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A British Owned Luxury Gozitan Farmhouse

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Munxar, Gozo, Malta - Quiet Village Location In An Elevated Position

A character, traditional 19th century farmhouse, converted and fully refurbished some years ago to a very high standard, featuring free air-conditioning to 3 bedrooms and free wireless internet. Approached from an alley, one enters via double doors to a private courtyard. Rear south facing sun deck with private fenced and gated swimming pool. Roof terrace with splendid valley views ideal for watching the setting sun with that evening drink!

Prior to conversion in 1999, Santa Maria was just a collection of small sheep sheds overlooking a ravine.

Following conversion and extension, we now have a cosy yet spacious farmhouse with country views.

The small island of Gozo is not considered to be a main stream tourist destination and therefore offers a truly wonderful relaxing holiday living amongst local Gozitans who go about their daily lives. Gozitans are a really friendly bunch always pleased to help foreigners and always interested in where you live and how you spend your time at home.

More Details

Property Manager
Chris & Doreen Lye
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Chris & Doreen Lye

Welcome to Gozo Villas

Over 15 years ago, Chris & Doreen Lye from Surrey UK, fell in love with this little unspoilt island situated off the NW coast of Malta.

Having purchased and renovated their own farmhouse Santa Maria in Munxar, they are now pleased to bring you a small selection of British owned farmhouses and villas, ideal for that relaxing holiday.

We will also be happy to assist you in buying your own property on the island, whether it be for investment or retirement. Contact us today

Chris & Doreen Lye purchased this farmhouse in 2001

Why Chris & Doreen Lye chose Island of Gozo

Prior to conversion in 1999, Santa Maria was just a collection of small sheep sheds overlooking a ravine.

Following conversion and extension, we now have a cosy yet spacious farmhouse with country views

What makes this farmhouse unique

Munxar is not a village frequented by tourists, so when staying at Santa Maria you feel as though you are part of the local community.

The surrounding neighbours are mainly sheep and chickens!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi - The holiday was fabulous. Everything was perfect. Your website entry doesn't do Santa Maria justice. We have been on many villa holidays around Europe but your farmhouse has been the best. It was better than home! We loved Gozo, peace and tranquility. Very friendly people and excellent (quality and value) eating. We will not hesitate to recommend both Santa Maria and Gozo to anyone. Thanks very much. David & Michelle S - London SE9

Dear Doreen and Chris. Please find enclosed the key to Santa Maria. We had a wonderful holiday, Gozo hasn't changed too much. My grand daughter loved the pool and can now nearly swim. Several people remembered us which was so nice. I need a good rest now! Best Wishes Hilary M - Ipswich Suffolk
Jan 2005
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Xlendi Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Hand shower over bath
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower
  • Ground floor cloakroom with WC and shower. Master bedroom with ensuite shower room and WC. Bedroom 2 with ensuite shower room and WC. Bedroom 3 with ensuite bathroom with bath hand shower and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , King Size 4 Poster Bed, balcony, ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Balcony, ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin beds, ideal children's bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with four poster king size bed and balcony Bedroom 2 with king size bed and balcony. Bedroom 3 twin beds. Please note: cot, cot linen, highchair and child gate available at no charge. All bedrooms with air-conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Farmhouse Santa Maria includes emergency lighting, wall safe and additional safety equipment. All rooms have ceiling fans, and bedrooms have air conditioning. The property is British owned. There is a folding cot, cot linen, highchair and child gate included. Outside: The rear garden is walled, secluded and South facing. Fenced and gated private swimming pool 6 x 2.5 metres, pergola, sun loungers, patio table and 6 chairs and parasol. Quality gas BBQ. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen included together with beach towels. Linen is changed weekly. Maid service on departure, additional maid service is also available.


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

A British Owned Luxury Gozitan Farmhouse
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews

Magnificant Munxar

  • 5 of 5

Santa Maria was all that it was advertised as. We have stayed at many places over the years and not had such detailed welcoming information let alone the warm embrace of the home, we felt an immediate sense of relaxation.

The bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable, good showers and a good workable kitchen already nicely stocked with spices let alone the welcome food package which was greatly appreciated as our flights were delayed so much so that we didn't arrive until well after midnight. Outside the private courtyard was well appointed, BBQ, lounge chairs, cats and we ate out quite a bit under the little shelter. As Canadians we even used the pool; very refreshing.

