From a traditional menorquin “lloc” to a charming rural hotel.
The building was, in its origins, what is defined in Menorca as a “lloc”, and old country house dedicated to cattle raising and agriculture. Specifically, the history of the Biniarroca goes back to the 18th century. Until the year 1998, the country house had cattle for the production of cheese, besides the extensive orchards. Then, the British Sheelah Ratliff, previously dedicated to the London’s high demanding fashion industry, decided to treat herself to a life far away from the stress in this place full of peace, harmony and nature.
In the transformation of the country house to a rural hotel, a great deal of the old farming and cheese manufacturing facilities were used. The original distribution of the space in the old facilities were tespected in the main building, that now is the house for 12 of the 18 rooms. The red clay tiles were kept and the guillotine windows – typical of the menorquin architecture and that show the reminiscence of the important presence of the British in the island-. And that the barriers were also conserved, that today are always open to welcome everyone that visits us.
With the desire to preserve the original character of the house, the gardens were designed around the typical flora of Menorca. So much that the centennial palm tree that crowns the façade of the rural hotel since its conception is, until today, the image and even the logotype of Biniarroca.