“A huge rustic townhouse in the charismatic small Gozitan town of Xaghra; ideal for families or friends and excellent value (sleeps 6-8)”
Xaghra Farmhouse is only a short walk from the main square, situated on a narrow little street. It’s built out of sandy-coloured limestone, a great renovated house that’s about 400 years old; it was formerly a working farmhouse. Walk in and it’s the sense of space that hits you first of all, with a big entrance hall and large kitchen leading through to the spacious sitting room, with its huge fireplace. Vast arched French doors give onto the pool terrace, where you'll find loungers and an alfresco dining table. It’s not fancy but it's a great place for a holiday with a group of friends or family.
Information provided by Xaghra Farmhouse on 09/07/2020.
Cleaning and hygiene
Antibacterial cleaning products deployed. Cleaning staff wear gloves. Linen cleaned by professional laundry. A/c units cleaned and serviced. Swimming pool cleaned weekly.
- A great location in picturesque Xaghra and close to Gozo’s best beaches and the mystical Ggantija Temples; they partner with a local operator to deliver bespoke experiences from eco-tours to photography workshops
- Fantastic value for money
- Lots of space to spread out; 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 twin), plus a sofabed and 4 bathrooms
- A very well-equipped kitchen with a range cooker and BBQ; wonderful fresh ingredients are on sale in town, and there are great local restaurants if you want a night off
- A local concierge will meet you and is a phone call away if you need any help
- In places it feels lacking in furnishings
- Bathrooms are functional rather than luxurious
- Not loads of outdoor space
- Minimum 7-night rental (though they can occasionally be flexible on this)
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Villa
- 3 bedrooms
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
Walk up the broad, sweeping staircase and you’ll reach 2 large bedrooms on the first floor, both of which have ensuite bathrooms. The master double bedroom is large, and has a small balcony that overlooks the pool and the tangle of cactus in the neighbouring farmhouse’s field. It’s furnished with an antique wrought-iron bed, canopied by a filmy white mosquito net. There’s a rustic dressing table and a wardrobe. The bathroom leads off the bedroom and is white tiled - it has a tub (with an overhead shower), which can be a rarity around these parts and is useful for those travelling with kids.
Along the hall is a twin room with 2 slightly high, charmingly vintage wrought-iron bedsteads, plus an additional sofabed. This room has a balcony overlooking the quiet street. The ensuite bathroom has a shower only, and again is plain and unfussy.
From the first floor, an almost-hidden flight of stairs leads up to the third bedroom - another double. It feels very private and nicely separated from the other bedrooms - again it’s of a good size and has an ensuite shower bathroom. Doors here lead out to the house's roof terrace, which is as yet unexploited, but has views across the town's rooftops.
Bathrooms are supplied are with soap, shower gel and shampoo. Optional air conditioning is installed in all rooms on a pay-as-you-go meter system, though more traditional room fans are always available if you want something with a little more charm.
- A/C (coin operated)
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Mosquito net
- Satellite TV
- Swimming pool
- Washing machine
The well-kitted kitchen is a lovely place to cook, with lots of pale limestone work surfaces and a large wooden farmhouse table for convivial meals. Appliances are Smeg and include a large fridge-freezer and a gas range cooker. There’s a great array of sharp knives, good quality saucepans and enough crockery to supply a small army. There’s also a barbecue outside and you can ask the villa concierge if you need any extra fuel.
You'll receive a welcome pack to start you off (local sourdough bread, a bottle of red wine, local honey, butter, water and milk), and basics are supplied (bin bags, washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing detergent, sponges, loo roll). Local butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers are all listed in the villa book - there’s a small local supermarket and fresh fruit and vegetables are on sale in the local market daily.
You can book a personal chef for a special celebration or if self-catering starts to pall. Choose Italian/Maltese themed set menus or bespoke dishes as you prefer, vegetarian options are available. The chef will source local beverages and wines.
There are also several excellent restaurants in the main square, including D-Venue (grills, seafood and cocktails on a lovely terrace) and Oleander (traditional Maltese food), plus a handy café for coffee and cakes. There are lots of takeaways offering good pizza too.
- Coffee / tea making
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Welcome hamper
- Lounge around, bask by and splash in the pool; the terrace has all-day sun
- Visit Xaghra’s mysterious Ggantija Temples and wonder why and how they were built. Afterwards, explore the underground caverns that lie beneath people's houses, with stalagmites and stalagtites
- Enjoy beach fun at beautiful red-sand Ramla and San Blas Bays; the villa has beach toys to borrow. Or explore Dwerja, a coastal area with extraordinary rock formations
- Rent the villa's private boat and head out on a day trip or a sunset cruise
- The villa concierge can book horse riding, boat trips, guided island walks and jeep safaris to explore the countryside. They also partner with a local operator who can arrange eco-tours, painting and photography workshops, watersports, biking, hiking and diving
- Hike through Gozo's extraordinary countryside by taking a coastal walk on one of the island’s many winding paths
- Visit Victoria, with its walled citadel, beautiful cathedral and fascinating Museum of Archaeology
- Take a day trip to the beautiful, barren island of Comino, and swim in the Blue Lagoon
- Go diving or snorkelling from one of Gozo’s many picturesque coves
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Art classes
- Art tour
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Museums / galleries
- Photography tuition
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
This house is perfect for families, and is equipped with babies and children in mind. There’s lots of space and a pool (though it’s not fenced). In the hallway there's a box of beach and pool toys (including inflatables) and another box full of toys such as Lego. There's a TV and a few DVDs for younger kids, and children’s books in the bookshelves. There are plenty of plastic plates and cups in the kitchen, plus a microwave, dishwasher, hand blender, ice-cube trays for purees, washing machine and a picnic bag. A pre-arrival shop can be done for you and the villa book gives details of local doctors, hospitals, shops for baby/toddler supplies and suggestions for family days out.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The twin room is ideal for kids, and also has a double sofabed. This room has a ensuite shower room, but there is a bathtub in the master bedroom's ensuite
Available on request
- Travel cot with bedding (please request)
- Baby monitor
- Bottle steriliser
- Trainer toilet seat and potty
- Changing mat
- Plastic cutlery and crockery
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Daytime creche childcare available nearby
Kids Activities on site:
- Toys including Lego and books
- Beach and pool toys
- TV and DVDs to watch
Kids Activities nearby:
- The charming Pomskizillious Museum of Toys in Xaghra
- Horse riding
- Boat trips
Families Should Know:
The pool is not fenced, and the indoor staircase is steep
- Airport: 2 hours (including the ferry to Gozo)
- Hospital: 10 minutes
- Shops: 2 minutes
The Maltese islands lie 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The island of Gozo is 6km from Malta, and currently only accessible by ferry.
Fly to Malta International Airport. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.
From the Airport
There are express buses to Malta's ferry port at Cirkewwa, or you could hire a car and drive the 45-minute journey. The owners can also arrange a transfer (see Rates).
To reach Gozo, take the ferry (25 minutes) from Cirkewwa to the Gozitan port of Mgarr. From here there are taxis and buses (though we'd recommend pre-booking taxis). If you’re driving, Xaghra Farmhouse is around 10 minutes by car.
You can also reach Malta by catamaran from Sicily, a 1.5-hour journey. See Virtu Ferries. You'll then need to take the ferry to Gozo.
A car is recommended to explore the island - see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Malta
- Malta International (Luqa) 30.0 km MLA
- Beach 4.0 km
- Shops 0.5 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km