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17th Century farmhouse, full of character & original features, with private pool

People12
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedrooms, sleeps 10/12, private pool, not overlooked, peaceful

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 10-12) 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 is a wonderful daily maid service - everyone wants to take Doris home with them at the end of their stay!

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.

It was originally converted in the '70s by some old family friends, and we've done more since buying it in 2000 (put in the pool, added en-suites, redone the bits that were looking particularly tired and other little annual improvements), but it was not converted to be a rental property. This means there's a balance between the imperfect (no power showers or modern furniture) and the personal (everything we like to make a holiday special). We think this balance works perfectly for people who appreciate character, atmosphere and a really personal experience, rather than modern and mass produced. And if anything isn't working or you have any problems to do with the house, please let Doris know and she will do what she can to take care of it.

More Details

Owner
Polly Rubinstein
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
3 October, 2017

About Polly Rubinstein

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

Why Polly Rubinstein chose Ghasri

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I've said that the house is in a tiny hamlet in the quietest part of the island, which means most times of day and night it is gloriously silent apart from birdsong and the hum of insects. However, as you will get anywhere in Gozo, there are some disturbances which I'd like to pre-warn you about... Firstly, every village has a 'festa' during the spring and summer months - bands, processions, church bell ringing, firework displays, street stalls, street parties, extravagantly lit and decorated churches, intricate street decorations, confetti throwing, carrying of life-size religious statues and authentic qubbajt (traditional nougats). These are great to visit, but they start with lots of loud 'bangers' (blank fireworks) on the run up to the feast day, to scare away the devil. These resonate across the valleys, so the local festas of Gharb and Ghasri, and possibly one or two more distant ones might disturb your peace for a day or two if your stay coincides with them.

We used to be woken by gunfire (bird shooting) early on Spring mornings - a local sport which thankfully was outlawed a few years ago, but some people break the ban, so the odd gunshot in the spring is possible.

Occasionally building noise can be heard in the mornings, depending on any work going on locally (they are great builders, but tend to start buildings and never quite get around to finishing them!). I will warn guests of anything I know of very nearby which might disturb them.

Otherwise, it's just birds, cicadas and the gentle hum of nature.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Nov 2007
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ta' Għammar in Għasri

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite
    Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure , Spacious room with extra large mosaic shower area
  • We have recently turned the downstairs bathroom into a fourth shower room - very spacious and beautiful with natural stone walls and mosaic shower area.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed , Also ping pong room
  • Each bedroom still has its original floor - huge stone slabs in one and local hand-made tiles in the others. They are furnished mainly with antiques collected locally over the years. A mixture of old (collected from antique shops) and modern paintings and mounted photographs decorate the walls - many put up since the current photos on the site which are a little bare! I must take more this year!
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • diving
  • swimming
Notes:
Very well equipped and child-friendly. Fast fibre-optic wifi with unlimited downloads. CD player and i-pod docking station. Cot and high chair. Books, toys and games for all ages, ping pong, flippers, snorkels, pool toys, beach inflatables, etc. The kitchen has a Gozo marble worktop and enough matching crockery and glassware for parties, as well as house-guests. In addition to food and a bottle of wine on arrival, the cupboards are generally well stocked with basics such as salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coffee and tea (including Earl Grey, PG and herbal!), loo paper, candles... etc. Wonderful daily maid service included in price turns your holiday from great to fantastic! Doris can also provide washing, baby sitting and advice on anything you care to ask (the advice is completely free-of-charge!)

Reviews

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17th Century farmhouse, full of character & original features, with private pool
average rating of 4.965517 based on 30 reviews
5

It is as it says a lovely old rambling traditional farmhouse with bags of character and charm

  • 5 of 5

This was an ideal house for a family of 8 and could take more. Plenty of rooms, private areas, courtyard, roof top to escape to. Views across countryside and not overlooked. Pool is a good size for all activities and ages. Wonderful housekeeping service and on tap advice. We were there in July and it was hot, but a cool breeze takes some of the heat away. Walking distance to a selection of restaurants in Gharb, and local shop. The local bus service from the end of the street on the hour is excellent for those who want to be independent . Go for an early morning walk up to the lighthouse for stunning views of Gozo and you get a good perception of what the island is really like .

We all loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Great farmhouse Gozo style that met all our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in this farmhouse full of charachter. Perfect for large groups as there are many bedrooms. The location is great and piecefull, offering fine views of the valley, sunsets, and the sea. The pool was great during hot days. Doris is really nice and helpfull, and even though before the stay we didn't really see the point in having a maid coming in every day you quickly ger used to it and it's a great service helping you relax even more. So all in all, a great place that we will return to.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the farmhouse but there were some things that didn't suit us as a family. We were a group of 9 adults but there were only 5 sun beds and not a lot of room around the pool when everybody was together. There weren't any wardrobes or even somewhere to hang clothes in the downstairs bedroom, we ended up draping then over the put you up beds. No wardrobe in the twin room upstairs either. .Having said this we had a fabulous holiday and Doris was wonderful. The kitchen had everything we needed,lots of crockery and glassware etc. The owners were really kind and let us arrive and leave at times that suited us. This was great because you have to plan around ferry times. We love Gozo and would recommend a holiday here.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jennifer, Thank you for leaving a review and I'm delighted you had a fabulous time. I hope your parents coped OK with the uneven stairs and the hot sun! I appreciate your comments about the hanging space. We've considered a wardrobe for the twin room and ended up with the hanging space on the wall as a compromise, which is sufficient for most people's needs on holiday. But there's definitely no space for a wardrobe in the 'overflow' bedroom/ping pong room downstairs. We mainly use this for children as they tend to not be too bothered about hanging their clothes up(!) and there is a chest of drawers. So I agree, the house does work best if there are children as well as adults in a large group. Having said that, there are additional deck-chairs that can be used by the pool, although you wouldn't have known where to get them out from unless you'd asked Doris. I'll ask her to be aware of this in future and tell the guests that there are deck chairs if they want them. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves and found everything you needed in the kitchen. Best wishes Polly
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Copenhagen, Denmark
5

top charming

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfull stay, loved the house, surroundings, Doris who helped us with everything and did a wonderful by keeping the place clean and updated.

We spend 10 beautiful days and drove around hole Gozo with all the amazing views, flowers, clear clear water and relaxing atmosphere. All the people we meet were very nice. :-)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pargas, zz
4

Pretty, clean and spacious farmhouse

  • 4 of 5

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!

Car necessary.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review which is much appreciated. It's the first 4 out of 5 (previously all have been 5 out of 5) so I'd love to hear if there's anything specific which we could do to improve the experience of staying in the farmhouse. Perhaps you'd be kind enough to email me directly with any comments or suggestions for improvements. Many thanks Polly
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5

Et perfekt hus for mange mennesker.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Malta International Airport
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Mgarr harbour
Car: necessary

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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ta' Għammar, Island of Gozo

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
April 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
May 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£990
for 7 nights
£990
 
 
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
July/August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£990
for 7 nights
£990
 
 
November 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 

Additional pricing information

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).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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