400 Year Old Farmhouse Tastefully Restored. 3 Bedrooms With A/c, 2 Bathrooms.
The Owner/Property Manager
About The Owner/Property Manager
I am a sculptor and my wife is a university lecturer. We came to Gozo for a holiday in 1988 and fell in love with its unspoilt beauty, rustic charm, and the friendliness of the people. I also fell in love with the local limestone which was lovely to carve. We bought our present villa and spent many years converting the derelict farmhouse into what it is today. A labour of love! I have a studio here where I sculpt in the local stone. Currently, we live in Shropshire in the UK.
The Owner/Property Manager purchased this Farmhouse in 1988
Why The Owner/Property Manager chose Santu Pietru
The villa is in an ideal location - in a small hamlet on the outskirts of the main village of Gharb. It is quiet and peaceful but with all the amenities close by. There are wonderful walks in every direction from the house. Some of the most spectacular scenery of the Maltese Islands is to be found within walking distance of the house - both coastal and inland.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
When we bought the property nearly 30 years ago, it was derelict. We could immediately see its potential. We have maintained and enhanced its original charm while modernising it to a very high standard. The pool is large and very private, and the views of the surrounding countryside from the terraces are truly panoramic. The villa is comfortable and homely where one can truly unwind and relax.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 8
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Family with teenagers
We had a very relaxing stay in this beautiful house with shady outside areas and pool. A perfect base for cycling around the island and scuba diving . Bikes delivered to us and picked up for diving outings .
The house had everything we needed . Very tempted to come again .
The farmhouse was lovely. My family had a great time. We particularly enjoyed eating in the courtyard garden. And I even went for a swim, though the water was unsurprisingly cool, given it was early April. Sunsets at the top of the street and local walks were all highlights.
So glad you all enjoyed your holiday and stay at our villa. You are right, this has been an unusually cool April. We have been there in mid April when the temperature has hit low 70 F. Local walks are something special, particularly at this time of the year when all the wild flowers are out. we would love to welcome you back at anytime in the future.
We (3 adults + 2 teens) stayed at this lovely farmhouse for 5 nights in June 2018. We rented a car at Valletta airport and the drive was a bit challenging because of the left hand traffic, the narrow streets and because the locals drive like maniacs. Next time we will hire the smallest possible car. Anyway we got in one piece to the house and was greeted by the housekeeper Natasha.
Gharb is a lovely village just o few minutes drive from the capital Victoria. There are parking places outside the house but quite few and small and therefore we decided to do the grocery shopping for the whole stay at one time (in Victoria at Lidl and Ta´ Dirjanu - both good) and then leave the car for the rest of the stay. This works because there is a small grocery store and restaurants in Gharb at a walking distance. There is also a great vineyard, Tal-Massar Winery, just around the corner that arrange tastings on Tuesdays and Saturdays - absolutely worth a visit.
Then the farmhouse - hard to find the right words to describe it. First when we stepped in to the house it seemed quite dark and stuffy but when we opened all the window shutters and the door to the garden it changed. Actually the house just gets better for every day and finally you don't want to leave it. The kitchen is well equipped, the fridge is large and efficient, the garbage system works (you just hang the garbage bag on a hook outside the main door the night before the pick up),the dining table is big (didn't use it - we had all our meals outside), the living room is cozy and the wifi works well (downstairs and by the pool). Outside the kitchen is a lovely courtyard where we enjoyed our breakfasts and lunches. The table outside had chairs for four persons and it would have been nice with chairs for at least six persons. In the courtyard is also the BBQ. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a toilet/bath. There is an other toilet/shower downstairs. The beds are good and the bedroom windows have mosquito nets, so we didn't use the air conditioning so much. It was lovely to sleep with the windows open and hear all the noises from the animals, farmers and church bells (yes even at night). Then finally to the pool. Lost of words! It's superb! We loved it. The privacy, the size and depth of the pool, the water, everything! You really get privacy at this house. Even the pool cleaner came early in the morning, so we didn't even see him.
Best house we ever stayed at! We hope to come back one day! Thank You!
So delighted that you had such a wonderful stay at our villa. It is our second home so we make sure that the villa is well equipped for most needs, and do whatever is possible so that our guests have a relaxed, comfortable, and memorable stay.
I agree that picking up a car at the airport and making your own way to the villa in Gozo can be a bit stressful.This is why we recommend transfers from the airport and having a hire car waiting for you at the villa. It cuts out all the hassles and stress and, actually, does not really work out much more expensive, if at all.David, from TRAC, who does all the transfers and car hire is a most reliable and helpful person, and his rates are very competitive.
