House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Villa S'Illiot, Son Bou, Menorca
Oozing charm, Villa S'Illiot is set in private gardens bounded by high hedges, with a pool that wraps around the Villa in an attractive L shape. At the western end of the area of Torre Soli Nou, there are beautiful sea views from the terrace which is gated offering a little peace of mind for families with young children.
The open plan living room is prettily furnished with gingham covered wing chairs, a sofa and pine dining table and chairs and dresser. Sliding patio doors lead to the very spacious and partly covered terrace, fitted with a striped awning which can be opened to throw extra shade when required. A convenient inbuilt barbecue makes dining 'in' a popular option and the terrace is furnished with table and chairs. There is a gate from the terrace, with steps leading down to the parking area, garden and pool.
The separate fitted kitchen has stained-pine cupboards with attractive turquoise work surfaces and is well equipped with a dishwasher, ceramic hob cooker, fridge freezer and microwave. There is an adjoining small laundry with a drying terrace beyond.
On the ground floor are three bedrooms, one twin, another with bunk beds and a third pull out bed, (should you wish to squeeze in an extra child) and a double bedroom each fitted with a large ceiling fan and with air conditioning for when the temperatures really rise. The three bedrooms share a full bathroom and a shower room. A wooden staircase climbs steeply from the living room to a 'den' in the eaves with a single bed, which has an extra TV and music system. Ideal for a teenager and with wonderful sea views, there is no air conditioning; the third pull out bed in the bunk bed room may have more appeal when it's hot.
On a slightly lower level the attractive garden is made particularly private by surrounding hedges and the appealing L shaped pool with easy step entry wraps around the Villa. There is a paved sunbathing terrace equipped with sunbeds and a pool shower and a lawn planted with shrubs.
The main resort shops and restaurant are approximately 1800m but just 80m away, a fresh bread is baked daily at a well-stocked supermarket, a tempting morning treat. In season there is a shuttle bus that goes to Son Bou resort and beach which saves the 20 min walk, but if you enjoy walking and a little more solitude then it is approx. 25 mins walk via the Cami de Cavalls (access near the supermarket), to the extreme western end of the beach where even swimsuits are optional. A footpath through the dunes takes you into the resort or, if you follow the Cami, it will take you to neighbouring resort of Saint Thomas.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torre Soli Nou 1.8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||80 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Menorca Airport 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Menorca region
Menorca (Minorca) Villa Collection
Menorca, lying to the north east of Mallorca and approximately one third of its size is no lesser island but one with an identity entirely of its own.
The way of life is slower and even in high season Menorca is considerably calmer and quieter than its bigger neighbour. Taking no more than 45 mins to drive the length of the island between Mahon the major harbour town and Cuitadella, the ancient one, the only highway passes by the three inland towns of any note. From this highway roads lead off like the bones of a fish to idyllically beautiful beaches or resorts strung around sandy bays.
In 1993 UNESCO declared Menorca a Biosphere Reserve and nearly three quarters of its coastline is now protected. The result of this is soft silver sand beaches in utterly natural settings, where shallow aquamarine waters have a backdrop of soft green pines or sand dunes rather than hotels.
A further truly valuable asset of this protection has been the renovation of the ancient Cami de Cavalls completed in 2011 and it's now possible to walk, cycle or ride the 186 kms around the whole island in manageable sections.
The wonderful coastline facilitates all seaside pursuits so whether you just like to swim (or paddle), snorkel, underwater dive, sail, kayak, hire a small boat and discover hidden coves, or join an excursion by boat you will find it here on the island.
A trip to the picturesque fishing harbour of Fornells in the north has to include a lobster stew (Calderetta de Llagosta) as it is here that the dish, now seen on menus across the island, was originated. There are many other wonderful restaurants; eat in a cave restaurant overlooking the tiny harbour at Cala Morell, in a windmill at Es Mercadal or on harbour sides in Mahon and Cuitadella. There is a livelier side to the island too with water slide parks and a unique nightclub in the cliffs at Cala en Porter and an 18 hole golf course.
For historians, there are Talayotic settlements, necropolis Caves, sites of ancient Basilica, Cathedrals, forts and the list goes on. The British colonised the island for much of the 19th century and there remains an architectural heritage still evident today.
Overall this is a gentle island, well suited to families with its gently shelving beaches and quieter way of life and of tremendous appeal to all those who appreciate the beauty of nature.
Son Bou, Menorca
The beach at the resort of Son Bou is Menorcas longest with an excess of 3 kms of soft sand shelving gently into the shallow sea making this resort very popular with families.
Arriving through a formidable tunnel hewn through the hillside, the resort facilities greet you with restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes, open air bars and shops in appealing precincted plazas. Down on the beach at this extreme eastern end of the bay, there are a couple of open air cafes serving drinks and meals throughout the day and into the evening. There are sunbeds and watersports and also two hotels, the resorts only buildings above two storeys
Down on the beach and looking west, golden sands disappear into the horizon, backed by a substantial area of protected dunes and lakes. Between these dunes and the beach proper, a sandy footpath delivers beachgoers via arched wooden walkways to various points along the beach. The further west you walk the number of holiday makers reduce in approximately equal proportions to the amount of clothes they are wearing. If you continue to walk beyond the western reaches just a kilometre further along the rocky coast takes you into the resort of Saint Thomas.
Rising up the pine clad hillside inland of the natural reserve lies a sophisticated villa and apartment resort of predominantly privately owned villas. We have carefully chosen Villas that offer more in the way of privacy.
Inland the little town of Alaior has a few tapas bars and shops and it's an easy drive of less than 15 mins to Es Mercadal where there is a choice between some very good restaurants.
Nothing is far away in Menorca and since Son Bou is fairly central to the south coast it is within 30 minutes' drive of Mahon or Cuitadella or the north coast.
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