El Molinero


Location

Ancient miller’s house with stunning views, reputedly built 300 years ago, in the award winning mountain village of Fornalutx, in the North West coast of Mallorca close to Deya and Soller.

History

This period property is a luxurious gem - its highlight being a beautiful roof top terrace offering one of the best views in the valley. Parts of El Molinero, the miller´s house in Fornalutx, are some three hundred years old. In 2000 the current owners did a major refurbishment.
The sensitive refurbishment has produced a charming 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom rustic house with all modern facilities and a large roof terrace, like a summer dining/living area, with divine views over the roof tops of the picturesque village of Fornalutx, as well as the Sollers Citrus Valley and the Tramuntana mountain range. There is a modern and very practical kitchen with all possible facilities, a living room with a large fireplace and a dining room. There is also a utility room and another balcony overlooking the Tramuntana and the highest mountain in Mallorca, Puig Major.

Description

There are 3 different stairs that lead you down to the next floor with the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, the office, one single room with a bathroom in the corridor and the second double room with en-suite bathroom. Going down to the ground floor there is a typical Mallorquin large furnished entrance hall. From whichever window or terrace you look there are stunning views.

Facilities

The house has central heating and air condition throughout. There are 2 dining areas and 2 sitting areas. On the roof terrace there is a teak table that seats 8 and another dining table that seats 8 indoors. In the comfortably furnished living room, there is an integrated and sophisticated Bang & Olufsen stereo system providing music in the main living areas and master bedroom. There is also TV, satellite and DVD player as well as broadband WiFi.

Kitchen

Has a fridge/freezer, a 5 ring gas hob, an electric oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, kettle, wine rack, toaster, espresso machine and all other necessary kitchen accessories.

Master bedroom

Has a wrought iron four poster double bed, an en-suite bathroom with shower, a double closet an old, antique set of drawers and a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Second double room

Has twin beds, en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower, a closet and this too has an antique set of drawers.

Single room

Has a single bed, a small writing desk and a closet. The bathroom with a shower is in the corridor outside the room.

Accessibility

The village and the house have lots of stairs so might not be suitable for people with mobility problems.

Outside

The main attraction of El Molinero is the roof terrace and the balcony both with stunning views. Watching the sun painting the mountains in all shades of reds and pinks as it is going down is breathtaking. The terrace has two sitting areas, in the sun and in the shade as well as a teak dining table with 8 chairs. It has a Barbecue, a working area and a sink.

Coast/Beach

The nearest beaches are in Puerto Soller. There is a few to chose from and either with sand, pebble or rock. Puerto Soller is 10 minutes drive away. Along this North Western coastline there are lovely coves and very clean water. Other popular beaches are in “Cala” (cove) Deia and Valldemossa, Sa Calobra and Cala Tuent.

Travel

As the public transport is scarce a car is recommended. Fornalutx to Palma is about 30 minutes drive through the tunnel. To the airport it takes about 40 minutes. Add an extra 5 – 10 minutes depending on the traffic. If you are coming with the ferry the Port is in Palma.

Distances

Nearest village is Biniaraix, then comes the town of Soller. There are villages along the North West coast of Mallorca which are of interest, like Deia (Deya)and Valldemossa, as well as places of interest like, Sa Calobra and the Lluc Monastery, to mention just a few.

Further details

Fornalutx has twice been elected one of Spain’s most beautiful and best preserved village. There are lovely mountain walks with stunning views wherever you go. Towards the valley of Soller with its lemon and orange groves, or up the majestic Tramuntana mountain or charming country roads with the stone terraced landscape with olive groves, sheep and goats. The village itself is a ‘living’ village with banks, post office, shops, hairdresser, butcher, iron monger, carpenter, fisherman and of course the meeting point, the Plaza, a lovely little square with the church, bars, and restaurants surrounding it. The women, like in the old days, still come and do their laundry, just outside the Es Moli house (our other house), in the reservoir of water from the well. The same water that used to turn the mill wheel of Es Moli.
Soller the nearby town, derives its name from the Moorish word sullier which means the golden valley from its orange groves. There was a great trade of the citrus fruit with France and it is said that the Sun King himself, Louis XIV would eat no other oranges than the ones from Soller. Historically it was also an important weaving town. The citrus trade and the weaving industry provided for a private steam railway, carved through the mountain in the late nineteenth century, connecting Soller with Palma. It’s an enchanting option to the new toll-road tunnel linking Soller to Palma. A charming antique tram runs regularly between Soller town and the Port of Soller.
The Port itself, an attractive sandy cove with beach restaurants but also some fine dining restaurants, unpretentious bars, beach activities such as swimming, sailing, canoeing, wind surfing and boat trips. There are tennis courts, gyms, bicycles for hire and lots of other activities in and around Soller/Fornalutx.

For more information:
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