The Son Lladó estate is an active farm, located in the south of Mallorca. It is four kilometres from Campos, a town of great agricultural tradition and five kilometres from Es Trenc beach, the last large unspoilt beach of Mallorca. Its 23 hectares are made up of pastures and rotational cereal crops to feed their native livestock. The buildings are from the late 17th century. It takes its name from the nobles who accompanied King James I in the 13th century during the conquest of Mallorca. It was shared out among two brothers from Lladó, a town in the Catalan Alto Ampurdán.
In the 17th century, for reasons of inheritance, the possessió was divided into two. On the one hand, Son Lladó Vell, which has a defensive tower from the 13th century alongside the oldest buildings, with a house from the 15th century. It belonged to the Lladó family until the end of the 20th century. And, on the other hand, the estate in question today, which has been converted into Agroturisme Son Lladó. Unlike Son Lladó Vell, which had a watchtower and defensive tower, the “new” buildings were used exclusively for agriculture.
In typical construction of the era, noble materials from the region were used, such as ashlar “from marina” (a quarry located about 14 kilometres away), forming ribbed vaults to support the weight of the grain stored on the upper floor of the house. Other items to note are the Arabic tiles, handmade in Campos, “amarades” wooden beams in the brackish waters of “Es Trenc” or the 60 centimetre stone walls to bear the weight of the vaults and insulate from the heat, finished off with jambs, lintels and corners made using sandstone from the quarry mentioned above.
In 1999, the estate was inherited by the current landlords who decided to adapt the buildings to the present day. They decided to reconvert it into an agrotourism farmhouse, as the only resource to generate sufficient income to enable the return on investment and maintenance of the property. Thus, in 2000, the buildings were restored and adapted, offering four rural houses or apartments for rent. On the ground floor of the main building or pagès house (of the farm manager) there is a dining room with a ribbed vault, living room, reception hall and kitchen, inhabited by the landlords on the upper floor. The other houses or apartments have emerged from the restoration of the old house of the senyor (landlord), the stables, the dairy farm and barns.
Recently, the old hay loft of the farm has been renovated for use as the exhibition hall of an innovative project. This space has been converted into the Son Lladó Ecomuseu, which recovers and displays part of the Rural Ethnographic Heritage of Campos. This is an initiative with three aspects: ecological, ethnographic and cultural, with the main objective of enhancing the tangible and intangible heritage linked to the farming traditions of the municipality of Campos, also linked to the possessions which at one time set the pace in this territory. The space has a structure consisting of high pointed or gothic arches made of sandstone on one of its facades and other basket-handle arches with three points (also called carpanell or d’ansa-paner) on the other facades. All of this together gives it an unusual construction excellence in the modern day.