PHOTOS: MARK SEELEN
Robinson Club nearby where I used ents who were interested in restorto give tennis and windsurfing lesing old Mallorquin estates, includsons during my school vacations. In ing my neighbor Michael Douglas the ’90s, when I was looking for a and the photographer Francesproperty to buy, I made a specific co Venturi. What started out as a point of avoiding “Hamburg Hill” small group of people with a shared on the eastern side of the island passion developed into a large, international circle of friends. And (Editors’ note: This is an area populated mainly by other people from thanks to the many intense weekends we devoted to E&V business at north Germany) and concentrated Son Coll, the house eventually took my search for a pile of rocks that on greater and greater significance I could make into a home on the western side of the island. I drove for the company as well. down every dirt track I saw, looking Every summer for the past nine for an old house that would fire my years you have hosted a party in Ninon and Christian Völkers had both their imagination. The first house I saw, your Mallorcan garden and invited children christened in the chapel at Son Coll. The embroidered cushion is another gift. someone else bought more or less guests – including all your license right from under my nose, but then partners – to attend the Engel & Völkers Polo Cup. What does polo mean to you personally as a sport? my office manager on Mallorca showed me Son Coll. And although If I have time, I play a game of polo every morning in Hamburg beit was a ruin and I wasn’t even able to inspect the interior, I fell in fore going into the office. It’s my escape, a way to switch off comlove with the property immediately. I thought I would die if I didn’t pletely and just concentrate on the game. I started playing polo many get to buy this house, and so that’s exactly what I did a few days later. At the time, were you already planning for Son Coll to become a platyears ago after having played tennis and hockey and being quite faform for your company as well? It didn’t take very long for that idea miliar with horses. Polo brings everything together, it’s a perfect blend of adrenaline and strategy. Having the opportunity to play to hit me because I was quite close to many of the people working for E&V and the company at the time was a big, colorful circle of polo on Mallorca is a luxury to me. My house is always filled with friends. We didn’t go into the office to “work,” we were all driven my old friends during the E&V Polo Cup competitions. In the old by a desire to achieve a common goal. So it was natural that at one days, those friends were all bachelors and we always had a big party. point or another, many of my employees came to Son Coll. Some of These days they bring their wives and children when they come to them even brought their own furniture along from Hamburg bevisit, and some of their children even join us today on the polo field. cause the place was still a ruin. I was one of the first people back Switching off completely doesn’t come easily to you, does it? I never then to set themselves the task of carefully restoring an old Mallorused to be able to stop working, and back in the early days, I rememcan manor house and worked closely with the Mallorcan architect ber wishing that someone would invent two hoses, one through which you could be fed your daily dose of necessary food and another through Toni Obrador. Later on, he began working with more and more cli-
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