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Spotlight #8: Ca l’Abat – exclusive for very good reasonsMarch 1, 2019

If there’s a more exclusive location on the West Coast of Mallorca than Ca l’Abat, it must be a closely guarded secret. In the past few years, Ca l’Abat has quietly become the favoured destination for high net worth individuals wanting to create luxurious homes in a fabulous setting.

The Deia area of Ca l’Abat really does have everything. There are fantastic views down to sleepy Llucalcari, over to Cala Deia and along the mesmerising West Coast in the direction of Soller. The vistas across the glorious mountain bowl in which Deia sits, from the jagged rocky outcrops down to the tumbling olive terraces, are also pretty spectacular.

Watching the sun rise and set from Ca l’Abat is one of the great pleasures of living in this part of Mallorca. And, in an area that’s awash with sunlight, Ca l’Abat has far more than its fair share all year round. It’s easy to feel you have a seat in the Gods for the paradise show.

Apart from its breathtaking location and bewitching tranquility, Ca l’Abat also has the great advantage of being just five minutes’ drive from Deia. It takes around 15 minutes to walk from the village, should you choose.

You’re also not far from the tiny beach at Llucalcari, famous for the revitalising properties of its natural mudbath. If you’re feeling energetic, the walk down to magical Llucalcari, along the coast to Cala Deia and up into the village takes around an hour.

But, once you’re holed up high in the gorgeous oasis that is Ca l’Abat, relaxing by the pool, it’s hard to imagine you’ll ever want to leave.

Apart from the spectacular view, there’s the sense that you’re somehow drifting through a time out of time. This may well be du e to the presence of the ancient, atmospheric finca Ca l’Abat itself.

Acquiring a home at Ca l’Abat

S'Era estate in Deia, presented by Charles Marlow & Bros
The S’Era estate in Ca l’Abat is for sale with Charles Marlow & Bros. Click the image for more information or watch this video presentation.

Local architect Peter Hudson, who supervised the construction of one of the houses in upper Ca l’Abat a few years ago, explained that the homes on the exclusive mountain slopes were ‘mainly built during the 1990s and early 2000s. They’re generally large and very private, each with its own unique style, outlook, positioning and space. These days it would be difficult to build anything like these houses, with such views, winter sun, land and privacy, anywhere in Deia.’

And what about building at Ca l’Abat? ‘It is possible. But there is a strong movement to conserve the natural environment as much as possible and the current planning rules in the area make any new construction very difficult. Anything that does get planning permission has to follow very closely the vernacular style of the area, just like the rest of the Tramuntana.’

A brief history of Ca l’Abat

According to Tomás Graves, ‘Ca l’Abat – The Abbot’s House – is probably the earliest Christian building in Deia, which already existed as a hamlet under the Muslims who had a couple of water mills working there in the time of the Catalan conquest of 1229. It seems that Ca l’Abat as we know it today was built in 1619 by the Abbot Pere Maians. The double A in the Deia coat of arms, the A of Mary as it is also known, is apparently carved into stone somewhere in Ca l’Abat. I’ve also seen it carved into the well-head of the Hermitage halfway between Deia and Valldemossa.’

Much of the land around Ca l’Abat was once owned by the finca. Over the years, it was sold to people who created large homes, usually sitting in an abundance of land.

Today, the nine or 10 estates in Ca l’Abat are owned by some of the world’s most successful and privacy-seeking entrepreneurs.

Calabat mountain in Deia from the air.
The mountain on which Deia’s Calabat area sits – seen from the air. The villa looking down on them all is Sa Quinta which you can rent through Charles Marlow. More information about Sa Quinta here.

Fortunately, outstanding homes in Ca l’Abat do become available from time to time. Charles Marlow currently has this particular Ca l’Abat jewel on its books. We can also offer a few unique luxury villas for rent in Ca l’Abat – including the incredible Sa Quinta.

To find out more about homes on offer or for rent, please email us at or call +34 971 636 427.

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David Holzer

A freelance writer for many years, David is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, mainly on the subjects of the Beat writers and yoga. He is fascinated by the remarkably rich cultural history of Deia, from Robert Graves to the present day.

David also teaches yoga for writers.

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