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Rustic Farmhouse ConvertedWith Private Pool And Mature Garden With Seaviews

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Gharb, Island of Gozo, Malta-Gozo - Ideal Location On The Edge Of Village But Still In Walking Distance To Foodshops And Restaurants

This 400 year old farmhouse has been in the family for 16 years. Originally converted in the 70's by the head designer of Dartington Glass, the present owner has taken great care to restore the house over the years by retaining its original simplicity and rustic charm while adding the modern conveniences.

The house is perfectly positioned on a small square on the outskirts of the village overlooking the countryside and San Dimitri chapel and with seaviews in the distance. On a clear day you can see Sicily in the distance.

It is only a 5 minute walk to the food stores and restaurants and if feeling particularly lazy the breadman, veg man, fish man and drinks man visit the square in their vans.

The house enjoys a beautiful swimming pool designed by the owner and inspired by her travels to Thailand. The mature garden provides a perfect natural umbrella with its 7 mature palm trees allowing for a respite from the sun and lovely entertainment space with a large old cable table seating 12 and another Indian marble table seating 6 and a barbecue. This pool area is cordoned off very tastefully and practically with a wooden fence that runs along one side of the pool area making it safe for children and a blessing for parents who can relax while eating their lunch in the garden and not having to look up every minute to check on the children.

There is a housekeeper, pool man and gardener who look after the house. The housekeeper can also provide additional cleaning during your holiday and there is also babysitting if required.

The owner is English/Maltese and is happy to advise on any additional holiday requirements. She writes a local restaurant guide - The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo -www.restaurantsmalta.com and the Malta Baby & Kids Directory - www.maltababyandkids.com and organises local Artisan Markets on the islands - www.maltaartisanmarkets.com and so is the perfect person to ask advise on dining out and anything to do with children in Malta and Gozo or arts and crafts.

This unique house has been featured in two design magazines.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Lisa

I am English/Maltese having been brought up in Malta and attended boarding school in the UK and University in Malta. I have travelled extensively and lived abroad and I presently live in Malta. I have two children aged 4 and 10 so I understand what is required in the house to make life as comfortable and simple as possible. We as a family love staying at our house in Gozo finding it relaxing while also enjoyable and great fun.

I am the publisher of Malta's foremost restaurant guide - The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo www.restaurantsmalta.com and the Malta Baby & Kids Directory www.maltababyandkids.com as well as the founder and organiser of Malta Artisan Markets www.maltaartisanmarkets.com

Why Lisa chose Gharb

When I was young we would always visit Gozo from Malta and so I have lots of fond memories of time spent there at the various locations including Ramla, Xlendi and Victoria.

The sea is divine and the life relaxed. Our house is perfectly positioned away from the core area of Gharb but easily accessible to the amenities and restaurants.

We can escape to our house with our children and friends and enjoy the pool area and entertaining in the garden.

We love to go for long walks from the house and bike rides and will organise picnics in the countryside as well as days on the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Wow! Absolutely magical. A heavenly home, wonderful people, delicious food - could go on and on. But this house definitely made our holiday. Can't wait to come back!"

"Lovely stylish house beautiful garden and pool relaxing little paradise very calm island".

"You have a wonderful summer home, the pool and seaviews were fantastic, but the hospitality and peacefulness of Gozo has really made it for us".
Apr 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Gharb, Malta

