Terrace dining at Son Balagueret. | Virgin Limited Edition


At the end of 2015, Sir Richard Branson announced that he was buying back the Son Bunyola estate, 13 years after he sold it following a row over planning permission.

At the time he wanted to create the world’s best eco-resort, but local politicians objected so much that he decided to sell up and leave the island.

However, he has never hidden his love for Majorca and repurchased the property for a reported 11 million euros with the aim of developing a luxury holiday destination.

The third villa is called Son Balagueret. Son Bunyola already includes Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S’Aguila villas with four and five bedrooms respectively.

Son Balagueret is spread over three floors and includes a quirky turret, a secluded central courtyard, a private heated swimming pool and views over the rest of the estate on the northwest coastline.

Central to the estate is a large historic manor house, or ‘finca’, dating from the mid-1200s.

This building is currently unused, forming an incredible centrepiece to the dramatic scenery.

Terracing surrounds the manor house with vines, citrus fruit trees, almonds and hundreds of olive trees.

Son Balagueret is a traditional and secluded villa with plenty of space for guests to relax and is full of history as the original turret dates back to the 13th century.

The small slotted secret windows would have been used for signalling to similar lookout points in the area to warn of possible attacks.

The sheltered courtyard central to the house is the perfect place to relax and find a cosy corner to read a book.

The villa can sleep six adults in three bedrooms plus an additional day bed.

One bedroom is located in the villa’s signature turret, with a curved stairwell leading from a shared bathroom on the lower level, which leads up to the first floor sitting room (where the day bed is), and ultimately to the upper level bedroom.

Sir Richard, who owned La Residencia Hotel in Deya, continues to regularly visit the island.