Traditional Majorcan country estates with large plots of land featuring their own vineyards and olive groves are found predominantly on the west coast along the Serra de Tramuntana. These so-called “posesiónes” were owned for a long time by aristocratic families. Now generational change has meant they occasionally come onto the market. “Posesiónes are dream homes for buyers who love history and architecture. They combine luxury, privacy and natural scenery in a uniquely romantic way,” says Eddy Barrera, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers Majorca West. In 2018, the average listing price for property in top locations such as Deià and its surroundings was 3.5 million euros. However, posesiónes, because of their size and the land with the property, can be listed in excess of 10 million euros.
One of the most famous estates on the island is “S’Estaca”. Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria acquired the property for himself and his lover Catalina Homar back in 1887. Many famous names have stayed at S’Estaca, including Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) who even had her own bathing house built by the Archduke. The secluded property is tucked away between Deià and Valldemossa in the northwest of Majorca.
The quaint mountain village of Valldemossa owes its renown in particular to the composer Frédéric Chopin, who spent a winter there with his mistress, the writer George Sand.
“Son Galcerán” is another country estate with historical links to the Austrian Archduke, situated in a prime location in Valldemossa. Nestled in the Tramuntana Mountains, the property affords outstanding sea views. The 1,000 square metres of interiors include seven en suite bedrooms, numerous living rooms, a spacious dining room, a private library, a home cinema, and a fitness studio. The grounds span some 70 hectares in total, with beautifully landscaped park gardens where Empress Sisi once strolled.