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“Marvellous Easter break in St Lorenz, Gozo”
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'TAL-BJAR' LIVING ROOM WITH FIRE-PLACE & TV, OVERLOOKING POOL
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Farmhouse -
4 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
San Lawrenz, Island of Gozo

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StephenFl...
London
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Marvellous Easter break in St Lorenz, Gozo”
Reviewed 3 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

My partner and I recently spent five nights at this comfortable and tasteful villa in Gozo, arriving on Good Friday. We found it to be most attractive and, although there were just the two of us, we didn't feel like we were "rattling around" in a huge empty space; the villa equally lends itself to small and large parties (up to eight persons) alike.

The weather was fine, but not yet fine enough to make full use of the swimming pool. We did, however, manage a daily dip and spent lazy afternoons reading in the sun, occasionally looking up to admire the view, due west across terraced farmland, of the sea (and some spectacular sunsets) close to the "Azure Window". We did make full use of the log-burning stove in the Living Room of an evening.

Mornings were generally spent exploring Gozo by car; pretty stress-free this time of year. Highlights included visiting the salt pans at Wied L-Ghasri, the beach at Ramla Bay, Ta' Pinu shrine and the Azure Window. We were also lucky enough to witness the elaborate Good Friday procession in Victoria, which lasted for over two hours and seemingly included a cast of over a hundred.

Our favourite eatery, where we lunched three times, was the 'shack' at Mgarr ix-Xini: such a wonderful location and sea-fresh ingredients cooked, simply, to perfection. We also liked the Kantra Beach club (just around the headland from M i-X and part of the Ta Cenc hotel) and the Boat House restaurant in Xlendi.

I would finally like to mention that the owner and his wife were very amenable, and when we realised we'd left some cash behind, very kindly arranged to pay the sum towards our hotel bill in Valletta.

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5 Apr 2016
Thanks Stephen for the review, glad to hear you had a nice time in our villa. hope to welcome you again in the near future. Joe and Mary.
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William M
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Great relaxing holiday with young children”
Reviewed 26 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Joe and Mary were excellent at answering all the questions I had...They were very pro-active in helping setup rental for car and boat, helped with transportation to and from the airport and ferry. The villa was excellent for our family of 4 small kids. They enjoyed the pool and all the space they had in the house to play and have fun. The Villa had everything we needed. A minor recommendation would be to review the mattresses as they could be updated. Other than that the villa had everything we needed, the location was perfect to reach many other places and explore.
Joe was always quick to respond any questions and provide insights as to what to do in Gozo and Malta. Overall we were very happy staying at Joe and Mary's villa. Thanks!

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Liked best: Location and size of the villa
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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26 Oct 2015
Thanks William, comments noted.
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707BJR
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Better than the photos!”
Reviewed 30 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We stayed 2 weeks in July and had a great time. This is a beautifully restored farmhouse in a great quiet location, walking distance to jobs and a restaurant. Jo and his wife make sure you are happy all the time and problems are solved quickly. We recommend you rent a boat from the company in the port of Xlendi ( very professional) and explore the entire coast of Gozo and Comino. It is an amazing experience. We will be back for a walking holiday to explore the cliffs soon.

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Liked best: location and farmhouse
Liked least: the TV is very old fashioned
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beatrixy3...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful stay in a beautiful farmhouse - great for kids and adults.”
Reviewed 18 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

This is a gorgeous house. The photos don't actually do it justice, there is even more space around the pool than there appears to be and it is very private. We (3 adults) stayed recently with 3 kids under 4 (a a baby and two 3 year olds), and it was perfect. Joe and Mary love it as their own, it is pretty and well tended and very clean.

The pool is heaven, big and quite deep (strict armband rule for the kids), and lots of loungers and umbrellas to keep everyone shaded during the hotter afternoons. The kids played happily all day.

The kitchen/living room is well equipped and nicely set up with double doors opening to the pool.

The bedrooms are accessed via the stairs outside the kitchen/living room in a private locked courtyard within the house (a bit alien to Brits but Gozo is very safe and this is routine for houses here). There is a 4th bedroom off this courtyard, we used all of them. The air con works really well, and wasn't really needed as the rooms fans work well too.

Joe was particularly helpful and pleasant to deal with and replied to any questions very promptly.

The village is very peaceful but the local shop is a very handy 2 mins walk away stocking essentials and more, with another larger shop about 15 mins walk. The centre of Gozo Rabat is only about 10 mins drive and the azure window and inland sea a couple of mins drive or 15 mins walk away.

I would highly recommend this farmhouse to anyone, it is a real gem and a great find, I hope to come back soon.

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Liked best: The outdoor pool area
Liked least: I don't think there was anything we didn't like. Stairs to the roof are a bit scary and need to be blocked off if you have small adventurous kids,
Travelling group: Young Children
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jmax2014
Georgetown, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Tal-Bjar Farmhouse, Beautiful!”
Reviewed 3 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Had the privilege of spending a few days at Tal-Bjar Farmhouse in San Lawrenz, GOZO. Visualize living in a beautiful victorian era castle and you might get an idea. Very well equipped with all your modern amenities and to add an extra wow...15 minute walk to the Azure Window.

Loved, loved, loved it! Will definitely be back.

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