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Es Bec d’Àguila

Contemporary Tradition

Written by Polina Torbina
Photographed by Mari Luz Vidal
The story of Es Bec d’Aguila began in the 19th century when a family of Menorcan traders built their weekend getaway high up on a hill surrounded by the Island of Menorca’s beautiful rural landscape.

An elegant house where they could enjoy hunting, the countryside and entertaining friends and family. Today, it has been turned into a beautiful villa and belongs to Benoît and Benedictina, a young couple who fell in love with the property and breathed new life into it, adapting it to modern times without forgetting its traditional values.

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Located in the heart of Menorca, between the white villages of Alaior and Es Migjorn Gran, Es Bec d’Aguila sits atop a hill in the middle of a green landscape, surrounded by olive trees, reflecting a Mediterranean identity where simplicity is not, by any means, incompatible with elegance. Its name, ‘Es Bec’ (‘the beak’ in Menorcan), refers to the shape of the terrain spanning over fifty hectares, reminiscent of an eagle’s beak, where three families once lived.

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This exclusive accommodation offers peace and quiet and transmits a profound respect for its cultural identity, from the Romanesque rounded square in the garden – which is just as it was a century ago – to the white stone walls that are so characteristic of the Balearic style. The domed ceilings were discovered during the latest renovations, along with some of the house’s original Cuban-inspired hydraulic tiles whose previous splendour takes pride of place in several rooms. 

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On the second floor, the interiors are more intimate and discreet. Colours fill the space with life and interplay with the endless daylight that slips through the windows in the early morning with spectacular sunrises, and remains until the end of the day, when truly unique and unforgettable sunsets can be enjoyed.

Benedictina and Benoît’s subtle taste can be felt in the carefully selected pieces found throughout the house. A sophisticated combination of contemporary and modernist elements that clearly illustrate their soft spot for local and international design and architecture. Much of the house is furnished with antiques sourced from their travels to England, France and Denmark, as well as from around Spain. 

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Art also plays an important role at Es Bec d’Aguila. The abstract painting by Ezra Siegel, inspired by an eagle’s beak, welcomes you in the entrance hall. The textures of the ceramic pieces by José Carvalho allow you to savour the combination of past and present in this “home away from home”. And in the rooms, be seduced by the extremely personal work of Franco-Italian photographer Sophie Zenon.

Benedictina and Benoît’s subtle taste can be felt in the carefully selected pieces found throughout the house in a sophisticated combination of contemporary and modernist elements.

Es Bec d’Aguila is the result of a close collaboration between island artisans and architects who specialise in the traditional Balearic style: a house of pure, refined lines in which to enjoy your time simply and in peace.

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