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300 year old farmhouse fully converted to the highest standards in Gharb Gozo

Mark A. Formosa

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, italian, Maltese
Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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300 year old farmhouse fully converted to the highest standards in Gharb Gozo

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Gharb Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

4 bedroomed farmhouse sleeps 11, with unique lagoon type pool and large BBQ area

Penmon is a charming 300 year old farmhouse located in the tranquil village of Gharb on the west side of the island of Gozo. The house was renovated with family in mind serving as a getaway from the hectic city life for its current owners. Penmon consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 living rooms including 2 TV rooms, open plan Conservatory, newly fitted Kitchen and Dining room, modern ensuite facilites in each bedroom, large sun terraces and al fresco dining. The Pool is a uniquely designed rock formation lagoon type pool with waterfall and fishpond surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. Penmon has been immaculately converted and beautifully furnished with Indian Hardwood furniture and leather sofas.

The swimming pool, located at the back of the house is a large 33 feet x 22 feet south facing haven, with a spacious charcoal barbecue and sunbathing area, sun loungers plus outside shower facility. And for that complete Mediterranean feeling, an open gazebo overlooks the pool for outside catering. A fishpond and landscaped gardens enhance the pool surroundings.

Our Farmhouse

Our farmhouse offers traditional elegance with a contemporary finish, class and comfort that you would hardly expect in a Gozitan farmhouse. With our unique design, modern en suite facilities in all of our bedrooms and three living areas, you're sure to enjoy your stay with us, whether you're here on business or for some fun. Even more, all of our bedrooms include cooling and heating Air conditioning so you can ensure that you'll sleep comfortably during the hot summer nights or the cold winter nights.

Our Pool Area

With a unique large lagoon type pool and Al fresco shaded dining area including a large charcoal BBQ, you are sure to find our external facilities more than welcome.

If relaxing is more your style, then this is the place to be, spending most of your day unwinding and relaxing in pure bliss.

Gharb Village History: Gharb is the village that the visitor to Gozo should not miss. Its panoramic countryside tracks and valleys are ideal for walks and for relaxing. If one is not interested in museums, a walk to the cliffs at Wied il-Mielah, is worth every second spent. There, a spectacular natural 'window', not as exploited, but similar to the Azure Window of Dwejra is found. Otherwise one could opt to sit relaxed in the peaceful and picturesque village square, enjoying the view of the church, the lethargic strokes of its clock tower, or curiously study the unique shape of old hand sculptured balconies that adorn the village's oldest homes.

Church / Church Bells / Church Organ: On the 26th October 1729 the church was consecrated. On 19th May 1774 POPE CLEMENT XIV raised the church and on the 2nd October 1774 the first Cannons took their possession. They served as priests by staying in office for 23 years. The bells were made in 1732 and cost 3800 'skudi'. The larger one weighs 2448kg and cost 125 'skudi'. These were raised to steeple by the people themselves using beasts and other tools available at that time.

The organ was used for the 1st time on the 15th September 1912. On the 3rd January 1963 Pope John XXIII nominated the Archipriest as Protonaotary Apostolic. At that time Can. Archipriest Fr Guzepp Borg was the Archipriest. On the 28th November 1967, it was joined with the great devotion of Ta' Pinu Basilica with all honours and privileges of a minor Basilica and the chapter became to funcion in the same Basilica. It was Christmas 1971 when the Hebron choir under the direction of Canon Hon Achille Cauchi sang for the first time in the parish church.

Gharb as a Parish : Bishop Molina decided to raise the church to a Parish owing to the number of people (300) who were eligible to receive communion. Besides, the village of Gharb was 3 miles away from the Cathedral, and people who died at night could not receive the Blessed Sacrament. After being assured that the parochial community of Gharb could financially maintain a parish priest, Bishop Mikiel Glormu Molina declared Gharb as a parish on the 29th August 1679.

