Apologies that this post is a little late, but moving house has been a little distracting over the last few weeks! As regular readers will know, I spend quite a lot of time in Pollensa on the north of Mallorca.

A few years ago P and I lived there together and we still visit regularly as my parents have a house  there. Over the years I have shared various posts about the beautiful town, but I haven’t yet blogged though about our favourite day there; Sunday. It’s when the town really comes to life, whatever the time of year – there is a wonderful food market in the main square and everyone goes – catching up with friends for a coffee and a croissant is one of the highlights of the morning!

This year we decided to add another element to our perfect Sunday…we rose just before dawn to drive out to the lighthouse at Formentor to watch the sun rise. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the drive there is as magical as the destination itself. When we arrived at the Lighthouse we found that we weren’t the only early birds – some keen cyclists as well as a little family of goats were waiting there to greet us!

After a quick walk around the lighthouse, we took lots of photos of the views and then jumped back in the car to head back to Pollensa in time for the market. It really is a feast of the eyes as well as your tummy – the size and colour of the of the produce is amazing – particularly the lettuce and tomatoes – so much tastier than a lot of what we have in the UK, so we stocked up for the week.

After buying all our food and stopping for a coffee at Club Pollensa, our usual Sunday routine would be to head to our favourite restaurant in town, Trencadora, for Sunday lunch. This year it was just too hot to sit in the middle of the day and eat a full lunch (35+ degrees!), so we missed this out, though we did make up for it with some extra evenings there during the week! The food is Italian and delicious, very reasonably priced and the restaurant is set in a lovely walled garden – you really shouldn’t miss a visit there if you find yourself in Pollensa and hungry.

Instead of our Trencadora home we just headed home to relax by the pool with some magazines and a chilled glass of Rosé – utter bliss.

If only we were still there!

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For the Easter weekend we popped across to my parents house in Mallorca for some last minute sun and to help celebrate our friend Sarah’s birthday. We arrived late Saturday night and awoke Sunday morning to a gorgeous day – warm enough to where a T-shirt and jeans rather than the five layers we’ve become used to in England recently!

One of the things I miss the most about life in Mallorca is the amazing array of fresh fruit and vegeatables available at the lovely Sunday market, so in the morning we had a good long potter around soaking up the atmosphere and sipping coffee in the sunny square.

We then headed to lunch at the best restaurant ever, Trencadora – homemade pasta and pizza washed down with rose wine from C’an Vidalet, our favourite local vineyard. 

On Monday we relaxed at home all day avoiding the occasional rain shower – P gave me a masterclass on how to use my new camera and then we enjoyed an afternoon by the sea sipping cold Albariño, followed by a birthday party for Sarah at a friend’s house – our first BBQ of the year, lots of laughter, hoola hooping and a big birthday cake!


What did you get up to? I hope you had as much fun as we did!

LBM
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This week’s home away from home is a gorgeous little townhouse tucked away in a quiet street in the beautiful town of Pollensa, Mallorca. The house sleeps four people so is ideal for two couples wanting to get away from it all for summer or winter sun – the average temperature even in December is 20 degrees! This charming house maximises the outdoor space, offering four different terraces from pool up to roof top with stunning views across the town past the Puig de Maria to the bay of Pollensa. It’s also the perfect place for a romantic break at any time of the year; pottering distance from the town’s main square and an array of restaurants, bars and boutiques and only ten minutes drive from a selection of beaches.

To book directly with the owner visit the property’s page on Owners Direct.



It all began with a bath…

It was a few days before my 30th birthday and I was rushing around Dorset making final preparations for the party I was throwing that weekend. At the time I was working in PR and events and as a result felt under pressure to wow my friends with something spectacular. 

I wanted to create my own mini festival, but with a touch of glamour and sparkle. A marquee, fairy lit ceiling, black and white dance floor, and a lot of white and Moroccan themed chill-out areas were all set in a secluded forest glade with tipis, tea lights and yurts scattered all around. It was a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it as it turned out to be one of the best nights of my life so far. Who knew that turning 30 would be such a pleasure!


You’re probably wondering what a bath has to do with this story…well, I have always loved collecting beautiful things and as a result the sight of antique or interiors shops often interrupted and slightly hindered my missions around the county to buy party paraphernalia.

On one such occasion I was parked outside Semley Reclamation near Shaftesbury waiting for a contractor and just couldn’t resist popping in. It was here that I fell in love with the bath; a gleaming freestanding double ended design by Heritage, white on the inside with a cream exterior and a total bargain at £400 (the taps alone would cost more than that if bought new!).

It was immaculate and had been bought for a local renovation project, but when it arrived the client had changed her mind. I bought it instantly, my justification was that it would be my birthday present to myself. It was a slightly impulsive move as I didn’t even own a house to put it in; there was no way it was going to fit into my London flat (despite attempts to convince my flatmate that it would be a stylish addition to the sitting room).

At least now I had a good excuse to start saving up for the cottage in Dorset that I had always dreamed of owning (it is one of my main ambitions in life to have a cottage in Dorset with an aga!) if only so I had somewhere to keep my bath. Martin who runs the reclamation yard kindly offered to keep the bath in storage for me until it or I had a home to go to…so off I went to complete on my birthday mission.

That was in September of 2008 and two years on so much in my life has changed. Soon after my birthday I moved from London to Mallorca to project manage the build of a lovely house in the north of the island. I’ll explain the reason behind that sudden move another time, but the important part to know now is that 18 months later the bath came too!

It now lives in the master bathroom of the house and it was whilst lying in it one evening at the end of last year that I came up with the idea of starting this blog.

I hope you enjoy property, interiors and beautiful things as much as I do; I’m so excited about sharing my experiences and discoveries with you as well as hearing all your comments!

LMH
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