History of Son Granot
'The beautiful property of Son Granot, perched on a rocky outcrop'. This is how Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria referred to the estate in his 1891 chronicle in the encyclopaedia 'Die Balearen'.
Originally belonging to the Son Calàpat (meaning “toad”) estate, Son Granot (meaning “frog”) seems to follow the nomenclature inspired by the many amphibians that most likely populated the area, which is characterised by an abundance of water, old vineyards and fertile irrigated orchards.
For years it was believed that the graceful house has been built in the 18th century, during the British rule. However, history places the construction of the house closer to the 1860s, designed by an unknown architect, who was able to conjure on its walls, arches and staircases a style redolent of the most distinguished English colonial architecture.
Mr. Sebastián Vives Batlle, the son of the founder of the distinguished patisserie ‘La Mahonesa’ in Madrid - a place frequented by aristocrats and the wealthy bourgeoisie - ordered the construction of Son Granot after he had sold the renowned shop and returned to the island.
Over the ensuing years, Son Granot changed hands among the different well-to-do families of bourgeois Mahon until the late 1990s when it was bought by an Andorran businessman who converted the estate into one of the first rural hotels in Minorca.
It was his wife Amanda’s passion and feel for botany that transformed the rural estate into an extensive garden filled with not just indigenous trees and plants, but also specimens from all around the world.
In 2021 Son Granot was incorporated into the Jardí de ses Bruixes Collection and became part of our historical architectural heritage destined to be restored. Our passion: to give back the soul to these old houses and open them up to the world.
Son Granot, our Rural Hotel
The Son Granot estate is still as alive as it was when it was a rural estate.
It encompasses gardens, fields, woods, a large covered threshing floor, the old cattle sheds, a water cistern, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a path that encircles the entire estate and the marvellous main house dating to the mid-19th century.
It is a small corner of paradise just a stone's throw from Mahón, Es Castell and San Luis. In the countryside, but close to everything.
Son Granot's 14 rooms are located both in the main house and in what used to be the farm's cattle sheds, the 'cottage'.
Eight of the double rooms, all with views of the countryside or the sea, are in the main building. The others are spread over three flats, ideal for families or groups of 4 or 6 people. Here we are talking about the 'cottage'. Each suite has its own garden and private terrace, one with its own water cistern where you can take a refreshing dip (the water comes from a well!), one with a terrace in the middle of the orchard from which you can enjoy the sunsets and another has an open-air jacuzzi. Each suite has its own special and surprising touch. The ideal plan? Book the whole space for a family of 14 and enjoy it all.
Son Granot is much more than a hotel. Its extensive gardens and fields are the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in contact with nature.
Cooling off in the swimming pool after a day by the sea or walking along the Camí de Cavalls is the perfect end to a hot day before it is time for dinner, either in our restaurant Can Los, at home, or in one of the many good restaurants in Minorca, many of them within easy walking distance.
Experience Son Granot at your own pace and following your own desires. That's what makes it so special.