A long winding drive leads to a very grand mountain villa surrounded by olive groves, overlooking a plain that stretches to the bay of Palma – stunning. The house, in the family since 1902, has a French Provençal feel with its yellow shutters and statues, fountains and vines. It also has an extraordinarily beautiful and rambling interior, its public rooms both rustic and luxurious – in tranquil salons are sandy colours, wood-burners, paintings and sofas. The six bedrooms are in old outbuildings and stables whose mellow stones go back to the 13th century; each feels new, sparkling and spacious inside. There are tiled floors, white walls, modern art, perhaps a four-poster or a country antique, immaculate bathrooms, delicious soaps. Each room comes with a semi-private, unfurnished terrace. Best of all, perhaps, is the food – simple but stylish Mallorcan (frito, tumbet, tostades) served on request in a room lined with ancestral portraits – or, more fun, in the lovely old olive press. Local wine is on display in the honesty bar; outside is an exquisite pool, with views. Palma is 20 minutes down the road.