Mallorca is a place where life is still governed by old-fashioned rhythms and rituals.
Exactly what the owners of this tranquil holiday home where looking for. It’s situated in one of the quietest parts of Mallorca: the small village of Alquería Blanca. Located in a predominantly agricultural area, the village is not far from the sea and its atmosphere is rural. The owner describes the renovation of the traditional sandstone structure as a process of ‘opening, simplifying and finding a contemporary take on the vernacular’.
‘The entrance hall in Mallorcan homes is always an open, welcoming space.’ Here, the owner has removed the original ceiling ensuring the visitor’s eye is drawn immediately up. The cool, smooth and very welcoming floors were created using a traditional technique for Mallorcan flooring. Poured cement is mixed with a little of the reddish local sand to give it a unique colour. The other surfaces are all also tactile and sculptural: some parts of the walls are painted pure white, while in other areas the traditional sandstone has been left.
In the bedrooms, furnishings are kept to an absolute minimum. The ground floor is now an equally uncluttered space in which the entrance hall and living area flow smoothly through into the kitchen-dining room. Also the roof terrace affords a view of the outskirts of Alquería Blanca and the surrounding countryside down to the nearby Mediterranean. Outdoor living is centred on a rectangular salt-water swimming pool with a raised surrounding wall and a blue mosaic interior. The water-wise garden that surrounds it features a veritable mini-forest of lavender, as well as the large lemon tree. A house with a soul.
Words Robyn Alexander | Photos Greg Cox