Authentic, rustic, romantic farmhouse home swap

With its classic red shutters, stone slab ceilings, limestone flooring and a history that goes back to 300 years, Tal-Barun farmhouse will appeal to the most discerning of guests.

This farmhouse is only a couple of minutes drive to the famous Dwejra Bay and it is only a short stroll away from the village square and local shops and restaurants and bars. On entering the house from the street where nothing is revealed of what lies beyond, it is only when you step inside that the 'farmhouse' aspect is enjoyed.

Tal-Barun farmhouse is set up on split levels and provides a stylish and comfortable setting for a self catered holiday. The entrance hall leads to a fully equipped kitchen with an antique table that comfortably seats 5 guests. Direct sunlight from the front windows ensure a warm welcome, while the thick stone walls keep the house cool even on the hottest day. From here you can walk through a French door onto an enclosed courtyard with a small private pool that gives you the maximum of privacy. Furnished with flowering plants and an outdoor table for two create the perfect setting to an intimate candlelit dinner. Back in the hall way there is a shower room particularly designed with two shower heads.

On the ground floor there is the living area and a comfy white sofa bed adds to the rustic attraction and we have provided a TV and DVD/CD player, there is also a selection of board games, books and DVDs for you to enjoy. For those wanting to catch up with e mails from home there is wi-fi access. The first bedroom is reached from the internal stone staircase. Full of character, the focal point of this bedroom is its four posted double bed with white tulle. Spacious and elegantly furnished this bedroom has a armchair/folding bed, CD player, a typical small window from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the countryside, sea views in the distance and a bathroom en suite. Five steps lead to a lovely terrace overlooking the pool; a lovely spot for sunbathing or a cup of tea. These steps give access to the second bedroom. This beautiful twin bedroom has been designed in a traditional style creating a warm, friendly environment for you to relax.

The furnishings are from the 19th century and the attractive wrought iron twin beds can be made up to a queen size bed. There is space for kids to sleep with parents as there is an elevated built in bed. This bedroom has an en-suite shower room with two doors that lead to a reading area and a single wrought iron bed and comfy cushions. Cosy and compact this opens to a French door that leads to the terrace overlooking the pool, and to an internal staircase that leads to the laundry room.

Tal-Barun farmhouse boasts a roof garden with stunning views and a barbecue. Furnished with outdoor furniture, an al fresco supper on the lovely roof is a very inviting thought. The house is bathed in sunshine for most of the day, and guests are fortunate in being able to enjoy the magical experience, observing sunset over Dwejra Bay from the roof garden. The area is noted for the fresh breeze that is an almost daily event. Few metres across this farmhouse there is a promenade with a small playing area with swings, it's an ideal place for children to play near to the farmhouse.

This farmhouse has an intimate and peculiar feel and is perfect for a romantic hideaway!

About the location

San Lawrenz is a small charming village on the western part of Gozo. It is built on a plain surrounded by three hills, Ta' Ghammar, Ta' Gelmus and Ta' Dbiegi. The last mentioned, Ta' Dbiegi, Gozo's highest point, rises 195 metres above sea level. In the limits of San Lawrenz there is also the splendid bay of Dwejra, renowned for its strange geological faults and admired by tourists and locals alike.

This picturesque village has succeeded in retaining its traditional and rural lifestyle. It has managed to open up to progress without sacrificing its natural beauty and those values and traditions, which form the identity of this charming village.

San Lawrenz is one of the two localities that have taken their name from that of their patron saint. The other is the nearby hamlet of Santa Lucija. Most probably the site derived its name from a local family name or nickname.

Until San Lawrenz was declared a parish in 1893, it formed part of the neighbourhood of Gharb. As time went by the people of San Lawrenz started to form a separate community and as a result they wanted their own church. The foundation stone for this new church was laid and consecrated by the Bishop Peter Pace on 21 November 1886. The relic of Saint Lawrence was placed under this stone. Every villager participated with great enthusiasm in the building of the church.

The village feast of San Lawrenz is celebrated each year, unimaginatively in the warmest part of our Summer, namely around the first week of August.

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange
  • Non Simultaneous Exchange
  • Open to Offers
  • Rental Offered

Conditions of home exchange

  • No pets allowed
  • Children welcome

San Lawrenz (HE34173)

Gozo,   Malta

  • 2 bed   (sleeps 5) 3 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers

Dates available

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Swap duration: Open to offer

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