4 bedroomed farmhouse sleeps 11, with unique lagoon type pool and large BBQ area
Mark A. Formosa
- english, italian, Maltese
About Mark A. Formosa
We're sticklers for ensuring your stay is the best it can be. That's why we've been awarded high ratings for our hospitality over the years. We have recently upgraded our house to even higher standards for your stay to be a pleasurable one and we sincerely hope it will also be a most memorable one.
Mark A. Formosa purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Mark A. Formosa chose Gharb
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Lagoon type Pool normally found only in exclusive resorts and hotels. FREE Wi-Fi with the latest Fibre Optic connection with an incredible download speed of 75Mbs and an upload speed of 10Mbs. A telephone is also available and is free of charge. All calls to landline phones are possible and are all Free of charge.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Lovely stay in quiet village
We very much enjoyed our stay in this converted farmhouse.
The house was very clean, well equipped and spacious. The outdoor area and pool were well used as we were fortunate to experience very warm weather during our stay. The house was walking distance to several restaurants and a small supermarket. A car is required to get to the many lovely beaches around Gozo. We very much enjoyed our stay here
This farmhouse will surpass your expectations, as soon as we walked in, we were blown away. It is full of character, clean, well organised, spacious, luxurious, with modern touches mixed with old, everything you need is here while on vacation.
We truly enjoyed our stay and the location was convenient to activities that we wanted to do. Restaurants and beaches are all within 10-15 mins by car, snorkel, car rentals, etc ....all close by.
We are super happy that we stayed in the Gharb, a charming village and very quiet.
Stop looking for other farmhouses....you will be super pleased with this one, I could live in this farmhouse anytime.
The swimming pool and deck area is fantastic and the charcoal BBQ was great to use out by the pool, very comfortable and convenient.
Communication with Mark was excellent and he took care of all our needs, wish we could have stayed longer……..next time!!.
An excellent week was had at this Villa. On arrival Nancy met us and provided a thorough tour of the property. Everything was as expected. Mark was very helpful in the week before answering the questions we had. The pool was clean, a little chilly for some but refreshing for others. The building going on down the street was slightly frustrating as they like to start early but nothing that spoilt our trip and is obviously not able to be controlled. The local area and restaurants/bar was worth frequenting and Brookies in Victoria comes highly recommended after 2 visits.
The house is well equipped, cable tv was great and we able to watch the Champions league cup final..and after stocking up in the local Lidl we unfortunately had to leave leave some unopened drink and food, we hope it was able to be used?
I would thoroughly recommend this villa for a great holiday, great service and nothing seemed to much trouble. Thank you.
Amazing and a wonderful property
Thank you so much for offering your home to us, we loved our stay in this lovely peaceful home, such a wonderful place and attention to detail.
Penmon Farmhouse is such an amazing place to stay and the location couldn’t be any better. The house has such charm inside, and an amazing pool area and landscaping on the outside.
We found the property exceptionally clean and comfortable and Mark was lovely to deal with, whilst Nancy was incredibly helpful and guided us accordingly.
Thanks so much for providing such a warm and wonderful place to stay while in Gharb Gozo.
It felt like a home away from home, we can’t wait to come back!
Staying on Gozo was the best decision, and staying at Penmon was too! What a beautiful, clean home. Safe, small town with just a short drive to everything. Even after doing tons of research, I had no idea how close I would be to the Ferry, Ramla bay and other highlights on Gozo. Such a cute small island and this home was a highlight for me and my family. Perfect home for extended family vacations as there are washrooms everwhere, and nice ones at that! Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday!
Christmas In Goza!!!
If you have the opportunity to come to Malta for Christmas, stay in Goza in this property. It is beautiful, spacious and sits in the heart of a small town. Coming from Tennessee, we had an entirely different expectation of a "farmhouse" as this home is within the town and not out in the country which actually worked much better for us. Christmas in Gozo will remind you what the holiday is all about. Not commercial here. Instead you feel a part of the community and the season. We were five adults with our three young grandchildren and had a wonderful experience. Mark and Lydia could not have been more responsive. The only challenge of our visit was the driving as the roads are tight and you must have the confidence to drive on the left. Also remember, though a car is recommended, the car rental companies in Malta are not your friends, Read your contracts closely.
