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Beautiful Villa, large garden and pool, short drive to beaches

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Updated: 24-Oct-2016
  • Sleeps 11
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Holiday Home in Santa Lucija, Kercem, Gozo, Malta - Large House with Pool and Garden on edge of Small Quiet Village

Beautifully converted old house in an excellent location on the edge of a village, a few minutes from shops and 10 minutes from beaches. All the rooms come off a central courtyard and have the highest level of furnishings and are fully equipped. Large outdoor areas with extensive seating areas, large (gated) pool, dining areas, hammocks, everything you would need for a wonderful holiday. 3 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms and 1 single bedroom, all en-suite.

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About the Owner

Emma Vassallo
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016

About Emma Vassallo

We live in London and this is our own family holiday home. We completely renovated the house to create a very comfortable house and garden that we (and others) would enjoy staying in...a home away from home with all the comforts not normally found in holiday houses. We have 3 young children and have therefore done the house up and equipped it particularly well for families with young children.

Emma Vassallo purchased this villa in 2002

Why Emma Vassallo chose Malta

I spent all my summer holidays as a child in Gozo and wanted our children to have the same carefree, safe, hot summers. There is also no better place for a Mediterranean holiday!

6 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Absolutely Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 lovely weeks in this beautiful house. The large garden, pool and layout of the house worked for everyone from the small kids to the teenagers as well as grand parents. Tessie the housekeeper was lovely, inviting us to her smallholding to see her animals with the kids and sharing her vegetables. The gardener and pool man were ensuring we were happy and happy to go the extra mile. A fabulous house on a fabulous island!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent (part 2)

  • 5 of 5

Part 2:

The house is fully supplied with those all-important peripherals: wi-fi, TV/DVD, landline telephone (and excellent mobile phone signal), books and magazines, DVDs, games and indoor/outdoor/pool toys. A huge supply of proper large towels means never having to ration yourself when you take a plunge or head to the sea. Bathroom towels and bedding supplies are plentiful and the fully-equipped laundry room will sort out any requirement. Except for food and drink, there was not a single thing we needed or missed which wasn’t supplied by the house.

Tessie, the long-time housekeeper keeping things ship-shape and who lives right across the street, is super-helpful and practical and knows where everything is, so you’re never stuck, even in an emergency (she also makes outstanding honey from her own beehives, grab a couple of jars before you leave).

Finally, that all-important price thingy. Sure, in absolute terms you’re paying a good sum, but for what you’re getting you will struggle to do better. We stayed at the peak of the high season and at £2500p/w that’s £70 per night per double bedroom. So, if you’re a large gang then you’re onto a winner, especially when you take into consideration all the extras you’re getting on top. We had an outstanding fortnight and the fact that we could settle into our holiday right from the first minute without having to “get organised” meant every penny was thoroughly well spent.


  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Part 1:

I first came to Gozo in 1994 and have returned almost every year since. Having stayed in every type of accommodation on this island from high-end to low-rent in every shape and size, I am thoroughly familiar with what’s on offer here. I needed something very special this time round for a large family get-together and having done my recce had no hesitation to opt for this property above others, as it covered my criteria of location, size, facilities and price.

Located on the very edge of a small village bang in the centre of the island, everything is equidistant to reach and easily so. No, you can’t see the sea from here, but you have an uninterrupted and stunning view across the fields to The Citadel, a superb crusader fortress towering above the island’s small capital Victoria. The size of the house works in all ways – number of rooms, layout, outside space & comfort - and its welcoming character tells you that this is a much-loved family home and not a soulless and spartan holiday let.

It’s a converted old farmhouse built out of cool limestone with tall vaulted ceilings and large spacious rooms, giving the whole house an open and uncrowded feel. The lounge is super lounge-y, the kitchen openly accessible and well-equipped (including dishwasher and a large fridge-freezer), all bedrooms bar one are en-suite with modern fittings and large walk-in showers and the beds are proper affairs with quality mattresses. Nothing is rickety or knackered, but solid and well put-together. Arranged over the ground and the first floor around a pretty internal open courtyard, the spacious and spread-out nature of the house ensures you never feel that you’re all on top of each other. Outdoor space in the garden (and on the large roof terrace) provides plenty of room for sun worship or seeking shady corners, in unison or in solitude. There is a large comfy outdoor sofa arrangement on the patio and the good-size pool is thoughtfully fenced off for the safety of the little ones. The back half of the garden is shaded by trees with a large hammock and a huge table for al fresco and stuff. A cool little bungalow at the end of the garden provides an additional en-suite bedroom for those who want to be far from the maddening crowd. All rooms have large ceiling fans and the two upstairs master bedrooms on the first floor are also air-conditioned (but which we never used, the fans did plenty enough). The house is clean, tidy and uncluttered and everything is in working order.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic House

  • 5 of 5

We spend a week staying at this lovely house in Gozo in October 2014. We have been to Gozo a few times before and found that this is by far the best house we have stayed in. The rooms are all very spacious, opening onto a courtyard in the middle of the house. The furniture is all excellent quality and not the usual holiday furniture we have found elsewhere. The garden is lovely with many areas for sitting and eating outside. We would highly recommend a stay at this house.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were a mixed party of friends and family from Scotland and Holland. Some were after a scuba diving holiday, others a sunny relaxing holiday. Ages ranging from 2 - 60 years old.

