Ca Na Bet Villa
On the outskirts of San Carlos, a lovely and quiet little town in the north-eastern part of the island, I discovered Ca Na Bet Villa. This charming house, perfect for spending holidays with my family, was constructed on a 15,000-m2 plot of land at the end of the 18th century. The ground floor of the main building contains a cosy living room, a toilet, a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and a very functional kitchen and dining room that lead out to a magnificent porch with views of the garden, pool, and Ibiza’s countryside. On the upper floor, we had two large bedrooms with spacious dressing rooms and their own en-suite bathrooms. The main bedroom, 40 m2 with a great terrace with views of the town and mountains, and an additional bedroom attached was perfect for us and our two daughters. In an adjoining building, we had two more bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and porch. There was a kiln between both buildings. Although not used today, it was once used by the Ibizan ceramic artist Adolf Aymat to create many of the ceramics currently around the property.
During my stay I really appreciated the extraordinarily adorned, old wooden furniture, the ceilings with beams made of juniper and olive wood, the authentic woodworking and pottery pieces, wrought iron lamps, cosy fireplaces, thick 1 m high walls that kept the house cool during the summer, and the canopies over the beds in the rooms. These and countless more made up the luxurious details of this unique property; unique in part due to the brilliant reform done by the great exponent of Ibizan architecture and interior design, Canadian Rolph Blakstad.
In the large lawn separating the house from the pool, the children had fun playing games, and for other adventures they played among the pine trees at the end of the property while us adults relaxed on the lounge chairs or on the pool’s deck.
We held our dinners over long conversations out on the refreshing porch next to the dining room. Framed by the pleasant garden lighting, we were overcome by the serenity of the surrounding countryside.
I really liked the property’s abundant and varied vegetation. Pine, palm, rose, bougainvillea, carob, fig, grape, and olive trees, and a vegetable garden with fresh products that, once ripe, we picked and added to our plates that very moment. Delightful earthy pleasures.
In the surrounding area, we could go to what many consider the best summer street market, Las Dalias: a hippie-chic market with apparel, all sorts of decorations, and live music that tourists and natives have been enjoying since the 1960s. I will also fondly remember the magical Ibizan dinners at Pou des Lleó their Bullit de peix or their typical Caleta coffee (with Brandy, lemon, and cinnamon), and the dinners at Can Salvador with the best paellas and brothy rice dishes. All quite relaxing after an excursion to the Torre den Valls, the watchtower facing the Tagomago Island, or after a morning at any of the nearby beaches. It was summer seasoned with true Ibizan flavour in which we got to enjoy one-of-a-kind moments of happiness in this incredible villa.
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