We would love to welcome you back if you should ever decide to visit the wonderful island of Gozo again. We have been going regularly for 30 years and have never got tired of it. There is always something new.
Charm with an old world feel
Something about this old warm-stoned villa just made us feel completely
relaxed. We arrived in Malta in the very early hours, but the owners had
really made life easy for us by taking care of all the transfers and car
hire to suit our needs. They also furnished us with all the information
necessary for making boat trips around the islands, despite it being so late in the season. When we weren't snorkelling in one of the stunning rocky coves we were just chilling out at the villa. Really tastefully furnished and well equipped, it was so easy to just do nothing all day - just fill up on the charm of being there. The house, courtyard and surroundings are just magic.
The ferries from Malta to Gozo run through the night, though in the winter months they are less frequent. David Azzopardi (transfers & car hire) is always available and comfortable with meeting your needs irregardless of the time of day or night. He is also a great source of local knowledge and, whatever of your needs, point you in the right direction.
Thank you for the positive feedback about the villa. We are pleased that it ticked all the right boxes for you.
Tranquil and beautiful villa in stunning location
I took my young daughter away on holiday to Gozo. We had a wonderful time and the accommodation was ideal. It had all the amenities we needed and was cosy and comfortable. The pool and gardens with an oasis to relax in and the setting was perfect. There were some great walks nearby and good restaurants. I would highly recommend this villa to anyone traveling to Gozo. It will not disappoint.
The pool and garden area is an oasis - private, lush, full sun but plenty of shady areas, and wonderful views. Hard to imagine anything better than being flat out on a lounger with a good book and an occasional dip in the large pool!
I note that you have booked again for this year and will be coming with your extended family. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Gozo is an enchanting, and relatively unspoiled, Maltese island where life moves at a leisurely pace. It is greener and more rural than Malta, having a magnificent and tranquil landscape with deep valleys and picturesque hilltop villages with imposing baroque parish churches and charming rustic farmhouses. The dramatic coastline has tiny creeks, turquoise bays, majestic rock formations, stretches of limestone criss-crossed with salt pans, and high cliffs falling in sheer drops into the clear waters.There are excellent safe beaches of red sand, particularly at Ramla Bay and San Blas Bay, and many other secluded places for swimming, diving, and snorkelling. Ramla is Gozo's largest sandy bay and one of the most beautiful on the Maltese Islands. The beach here is of a deep, reddish-gold hue. The bay is surrounded by countryside and nestles below steep terraced hills and the mythical Calypso's Cave.Ramla Bay has been voted by international travel journalists as one of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. Gozo's longest and best red sand beach offers splendid views, a summer snack bar, water sports, sun beds and umbrellas. Its sister beach San Blas is considered even more beautiful by many and is much more secluded. The tiny island of Comino has some of the clearest waters and best swimming in the Mediterranean, as well as boasting a series of enchanting inlets and crystal caves.There is a lot to see and explore on the island, for example, there is the imposing Citadel with its numerous museums, the Gaantija megalithic temples dating from about 3600 BC, Ta Pinu Basilica which is a famous centre of pilgrimage, and the spectacular natural phenomena of the Inland Sea and Azures Window at Dwejra. The people are welcoming and friendly, and, if you want to get away from it all, you can. Gozo has all the essential ingredients that make it an ideal relaxing holiday destination. Ggantija Temples in Xaghra, Gozo, are one of the most important archaeological sites in Malta. The origins of Ggantija date back to the Ggantija phase (3600 – 3200 B.C.). John Otto Bayer was the first to excavate the temples in 1827. Extensive archaeological and restoration work was carried out in the early 20th century to ensure their preservation.Gozo boasts three main ports: Xlendi, Marsalforn and Mgarr. Both Xlendi and Marsalforn are only used for small pleasure boats making them excellent night spots for eating out. Marsalforn is a stretch of beach lined with small bars and restaurants and is only a small drive away from the islands salt pans, which are a great spot for bbq's and watching evening sunsets.Xlendi is also a great place to eat out and features magnificent views from a stepped walk up the cliffs. It has many places great for swimming and starts getting lively early evening.
Found near Gharb is the Inland Sea. Azures Window and Dwejara boast some of the most spectacular natural features on the island. These magnificent sites are just moments from Gharb. This location is renowned for excellent swimming and diving. Gharb is one of the oldest villages on Gozo, renowned for its ancient vernacular houses, many with stunning balconies. Not to be missed is the main church in the village square which has fantastic carvings in the Baroque style. Adjacent to the church is an excellent folk museum. There are numerous bars and excellent restaurants within a short walking distance of the villa.