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite Bathroom 1 with bath and shower & wc. Also outdoor shower overlooking garden on veranda outside bedroom. Bathroom 2 with bath/shower & WC Bathroom 3 with shower & WC Bathroom 4 with shower & WC
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 spacious with double bed and a single bed. Bedroom 2 with antique double bed and a window overlooking the garden also a single bed in this room. Bedroom 3 with 1 antique 4 poster bed with mosquito net. Bedroom 4 with 1 double bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Both the kitchen/dining room and sitting room have independent and direct access to a beautiful large private garden, which offers ample space for entertaining and barbecues prepared on the large gas barbecue. The mature palm trees form a wonderful canopy creating shade during the summer months, which is perfect for eating out during the day during the summer. A large round wooden table can seat 12 people comfortably and a smaller table seats a small group perfectly while looking towards the pool. The pool is a good size 28ft by15ft with a spacious area around it with 6 sun loungers. The pool area is beautifully designed (inspired from the owners travels to Thailand) with a pagoda onto the pool with two mattresses and enjoys views of the sea. The pool area has a wooden fence running at the garden end so allowing for keeping children away from the pool. Directly outside the sitting room underneath some arches is a single bed and a hammock perfect for an afternoon siesta. Utility Room: There is use of a 8 kilo washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels, clean linen are included in price as well as swimming towels. The linen is changed once a week unless requested otherwise in which case they can be changed more often which would be an additional cost.


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Rustic Farmhouse ConvertedWith Private Pool And Mature Garden With Seaviews
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

A fantastic location from a different time.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Gozo. really quiet (but 4 bars / restaurants within walking distance) and only a 5 minute drive to San Lawrenz and the Azure window with crystal clear diving - and not busy! Very deceptive. Gharb is very quiet, hardly any tourists.

The farm house is fabulous. Its 400 years old and has not been modernized to distraction. Maybe not to an american's 5 star luxury level, but remained true to its Gozo / Malta heritage with a fitted kitchen, more bath rooms than you can count and the usual mod con's while still retaining that rustic, old farm house charm.

The house is deceptive when you arrive, but opens out into a very large sprawling selection of rooms surrounding an open courtyard.

We went at the end of October so the unheated pool was certainly character building. Its very deep which meant it might be a quite cool at the end of the season. Refreshing when your in tho'

One thing you can't get from the website pictures, if you stand next to the palm tree in the picture of the pool, and look straight ahead you are looking out over farm land to the sea. Really great views all around the property. If you need to see the sea from the pool area or the balcony as part of your holiday, you can from this one.

We would definitely recommend this property. Just be aware that the pool is very cool in the autumn. Lisa the owner is very friendly more than willing to answer any questions we had and is a local herself (not someone living abroad).

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Mediterranean Memories

  • 4 of 5

Romantic inner courtyard with white against blue skies, flowering vines, colourful glass tiles.

Flagstone paved farmhouse courtyard inviting you outside for breakfast. The children's laughter lingers around the crystal clear saltwater pool. Evening drinks by the pool or overlooking flashing lighthouse and rustic rural scenes in the changing hues of sunset.

A white stone staircase inviting you to rest in the cool secluded bedrooms. Master bedroom has you sleeping under wide stone arches with gentle breezes wafting the generous expanses of space. There is a private balcony with outdoor shower overlooking the sea and capturing the many bird calls of Gozo. We wish we had more time to stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, relaxing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

This is delightful house that was the perfect getaway for our family. There were 6 of us and we thought we might get on top of each other but there was so much space that that never happened. The house is conducive to maximum chill out. This could be by the pool or living room. The house is tasteful in decor throughout and has every amenity one could wish for. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone wanting a break.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Mamma Mia House!

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked in we knew we had made the right decision. A real life Mamma Mia house; blue doors, white washed walls, beautiful tiled courtyard, amazing outside area and pool (very deep). The bedrooms all had floor standing fans as they are very hot at night. The master bedroom is massive and a lot cooler than the other bedrooms. The lounge is beautiful with an area to lie down and rest in the middle which is the size of a double bed. The house has a utility room with washing machine upstairs and clothes line. There are great views from the roof. The kitchen has everything you need with a large gas stove, microwave, 2 fridges and dishwasher. The garden has a gas bbq and lots of seating. Each night we put the pool lights on and sat outside and enjoyed the heat and peace and quiet.

Lidl and Waitrose are only a few minutes’ drive away in Victoria. You pass both on the way to Gharb.

We took the owners good restaurant guide book out in the car with us each day and found some amazing restaurants around the Island. As the Island is only 8/9 miles long it didn't take long to get around and the driving was very easy and safe.

