Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Set on the edge of a small hamlet, a traditional 17 th century farmhouse which has been restored to a high standard whilst retaining its original features. The spacious accommodation is based around a central courtyard which leads on to a walled garden area with a large swimming pool (11X5m). It has panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and is a short distance from some of the most picturesque parts of the island's coastline. There is Satellite TV, Hi-fi, DVD player, Wireless Broadband, Solar water heater, and air-conditioned bedrooms (optional) operated by pr-paid cards available from Rosemary, the housekeeper, on arrival.
The groundfloor level has an open-plan well appointed kitchen and dining area, and a large living room. Both these rooms are spacious with many traditional features, and have french windows leading directly on to the large courtyard, ideal for al fresco dining and barbecue, and with substantial plantings of bougainvillea, jasmine, passion flower, honeysuckle, and other shrubs. There is a utility room with shower, toilet, sink, and washing machine. A gateway leads down to the garden and pool area which is private with open views and sunny position.
The upstairs accommodation leads off a fine arched walkway with wonderful views. There is an impressive master bedroom with its original split-level birthing room , and two further double bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. In addition, there are three fold-up single beds available if needed, There is a well-appointed and spacious family bathroom. An intriguing stone spiral staircase leads from the kitchen to the bedrooms level and the roof terrace with spectacular views of the island. The house is situated a short walking distance from the nearest shops ,restaurants and amenities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dwejra 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malta International Airport 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
- Property also has 3 foldaway single beds that can be used anywhere in the house in addition to the beds in bedrooms . A cot and high chair are available
- Lounge and kitchen/dining room are very spacious and can seat 8+.
Fans are provided in every room.
- Air conditioning (optional) in all bedrooms and is operated by pr-paid cards available from Rosemary, the housekeeper, on arrival. Heaters provided for the winter months. Beach towels are provided.
Satellite TV, HI-Fi, DVD player, WI-fI Internet.
|Further details outdoors|
Beautiful large central courtyard with lush plantings.
Separate shower room for the pool
Panoramic views from the terraces, including distant sea views
Rental rates are based on up to six people staying.There is a supplement of £70 per additional person per week.
Welcome pack provided on arrival
Maid service between lets only. Extra help for cleaning etc. during lets is available from Rosemary, the house keeper, but there will be an extra hourly charge - please negotiate with her and pay her directly.
25% deposit is required to confirm your booking and the balance is payable ten weeks before arrival. Payment can be made through direct bank transfers or cheques in sterling in the UK, and direct bank transfers in Euro to our bank in Malta.
The Island of Gozo region
Gozo is an enchanting, and relatively unspoiled, Maltese island where life moves at a leisurely pace. It is greener and more rural than Malta, having a magnificent and tranquil landscape with deep valleys and picturesque hilltop villages with imposing baroque parish churches and charming rustic farmhouses. The dramatic coastline has tiny creeks, turquoise bays, majestic rock formations, stretches of limestone criss-crossed with salt pans, and high cliffs falling in sheer drops into the clear waters.
There are excellent safe beaches of red sand, particularly at Ramla Bay and San Blas Bay, and many other secluded places for swimming, diving, and snorkelling. Ramla is Gozo's largest sandy bay and one of the most beautiful on the Maltese Islands. The beach here is of a deep, reddish-gold hue. The bay is surrounded by countryside and nestles below steep terraced hills and the mythical Calypso's Cave.
Ramla Bay has been voted by international travel journalists as one of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. Gozo's longest and best red sand beach offers splendid views, a summer snack bar, water sports, sun beds and umbrellas. Due to its popularity it does get a bit crowded so if you can get there early. Its sister beach San Blas is considered even more beautiful by many and is much more secluded.
The tiny island of Comino has some of the clearest waters and best swimming in the Mediterranean, as well as boasting a series of enchanting inlets and crystal caves.