This is the first time that we really couldn't fault anything but if you want something so that it isn't perfect we had trouble learning the location of the light switches but that just added to the charm.

The local area, walks and people were also quite wonderful.

Thank you Chris & Doreen

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David & Sonia Many thanks for your kind comments, glad you enjoyed yourselves. It was the relaxing atmosphere that made us buy a home on the island of Gozo some 16 years ago. Regards Chris
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Lovely house and pool, very well equipped for a relaxing villa holiday

  • 5 of 5

We visited in October - perfect weather for our one year old plus 6 adults. The villa is exceptionally well equipped and our son was particularly pleased with all the toys at his disposal; the adults enjoyed a refreshing dip in the pool. Gozo is a great location for an easy and relaxing holiday as everything is so close, and it's hard to fault Santa Maria as a place to base yourself. Thanks Chris and Doreen!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi. Many thanks for your kind words, so glad you had a good time. Regards Doreen and Chris
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Lovely famhouse in peaceful Gozo

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully converted and extended farmhouse with fab pool and balconies. Couldn't have asked for any more. Car is definitely a must although everything in easy reach. Nearby Xlendi Bay was a popular spot for us to swim and eat. Loved Victoria the Capital. All in all a wonderful stay. Thank you :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments, we appreciate you taking the time to review our home. Regards Chris and Doreen
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable week at Santa Maria, so much so we are heading back next year. Peaceful neighbourhood, ideally positioned for exploring the island and with everything you could need close by. The welcome pack provided was indeed welcome, having plenty to get us through to the morning following a late evening arrival. The owners provide a useful information pack and directions, although do be aware that Gozitan road signage isn't great, so keep your eyes peeled or you will encounter an impromptu island tour!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hähne und Hundegebell

  • 3 of 5

Als Nachbarn gab es auf der einen Seite mehrere Hähne, die Nachts stundenlang gekräht haben und auf der anderen Seite Hundegebell ohne Ende. Wir konnten die Nächte kaum schlafen und waren froh, nach 1 Woche wieder abreisen zu können.

Warmes Wasser zum Duschen funktionierte nicht in jedem Bad.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lars Thank you for your comments, we are sorry that you found the chickens a problem at night and we were not aware of a dog barking close by. We did stay there ourselves for a couple of weeks just after you left. The water heaters for all bathrooms are working correctly but need turning on, as explained in the Farmhouse Notes. Unfortunately we cannot do anything about the neighbour's chickens, but it is a farmhouse and there are also sheep next door. None of them bother us I am glad to say. Regards Chris
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Gozo is the perfect place for walking and cycling holidays out of main season.

The clear seas are excellent for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving with many PADI qualified dive schools located on the island.

Gozo has many historical sites including temples that pre-date the Egyptian Pyramids.


The nearest beach is at Xlendi, about a 20 minutes walk away. Santa Maria is situated equidistant between Victoria the (island's capital) and Xlendi fishing village with a small beach. Other beaches, both sandy and shingle, plus hide away coves are also within a 15 minutes drive. Well stocked supermarket within a 5 mins. walk


Travel to Malta airport, then cross to Gozo by ferry (25 mins). Santa Maria is approx 35km from Malta airport.


The island of Gozo is made up of 17 individual villages contained in an area 11 x 7 kms in total.

Car hire is recommended.

Further Details:

Maltese cuisine is Italian based, of high quality and reasonably priced. Maltese wines and beers are also of high quality and excellent value.

The island of Gozo is predominantly a farming community and during the summer months, when the weather is hot, farm workers leave for the fields just after dawn, to avoid the heat of the day.

This also means that you may well be woken by farmyard animals, such as chickens, sheep, cows and dogs as the village comes to life.


Rates & Availability

Xlendi Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 1
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Rate 2
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Rate 3
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Rate 4
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Rate 5
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $191.73

Booking Notes:
Our minimum letting period is 7 nights. A deposit of 25% of the holiday price is required at the time of reservation with the balance being due 8 weeks prior to departure.There is a £150 returnable key/breakage deposit applicable to each booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible. Checkout is by 10.00am and Checkin is after 4.00pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted include the cost of air conditioning or heating as applicable, with no exchange rate surcharge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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