Mallorca is one of those magical places in the world, breathing history from almost every corner.
There are many well-preserved monuments dating back to past centuries, numerous historical buildings, luxury mansions and traditional Majorcan houses, beautiful estates, excellently renovated and incorporating modern features, where history, beauty and comforts blend in perfect harmony.
“Can Garau”, the protagonist of these lines, is a magnificent example, set in the village of Sencelles, it dates back 150 years. Its full renovation was carried out with great attention to detail.
High quality finishings and typical Mediterranean interiors combined with a modern touch provide stylish and functional living spaces meeting the highest expectations of modern living. These are only some of the highlights of this mystic and extraordinarily refurbished estate, teeming with history….
The house was purchased by the grandparents of an exceptional person called Miguel Bonet.
He grew up with an interest in scientific and technical issues. He loved experimenting and inventing new gadgets. He started by installing a telescope in the house, and later built an observation tower. He met many astronomy enthusiasts and became a member of the Balearic Astronomical Society . He took a giant step forward when he acquired a huge telescope, a Celestron 14, in the USA, and became the proud owner of the largest telescope in Mallorca at the time, thanks to which he converted the roof terrace of the house into an observatory, building a perfect semi hemispherical dome.
On the 14th of December 1982 the newspaper Diario de Baleares published an article about the official opening of the observatory, where over the following years many of the current Majorcan astronomers were trained, including the founder and director of the “Observatorio en Costitx”. The importance of the observatory was recognized even beyond Majorca. One of its major achievements was to be awarded the first prize in a national contest for detecting Halley’s Comet, for managing to take its picture in August 1985.
The property is currently on the market with Engel & Völkers at a price of 1.595.000EUR.
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“Can Garau” – a magnificent property in Sencelles, and without any doubt, part of the history of this island. A true pearl.
Photos by Tina Manresa