There is a lot to see and explore on the island, for example, there is the imposing Citadel with its numerous museums, the Gaantija megalithic temples dating from about 3600 BC, Ta Pinu Basilica which is a famous centre of pilgrimage, and the spectacular natural phenomena of the Inland Sea and Azures Window at Dwejra. The people are welcoming and friendly, and, if you want to get away from it all, you can. Gozo has all the essential ingredients that make it an ideal relaxing holiday destination.
Ggantija Temples in Xaghra, Gozo, are one of the most important archaeological sites in Malta. The origins of Ggantija date back to the Ggantija phase (3600 – 3200 B.C.). John Otto Bayer was the first to excavate the temples in 1827. Extensive archaeological and restoration work was carried out in the early 20th century to ensure their preservation.
Gozo boasts three main ports: Xlendi, Marsalforn and Mgarr. Both Xlendi and Marsalforn are only used for small pleasure boats making them excellent night spots for eating out. They are also home to the islands only night clubs, one of which has been converted from a 16 c castle. Marsalforn is a stretch of beach lined with small bars and restaurants and is only a small drive away from the islands salt pans, which are a great spot for bbq's and watching evening sunsets.
Xlendi is also a great place to eat out and features magnificent views from a stepped walk up the cliffs. It has many places great for swimming and starts getting lively early evening.
Found in the Gharb area is the Inland sea, Azures Window and Dwejara boast some of the most spectacular natural features on the island. These magnificent sites are just moments from Gharb. This location is renowned for excellent swimming and diving.
Another site not to be missed is the main church in the village square in Gharb. it has fantastic carvings in the Baroque style.
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21 Oct 2013
"Best holiday rental ever!"
This gorgeous villa is located in a very quiet part of Gozo island, perfect for really unwinding and reconnecting with yourself and your family. The gardens are lush and the pool area overlooks the go… More
19 Sep 2013
"Best holiday yet!"
We had a really fabulous holiday - our 9 year old twins have voted it their best yet! The house is beautifully restored, set around a courtyard with great views across Gozo. The owners were very hel… More
27 Aug 2013
"Perfection in a fast moving world"
This villa is amazing. There are not enough words to describe this place. The views are magnificent. The property is full of character and the rooms are very spacious. We stayed in the courtyard most … More
22 Jan 2013
"Autentic and charming farmhouse with a wonderful view."
We have now wisited this wonderful farmhouse 3 times in the last years, latest now in oct/nov 2012, and all times have been fantastic. This converted farmhouse has very good qualities and is a pleasure to stay in. When you first see the house in a narrow street in Gharb, it is hard to imagine the perfect setting with a view over Gozo landscape, with hilltops, willages, cathedals and local life. The view can even be seen from the nice pool.
The farmhouse have a roomy kitchen with all you need, including a table where we at the most were dining 9 together. The livingroom is cosy, partly because of the arc-construction and also because of the tasteful inventory. There is a television ( with wifi-connection and lots of channels, if you need it). The bedrooms upstairs are accessed from the open arched gallery (where the view is even better). They are of different sizes, but even the smallest is roomy enough for two. You can access the gallery from the yard, but there is also a carved stone spiral staircase directly fom the kitchen.
Not only is this a wonderful house, but the island of Gozo is also magic. If you like to go for walks, it is hard to find better. And we also did a lot of swimming in the sea. Not to forget all the willages nice restaurants....
20 Jan 2013
"This lovely spacious villa, set the scene for a fantastic time had by all!"
We have stayed in villas with pools on Gozo many times and have voted Gharb villa are favorite, so much so, that immediately on our return, we have booked again for spring 2013. On a slight elevation at the edge of the village, the villa has lots of usable, and interesting areas, ideal for alfresco dining, evening drinks, stone walled courtyard and barbaque area with arches, step down to a fantastic (gated} pool area that can be closed off from young children when needed. The villa is fully equipped for all self catering, cooking and barbecuing needs. Car hire is essential especially if you like to eat out ,but you can be at numerous lovely little bays, villages, towns and interesting places within a ten to fifteen minute leisurely drive. The island is lovely, the people are lovely, the villa is lovely. can't wait.....
