ullastrar, in a traditional Menorcan property it was the ideal location for us."
This was our third visit to Casa Cristina and we found it just as delightful as before with the added advantage of a third bedroom and air conditioning in all bedrooms.
The garden and the pool were as lovely as ever. We were treated to the sight of a beautiful swallowtail butterly settling on the flowers by the house together with an intriguing hummingbird moth. The gekkos kept us entertained as we ate our evening meal on the covered terrace and we think we heard (but didn't see) the tortoise munching its way through the fennel plants on the other side of the stone wall. The local shop was brilliant as usual and there are 3 recommended restaurants within walking distance so if you didn't want to travel anywhere else on the island you could exist here perfectly happily without using a car. We did venture further afield as we wanted to visit Ciutadella and Mahon plus Playa Tortuga, our favourite beach on the north coast, which is reached by a 20 minute walk through the nature reserve. We also revisited a restaurant, now renamed Biosphera, in Na Macaret where we had an excellent and imaginative meal. If you want to barbecue some fish there is a good fish shop in San Lluis - the tuna is particularly delicious.
The house itself is full of character and perfect for anyone who doesn't want to stay in a modern box. The stone stairs up to the main bedroom are quite steep so you need to watch your step but once you are up there you are rewarded with a roof terrace with views over to Torret and the coast. A perfect place to enjoy a gin and tonic made with the excellent Mahon gin.
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28 Apr 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
When you have contacted us and the dates for holiday have been agreed we will send a booking form, which on completion should be posted/emailed to us enclosing a cheque for a deposit of 20% and, provided it is received by us within 7 days of your enquiry, we will confirm your booking. The full amount is to be paid 2 months before your holiday starts, when final details will be sent to you.
Change over day is Friday. Bookings are made from Friday to Friday only and can be for one or more weeks. Off season bookings may be negotiated for any number of nights to suite the client. Arrival & departure times will depend on clients flight times.
Notes on prices:
Off season stays (April, May, October) can be negotiated for any number of days to suit the client at a special price.