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Country Villa With Private Pool And Large Garden

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Country Villa in Sant Tomeu, Alaior, Menorca, Balearic Islands - Peaceful Rural Location, With Complete Privacy

This delightful, individually designed detached country house has its own very large pentagon shaped swimming pool and an extensive cultivated garden of about one acre with a profusion of beautiful trees, climbing shrubs and flowers, surrounding the villa and pool. The remainder of the 4 acres has natural vegetation and gives total privacy. There are several large terraces on different levels, with an extensive water feature which includes waterfalls and fish ponds. The house is looked after by a local property management company who completely clean the house before you arrive, make up beds and if there should be any problems – sort these out for you.

Nattira Dunbar
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
28 June, 2017

About Nattira Dunbar

We are a retired couple living in Surrey who enjoy having a home in the warm sunshine. We owned property in Gozo before we discovered Menorca.

The short journey time from the UK is a real bonus. Our family, with two sons, have loved our holidays on the island and now our grandchildren are following in the family footsteps to this island.

Nattira Dunbar purchased this villa in 1997

Why Nattira Dunbar chose Minorca (Menorca)

San Juan is located between Alaior and the south coast of the island. It is part of a gated estate of properties which gives privacy and security. The house is on slightly high ground which gives us views of the sea and a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. We are close to one of the spectacular gorges on the island and where there are eagles nesting. It is extremely quite and peaceful and although the airport is only about 20 minutes drive away, we never hear the airplanes as the flight paths are in a totally different direction. The island has more beaches than all the other Balearic islands added together. There are wonderful restaurants and historic towns to explore and the island is a great place for walking through unspoilt countryside.

What makes this villa unique

San Juan is a very individually designed property with an unusual very large pentagon shaped swimming pool. With such a large area of ground it is wonderfully private and peaceful. The garden has a variety of trees offering shade – very restful in the heat of the day. The original owner went to tremendous lengths to create an interesting garden with its many terraces and water features and this is one it its many appealing features. As Menorca is on the migratory route for many birds, we see a wonderful variety of different species in the garden, also there are many “wild” tortoises who take regular walks around the garden, and will want to share your breakfast.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Alaior in Balearic Islands

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Four bathrooms - two of the bathrooms are en-suite, and the other two are adjacent to the other two bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are four bedrooms – three with twin beds, one with a double bed. In addition there is a small single mezzanine gallery bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: There is a large shaded outdoor dining area with dining table and chairs, a central large terrace with flights of steps down to a lower terrace with barbecue area, with a large built-in BBQ and permanent bench seating. In addition there is a small portable BBQ. Outside: The pentagon shaped swimming pool is very large and surrounded by a paved terrace furnished with sun loungers and sun shades. The pool has shallow steps in two corners, then various levels including a wide shelf going all round the pool which is 88 cms deep which slopes gently and then dips sharply towards the centre which is just over 1.85m deep. Utility Room: A large fridge/freezer and washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: If you are staying more than one week – an interim clean and change of bed linen will be carried out. Bathroom towels supplied. Own towels needed for pool and beach, or can be rented.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


A wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

We had a most wonderful time!!

It was pretty hot with perhaps a heatwave even by Menorcan standards? It reached 36.5 degrees C on the thermometer one day! The swimming pool was used a great deal by us all, from the early morning to the evening, when it was lovely to swim to cool off before sleeping. It was great to have the variation in depth especially for our 2 year-old grand-daughter.

The garden looked amazing and the tortoises turned up on cue every morning at breakfast time. The house was very spacious and easily accommodated 8 adults and one child with plenty of room to spread out. We really enjoyed the covered eating area, and also the area around the barbeque, which we used on several occasions.

The wildlife was really interesting. Apart from the tortoises, we loved seeing the geckos and hearing the nightingales, nightjars, hoopoe, and once the Scops owl.

The information provided with the various files and books about the island were really helpful.

We used Auto Victoria for the car hire- it was ready to pick up at the airport, and the whole process was smooth.

All in all it was a lovely relaxing week- none of us had been to Menorca before and all feel we would like to return sometime in the future. Many thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for sharing your experience with everyone, I am glad you had a great time. Look forward to welcoming you back again. Regards, Nattira
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Perfect villa in the countryside.

  • 5 of 5

The villa suited our family holiday, we all had our own bedroom and bathroom. Very spacious and well equipped. The gardens are beautiful, we made good use of the BBQ with its own seating area. The pool is large and clean, whilst not heated we all had a swim, even in October. The tortoises are great to see and appeared everyday in the sunshine. A car is a must, but very quick and easy to pop to the nearest village. We would certainly consider a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review, I am glad you had a great time. We hope to welcome you back again. Regards, Nattira
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Secluded and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful holiday at this villa. There were six of us in total and we were very comfortable. My husband and I were with our daughter and son-in-law and our two grandchildren. We loved the large garden and the amazing pool. With lots of space and areas of shade there was always a quiet spot for everyone . We had many memorable meals in the lovely shaded area on the side patio. We didn't eat out a lot as we were content to enjoy the atmosphere at the villa. Breakfast was a great time of day and we all enjoyed the daily tortoise visit. In the evening it was geckos and bats.

