Several friends have suggested that we’d be good at running a B&B. Well, thank you very much but, no thank you. Looking after people is enjoyable … but hard work; I have great respect for those who run small hotels and B&B businesses – especially in the heat of a Mallorcan summer.
Annie and Martin are two such people, being at the helm of Finca Son Jorbo. They came to Mallorca from Birmingham (UK) at the end of 2003 to run their B&B in this lovingly restored and rurally located traditional 17th-century Mallorcan house.
For adults only (it is blissfully peaceful and relaxing), Finca Son Jorbo is just outside the Mallorcan town of Porreres (which has a good supermarket, a couple of wineries, and several restaurants, cafes and bars). We were staying for one night only: a chance to recover from having one lot of visitors at home before the next ones arrived. The moment we pulled up outside the house, Annie and Martin were at the car to welcome us and make us feel instantly at home.
Finca Son Jorbo has accommodation in five stylish apartments, each with its own private terrace. The main part of the house has a comfortable lounge, dining room (where breakfast is served in cooler weather), and a library – where guests can borrow any of the numerous books (different languages available) or use the Internet-connected computer. This room is also home to the self-service honesty bar and supply of Mallorcan ice creams.
Outdoors you’ll find an attractive breakfast terrace, shaded garden area (with some seating), swimming pool and terrace with loungers, BBQ for guests’ use, and a covered chill-out area.
We stayed in the newest apartment, located on the first floor and named Rosa. Access is via steps up to the apartment’s large private terrace, which has superb rural views, as well as two loungers, and two chairs and a table under an attractive gazebo. An impressive-looking telescope in the apartment’s sitting room offered the promise of some stargazing, but our one-night stay was not enough to take advantage of it.
Rosa comprises a double bedroom (with mosquito net over the very comfortable bed), sitting room, kitchen, and bathroom. Rosa has small accents of pink in its décor – even down to the clothes pegs, thoughtfully provided along with a drying rack. The apartments are equipped with everything useful for a longer stay. In the interests of research (and with no intention of cooking), I had a good poke around the kitchen cupboards; our hosts had put a lot of thought into what they should provide – even down to things like a measuring jug, grater, cling film, aluminium foil, and instruction books for all the appliances.
We found a small starter supply of coffee, tea, and sugar sachets (along with fresh milk and a bottle of cava in the ‘fridge) and, as well as a kettle, a cafetiere and a traditional espresso maker for coffee purists. Among the provided condiments is a bottle of Finca Son Jorbo’s own olive oil.
Art and interiors
Annie Sofiano is an artist and has a great eye for design, which becomes evident as soon as you see the interiors of Finca Son Jorbo. Her paintings hang on the walls in the apartments and her reasonably priced greetings cards are on sale in the library (along with her hand-painted silk scarves).
Did I mention the cats?
Like us (and other rural-dwelling foreigners on Mallorca) Annie and Martin have adopted a few cats. There were ten when we were there but we didn’t manage to see them all, although I almost crawled on all fours around the garden in search of them. Cats being cats, they tend to keep out of the way of guests – unless encouraged. This week, when Annie sent me a photo I’d requested, I heard that a tiny ginger kitten had ‘turned up’ on their doorstep. Their family has grown …
If you love cats and care to encourage the trust of Annie and Martin’s, you’ll love Finca Son Jorbo. If cats aren’t your thing, don’t be put off: they’re not likely to bother you.
Annie and Martin are delightful hosts with a passion for ensuring their guests enjoy their stay. We loved our brief stay at Finca Son Jorbo and are delighted to recommend the place. A stay here would be perfect as a writer’s retreat, a place to relax and experience rural Mallorca (very different to the British tabloids’ depiction of the island), or as a base for exploring.
And, if The Boss and I had to run a B&B, I couldn’t think of anywhere more appealing …