The farmhouse offered everything each of us needed, a real home from home. It was spotlessly clean with loads of extra bed linen and towels. A very good mixture of twin and double rooms. The outside space was fantastic, as was the pool, very child friendly. The kitchen had everything we could have wanted for cooking.

Tessie the lady who looks after the property could not have been more helpful, it was like having your best neighbour just over the road. She left us a welcome pack and gave us little titbits of helpful information. The gardener was also a very pleasant chatty gentleman.

Emma, the owner, was very helpful with communication when booking the farmhouse, and she was very prompt in her reply to my many questions.

Gozo folk are very friendly and helpful, we all had the most wonderful holiday. I would not hesitate to rent this property again. The island is beautiful with lots of beauty spots and some excellent diving.

The only negative is that one week is not enough time to explore this beautiful part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in September 2013 with some friends and it was an idyllic holiday. We were met by a neighbour when we arrived, who was so helpful and welcoming. The photographs do not do the villa justice. The pool is enormous - ample enough for 8 adults (and was lovely and cooling in the September humidity!), the interior courtyard was also a lovely place to cool down and read a book in peace.

The villa is remarkably well presented, and you really feel like you are staying in a holiday home, rather than a bog standard self catering property. There are lots of little stylish touches, art and decorative elements. The bedrooms are enormous and well presented, with enough towels and beach towels for your stay. Comfortable beds in cool rooms - there is air conditioning in some of the bedrooms but we found we didn't need it if we kept the shutters closed. The pool furniture is of good quality, the settees were a brilliant addition, particularly for sitting out and watching the sunset.

The views are to die for, particularly from the large roof terrace that leads off the master bedroom, with steps down to the pool area. There is a lovely long meandering garden full of flowers, and even a herb garden at the bottom. The garden suite is ideal for a couple who want complete peace and quiet.

This was simply the best place we have stayed in Gozo (and this was our 7th visit!), and hope to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I spent all my summer holidays as a child in Gozo and wanted our children to have the same carefree, safe, hot summers. There is also no better place for a Mediterranean holiday!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Mgarr, Gozo at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 2 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Gozo is a world class scuba diving destination with numerous diving schools.


10 minutes drive to a number of beaches around the island.


Nearest airport is Malta, ferry takes 30 minutes, transfer from ferry 10 minutes. Car hire recommended.


House is situated in a very small village and 2 minutes drive to Victoria (the capital). Very conveniently located for access to all parts of the island.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
30 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email to enquire about booking. 50% deposit will be taken on booking and full payment required 8 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner.

Notes on prices:
Minimum rental period 1 week.
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Happy to discuss discounts for long lets in Winter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 24-Oct-2016


Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 400 m²


  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Walk-in Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bed 1 -wc, sink, bath, separate shower. En-suite bed 2 -wc, sink, bath with shower. En-suite bed 3 -wc, sink, bath, separate shower. En-suite bed 4 -wc, sink, walk-in large shower. Shower room with wc & sink. Garden suite - wc, sink, shower


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, en-suite bathroom with bath, air-conditioning
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, air-conditioning
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, en-suite bath room with separate walk-in shower
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed, garden suite with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 -double bed/en-suite bathroom, a/c. Bed 2 -double bed/en-suite bathroom, a/c. Bed 3 -2 single beds/en-suite bathroom. Bed 4 -2 single beds/en-suite shower room. Bed 5 -1 single bed (children's room). Garden suite - double bed, en-suite, a/c.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: 2 bedrooms are air-conditioned. All have ceiling fans. House is fully equipped for children, with stair gates, gates to pool, cot, highchairs etc. Central heating throughout house. Outside: There is a large terrace and pool area, the pool is 9 x 3m, garden extends to 35m from house with different areas for eating and lounging. There are 2 large outdoor tables and a smaller stone table, outdoor sofas seating 10, hammock, sunloungers and 2 large FatBoy beanbags, large Weber BBQ. There is also a large terrace upstairs with direct access from garden, hall or master bedroom. Utility Room: Washing machine and space to hang clothes. Fully equipped with all bedding, sheets, towels, beach and pool towels. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Weekly maid service. Additional charge for laundry/cleaning. The pool is cleaned and serviced twice a week. Other: House is very child friendly with gates to the pool area. All rooms have central heating for winter use. Seperate garden suite at the end of the garden with double bed and en-suite shower room. Away from the main house and ideal for couple or nanny.

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