Excellent 6 bedroom villa in Sant Joan De Missa that sleeps 12. The location of this traditional country home must without a doubt rank amongst the finest and most privileged of all the properties in western Menorca. Dating back to 1922 when Ciutadella was the islands capital, the house and grounds originally formed the centrepiece of the estate belonging to the Count of Ciutadella who kept 80 acres for himself before distributing the remaining farmland amongst his nobility.
Perched serenely on the crest of a gentle hill, the views across open, rolling countryside in all directions are quite outstanding. To the west, across the azure waters of the Mediterranean, the rugged coastline of northern Mallorca looms up from the horizon forming a stunning backdrop that is especially pretty at sunset when the famous Capdepera lighthouse begins to glow softly.
In earlier times this same expansive sea view allowed the property to double as a lookout point for pirates on their way to attack the capital! Alpara is a haven of peace and tranquillity where you can listen to the tinkle of sheep bells and the chirping of crickets.
The living accommodation is laid out in traditional Menorquin style. All bedrooms are located on the ground floor allowing them to remain cooler than average in the heat of the summer. Upstairs, the focal point is the attractive sitting/dining room which boasts a full length shaded terrace from where the magnificent rural vista is really shown to its best. A further terrace on the opposite side of the house looks across Menorca s verdant interior to the island s highest point at Monte Toro.
At A Glance
■Ground Floor: Three twin bedrooms. Two double bedrooms. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Bathroom. Bathroom (half bath).
■First Floor: Kitchen (microwave, dishwasher). Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace. Rear terrace with cloakroom.
■Outside: Garden of lawns and open terraces. Poolside shower. Covered dining area with in-built barbeque. Laundry room (washing machine).
■Private fenced swimming pool (9.5m x 4.5m) with Roman steps.
Whilst the situation is essentially rural, you are nevertheless close to Ciutadella (8km) where you will find all amenities and some superb restaurants.
Beach lovers can choose from several unspoilt rural coves dotted along the south coast, which are all within a 15 minute drive.
Please note: Flexible changeover days may be possible over certain periods at this house. Please enquire.
Ciutadella de Menorca, or simply Ciutadella is a town and a municipality in the western end of Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands. The name means "citadel". It is one of the two main cities in the island, along with Mao.
Originally founded by the Carthaginians, it was already the seat of a bishop in the 4th century. After being governed by the Moors under the names of Medina el Jezira and Medina Menurqa for several centuries, Ciutadella was recaptured during the reconquista by men serving Alfonso II and became part of the Crown of Aragon. During the Middle Ages, it became an important trading centre.
On 9 July 1558, the Turks under Piyale Pasha and Turgut Reis with a powerful Turkish Armada of 140 ships and 15,000 soldiers, put the town under siege for eight days entered and decimated the town. The town was defended by only a few hundred men. All of Ciutadellas 3,099 inhabitants who survived the siege were taken as slaves to Turkey together with other inhabitants of surrounding villages. In total, 3,452 residents were sold into slavery in the slave markets of Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.
Despite no longer being Minorca“s capital, Ciutadella has remained the island“s religious centre as the Bishop refused to move. The festival of Saint John, its patron saint, takes place each year on the 23 & 24 of June. The Cathedral of Menorca, located in the old quarter of Cuitadella, was built in 1287 on the foundation of an older mosque.
In the 17th century, many civil and religious buildings were built in the Italian style there and give Ciutadella a historical and artistic unity.
Worth seeing is the old town. Ciutadellas town hall is the former palace of the Arab governor and later served as a royal palace under the Crown of Aragon and again as a governor“s palace until the British moved the capital to the eastern town of Mahon in 1722
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Change over days
Change over days vary from property to property. Please enquire for further information. Typical check-in is any time after 16:00 on arrival and check-out is 10:00 on day of departure.
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