It is believed that Bishop Molina used to live in the house which today is known as Penmon Farmhouse.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mark A. Formosa (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, italian, Maltese
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Calendar last updated:
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About Mark A. Formosa

We're sticklers for ensuring your stay is the best it can be. That's why we've been awarded high ratings for our hospitality over the years. We have recently upgraded our house to even higher standards for your stay to be a pleasurable one and we sincerely hope it will also be a most memorable one.

Mark A. Formosa purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why Mark A. Formosa chose Gharb

Simply Unique.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Lagoon type Pool normally found only in exclusive resorts and hotels.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Mark!

We had a very nice stay at Penmon and Gozo! The place is perfect for families like us who like to be active with walks, bathing in the sea and enjoy good food! Gozo was a very friendly island with very nice people and neighbours!

We liked Penmon. I checked with everybody, and asked if they could recommend something to improve service. It wasn’t any special but the one thing was to have a dish machine!

Thanks for the rent! We recommend Gozo for others as well!

Apr 2011
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300 year old farmhouse fully converted to the highest standards in Gharb Gozo
average rating of 4.678571 based on 35 reviews

Beautiful place in a very nice and charming town.

  • 5 of 5

We were two families staying in Mark's farmhouse in Gharb. 4 adults, two teenagers and two 8 year old kids. We had a very nice stay, and the house was even better than on the pictures. The hosts was very kind and service minded. Gharb is a very quiet and charming town with nice people. The farmhouse is close to both shops and restaurants, and only a 5 min walk from the bus stop. We used the bus to travel to Victoria and to the beach, and it worked perfect for us. The house is very beautiful, and the pool- and oustide area is fantastic! The kids had the time of their life. It was clean, and the pool service worked perfect. If you want to travel around the island I will recommend renting quad bikes. It's a perfect way to travel around and see all the places you should visit. I can really recommend a stay in the farmhouse, and we all want to go back to both Gharb and Mark's farmhouse.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Holyday in Penmon Framhouse

  • 5 of 5

We were in this year for the second time in Penmon. , All very well maintained as in the past, clean, large and simply beautiful. It not only looks at the photos of beautiful, it's true. Many thanks to Mark Formosa.

Reinhard and family

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Excellent Holiday accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Lovely spacious farmhouse in a secluded part of Gharb. Only three of us so had plenty of space and choice of rooms all of which were spotlessly clean . Beautiful kitchen with everything needed for a self catering hol including a welcome pack . Good size pool .Would recommend to anyone who wants a quiet and peacefull holiday . Good local shops and new Lidl in Victoria for all your shopping requirements. Would strongly recommend a car to fully appreciate the island.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Fabulous property, and a superb holiday!

  • 4 of 5

Penmon is a lovely place to spend a couple of weeks. We were a big party (five adults, six children under seven) and the property was the perfect size. There are three double bedrooms for the adults with ensuites, and another room that sleeps five, again with its own bathroom.

All the bedrooms have air conditioning, which was a godsend when we were there (it rarely got below 25C at night).

The quality of the interior is superb - the kitchen and bathrooms looked brand new and all the furniture was very comfortable. The pool area is lovely and was where we spent most of our time - the pool is big enough to swim in and for the children to splash around with supervision, and there's a lovely covered table area where we ate most nights. The built-in barbecue is big enough to cook for a large group, and there are TVs and DVD players for when you want a quiet half an hour.

Gharb is a lovely village with a couple of good places to eat, and while there was some building work going on next door we weren't disturbed and the high garden walls meant we weren't overlooked.

Mark is very responsive, arranging hire cars on Gozo and our transfers from the airport in Malta (where we were even met by his daughter). He was also very helpful with a couple of queries we had during our stay. All in all we couldn't recommend Penmon highly enough and would go back tomorrow if we could!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Paradies auf Gozo

  • 5 of 5

Wir besuchten Penmonhouse mit 11 Personen (6 Erwachsene, 5 Kinder). Es war mehr als ausreichend Platz für alle, sowohl im wunderschönen Haus, als auch in dem traumhaften Pool. Das Haus war in einem Top-Zustand mit allem was man braucht. Schön waren auch die Badezimmer, die sich ensuit an jedem Schlafzimmer befanden. Auf der Terasse konnte man schattig am Tag und lauschig am Abend sitzen.

