Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Il-Marhab farmhouse is an authentic early 17th century farmhouse in Xewkija, the oldest village in Gozo. It is within walking distance to the picturesque pebbly beach of Mgarr ix-Xini, the first natural port of Gozo.
You enter through the main stone arched hallway with pattern-tiled floor into an open sunny courtyard lined with many plants and a brilliant crimson bougainvillea, which leads to a large double bedroom with ensuite.
The wide stone staircase opens up to a further three double bedrooms with a/c (two with ensuite) on the first floor, a sunny loggia and a huge terrace with views of the surrounding fields and the Rotunda church in the distance. Il-Marhab farmhouse can accommodate up to 9 persons comfortably.
On the ground floor, further down the same courtyard, there is the fully equipped kitchen with Venetian gold granite worktops, a carved dining table with eight chairs, LG frost- free refrigerator, LG automatic washing machine (7 kilo), Smeg gas cooker with hob and oven, and cable TV. The wood-burning fireplace is in the open living area with settee. There is also the main bathroom with bidet, bath & shower. Maid service once weekly.
Outside, is an oval table with chairs on the patio that is ideal for al fresco dining, next to a beautiful water fountain. The superb private swimming pool (14 x 8.5m) has a large sundeck area (over 100m), six sundeck chairs, pool shower, built-in-barbecue and a discreet garden facing due south for maximum sunshine!
Bicycle/car hire is recommended. Transfer to and from your accommodation including the ferry, can be arranged, regardless of your arrival time. You will be greeted and transferred straight to Il-Marhab farmhouse.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mgarr ix-Xini 2 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||150 km|
|Nearest travel links||35 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
The Island of Gozo region
Gozo is further in spirit from Malta than the 8-km channel which separates the two islands would suggest. Some visitors to the comparative fast lane of Malta cannot comprehend the idea of spending more than one day in the sleepy Gozo, while Gozo's visitors, an eclectic mixture of discerning wealthy Europeans and divers on a budget, would never contemplate setting foot in Malta.
Like most peaceful islands Gozo is dimunitive - 14 km by 6.5 km at best 67 kilometres in all - and its population of 30,000 is a little more than that of Sliema and St. Julian's combined. Yet the bathing and diving are superb, and the walks are peaceful; as Edward Lear said in 1866, "Gozo's coast scenery may truly be called pomskizillous and proghibberous, being as no words can describe its magnificence'.
Xewkija is famous for its contemporary parish church to St John the Baptist, known simply as 'the Rotunda'. Not only does it dominate the village, it dominates the entire island. The village with its population fewer than 3,000 has an eccentrically suburban air for an agricularal community. Men on ancient lilac-colored vespas roar noisily through the medieval, twisting streets wearing soup-bowl helmets and shot guns slung across their backs; young boys goad a donkey and cart through the main square; a handful of people too old to work the fields sit beside their bamboo-slatted front doors awaiting the cool of the day, while tourists gawp at their cathedral sized church.
The village sprawls along and off the main Victoria-Mgarr road and is well signposted. On the 4th Sunday in June Xewkija celebrates its festa to St John the Baptist, patron saint of the knights of Malta.
The Rotunda church has the second highest dome, internally, in Europe (after St Peter's in Rome), is 6 m taller than St Paul's Cathedral in London.The skill of the stone masons is remarkable but the single-most impressive feature is the dome, a 45,000-ton structure set on eight columns.
If you stand at a distance, in the fields of Ta' Lambert near the heliport at sunset, the dome presents a striking silhouette as the orange light powers through it.
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26 Feb 2014
"great farmhouse with very large private swimming pool and garden"
the farmhouse is spacious having four double bedrooms and a lovely patio with a bubbling water fountain next to the pool and garden.The children loved the swimming pool and had a wonderful time playin… More
Thank you for a great review. I am pleased to add that Il-Marhab farmhouse is now classified as ECO Certified by Malta Tourism Authority for those tourists who seek a holiday destination that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. This is to create an ecological island of Gozo by 2020 - 'Eco-Gozo'.
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