House in Fornaluxt by GV27


Javier Oliver Simarro of GV27

Neus Pastor




Fornaluxt (Mallorca)

A grand house that dates back to the 12th century, situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Fornalutx, claimed to be the prettiest village of Spain. Recently thoroughly renovated and refurbished with deep respect paid to the original detailing of the house.
The building has a long history and some of the outer walls used to be part of the old town wall around Fornalutx, when the main street to the village church, then a moorish mosque, went through the house. In the basement features like the old stable, stone hooks, and deep underground tanks for olive oil and rainwater have been preserved.
In the 50’s the building was used to house  American workers who helped to build and reinforce the winding roads of the Tramuntana mountains. It was later acquired by a Canadian author who housed both literary soirées and eventually a small restaurant in the premises. Prominent guests is said to have included writer Robert Graves, artist Annie Lennox and the former King of Spain Juan Carlos. During 2019-2020 the house has been refurbished back into a family retreat, with five en suite bathrooms, two terraces with breathtaking views of the Tramuntana mountains and a deep plunge pool for cooling off on hot summer days.
The family now owning the house have a deep love and interest in the region and in historic buildings and have chosen to work only with local artisans and craftsmen sourcing local materials like stone from Binnissalem on Mallorca, and vintage tiles, doors and windows. As support they have had architect Javier Oliver Simarro of GV27, project manager Thierry Guillet of My Mallorca Project of My Mallorca Project and builder Toni Andreu of Calabri Constructions.
The interior decoration is combining design classics and contemporary pieces with treasures from many years of traveling the world and local Mallorcan markets.

Text provided by the architect

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