L-Għarb is a particularly attractive and interesting village and one of Gozo’s oldest. Archaeological excavations have revealed the remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements (not visible today). The Phoenicians were here followed by the Romans and Byzantines. The name L-Għarb, though, is Arabic, suggesting the establishment of an organised community here during Arab domination between 870 and 1090 AD.
L-Għarb is a traditional village. Its character is distinctly rural and until very recently it was populated almost exclusively by people who worked the surrounding fields in this fertile area of Gozo. They retained an old Maltese dialect, with a rich vocabulary of old words and pronunciations long since discarded by the rest of the population. The people of l-Għarb are also renowned craftsmen mostly famous for the manufacture of the unique “l-Għarb blade”, a tradiitonal sharp knife popularly known as the “Sikkina ta’ l-Għarb”. Even today, L-Għarb is home to blacksmiths, locksmiths, cotton weavers and lace makers, carpenters and masters in cane-work. Gharb is also known for producing able fishermen, while Għarb shepherds produce the best Gozo Cheese on the Island.
This makes it a very appropriate place for the l-Għarb Folklore Museum, which occupies an historic house in the heart of the village. The 28 rooms contain all sorts of curiosities linked with traditional trades, crafts and daily life. The building that houses the museum was once home to Frenc Mercieca (1892-1967), popularly known as Frenc ta’ l-L-Għarb, a saintly ‘wise man’ who cured many people with a mix of medicinal herbs and prayer to Our Lady. He left doctors perplexed by his successes and his reputation spread rapidly throughout the Maltese Islands and even abroad.
Also open to visitors is the former home of another saintly resident, Karmni Grima, the woman who heard the voice of Our Lady at Ta’ Pinu and began the devotions that have turned it into Malta’s most important shrine. Ta’Pinu , today a large and important church, lies on the edge of Għarb and is well worth a visit. So too is the hill opposite which has a steep but pleasant path leading to the top, adorned with white marble statues of the stations of the cross.
Also close to Gharb is the Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village, where various handicrafts are made and sold. Visitors can watch craftspeople creating mouth-blown glass, Gozo lace, pottery and filigree, and of course purchase the results.
Historically, Gharb played an importrant role in safeguarding Malta. Gharb’s coastal lookouts were, for example, the first to signal the arrival from Sicily of reinforcements for the beleaguered Maltese under the Knights of St. John in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. During that time of constant threat from the Ottoman Turks and marauding Berbers, the L-Għarb lookouts were crucial, sending smoke signals to Malta to warn of approaching peril.
L-Għarb is the second oldest village parish in Gozo, established in 1679. The old church, known today as “Taż-Żejt”, served as the parish church for fifty years. It is called ‘Taz-Zejt’ (zejt meaning oil) because of a legend that says that an old woman found oil oozing from the side of the church, spread it over her body and was cured of her ills.
Today’s impressive Parish Church and Collegiate Basilica that dominates the pretty square at the heart of the village, was built in 1699 and consecrated in 1729. It is dedicated to the Visit of Our Lady to her cousin St. Elizabeth, popularly known as the Feast of the Visitation. The feast day is on the 31st May each year and the festa is held on the first weekend of July.
A short and pleasant walk out of the village towards the coastal cliffs is the tiny chapel of St.Demetrius. Legend has it that Turkish raiders once stole the young son of a local lady called Sgugina. After the poor mother wept her distress in front of the sacred altar painting of St Demetrius in the chapel, the story goest that the saint was seen riding his horse out of the painting, charging the Turks and returning Żgugina’s son safely to his mother.
The area around Gharb and St Demetrius’ Chapel is delightful for walking and enjoying the countryside. If you follow the little road along the Wied il-Mielaħ (valley) you will have a lovely meander through fertile Gozitan countryside before reaching the sea and a dramatic natural rock ‘window’ very much less visited than the iconic Azure Window at Dwejra.
Alternatively, you could just sit peacefully in Gharb’s picturesque village square, admiring the view of the church and the unique hand-carved stone balconies that adorn the village’s oldest homes, and watching the Gozitan world go by.