6 Oct 2012
"The ideal place to switch off and bliss out"
This is a lovely house on an unspoilt island – just perfect. The accommodation has everything you could need and has been done up to a very high standard – the sculptures dotted around the place helping to make it feel quite special. The house has, like the island, almost an ancient Biblical air with its bougainvillea-lined inner courtyard, the open corridor that connects the rooms on the upper floor and the arches everywhere. The kitchen is well-appointed (though with lots of great fish restaurants, we ate out a lot), the charming pool area is surrounded by plants and the view out onto Gharb in the valley below is lovely at sundown. There are all the facilities you could need, with two bathrooms, washing machine, TV and wifi, it was spotlessly clean when we arrived and the housekeeper was very helpful. The owner set up transfers and organised car hire for us ahead of time and everything went like clockwork. Gozo itself is a small, mercifully peaceful island and it's it's a very easy place in which to put your brain in neutral. The restaurants are good, not too pricey and the two biggest coastal towns Xlendi and Marsalforn (they're not big) are nice places for an evening stroll. We hired a speedboat from Xlendi – a lot of fun! There's great walking if you can be bothered and the beach at San Blas is one of the nicest we've experienced in the Med. Altogether a rather magical place.
30 Sep 2012
"An ideal combination of the stylish and the comfortable"
This was our second visit to this villa. We travel widely and rarely return to the same accommodation but in this case we decided to break our rule. The villa has been very tastefully renovated, ret… More
17 Sep 2012
"The perfect location!"
This is the second time we have been to the farmhouse as a family and we feel compelled to put pen to paper and let others know about this hidden gem and just how good it is.We have stayed at the farm… More
2 Sep 2012
"A perfect, tranquil place to stay for all the family"
Having researched several farmhouses and villas on Gozo, we decided to plump for Gharb Villa; we are so glad we did, as from our initial contact with the owner, Juginder, it exceeded our expectations in every way. First of all, we sent an email with a long list of questions about the house, the area etc (yes, we are a very fussy family of 6 and wanted it to tick most, if not all, the boxes!). An email came back very promptly, giving thorough, honest answers. On arrival, we were greeted warmly by Pawla, the housekeeper, and welcomed into the cool interior of the house, which acted as a wonderful contrast to the intense August heat outside. It has very thick walls, which not only keep it cool, but along with the dark, internal wooden shutters and comfy beds, meant a goodnight's sleep was had by all of us and we were startled by how light it was when we opened the door in the morning and suddenly realised the village had woken up! There is a small farm opposite with sheep and goats, a cockerel, who fortunately can't tell the time (although even if he could, we wouldn't have heard it, we slept so well), church bells ringing in the distance and just the blissful sights and sounds of rural village life in the background; a real joy to hear, making you instantly relax and feel you have escaped the rat race, stepping back in time. The house is private, not in any way part of a group or purpose built complex, giving the impression of being detached, although I suspect it isn't. A well-kept garden surrounds the spacious pool area in which palm trees frame the charming view of Gharb with its dominant church and creamy limestone buildings. There are different levels to the outside area, which means we could drift from one area to another, if seeking shade to read or a bit of space from the rest of the family. The house is well equipped, tastefully furnished and many original features have been kept, such as mangers etc., whilst carefully and, clearly, lovingly restoring it. The house is L shaped, but fairly open plan in design and as there are at least 4 doors to the outside courtyard with its picturesque arches, enabling us to drift from one room/area to the next. Air conditioning was also offered in the bedrooms at an additional cost and was well worth paying for, as it was around 35-40 degrees during the day and dropped very little at night, but we did visit in August; the hottest month of the year. Fans were available throughout the house, but we didn't find we needed these too much. There again, we spent most of our time outside, enjoying the ambiance around us. A couple of restaurants are in the village, which we could walk to; Rangers, a pizzeria with a terrace upstairs - great to watch the sunset from with beautiful views of Ta'Pinu –and a little further along, Jeffreys, which offered local dishes, pasta etc. There was a supermarket a 5 minute drive away in San Lawrenz , which suited our needs and was close enough for the ice cream not to melt until we got back. Not only was the villa a beautiful, relaxing place to stay, but coupled with the short distances it took to go anywhere, the breath-taking scenic land and seascapes, the very friendly local Gozitians, who left watermelons on our doorstep, and not forgetting the all important welcome pack with some local wine, made sure Gharb Villa was the most perfect place to stay.
