Pedruxella Gran has been in my family for forty years. My British father, Hilary Barratt-Brown, and American stepmother Patricia made this their home after falling in love with Mallorca. My father spent a good part of the next twenty five years of his life restoring the property, including the ancient olive press. He loved Pedruxella – its history, its tranquility and the immersion in nature. He supported many of the island’s environmental groups, especially those caring for the black vulture and for other birds.
I inherited the estate from my father in 1997. Together with my husband, Bos Dewey, and two children, Barratt and Eliza, we have carried on where my father left off and have brought our own commitment to the environment to bear in what Pedruxella is today. The farm is certified organic and we work hard to respect nature and reduce our impact. But the really hard work falls to Tolo, our farm manager, who does a superb job keeping everything going on the estate. He gets help from the well over 100 volunteers we have hosted here.
I have worked for many years as an environmental attorney for the New York based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Bos as an energy consultant. When I am at Pedruxella, I get to enjoy all the beauty of the natural world that I have worked to protect over my career. That for me is the definition of luxury.