We were looking for a quiet retreat to R&R and we got just that. We will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Paradise in Gozo

  • 5 of 5

located in the quiet village of Gharb, this marvelous house is charming as described. We enjoyed the rustic side of the house with the indonesian decoration touch. The shade in the garden is very appreciated during warm days (very often) as well as the pool....and the shower on the balcony !

Nancy the maid and Lisa the owner are very helpfull and kind.

Highly recommanded !

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect October Break

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a very relaxing October break with our two young children. They found the house enchanting and we loved staying in a house which was so full of character. The kitchen was extremely well equipped. In fact, every room is very spacious. We had a good balance of tranquility and switching off, whilst the kids enjoyed the swimming pool. Would recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
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The nearest beach is Dwejra and the Inland Sea which is about 3 kilometres away. The best sandy beaches Ramla and our favourite San Blas (but don't tell anyone) are slightly further away about a 20 minute car journey.

There are some lovely walks in the surrounding area with our favourite which starts from the house and takes you through the valley to the cliff edge and along the cliffs overlooking the great expanse of the Mediterranean. This route and others in the area are great for mountain biking too.

The village core is only a 5 minute walk away with several eateries which are family friendly and very reasonably priced.

Ta Pinu is in walking distance and is worth a visit and is the Crafts Village on the way to San Lawrenz village.


Gozo is just a 20 minute ferry ride from Malta. There are regular flights to Luqa International Airport with most national airlines including AirMalta, British Airways and Ryan Air amongst many.

Once in Malta it is an easy journey to Gozo by taxi or hired car to the ferry terminal about 30 minutes away and then just a 20 minute ferry ride across to Gozo. The house is a 15 minute car journey from the ferry in Gozo.

Further Details:

As well as the sea and sun and relaxation in the summer months, Gozo offers a wonderful selection of activities which might otherwise be overlooked including some lovely country walks from the house. The best time for walks is in Spring and Autumn when the island is greener and more fragrant.

Mountain biking and diving with some of the best dives in Malta and Gozo area also popular. Numerous schools offer PADI courses for both beginners up to advanced divers. There is also some great snorkelling to be had around the island which the children love.

Gozo has some of the best award winning restaurants on the islands which are easily accessible from the house and are only a short drive away. Check out www.restaurantsmalta.com for more info on restaurants.

Opera in Gozo - Gozo has two main theatres the Astra and the Aurora. Both produce an opera each year and bring over foreign singers to sing with local artists.

Feasts - June and July is the Feast Season when a commemoration to the saint is celebrated every year. The five day festivities include the triduum, the eve of the feast, and the feast day itself. Apart from the church services, the celebrations are highlighted by outdoor activities, mainly in the form of band marches and spectacular firework displays. Gharb celebrates its feast in July so is a great time to visit and mix and mingle in all the activities and see the impressive fireworks.

History and Myth -There are two prehistoric structures known as Ggantija. They are the most impressive and well preserved of all the temples in the Maltese Islands. They are believed to be the oldest free-standing monuments in the world. There are numerous tales from the legend of Calypso ensnaring Odysseus in her cave above Ramla Bay, to the legend of San Dimitri in Gharb (the farmhouse looks towards the chapel)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Gharb, Malta

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Season 1
1 Apr 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Season 3
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Season 4
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Season 2
27 Apr 2020 - 30 Jun 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £175.55
Pet Fee £43.89
Stay tax £0.44 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
30% of the total amount is required to secure your booking. The balance together with the deposit should be paid 30 days prior to arrival together with a keys/breakages deposit of Euro 200. Until then your deposit is fully refundable, subject to any bank charges/costs incurred. Within the 6 week period if you cancel or fail to pay balance, the 30% deposit will be forfeited and the reservation cancelled.

We are also required by our government to ask for a 50c eco tax charge for every adult 18 years plus per night which will be added to your quote.

Changeover Day:
There is no particular changeover day. Check is 4pm and check out 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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