1 Sep 2012
"Infested with mice and rats."
After 5 previous years of successfully renting of farmhouses we were extremely disappointed with this venue.
Poorly equipped bedrooms (no mirror in one no wardrobes in another) all 3 bedrooms share one toilet, unless you want to walk down stairs.
The walls were continually shedding brick dust which covered the bed floors and anything left out in sandy dust.
The pool had a dark greasy mark around the edge on the waterline and was only wiped after we complained.
Those were the minor points. The real problems were mice and rats.
The kitchen cupboards, plates, cups etc were covered in mice poo, as were the cutlery in the draw, unfortunately we had used these before we realised. imagine our anger when the cleaner said she knew of the problem, but failed to inform us when we arrived.
The outside pool area patio, tables and chairs were littered with rat droppings. Being the Facilities Manager for a premises in The Strand, London I know what rat droppings look like, the owner told us it was bird droppings (who's he kidding) even the pool man apologised about the rats. I had to hose down the tables, chairs patio and around the pool every other day.
Lastly my son got a large gash his foot from a rusty hook (one of many around the pool used to secure the cover) The owners response to this was "Well one else has ever caught a foot on one"
With so many lovely farmhouses to rent in Gozo my advice would be avoid this one like the plague. However with all the mice and rats around you might well catch the plague.
This review is entirely at odds with other reviews posted by guests, and the general feedback from people who have stayed at our villa over the last 17 years. We have owned the villa for 25 years and lovingly restored it to a high standard. We regularly use it as our second home, and I have a studio there where I sculpt in the local limestone. We let it out when we are not there to offset some of the considerable running costs. We have a network of local people including a house keeper and a property maintenance company who ensure that the villa, garden, pool and surrounding area are meticulously maintained at all times, and that any emergencies are promptly dealt with. The house is immaculate when people arrive, and the pool and surround is cleaned twice a week. It is clearly stated in the Terms & Conditions sent out to all guests prior to booking that if any problems or emergencies arise during their stay, they need to inform us or the housekeeper immediately so we can deal with any issues immediately, and ensure their stay at the villa continues to be comfortable. The terms and conditions also remind guests that the villa is in a rural area of Gozo surrounded by fields, and consequently it is inadvisable to leave food lying around as it might attract field mice.
We had no communication from this guest during his entire stay except for a brief email early on from which I quote: “farmhouse is perfect … and we love the place”. On his return, and after the return of his security deposit we began to receive a series of negative emails that became increasingly malicious. The accusations seemed bizarre and unprecedented, but we followed them up immediately with the housekeeper and with the maintenance company. It transpired that they were without foundation, and in addition the photographs that were promised documenting the disasters never materialised. At this point we became suspicious of his motives, entertaining the possibility that the emails might have been an attempt to gain a refund to offset the cost of his holiday.
These guests' holiday was certainly not without incident. On arrival they broke the downstairs toilet blaming it on the previous guests, and on departure the housekeeper discovered the upstairs bathroom toilet had also been broken. We did not charge for this damage. We recognise that Tripadvisor can be an informative and useful tool for holiday makers, but it can be prone to abuse. However, we are confident that readers can differentiate between postings which are informative, and those that are posted with malicious intent.
Finally, this is a part of the email we received from guests who arrived on the day that Mr. Blower departed:
“Your farmhouse awakened all our senses, from the goats and sheep, to the church bells calling from the distance, the hibiscus opening daily to the glorious smell of rosemary. Needless to say, we all loved the house and very much hope to return one day. We hope your house continues to be available and give memorable holidays for years to come.”
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