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Mark A. Formosa

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch, Maltese

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

39 Reviews
Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Island of Gozo 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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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mark A. Formosa (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch, Maltese

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 Island of Gozo

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!



Bjornar
Apr 2011
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300 year old farmhouse fully converted to the highest standards in Gharb Gozo
average rating of 4.74359 based on 46 reviews
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high quality family accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We had a really great holiday. The accommodation was good quality and the pool was great. The kitchen was well equipped and outdoor entertaining area was fantastic. The only flaw was that next door was a building site with noise from large machinery most days which spoilt any peace and quiet. Not the owners fault but not restful.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the farmhouse to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary with our family for one week (17/05/2916 to 23/05/2016) I must say that it was perfect we all had a good time. We all celebrated our anniversary with a meal at Silvana restaurant which was only about three minutes walk from the farmhouse we would recommend this restaurant, food and staff were all fantastic. JAne from Swindon Wiltshire.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful Week of peace and tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week at Penmon Farmhouse with my family. The house is beautiful and had everything you could need for a week away from home. Mark was extremely accommodating and met with us at the airport to sort final bits of paperwork. The house was immaculately clean and everything worked perfectly. The village of Gharb is very peaceful and quiet but within easy access of small shops and a mini mart in San Lawrence. Perfect family holiday home and we WILL be back.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks Shaun for the wonderful comments, lovely family, hope to see you again!
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Beautiful and top quality

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was absolutely perfect from booking to arrival at the airport and from departure !! Mark was so easy to deal with and made everything effortless for our stay, he couldn't do enough for us. The villa lives up to every picture that you see. Situated in a lovely little village the only thing I would say is a car is a must. Would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks Lee for the wonderful comments, hope we can see you again in the near future, you've been a great host. Take care.
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Amazing place for an afordible price

  • 5 of 5

The Island of Gozo has a relaxing pace with very friendly people. Just what we needed to get away from the city life. We visited all the towns and churches along with the Gozitan Temples, simply amazing. Xlendi, Ramla Beach, and the Azure Window are a must along with the Market that is within walking distance of Penmon. Speaking of Penmon it is everything in the pictures and more. Nancy the housekeeper went shopping ahead of time so we already had food there. Mark was very friendly and provided us with all the information needed on our Vacation. Found a cool place to watch EPL games in Victoria called the Aurora (I think). Also day trips to Malta were great. 5 of us with kids 15, 12, and 10.

Thanks Mark

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks Dave, glad you enjoyed it, hope you and your lovely family get to see more of Europe.
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Beautiful Haven in Gozo

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful winter stay in Penmon. The farmhouse is really well cared for, clean and tidy, spacious, comfortable, full of character and well situated. The outside pool space is great and upstairs has a large sun balcony. The owner is really courteous and professional in every aspect and helped arrange our car hire. We would certainly recommend Penmon to friends and family and plan to return on another occasion to enjoy beautiful Gozo again.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Luqa
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Gharb Rangers Bar
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Mgarr
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.

Crafts:

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.

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Rates & Availability

Gharb Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2016
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 13 2016
6 night minimum stay
$356
$2,495
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2016
Sep 14 2016 - Oct 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
$258
$1,804
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2016
Oct 17 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$181
$1,267
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
 
CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR 2016
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 6 2017
6 night minimum stay
$302
$2,111
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
SPECIALS - JAN / MARCH 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$104
From
$126
Fri,Sat,Sun
$729
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
 
APRIL 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$192
From
$214
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
 
MAY - JUNE 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
$280
From
$302
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,958
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
 
JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
$384
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2017
Sep 14 2017 - Oct 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
$258
From
$280
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,804
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest
 
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2017
Oct 17 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$203
From
$218
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,420
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
 
CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR 2017
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 7 2018
6 night minimum stay
$313
$2,188
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$93
From
$121
Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $11
Refundable damage deposit $274
Cleaning fee $77

Normal prices are for up to six (6) guests, whereas Special prices are for up to 2 guests.
Additional guests pay 10 euros per guest per night
WI-FI Internet is available for the entire house and is completely FREE


ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES AND CONDUCT

Time in: @ 4:00 pm (16:00)
Time out: @ 11:00 am

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Amenities

Island of Gozo Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • 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
  • 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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