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“Wonderfully original with a touch of luxury”
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21 reviews
swimming pool
six seater hot tub room
main bedroom with air condition
main bedroom en suite
swimming pool with waterfall
kitchen and dining room
large bedroom with four single beds and air condition
double bedroom with air condition
en suite shower
internal courtyard
internal courtyard at night
internal terrace
shaded pathway in garden
the semi-detached farmhouse at night
garden
BBQ area
rock garden
drive-in at night
panoramic view from terrace
terrace and swimming pool at night
view from BBQ area
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Farmhouse -
4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Munxar, Island of Gozo

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LordCadwe...
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
440 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Wonderfully original with a touch of luxury”
Reviewed April 14, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Massimo has cunningly restored this Gozitan farmhouse, retaining the original features and sympathetically adding to them - yet still fitting a hot tub inside and a large and deep (2.3m) pool outside. The pool also has shallow end for children and a ledge all round if you just want to cool off with a drink (though unheated, so a bit nippy out of season). Kids will love the (goat) kids next door, too. The internal courtyard is lush with planted pots and there's a great sense of space provided by the views across the valley from the hillside location (I say hill, there's a sheer drop from the lowest of the 3 terraces!). The kitchen is a little basic but completely in keeping with the property. Lounge is small but with any luck you won't be spending much time there - if you do there's password-free WiFi and more channels than you can ever watch. Massimo was there to meet us with some staple provisions, a contagious smile and a bottle of wine to toast our arrival! He even posted us the clothes we left in the wardrobe!
You can always find faults but this is a charming, large, clean and well-appointed property with an open and honest owner on hand if you need him and only 5 minutes by car from the sea and the most concentrated collection of restaurants on Gozo.

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Liked best: Original features, large, deep pool, garden shade, roosters, goats and the gentle hand-tilling of earth in the morning
Liked least: No dishwasher, no key to door between car parking and property
Traveling group: Extended Family
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suejensen
Eskebjerg, Denmark
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“excellent”
Reviewed January 21, 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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HIGHLY recommended 5 stars! Our second visit to the house, 2 adults, 8 days relaxing holiday mid january. Massimo the owner was as ever a great help, immediate response if we needed anything, great guy. Even though it is cooler in january it is definately worth a visit to Gozo.We came back to Denmark with a suntan. A newly installed fire was a warm welcome for the cooler evenings. Wonderful walking weather and very quiet. Jaccussi was wonderful especially after longer walks. Time to relax and go with the flow of the island. We certainly experienced more of the local life second time around. Next time will be without a car. Bread and grocery vans come by the street every day so there is no need to leave the house to shop. Dar is saqwi was like a little castle, very safe, privat and quiet, everything you need. Double 4 poster bedroom at the top very romantic! Tip: Book a direct taxi transfer, both ways, from Malta to the house, makes the holiday so much more relaxing.

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Liked best: jacussi
Liked least: no dishwasher
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Lucia H
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Steeped in history”
Reviewed November 5, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Booked as half term break. The property itself is a surprise as it does not look so big from the outside. It is a beautiful farmhouse and one can imagine it running as a working farmhouse. At times we actually felt as though we were in a castle and occasionally lost the children in it! The pool was a delight and the children made good use of the inflatables available. As it was October, The Pool was a bit too cold for the grown ups. The same cant be said for the hot tub which was great tucked away in the former donkeys quarters! Nothing was too much trouble for Massimo. He was extremely attentive on the occasions we needed to speak with him.
On the downside we were pestered by flies and the local cats. Looking at the guest book it would appear that previous guests have unfortunately encouraged the cats by feeding them. However, in the grand scheme of things it was a minor irritation.
Also, a dishwasher would be an added bonus to an otherwise well equipt and tranquil rental.

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Liked best: The fabulous courtyard
Liked least: Flies and local cats
Traveling group: Young Children
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Richmond1...
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lovely property, stunning internal courtyard”
Reviewed October 9, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Stayed for a week in October.

Massimo could not have been more helpful from the outset.

The property itself is large (with lots of steps which might be tricky with young children), well proportioned and has stunning views.

The internal courtyard is lovely and a really a secret suntrap, however I could see moving between rooms in the cooler/wetter months a little bit less fun...

Only problem we had was a cockroach sighting and a little visitor in the kitchen, but both to be expected with an old farmhouse in a warm climate.

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Liked best: Space all around the property and great BBQ area
Liked least: Being an old farmhouse you will need to be prepared for "little visitors"
Traveling group: Friends
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CLARKEand...
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Versatile Accommodation in Idyllic Setting”
Reviewed June 14, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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We stayed at Dar is-Saqwi for a fortnight in June 2012. Friends from the UK joined us for the first week.

From the outset Massimo (the owner) was communicative, helpful, polite and professional in all our dealings with him (predominantly via email) and he remained so once we arrived at the house in Munxar.

The property really is as good as it looks in the photographs. It was scrupulously clean, has many original features and has been thoughtfully converted into usable areas both inside and out. Of particular note are the pool (built into the rock face), the Jacuzzi and the versatile mix of guest rooms.

Its location affords superb valley views and convenient access to Victoria, Sannat and Xlendi bay. Though (assuming you’ve a car) nowhere in Gozo is very far away!

We've stayed at many properties on the island and will certainly be returning to this one...

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Liked best: Location, pool, versatility, cleanliness.
Traveling group: With Friends
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Cathy S
Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Superb!”
Reviewed August 23, 2011 for a stay in August 2011
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An amazing house in an amazing location. Wonderful to just sit on the terrace at all times of day and night and enjoy the stunning view across the valley to Victoria ... particularly on the night of 15th August when we were treated to nearly 4 hours of the most spectacular fireworks for the Santa Maria festival (and this was after 4 nights of fireworks leading up to this!).

The pool was fantastic, the house extremely comfortable and Massimo was very helpful with arranging boat trips etc.

We ate out many times in Xlendi just 5 minutes drive away. Delicious, high quality and excellent value - must visits were the Stone Crab, Da Manuel and Ic-Cima.

Gozo is a real holiday gem and this house offers the perfect location to enjoy the island with ease. There really can't be many better properties on Gozo than this one. We were a party of 10 (age range 5 to 78) and this place was perfect for everyone!

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Liked best: House, pool and location
Liked least: No dishwasher and farm animals next door!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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rene1005
Vaterstetten, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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Traveling group: Freunden
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