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Villa / Farmhouse with Private Pool and Stunning Sea & Country Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa in San Lawrenz, Island of Gozo (Malta) - Peaceful, Private Pool, Views

Situated in the small tranquil village of San Lawrenz, on the Island of Gozo, this marvelous villa/ farmhouse is truly one of a kind. The property, acquired in 2004, was converted from its derelict state, to a villa / farmhouse of the highest standard, keeping the property’s original and traditional charm whilst responding to modern needs. The intention was and will always be, to offer those travelers looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday on the magical Island of Gozo, a home away from home.

Tal-Bjar villa / farmhouse consists of 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8+), all enjoying an en-suite bathroom/ shower room . All 4 bedrooms come equipped with air-conditioners that function on a pay- per- use card system. All rooms are flooded with natural light and are very airy.

The villa / farmhouse boasts stunning sea and country views, right from the pool deck, kitchen and 3 of its 4 bedrooms. Furthermore, the early and late summer months offer spectacular sunsets right opposite these viewpoints. The fully equipped spacious kitchen with island and living room conveniently overlook the private pool, outdoor dining and BBQ area. The indoor dining area, suitably just off the kitchen, comfortably sits 8 people. For further practicality, there is a spare toilet both inside and next to pool. The outdoors consists of a good sized private overflow pool with an open Jacuzzi, BBQ, a large teak outdoor dining table and teak loungers, adequate shading and pool shower.

Moreover, the villa/ farmhouse is located just a short walk/ drive away from Gozo’s most popular attraction, the Azure Window at Dwejra bay. The property is handily also within walking distance from minimarkets and restaurants.

Great emphasis is placed on the property’s cleanliness when handed over and that the guests are also attended to appropriately during their stay. The owners choose to personally welcome guests themselves and show them around the house on arrival.

The property undergoes thorough maintenance during the lesser busy periods, and improvements are made on a yearly basis in order to continue to raise the quality of the time that guests choose to spend at Tal-Bjar.

Tal-Bjar Villa/ Farmhouse is accredited by the Malta Tourism Authority.

Feel free to check out what guests have had to say about Tal-Bjar Villa/Farmhouse in the ‘reviews’ section.

Joe and Mary Schembri would love to have the opportunity to welcome you at Tal-Bjar.

Check-in: from 17.00

Check-out: not later than 11.00

More Details

Property Manager
Joe Schembri
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, italian
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

Why Joe Schembri chose Island of Gozo

Location, Location, Location!

What makes this villa unique

Property charm


Number of bedrooms and size

SizeOpen sea and country views

Stunning sunsets

Vicinity to major tourist attraction sites and amenities

Caring owners with a mission - to provide high quality holiday time

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hello Joe, Many thanks for the use of your wonderful house.Hope to meet you again as this villa will be first choice next time we go to Gozo. Graeme Lindsay Scotland.

We found your house beautiful and can only highly recommend it to others. We go from Gozo with a very positive impression, and will recommend the island and your house to our friends. Family Anderson Denmark

Thank you for renting your villa to us. We had a great holiday. Pool area is magnificent. The sixth time on Gozo, and your house is by far the best. Will come back. Wendy Anderson UK.

Many thanks for all the arrangements you made for us on our visit to Gozo. The house was fantastic, beautifully restored and everything we needed. A great holiday Gary Cox UK

We had an idyllic holiday in Gozo staying in this beautiful villa.Although there were eight of us (four adults and four children) the villa is spacious with en-suite in every bedroom.There is an attractive pool area with views to the sea.Charles/Evelyn UK.
Apr 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in San Lawrenz, Malta

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , and wash hand basin
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , and wash hand basin
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , and wash hand basin
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , and wash hand basin
  • Bedroom 1: bathroom en suite. Bedroom 2: shower-room en suite. Bedroom 3: shower-room en suite. Bedroom 4: shower-room en suite. Separate wc near kitchen/living room. Separate wc near pool
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 2 single beds 42 inches wide each
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , 2 single beds 42 inches wide each
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 single bed , 1 extra lg double bed or 2 single beds 42 inches wide each
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , air-condition on pay-per-use system
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) All bedrooms have air-conditioners Bedroom 1 on ground floor with either 2 single beds 42 inches wide each, or can be adjusted to 1 double bed (84 inches wide), and shower room en-suite. Bedroom 2 on first floor with 2 single beds 42 inches wide each and shower room en-suite. Bedroom 3 on first floor with either 2 single beds, or can be adjusted to 1 double bed (84 inches wide), and shower room en-suite. Bedroom 4 on first floor with double bed and bathroom en-suite. All shower rooms have new walk in showers with high pressure shower heads
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Notes on accommodation: The property includes safety equipment and emergency lights. All bathrooms/shower rooms have high pressure hot/cold shower head. Air-conditioners are on pay-per-use card system. It can also be used for heating bedrooms in winter. Water, electricity, gas and cleaning are included in price (except usage of A/C). Baby cot, playpen and highchair are available free of charge. Internet wifi is free of charge, and is available in all bedrooms, living area and near pool. Property is accredited by Malta Tourist Authority. Outside: Over-flow pool with jacuzzi. Size of pool, excluding jacuzzi, is 30 ft x 13 ft approx. Large deck area, with large table and 8 chairs, sun beds, and 2 large umbrellas, all made of teak wood. Size of umbrellas 12ft and 10ft. 2 bedrooms have balconies over-looking pool area and views. Sun-set from deck area in August, September and October Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Cleaner service: Towels, linen and beach towels are provided and changed weekly. Property is cleaned weekly.


