An architect-converted small luxury hotel of understated elegance and great creativity in Mallorca.
How would you describe Casa Port in a nutshell?
Casa Port is cosy vacation home in Port Soller on the island of Mallorca where you’ll immediately feel at home. The house has a very light atmosphere and plenty of daylight coming in through the patio in the center of the house. The patio is really the heart of the house and gives it a special touch, almost a little Moroccan. The rest of the house is a contemporary mix of traditional Spanish materials and modern and vintage furniture.
What was your inspiration to renovate Casa Port and offer it as a vacation rental?
We always liked this old fishermen quarter of Port Soller, and when we looked for houses to buy we immediately knew that this one had the most potential. We loved the spacious ground floor with its high ceiling and since we live in Soller ourselves, we wanted to share this beautiful house with our family, friends and vacation guests.
Please tell us a bit about the history of Casa Port and the interior design.
The house itself was built two centuries ago and in the sixties it was adapted to the needs of its owners back then, so we had to reorganise the layout but we didn’t want to change the outer appearance of it.
Inside, we used some of the original elements like the old tiles or the cast iron stove in a new spot and context. Other elements like the stairs, beds, kitchen or the railing where custom made by local craftsmen. I spent more than a year visiting many local dealers and flea markets to buy the vintage furniture for the house – always with an overall idea of the styling I wanted to create in mind.
To you personally, what is so special about this particular vacation rental in Mallorca?
Coming to the old fishermen’s quarter of Port Soller, you immediately feel the tranquility of this part of Mallorca. After a few days you feel part of the quarter and all the restaurants, bars and the beach are just a short walk away without being disturbing.
Especially the red glowing sunset over the Tramontana mountains which can be seen from the roof terrace are spectacular – even for us after seeing it for more than 15 years. And we always provide our vacation guests with some good local wine on their arrival, so they can enjoy this right away.
You are originally from Germany, what do you particularly like about life on Mallorca?
It’s a combination of a lot of things. It’s the place itself, which is beautiful and very inspiring. Whenever I wake up in the morning and open the windows and see the sun shining, it gives me good energy. But it’s also relaxed and slow, a quiet way of living. People are more relaxed.
The climate isn’t the only thing that makes life easier, allowing people to get out more, but it’s also the social structure that’s different than what we have in Germany.
To you personally, what has been the biggest reward about renting out your houses in Mallorca?
After all the effort and risk we took to build this vacation home, the most rewarding is when guests do not want to leave anymore because they fell in love with the place.
One of our first guests in this house told us that he won’t give any positive review since he is afraid that he can’t come back when the house will be fully booked all year. He has already booked his next stay at the house...