Ghasri Gozo Farmhouse available for Long Let with Pool
This lovely Gozitan home has been lovingly restored while retaining many of its original features, including a courtyard, a swimming pool, a palm orchard, and a rooftop deck with breath-taking views of the Citadel and the surrounding countryside. Beautiful wooden doors open up into a spacious hallway. Doors off to the right lead to a private courtyard, and outside stone steps go up to the terrace beyond. A lovely double bedroom with its own private bathroom can be found just off this corridor. Continuing along the main hall, you'll find a bathroom and the open-concept living room, dining area, and kitchen. The pool area is easily accessible through the large double patio doors that span the width of the home.
A stone spiral staircase winds upward to a landing with two bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper floor: a double with a wet room and a twin with a shower. There is plenty of space for an additional bed in the twin room. Additional bedding options include cots. The town of Ghasri, famous for its red-domed church, is where the home is located. Our Lady of Ta 'Pinu is said to have spoken to a local in 1883, prompting numerous pilgrims to visit the nearby church of ta Pinu. Guests have included Popes John Paul 11 and Benedict XV1. The nearby craft community and the scenic Inland Sea are both within easy driving distance. Victoria, the island's capital, is a short drive away; from its fortified ramparts, visitors can take in breath-taking views in every direction.
Views to Pool & Countryside
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Lounge Dining Room
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Pool area with shrubs and trees
Gozo Area Information
Although it occupies a sizable area in comparison to other villages on Gozo, L-Ghasri has the fewest residents (521 as of the 2011 Census) of any of the island's hamlets. Bordering the towns of Gharb, Kercem, Victoria, and Zebbug, this small settlement is nestled amid rolling hills. A neolithic site from around 4500 B.C. was discovered on the hill of Gordan, and in Wied il-Ghasri, tombs from the Punic period were unearthed, suggesting that the area had been inhabited for quite some time. Meanwhile, the verb "Ghasar" means to squeeze, therefore the name of the village likely comes from a time when olives were routinely crushed here for their oil.
The town church was constructed in 1903, and its initial dedication was to Corpus Christi in 1916. In 1921, the township gained its own parish status. The Basilica of the Virgin Mary as Patron and the Chapel of St. Publius are two of the most interesting historic buildings in Ghasri.
At first glance, Ghasri might not appear like a must-see attraction in Gozo, but you should change your mind.
Ghasri village was initially made up of a predominantly agricultural population, and therefore the hills of Ghammar and Gordan, as well as the valleys that flow between them, are lush with greenery.
Particularly in the colder months of winter and spring, Wied L-Ghasri makes for a beautiful stroll. Between Zebbug and Gordan Hill, Wied il-Ghasri leads to the sea through a narrow cove tucked between towering cliffs. The calm waters here are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and the area's many underwater caverns have made it a popular diving destination. In order to get sea water to the saltpans carved out in the rocks, a cave near to the shore in the small bay had a shaft hewn up to the top of the steep cliffs.
There's a lot of enjoyment to be had just exploring the hills themselves. The historic Gurdan Lighthouse was built in 1853 and stands 180 meters above the water. Those who are up for the task of climbing the very steep path to the peak of the hill will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Gozo. The Stations of the Cross, marked by life-size marble statues, can be seen in their entirety on Ghammar Hill, which rises to a height of about 188 meters. The first station can be found at the foot of the Ta' Pinu side, and the final station can be found at the summit, next to the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Ta' Pinu. Indeed, pilgrimages up this hill have become popular among believers.