Mon Cor A Mallorcan Home Paying Homage To Spanish Oranges

The quickest glance at a map of Spain will have your eyes drift towards the usual suspects. There is little left to be said about Madrid, the fiscal powerhouse of the country which hasn’t already been said and a solid to go for the Lonely Planet guidebook. Barcelona, to the right, the beating heart of Catalonia that meets the Balearic Sea, has largely been defined by its envelope-pushing kitchens; cabinet of footballing honours. Lesser-documented and found off Spain’s west coast is Sóller, the Mallorcan town of 14,000. It is said that in the 16th century, sweet, fragrant orange trees from India were transported here, which formed the foundations of the area’s trade with the ports of Marseille and its subsequent era of wealth. This particular period of Sóller’s past is given a subtle nod at Mon Cor – a 1903 luxury property built by a French merchant and a local woman and renovated by Berrow, a developer – in which a cluster of citrus trees skirt one corner of its outdoor courtyard. Mon Cor is a refined space, a pared-back space, somewhere that eschews the usual island-home trappings of glossy manganese Saltillo tiles and ceiling fans in timber. Furniture is clean and lyrical, and an organic feel is retained throughout, notably in the kitchen in which bespoke fittings are done out in oak, a stone sink has been restored, and worktops – on which you can envisage a display of sobrasada spreads, overflowing bowls of almendra, and plates of queso Mallorca – are crafted from natural stone. Outside, a salt-water pool, which has been carved into an elongated oval shape and heated throughout the year, anchors the courtyard in which stone walls encase the premises and are festooned with palm and jasmine plants that perfume the space. When wanting to explore Sóller at large, a short drive its made all the easier by Mon Cor, which features a garage that was originally designed for affluent merchant families who were the first to bring automobiles to the island and will take you to the old town, with its markets and squares, and tramlines slicing through its streets – a little further along, you’ll be met with the breeze and blue of the Med. Learn More


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