Der Pool war ein Highlight. Er war sehr sauber und gepflegt. In regelmäßigen Abständen kam ein Herr, der den Pool säuberte. Wie man auf den Fotos sieht ist der Pool auch optisch einfach schön.

Der Ort ist sehr idyllisch, die Menschen freundlich und hilfsbereit und die Kirche ist von innen sehr schön anzusehen.

Der Vermieter Mark Formosa ist sehr hilfsbereit und zuvorkommend. Der Flughafentransfer wurde von ihm gut organisiert und war für uns sehr hilfreich, da wir direkt bis zum Penmonhouse gebracht wurden und wir nicht lange suchen mussten.

Supermärkte sind zu Fuß erreichbar, allerdings empfielt sich doch ein Leihwagen, um die verschiedenen Strände zu erreichen oder mal in Xlendi oder Marsalforn abends ein wenig Hafenflair zu erleben. Auch für Modellflieger ist diese Insel ein Traum. Es gibt mehr als ausreichend Gelegenheiten mit Modellflugzeugen an Hängen zu segeln.

Toll waren auch die Klimaanlagen in jedem Schlafzimmer. So konnte man abends die Temperatur herunterkühlen und gut schlafen.

Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt, einen schönen Urlaub verbracht und können dieses Haus nur jedem weiterempfehlen.

Vielen lieben Dank an Mark Formosa!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always, it is extremely satisfying to note that another customer of ours has enjoyed their stay at our house , where I'm sure that they will treasure the memories of their fantastic holiday at Penmon farmhouse for years to come. I am taking the liberty of translating this response of Kerstin from German to English for many of our future customers to be able to understand her comments. "We visited Penmon farmhouse with 11 people (6 adults, 5 children). It was more than enough space for everyone, both in the beautiful house, and in the fantastic pool. The house was in excellent condition with everything you need. Beautiful were the bathrooms, the ensuite were at each bedroom. On the terrace you could shade during the day and cozy sitting in the evening. The pool was a highlight. It was very clean and well maintained. At regular intervals, a gentleman who cleaned the pool came. As you can see in the photos of the pool is visually simply beautiful. The place is idyllic, the people friendly and helpful and the church is to be considered very beautiful inside. The owner Mark Formosa is very helpful and courteous. The airport transfer was well organized by him and was very helpful for us as we were taken directly to the Penmon farmhouse and we did not have to look far. Supermarkets are within walking distance, however, recommended to get a rental car to reach the various beaches or in the evening to experience times in Xlendi or Marsalforn a little harbour flair. Also for model aircraft, this island is a dream. There are more than enough opportunities with model aircraft to fly on slopes. Great were the air conditioners in each bedroom. So you could cool down the temperature at night and sleep well. We have felt ourselves very well, spent a great holiday and we will recommend this house to anyone. Many thanks to Mark Formosa! "

The perfect vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We were two families staying for two weeks at Penmon Farmhouse. It was really nice with the big pool and nice poolarea and a big sundeck on the upper floor. The house have plenty of space with high standard and is perfect for a big family or two families. Gharb is a nice village with friendly and helpful people.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Gharb Rangers Bar
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Marsa, Malta
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Salvina's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Dwejra / Azure Window
Car: recommended

The motto of the village is 'In extremo vigilat' which means 'Sentinel at the borderline'.

Gharb means West and this typical old Gozitan village unsurprisingly lies in the West of the Island.

The word 'Gharb' is semitic and means sunset - symbolizing the position of Gharb at the west of the island of Gozo.

It started life as a small hamlet centuries ago. Its ancient roots can be seen in the centre of the village where certain houses have fine examples of decorated stone balconies from the 16th century.

The population of Gharb is around 1533 with a total of around 475 families. The area of Gharb is about 14sq kms. The village is surrounded by many popular places, such as Ta Pinu,Ta frenc, Dwejra, and the Azure window, with the Mediterranean sea just a couple of kilometres away.

