Autumn is here. A breath of fresh air. The leaves turn red, yellow and brown while temperatures drop. Many are now visiting the Serra de Tramuntana to explore its stunning mountain scenery. And some are even lucky to live there. Nestled deep within the Tramuntana mountains by Valldemossa, along a steep windy track, lies the secret hideaway of Michael and Fred Jarboe. Their finca with its beautiful Mediterranean designer garden is truly spectacular. An homage to Mallorca’s traditions, architecture and dramatic scenery.
A Sense of Timelessness
In 2016 the interior was renovated by More Design, while Mashamba Garden & Terrace Design was responsible for the exterior. Despite the renovation the finca remains an actively working farm with thousands of ancient olive trees. They still produce some of the best oil on the island. Meanwhile, Sheep roam between the dry-stone terraces, feeding on the natural aromatic mountainside scrub. The enormous views stretch in all directions with glimpses of the sea between the rocky crags, whilst vultures soar the thermals up above. There is a sense of timelessness where modern life can be forgotten. That’s why so many visitors and also residents love the Serra de Tramuntana.
A beautiful Mediterranean Designer Garden
The stone house sits well within its surroundings whilst the finishes are a delicious blend between rustic and contemporary. Artistic terracotta pots and also urns bring life and substance to the terraces and courtyard, whilst a Mediterranean designer garden wraps around the core areas of the house. The stunning garden is complete with a herb garden, lavender field, cypress terraces and also floral pathways.
Garden designer Alexander Warren-Gash says about this project “I love this property. There is an element of ‘nature meets art’ about it. A fine balance between the rugged rural traditions and designer flair.”
Written by Jennifer Warren-Gash