History of Can Frare

Can Frare has a lot of history and always been a grand estate that was begun at least 400 years ago; Can Frare has sustained the same family continuously for 200 years, which is a testament both to that family & that piece of land.

“El Torrent”, or the river system of the forest, drained into this estate, making the land of Can Frare extremely fertile. As a result of this great productivity and fertility, Can Frare grew as a sizeable estate, supporting the family from a variety of agricultural products.

Can Frare has grown and is currently growing a whole variety of crops & produce – a traditional we uphold today.

The grandmother of the current owner with her daughters
The grandmother of the current owner, with her daughters
Can Frare Ibiza Traditional finca heritage

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.

historic ibizan villa can frare
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