|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
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!
Polly Rubinstein purchased this farmhouse in 2000
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.
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.
The most wonderful holiday we have ever had. The weather was lovely, the beaches quiet and the island a rich combination of untouched, beautiful and interesting. The rocky landscape is littered with the most breath-taking churches. In Ta Pinu Sanctuary a lovely old priest reached into his pocket and handed each of the girls a 'gold' medallion - they were thrilled. That characterises the islanders - very warm and friendly and speak amazingly good English. The farmhouse is full of character and has a hundred hiding places for the children. It is not over-looked and very private. It has everything you could need for a truly relaxing holiday, including no TV (the children have never played more beautifully together). Doris the maid is sent from heaven. The standards she keeps in the farmhouse are what you would want for your own home - and she baby-sits! Lots of very nice restaurants to try, in particular a fantastic Sicilian called 'Il Panzier' where the service is second to none.
The farmhouse had a really unique atmosphere and we enjoyed our stay. A lot of space for our big family (8 persons,age 18-56 years). We all loved the pool and spent many hours lazing by it.
Doris was nice and helpful, a lovely maid!
Et veldig fint hus med masse plass. Vi var ti personer som koste oss her en uke. Veldig deilig at Doris kom hver dag. Isteden for å leie bil, leide vi sykler. Det var perfekt for en sporty familie. Vi syklet til forskjellige steder hver dag. Gozo er vlit og vakkert. Og alle er veldig gjestfrie. Vi var der før skoleferien i Malta startet og det var lite mennsker på strendene. Håper vi får anledning til å reise tilbake hit.
This farmhouse was the perfect location for a relaxing, memorable holiday. The house was spacious and tasteful with comfortable accommodation; a well equipped kitchen and a beautiful pool with enchanting views across farmland to the sea in the distance. We went with my 'grown up children' and their partners and it was the most incredible holiday. Some days were spent lazing by the pool, reading, playing table tennis and barbecuing and other days we visited the various beaches, archaeological sites and plethora of churches and architecture around this gem of an island. Finally, Doris the maid was a star! She was so personable, helpful and came in every morning to clean and tidy the house - what a treat! This farmhouse is exceptional and if you want an amazing holiday - this is the place to go!
The house is huge, with authentic decor and full of things you can't usually find in holiday home. We were 3 families with children and we all felt privacy while staying in the house. Unfortunately we hadn't used the very nice pool near the house as the water was already too cold. We just imagined what a value it could be in summer time. Dorris - is invisible fairy who makes everything in order.
Finally we had wonderful transfer/transport service company managed by Sonia and her husband who made our holidays completely carefree. Gozo and the farmhouse is really a find where we will certainly be back.
We had a very relaxing week in this farmhouse. It´s the perfect location to explore the island. All the rooms are very charming and well equipped with everything you need. My best regards to Doris who was always helpful and had plenty of good advice on where and what to do on Gozo.
Schon der Transfer vom Flughafen zur Unterkunft war durch die einheimische Fa. carhire "Mayjo" bestens organisiert! Der einheimische, sehr freundlicher aufgeschlossene Fahrer "John", gab uns schon auf dem Hinweg zum Haus viele wertvolle Informationen und Tipps. Das wunderschöne Farmhaus mit all seinen Details, der Ausstattung und landestypischen Einrichtung übertrifft noch die Beschreibungen dieses Objektes. Beim Öffnen der Türe tritt man in einen Innenhof, dessen Charm mit hunderten, duftenden, rosa-lila Blüten noch verstärkt wird. Von dort erreicht man bequem alle Räume. Es gibt genügend Plätze (verschiedene Terassen) und Räumlichkeiten, in die man sich zurückziehen kann - alle mit viel Liebe zum Detail eingerichtet. Was diesem Haus einen besonderen Reiz gibt, sind die typischen Einrichtungsgegenstände des Landes.
In der Küche fehlt es an nichts. Das gesamte Haus, der Pool- und Grillbereich, der kleine Garten mit seinen Kräutern sind sehr sauber und bestens gepflegt. Doris, (house maid), man sollte sie eher als die "gute Seele" dieses Objektes bezeichnen, war immer überaus freundlich und hilfsbereit. Dank ihrer Erfahrungen und Kenntnisse hatten wir auch schnell das kleine Moskitoproblem unter Kontrolle. Vielen herzlichen Dank an Doris!
Die Insel ist mit ihren kleinen aber feinen Sehenswürdigkeiten ist ein wirkliches Juwel. Alle Ausflugsziele auf der Insel sind mit dem Auto schnell zu erreichen: Sandstrände, Schluchten, die alten Städte mit ihren grandiosen Kirchen und geschichtsträchtigen Bauten, die Salzpfannen und die alten Fischerdörfchen.
Am unkompliziertesten und billigsten, ein Auto für den Urlaub zu mieten, ist bei der einheimischen Firma Mayjo. Sie sind sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend und bringen das Auto zur Unterkunft und holen es dort wieder ab.
Auf den kleinen, schmalen Wegen durch die Felder und Wiesen der Insel vom Haus aus bis hinunter zum Meer -begleitet von wunderschönem Vogelgezwitscher- konnten wir jeden Morgen eine Stunde joggen und so den Tag bei noch nicht allzu großer Hitze bestens beginnen. Ein anschließendes, reichhaltiges Frühstück im Speisezimmer mit Blick zum Pool und der Erfrischung im Swimmingpool war für uns täglich ein gelungener Start in unserem Urlaub.
Dir Polly herzlichsten Dank für die Zeit im Farmhaus!
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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).