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) 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, although the huge stone walls mean it doesn't reach all areas of the house - best in the sitting room, kitchen and dining room, and sometimes OK in the bedrooms immediately above.
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 for several meals, 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.
Given the location of the farmhouse, both in the Mediterranean and surrounded by fields, the space is inevitably shared with some local wildlife. Our favourite co-guests are the lizards, geckos and butterflies. Less welcome are flies, mosquitos and occasionally mice. Our information pack suggests how best to manage the visitors and co-exist in harmony, but if this will be a big problem, this may not be the place for you.