The village square, so quintessentially Gozitan, has become the view on many postcards. In the square is a fascinating folklore museum housing all sorts of memorabilia retelling the Islands' rural history.

'taż-Żejt' Chapel found at St Peter Street, Gharb.

This chapel which is the chapel of the cemetry of the Locality was also the old parish church of the locality, before the new one was built. It is called 'taz- zejt' because of a legend that says that an old woman was cured when she spread over her body some of the oil that used to ooze out the church's side.

San Dimitri Chapel:

Found in the countryside, at the inner part of Birbuba Street, where a country road leads to this chapel. There is a legend related to this chapel, in which it is said that an old lady called Sgugina who had her son stolen by the Turks was praying San Dimitri in this chapel and the saint was seen coming out of the titular painting of the chapel and returned bringing back home her son. The feast is held annually on the second weekend of October.

'Ta` Pinu' Shrine found at Ta' Pinu Street::

Ta' Pinu Sanctuary is a place of great devotion and of national importance and is visited by numerous persons all year round, both locals and tourists. Various pilgrimages are held to the Sanctuary. This sanctuary is an extension to a chapel which is still found in the inner northern part of the sanctuary. This was the chapel from which back in 1883 Karmni Grima a saintly woman from Gharb heard the voice of Our Lady talking to her asking her to recite three Holy Mary's for those three days spent within the tomb.

Karmni Grima Museum:

This museum is located at the beginning of Gharb Road. This museum is found at the beginning of the village and is the same home where Karmni Grima, the saintly lady who heard the Holy Mary talking to her used to live. In this musuem one can find various personal belongings of Karmni.

'Frenċ ta` L-Għarb' Museum:

Located in an Alley at Frenc ta' l-Gharb Street. This museum is found in the village core. It is the same home of Frenc Mercieca better known as Frenc ta' l-Gharb, a saintly man, who lived some years ago (1892 - 1967) and who cured a lot of people with his prayers and his faith in Our Lady.

Għarb Folklore Museum:

Located at Pjazza Zjara tal-Madonna.This is a private owned museum found in the core of the village with 28 rooms filled with all kind of antique tools and prestigious items. Click here to view the site . For more information please call on telephone number:- 00356 21561929.


In our locality one can also find Ta' Dbiegi crafts village situated at Frangisk Portelli Street where various crafts are made. Amongst others one can find hand-made pottery, hand-blown glass, lace-making and filigree. One could mention that in Gozo, crafts like glass blowing and pottery are only found at Gharb.

Old Balconies:

At Gharb one can note various old and sculptured balconies found in some of the oldest homes around the village.


Rates & Availability

From €165 Per night

Gharb Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May - June
May 1 2015 - Jun 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
June - September
Jun 15 2015 - Sep 13 2015
7 night minimum stay
September - October
Sep 14 2015 - Oct 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
October - December
Oct 13 2015 - Dec 17 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €250
Notes PRICES in SPECIALS are for 2 PERSONS (extra guests @ €10 euro per night per person)

WI-FI Internet is available for the entire house and is completely FREE


Time in: @ 4:00 pm (16:00)
Time out: @ 11:00 am
30% of total balance on booking.
70% being the remaining balance 30 days prior to your arrival.
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Gharb Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En Suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , En Suite
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , Outer shower by the pool
  • Bathrooms: Fully fitted latest design bathroom facilities with large shower enclosures, large wash basin with fitted cabinets and fitted mirrors, standard toilet facilities with double push flushing, stainless steel Grohe shower mixers stainless steel accessories such as waste bins soap holders and toilet holder roll. All four bedrooms have ensuite facilites An additional spare toilet is available on one of the terraces.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Bedroom
    Family Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Large Bedroom includes 3 single beds, one bunkbed.
  • Bedrooms: There are 3 double bedrooms consisting of a double bed, two door wardrobes with drawers, bedside tables and dressing table. The other family bedroom consists of 3 single beds, bunk beds,two door wardrobe, bedside table and dressing table. Modern en-suite facilities are included with all bedrooms. All bedrooms are fitted with cooling and heating Air conditioning units.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Housekeeping
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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