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Charming, Lovingly Restored Stone Row House With Private Plunge Pool - House with pool

People9
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

About the property

B8910

This delightful and original row house with walled garden has been carefully restored using materials and techniques favoured by mallorquin builders for centuries. At the time the house was built (late XVIII) this little hamlet, then part of the nearby historical village of Petra, was home to prosperous farmers. Their "corrals" or back gardens were large enough to stable cattle and mules, and had back gates opening onto a parallel street behind. This house has been restored and enlarged, keeping the foundations and carefully preserved rough sandstone walls of the outbuildings, to extend the sleeping quarters. The plunge pool was formerly the "aljibe" or reservoir. The furniture is a mix of local antiques acquired over the years, and late 19th Century family stuff, shipped over years ago from our farm in the US. The aim has been to provide total comfort and convenience in a traditional setting. Visitors invariably remark on the aura of upbeat, peaceful wellbeing the house radiates.


Owner
Ray Chatham
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2015

About Ray Chatham

Your host is an Anglo-American expatriate and longtime resident of the island. Painter and sculptor as a very young man he moved into the field of design, and eventually to posts as university lecturer in Barcelona, before retiring to Mallorca once more, specifically to restore old houses. This he's been doing for 10 years, and has never been happier.

The owner-family is composed of 4 generations, and starts with a terrifically amusing matriarch of 103, down to a lovely prima donna of 8, great granddaughter of the titular head of the group.

Everyone chips in to make the property comfortable and pleasing. The centenarian, who learned watercolour painting at the age of 96, has done a number of paintings of butterflies, fishes and flowers which hang on the walls of the village house.

Ray Chatham purchased this house in 1998

Why Ray Chatham chose Inca Region

We had lived in Palma's Old Town since 1975 and were keen for our youngest to have a place to spread out a bit, swim, hike and exhaust themselves during school holidays. The central agricultural area was the last bastion of true mallorquin village life, near enough to the coast, but off the usual tourist routes. Property values were about to soar as investors, needing to get in before the advent of the euro, were buying up everything available, and we were lucky to get in just before this happened. We love the village for its pace and unpretentious aesthetic and the intelligence with which the Arianyers have kept to traditions while at the same time going very green. The village is situated on a hillside and isn't on the way to anywhere else, making it blissfully quiet.

What makes this house unique

The house is just off the village square and therefore only a couple of minutes walk from the cafes, shops and bank. It's way off the beaten track but at the same time has easy access to all the attractions of the North Coast (15 to 20 minutes) and a straight road into Palma through beautiful countryside (about 40 minutes).

We've been careful not to "ruin" the house with our restoration, but at the same time have added conveniences that it didn't have before. With broadband and Sky one can keep in touch while otherwise living a rural village lifestyle.

Available Rentals

Notes

  • Booking Notes:
    Our guests book by advancing 30% of the total via bank transfer or PayPal, with the rest payable in cash upon arrival at the house.

    Changeover Day:
    Flexible

    Notes on prices:
    Guests may book for one night if desired although there is a 4 night minimum charge. For rentals of longer than 7 nights, the reduced weekly rate is extrapolated to cover the entire stay on a pro rata basis. Further discounts are negotiable for longer rentals, especially during low season, depending on availability.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ariany in Majorca (Mallorca)

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • There are 4 bathrooms, two with both shower enclosure and claw foot bathtub, two with shower only and no tub. Three of the 4 have bidets.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 9
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Outside: The property's ex-corral is now a private garden with citrus trees and grapevines. The plunge pool is the former water reservoir. There are canvas director's chairs and terrace tables and a portable barbecue in the garden. There's a large terrace one flight up, overlooking the garden and pool, with seating for either 6 or 9. At the top of the house is a small terrace with views over the land. On a clear day the Mediterranean coast is visible from there, specifically the beach at Son Serra de la Marina. For hikers, or just strollers, the walks round the area are very beautiful and especially satisfying. The island government has designated certain country lanes as "ecovias", green alternatives to the roads, and these are used by walkers and cyclists. In fact the area round Ariany has been used for generations by champion cyclists preparing for competition. The local road system's excellent surfaces and gently rolling rises and descents are apparently an ideal training ground.

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