Our lovely farmhouse, Ca’n Taa, has recently been luxuriously renovated. It has a private pool and terrace surrounded by palm trees which are lit at night. The main house at one end of the pool has three bedrooms, at the other end is a guest house / casita with two bedrooms. All bedrooms have reverse cycle air-conditioning, and all have their own bathroom, four of which are en-suite. There is 50 mbps wi-fi throughout the property with a router booster allowing access in the pergola and casita. The living area in the main house is open plan with the kitchen opening on to the lounge and dining area, and out through double doors to the terrace.
Ca’n Taa is approached along a gravel drive between dry stone walls, with an orchard on one side. Beds of bougainvillea, lavender and rosemary greet you, with plumbago growing over the traditional oven outside the front door.
The front door opens on to a spacious hall, which leads into the open plan living area. Going through onto the terrace, you find yourself in a completely private space. The terrace, garden and beautiful pool are surrounded by a high dry-stone wall, except where there is a thick olive grove. There are plentiful sun-loungers for every guest, three of which are extremely comfortable doubles, with many sunbrellas.
To one side of the pool is a large covered pergola, this has an outdoor lounge, BBQ, and dining table for ten. Next to the pergola is the ‘Barracuda Bar’ named for the corrugated iron fish decorating its front, this has a music system and fridge. We stock the bar fully at the start of the season and ask that guests re-stock as they use, and this has worked very well. The pool, terrace, pergola, bar and palm trees all have lighting so you can enjoy balmy summer evenings.
The pool is 10 by 5 metres, with sweeping steps at one end. It has dark blue mosaic tiles which make it quite dramatic and ha couple of degrees warmer than normal. The pool is also unusual in that it has no shallow or deep end; it is all 1.50 metres deep, this makes it great for swimmers or teenagers’ games but unsuitable for small children. In common with most other pools in Spain it is not fenced.
Down a short path off the pool terrace is an even more secluded sunken sunbathing area. This area is the perfect place for those who want an all over tan.
Beside the casita, under a shady olive grove, we have two hammocks and behind the casita is a full sized petanque court. We have eight sets of petanque balls, six for adults with different weights and diameters, and two which are children’s sizes.
There is a gas BBQ in the chimenea in the pergola, and a chill out zone in a quiet corner of the garden.
Inside the main house the open plan living area has seating and dining for ten. The living room has a music system and a Smart LG TV which has Sky and Sky Sports by satellite, a subscription to Netflix and many other channels accessible over the internet. There is also a Blu Ray / DVD player with 5:1 surround sound.
The kitchen is fully equipped with two ovens, a five ring hob, large fridge-freezer and dishwasher. There is also a large laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, water softener, and the reverse osmosis filter for the drinking water tap in the kitchen.
Upstairs there is the Master bedroom with a large (or European) super-king bed, 200cms x 200cms and an open en-suite bathroom and with its own terrace. There are two further bedrooms downstairs. One with a super-king sized bed that can be made up as a twin room with its own large en-suite shower room. The other a twin room which has its own but separate shower room. All bedrooms have reverse cycle air-conditioning.
The casita has two large air-conditioned bedrooms. One room has a large (5'3" 160 cms) king sized bed and the other a super-king which could be made a twin. Both bedrooms have modern en-suite shower rooms. One has a small fridge and tea making equipment and a microwave if needed for heating babies bottles etc. Each room has a sofa and one a TV with DVD player. Outside on the terrace there is a small round teak table, where casita guests can enjoy their morning tea.
To the front of the house there is an orchard with about 20 assorted soft fruit trees, peach, apricot, nectarine etc. There are also citrus trees: lemons, limes, tangerines and a grapefruit tree. Lemons and limes are generally available all year as the next crop often arrives before the last has finished. On the other side of the drive is a large fig tree, which fruits later in the summer.
The house is in the South Eastern corner of Menorca, close to the popular resorts of Binibeca, Punta Prima, Alcaufar and S'Algar. What we offer in Ca'n Taa is a quieter more rural holiday, but one which is only minutes away by car from of all of these beaches.
While private, we are not isolated, there are three good restaurants within walking distance for those who prefer not to drive; Villa Madrid and La Caraba towards Sant Lluis and Binissafullet Vell towards Binisafuller. In spite of its name Villa Madrid offers an affordable range of Italian cuisine and is best known for its wood fired pizzas. La Caraba is very Spanish, it is fine dining and for what it is, not expensive, it is unfortunately only open 1st June to 28th September. We have also just added the Agroturismo hotel Binissafullet Vell to our recommended list, it is run by an Italian couple and everyone we know describes it as really good home cooking.
Between the two restaurants towards Sant Lluis is the family run supermarket Sa Botiga, rated by many as the best on the island, with great butcher, deli and vegetable counters, the latter with a table solely for Menorquin produce. They also have an excellent baker.
Further beyond La Caraba into Torret, are two other good restaurants the highly rated Pan y Vino and Sa Pedrera, probably too far too walk to these.
Very close to us, about 300 meters up our road to the North, is the Menorca Cricket Club, this is said to be the prettiest ground in the Med. Anyone is welcome to stop by to watch a game and have a drink. We play visiting teams April to October on Saturdays and Sundays, except for July and August when on Wednesdays and Saturdays there are make-up games arranged for any visitors who want to play, ages from about ten up. Kit provided. The real MCC came to play us early in 2014 and they were so impressed they hosted a tournament on our ground in 2015, and returned again for the first weekend of our 2017 season.
Further in this direction is Llumaҫanes, their local fiesta with an impressive Jaleo is the first weekend in August. In 2018 a new Italian restaurant has opened here, Sa Brasa, which does home delivery in the summer months.
The house is managed by a professional local company with a 24 hour contact number. The house is accredited by the Menorca Commission for Tourism Quality, licence number ET0895ME