The name “Can Frare” translates as “The Monk’s House” and was given to the house several hundred years ago. The story goes that one of the children of the family was gravely ill – and the parents swore an oath that if the boy survived, they would ensure that he would grow up to be a monk. The boy survived & the name, Can Frare, has remained ever since.
Can Frare is Listed as a House of Architectural Merit and is built from traditional materials such as sabina wood & thick stone walls, whitewashed with cal.
Traditionally, the inhabitants of the finca lived exclusively off this very land – using fire wood from the forest behind the house, water from our natural well, cultivating olives, figs, oranges, lemons, vines, growing vegetables & keeping sheep, bees, goats, horses and a pig. All the land was cultivated by hand, with the help of horses for ploughing. The variety of the domestic livestock, which all needed shelter, and the need to store agricultural products, explains the large size of Can Frare – which is 400 square metres.
Can Frare still has the original grain mill, which is now a second living room.
Can Frare is being reconnected back to its past – we are putting our efforts into making the house agriculturally sustainable again.