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Villa / Farmhouse with Private Pool and Stunning Sea & Country Views
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Sun and Peaceful Tranquility in Gozo

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived in Gozo we were well looked after by Joe and his wife and made to feel welcome in their beautiful house. The outside courtyard and pool areas were adorned with flowers and the interior of the house was so tastefully furnished. The whole house was clean and comfortable and the kitchen well appointed. We spent most of our time enjoying the pool area, looking out to sea with the spectacular sunsets. Although the house is handily situated a couple of minutes walk from the lovely village of San Lawrenz, with a good shop for day to day provisions, we were pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was.

From the villa, we walked ( 20-25 mins downhill) to the Inland Sea area which was fascinating and had an enjoyable lunch in the Azure Restaurant before taking the bus back. Although a car is necessary if you want to explore the island and do bulkier shopping, we were easily able to book taxis for two nights out so didn't need to drive the whole time. The remaining nights we took advantage of the BBQ and enjoyed our dinner watching the sun go down with a glass of Maltese wine. Our entire party, young and older loved it and would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: these travelers enjoyed their stay from arrival in Gozo until their departure, this is what we offer to all
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Wonderful time in San Lawrenz :-)

  • 5 of 5

We, 2 couples from Austria in the age of 52 till 55, spend our holiday in this wonderful house for 12 days. We were there the second times namely from the end of July till early of August 2017.

This house is fully equipped and you will find all necessary things you need. We found this house last year on the net and the description is equal of reality. Honestly, it’s just fantastic.

You have a gorgeous sea view from the lovely garden (pool area) and from the rooms in the first floor. The pool is fantastic . Joe rechecked the pool water quality when we arrived. It was perfect. We enjoyed the pool so much.

The rooms are so charming furnished. Perfect cleaned up and we felt so relaxed in there and we didn’t miss anything. We felt like to be on cloud.

Joe and Mary are the best hosts we’ve ever had. Friendly, very obliging and always helpful.

I am sure it was not our last holiday there. I am sure we come next year again.

A big thank you to Joe and Mary for their lovely hospitality.

Greetings from Vienna 


About San Lawrenz

San Lawrenz is a lovely, beautiful small village in the west of Gozo. We love this place so much. Approximately 5 minutes away from the house you are in the centre of San Lawrenz and you will find a small food store to buy fresh fruits, always local crusty fresh bread, local pastries, vegetables (local tomatoes are fantastic) and a lot of other things for the daily life. An excellent restaurant is situated opposite the store. They serve very tasty local and mediterranean food and you can enjoy the lovely place in the middle of San Lawrenz with the magnificent church. You should go in there.

Every village has a Festa during summer to commemorate its patron saint. The patron of San Lawrenz is San Lorenzo. It was gorgeous to participate. We’ve never seen before an impressive event like that. It is a village and family get-together, an annual celebration. Visitors are always made welcome. The locals are eager to share their love for and loyalty to their village.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the second visit for these travelers from Vienna in less than one and a half years, and they have already confirmed their third visit for next year. They have been coming to Gozo each year for the last 12 years, and they told us that finally they found the right place and will be booking our villa every year.
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A superb villa for a relaxing comfortable holiday

  • 5 of 5

Joe and his wife really do everything they can to make you feel at home. The villa is their own home though they now live in Malta and it has been completely rebuilt to a very high standard and is extremely well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks James and Viv for your nice review, it's our policy to make all travellers feel at home. hope to welcome you again in the near future. Joe and Mary.
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Absolutely fabulous Gozian farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