We were a little surprised at how good the bird life is at this rather hot time of year. Listening to Cetti's warbler every day was a delight. On several occasions at night we were treated to the churring of nightjars. We probably would have heard a lot more but the heat during the night was such that we had fans going all the time to try and keep cool.

As I mentioned previously, the pool is amazing. Very well maintained and cleaned twice during our stay. The children could hardly believe that we had the pool just for us. We were often swimming well into the evening. The lighting is good so it looked stunning in the dark.

The location of San Juan was perfect for us. We had peace and privacy and not far to go for a good supermarket. We found that the ones in Cala en Porter were good but we also discovered that Lidl just outside Mahon was only a short drive and is excellent.Maybe 15 or 20 mins away?. If you venture out for a meal during the evening then our recommendation would be to drive into Mahon as this is were we experienced lovely food and fabulous atmosphere. There were many choices of restaurant and a walk along the port just as the sun was setting was beautiful.

This was our first visit to the Island and we will definitely return and if we do we wouldn't hesitate to choose San Juan. To us it was home from home in the Med. Perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lynda, Many thanks for the great comments and glad that you had a fantastic time in Menorca. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Regards, The Dunbars
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A lovely, quiet and engaging villa

  • 5 of 5

Our whole family loves this villa. It is large, well set out, has everything you need. Particular highlights are the large pool and the outside seating area, where may glasses of wine are consumed and the world is put to rights. The setting is isolated and quiet, but we found we could get anywhere on the island in under an hour from the house. The owners are helpful and friendly, as are the staff who come to maintain the grounds and the pool, and the management company. All in all, a great place to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sue and family, Many thanks for your great comments, we are really glad that you had a great time. Kind regards, Nattira
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Unwind, relax and escape at this tranquil oasis

  • 5 of 5

A multi faceted oasis, with areas for all times of the day, whatever your mood. A multi levelled pool, for just cooling down, swimming or games, a wonderful location on the front patio for a sundowners,whilst watching the sun ebb slowly towards evening. A fountain and the waterfall's that cascade over the rocks make the morning cup of coffee somehow more refreshing, and a great place to sit and read. We had a superb time, the location has so many lovely relaxing areas, sun traps and views, but also great communal areas, that lend them selves to evenings eating and sipping long cool drinks. Internally very clean and nicely furnished, with bathrooms for all - with showers and good water pressure. We all particularly liked the local restaurant "Bernats" the steaks were wonderful. We all had a great stay and would recommend the property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the great comments, glad you had a great time...
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Attractive villa in peaceful rural location.

  • 4 of 5

We were all very happy with the villa. It was very clean and tidy, there was plenty of space for us all.

The pool was lovely - an interesting shape - and, very importantly, natural shade around it (and later in the afternoon over parts of it) which makes it pretty much perfect .

The location of the villa is really private since it's surrounded by spacious, and interesting, gardens; with lovely views out to Cala En Porter. We could hear some music in the evenings from the resort- but only very distant - not offensive at all! In fact,the crickets in the trees are noisier!! - but you get used to them - and are a feature of all mediterranean holidays.

The big white table was excellent for day time meals as its located such that you are shaded from the direct sun. In the evenings we moved it out onto the patio a little way from the house since it was a bit cooler there - so perfect for meals no matter the location of the sun!

We had an issue with a drain blocking, but the maintenance company sorted it out very quickly. Stuff happens - but if its fixed quickly you cant ask for more.

Some Suggestions;

Make sure all the bathrooms are lockable. One wasnt.

Improve the Internet. We lost connectivity for a few days - and I think the extender device was partly to blame since when off it seemed to work more reliably. Sadly these days internet connection is as necessary as breathing. Especially as far as teenagers are concerned!

We were 9 people and sometimes found the fridge a little small but managed OK.( And - no - it wasnt full of beer. Well ... not completely anyway) .

All in all a beautiful villa,lovely peaceful situation and well cared for,a car is essential for your stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments and suggestions. Regarding the Wi Fi, the connection is by satellite connection with a limited data supply. We are dependent upon the facilities which are available on the island. Glad you had a good time, hope to see you again.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
27 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
A non refundable deposit of 20% is payable on booking and the balance is payable 28 days before arrival. A security deposit of £300 is added to the balance to be paid, and will be returned seven days after departure unless there are any breakages, excessive cleaning required or damage, the cost of which will be deducted before repayment is made.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - but we can be flexible outside July and August.
Villa to be vacated by 10am on morning of departure to allow for cleaning. Guests arrive from 3pm (early arrivals can leave their luggage whilst the villa was being cleaned).

Notes on prices:
Above prices based on up to 6 adults (plus accompanying children), larger groups please contact the owner.
**** Out of high season we offer discounts for parties of 4 or less ****

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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