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Beautifully Converted 17th Century Farmhouse, Brimming with Original Features

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Looking along the downstairs terrace

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Last updated: 08/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Gharb farmhouse description

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.

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included
              • Daily Maid Service

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib

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              • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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              • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

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              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

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              • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single, 2 child bed

                Also ping pong room...moreless

              • 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

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: shower

                Brand new and spacious...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet

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              • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

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              • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

                En suite...moreless

              • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

                En suite...moreless

              • We have recently turned the downstairs bathroom into a fourth shower room - very spacious and beautiful!...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • 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

                  Entertainment

                  • Radio
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Game Room
                  • Games
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Ping Pong Table

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Away From It All

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding

                  Location Type

                  • Near The Ocean
                  • Rural
                  • Beach

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Swimming
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Room
                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Seating for 12 people

                      General

                      • Towels Provided:

                        We provide bathroom towels, and some to use around the pool, but please take your own beach towels to the beach....moreless

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Internet

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included

                          Kitchen

                          • Coffee Maker:

                            Both a napoletana and cafetiere are in the cupboard...moreless

                          • Pantry Items:

                            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

                          • Blender
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Toaster
                          • Grill
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Freezer
                          • Stove
                          • Oven
                          • Dishes & Utensils

                          Outside

                          • Outdoor Grill:

                            Built in barbecue on pool terrace....moreless

                          • Terrace
                          • Balcony

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Outdoor Pool
                          • Private Pool

                          property descriptor

                              • Detached
                               

                              Reviews

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              July/August 2014
                              Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              £1,600

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              September 2014
                              Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              £990
                              October 2014
                              Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              £890
                              November 2014
                              Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              £690
                              April 2015
                              Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £690
                              May 2015
                              May 1 - May 31, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £890
                              June 2015
                              Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £990
                              July/August 2015
                              Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £1,700
                              September 2015
                              Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £990
                              October 2015
                              Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £890
                              November 2015
                              Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £690

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              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).


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                              Last updated: 08/19/2014
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                              Location

                              25 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              Malta International Airport
                              7 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              Mgarr harbour
                              0.5 Miles
                              Nearest Beach
                              beach

                              Car: Necessary

                              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

                               

                              Owner info

                              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.


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                              Speaks: dutch, german, polish, italian, english

                               

                              Photos

                              • Looking along the downstairs terrace

                                Looking along the downstairs terrace

                              • End of sitting room, leading to downstairs terrace

                                End of sitting room, leading to downstairs terrace

                              • The dining room with doors to pool, at night

                                The dining room with doors to pool, at night

                              • One of the double bedrooms

                                One of the double bedrooms

                              • Stone carving on 'art table' on downstairs terrace

                                Stone carving on 'art table' on downstairs terrace

                              • Sketching beside pool, July 2010

                                Sketching beside pool, July 2010

                              • Basin in new downstairs shower room (Nov '10)

                                Basin in new downstairs shower room (Nov '10)

                              • Morning sun in November

                                Morning sun in November

                              • Chatting in the pool

                                Chatting in the pool

                              • Other end of sitting room (Nov 10)

                                Other end of sitting room (Nov 10)

                              • Dining room looking towards kitchen (Nov 10)

                                Dining room looking towards kitchen (Nov 10)

                              • The twin bedroom

                                The twin bedroom

                              • Flowers in the courtyard, in June

                                Flowers in the courtyard, in June

                              • A little corner of the sitting room

                                A little corner of the sitting room

                              • Mgarr Ixini - one of our favourite spots

                                Mgarr Ixini - one of our favourite spots

                              • The pool at dusk

                                The pool at dusk

                              £690 - £1,700 per week (GBP)
                              18

                              5 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 12

                              View calendar: Updated 08/19/14
                              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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