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Set down a winding alley in a tiny hamlet in the most peaceful part of the island, Ghammar Farmhouse is the perfect place to unwind. With uninterrupted views over the valley to the sea the setting is idyllic. With a huge vaulted sitting room opening onto a downstairs terrace, large well equipped kitchen, spacious dining room (seats 12) leading to poolside terrace, delightful inner courtyard and large upstairs terrace, there is space for everyone to relax without feeling on-top of each other. This makes it ideal for families, extended family get-togethers or groups of adults. As our own holiday home it is well equipped with a full-size ping pong table, games and books, CD player, i-pod dock plus flippers and other beach equipment available for guests to use. Fast fibre-optic wifi is included, as well as a daily maid service to ensure everyone has a relaxing holiday.
Each bedroom still has its original floor - huge stone slabs in one and local hand-made tiles in the others. They are furnished mainly with antiques collected locally over the years. A mixture of old (collected from antique shops) and modern paintings and mounted photographs decorate the walls - many put up since the current photos on the site which are a little bare! I must take more this year!...moreless
We have recently turned the downstairs bathroom into a fourth shower room - very spacious and beautiful!...moreless
Very well equipped and child-friendly. Fast fibre-optic wifi with unlimited downloads. CD player and i-pod docking station. Cot and high chair. Books, toys and games for all ages, ping pong, flippers, snorkels, pool toys, beach inflatables, etc. The kitchen has a Gozo marble worktop and enough matching crockery and glassware for parties, as well as house-guests. In addition to food and a bottle of wine on arrival, the cupboards are generally well stocked with basics such as salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coffee and tea (including Earl Grey, PG and herbal!), loo paper, candles... etc. Wonderful daily maid service included in price turns your holiday from great to fantastic! Doris can also provide washing, baby sitting and advice on anything you care to ask (the advice is completely free-of-charge!...moreless
Books For Adults
Games For Kids
Ping Pong Table
Away From It All
Near The Ocean
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Seating for 12 people
Iron & Board
We provide bathroom towels, and some to use around the pool, but please take your own beach towels to the beach....moreless
Both a napoletana and cafetiere are in the cupboard...moreless
Dishes & Utensils
Within the rental price, Doris will buy in some food for you before you arrive (bread, milk, sugar, potatoes, onions, cheese, olive oil, balsamic v., tea, coffee, salt, pepper, etc.). ...moreless
July/August 2015 Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015 7 night min stay
September 2015 Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015 7 night min stay
October 2015 Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
November 2015 Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2015 7 night min stay
April 2016 Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2016 7 night min stay
May 2016 May 1 - May 31, 2016 7 night min stay
June 2016 Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2016 7 night min stay
July/August 2016 Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2016 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
September 2016 Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2016 7 night min stay
October 2016 Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016 7 night min stay
November 2016 Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2016 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
No additional mandatory fees
Rates include a wonderful daily maid service - the famous Doris if you've read some of the reviews. Whilst changeover days are usually on Saturday, outside of the busy school holiday periods I can be flexible on start/finish days and length of stay. There are no extra taxes or fees (unless you ask Doris to do babysitting or washing, which are additional services).
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Ghammar farmhouse is in the tiny hamlet of Ghammar, near the village of Ghasri – the most peaceful part of the island. Surrounded by wonderful country walks, including one to a tiny swimming inlet approx 0.75 miles away, the house is also within easy reach of shops (nearest 1/2 mile). Being a tiny and unspoilt island, it is only a short cycle-ride or drive to wonderful beaches with crystal clear blue waters, ancient archaeological sites, beautiful churches, great restaurants, amazing scuba diving sites, traditional fishing villages, stunning sea and cliff views and an abundance of flora and fauna.
Other Activities: Archeology, restaurants, churches, glorious beaches, scenery
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: Having grown up in North London, I now live in a more rural life in Rutland, England's smallest county (although I do miss the energy and culture of London, so perhaps one day...) I adore places with character, appreciating natural materials and the patina of time with all its imperfections and idiosyncrasies, so I avoid purpose built tourist traps and can think of nothing worse than spending a holiday in an apartment block, with satellite TV and all mod cons!
Why the Owner Chose Gharb: I've been going to Gozo since I was four when my parents bought and renovated a farmhouse in Xaghra, finally selling it 20 years later. For many years I had a combination of happy memories of childhood holidays, combined with a sense of longing and a desire to create a similarly wonderful experience for my own family. So when the time came to consider buying a holiday home I was delighted to rediscover Gozo and find that it had changed little in the intervening years and was still wonderfully unspoilt. The remarkable thing about such a small island is that we keep discovering new places - hidden swimming spots, deserted coastal walks and beautiful backstreets to explore.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse: With original paintings on the walls and all the personal touches of a much loved home, the farmhouse is rather different from the usual holiday rental experience. In particular, the kitchen has everything you need to cook proper family meals and enjoy all the delicious local ingredients, without the frustration of finding there's only one sharp knife, no large pans or a tiny fridge! With enough matching crockery to throw a party, enough mugs for a days worth of tea drinking (which is a lot in our family) and the largest fridge we could fit in, I hope it will exceed your expectations.
If you like your holiday homes brand new, modern and pristine, this may not be the place for you - it is an old farmhouse, with an ancient stone staircase worn uneven by centuries of use, and masses of rustic charm. So the teapot may be a bit battered (makes 6 great mugs of tea though), but the joy of the space is untarnished.