This gorgeous farmhouse has been beautifully and sympathetically restored from derelict - as the photos in the guest book show. Immaculately clean, the four bedrooms are spacious and airy, all with good sized en-suite facilities, and the living and kitchen areas are practical and very comfortable, with all modern conveniences tastefully fitted into the traditional style. The pool area is amazing and we loved the jacuzzi. The owner, Joe, arranged transfers from the airport in Malta to the house (and back) and the taxi driver helpfully pointed out different attractions en route - this made the transfer easy and pleasant. San Lawrence has a small village store, a bottle bar and one restaurant which we found expensive and not very impressive, but the house is just a 10 minute stroll to Ta' Dbiegi Crafts village where there's an interesting selection of local craft shops and a cafe serving lovely food. The house is also quite close to Dwejra Bay (where the Azure Window used to be and where the inland sea still is) and we took an open topped bus tour around this side of the island. The bus service in Gozo is excellent and cheap (one cost for two hours travel on any number of buses and children under 10 go free) and we had great fun busing around - but we were always happiest returning to this superb house for a dip in the pool and a glass of the local wine in the evening sunshine. I just wish I could give more stars on the rating. It was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had a fabulous stay and everything was to your satisfaction and comfort. We would be thrilled to welcome you back again in the future. Joe
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This house is way more idyllic than the photos..

  • 5 of 5

We picked this because of the lovely photos of the house with plenty of space for our family of 4 children aged 17 -11, also how convenient Joe could make our visit, as soon as we confirmed, he arranged transfers, car rental and kindly left us some supplies in the fridge on our very late arrival. We woke up the next morning to the idyllic garden, which as I said is so much better than the photos. The location is very convenient but definitely advisable to have a car. The house has absolutely everything you need, bbq amazing pool, plenty of seating and lying furniture and shade or sun. Inside is very well equipped too and the wood-burning stove came in very handy on the cool April evenings. Joe made it very clear that if we needed anything he was at the end of the phone and then left us to enjoy our stay, which was very relaxed. Just to note and maybe I didnt read description carefully, but the bedrooms are around a courtyard, which was excellent for my teenagers who felt they had a self contained flat, but my 11 year old was nervous we weren't under the same roof and she had to walk across an outside terrace to get to us. For the older children they loved this independence and it really wasn't a problem but she is nervous at night, so would just need to be noted if you have young children. We will definitely aim to get back to this house for a holiday and would highly recommend it. Thank you Joe, such a lovely gentleman.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you Siobhan for your excellent review. hope to welcome you again in the near future.
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wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay - the farmhouse was lovely and exceeded our expectations. The place was very spacious, big enough for our family of 5 plus partners, very clean and very homely with all you would need. The pool area was lovely, on the evening we sat out and ate, enjoying the view of the sunset over the ocean. The BBQ outside was very useful. There is also very well equipt kitchen and inside dining facilities. There are useful amenities in the surrounding area, a local shop a few minutes away to get essentials and further shopping about 5-10 minutes drive. There is a local resturant a few minutes walk away which was good, we enjoyed staying at the farmhouse so much so though that we wanted to stay in and eat most nights. We didn't have need to use the air conditioning but I understand this is additional cost if you do need to use. Joe was incredibly helpful and responded to all our queries very promptly. He genuinely wanted to make sure we had a good trip and was available if any problems would have arisen and for extra advice regarding the area. The airport transfers went very smoothly and I would recommend this to save hassle. Gozo is a lovely island and we managed to do many activities including hire of speed boat, wine tasting, kayaking in the sea, visiting the neolithic temples, visting the many coves and beaches and scuba diving. I would recommend car hire for ease of getting around island - Joe arranged all this for us. However there is a bus service which we used on one occasion which was very easy to use and good connections around island. Woud like to thank Joe for such a lovely stay, this is a place we would be happy to return to. I wish we could have stayed for longer and had more time relaxing by the pool!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carol and family, very nice review, glad you enjoyed your holiday in a fantastic way. Hope to welcome you again in the near future.
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Nearest Airport
46 Kilometres
Malta International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
San Lawrenz square
Nearest Beach
0.8 Kilometres
Dwejra (Azzure Window)
Car: recommended


Dwejra (Inland Sea) is just down the road. Various beaches, sandy and rocky, can be reached within 10 to 15 minutes drive.


We can arrange car hire collected from airport or delivered to house, bicycle hire, and airport transfers.

We can also arrange boat trips around Gozo and Comino, self driven boats, fishing trips, and private boat charters. You can also book through us for Malta/Gozo sightseeing tours on open-top buses.


Distance to nearest village, less than 1 mile.

Distance to Victoria, capital city, about 4 miles.

Distance to M'Forn or Xlendi, where one can find various hotels and restaurants, about 6 miles.

Further Details:

A grocery shop and a discount supermarket are both within walking distance. The supermarket is open even on Sunday morning. A couple of restaurants are also within walking distance. Others within a few minutes drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee A$14.87 per person per night

Booking Notes:
33% deposit. Balance can be paid either in cash on arrival, or 33% 8 weeks before arrival, and remaining balance on arrival. Deposit and second payment can be paid by bank transfer or credit card. Early booking is recommended. if booking is cancelled, the deposit is unrefundable.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. Check-out at 11.00 am and check-in at 17.00. When bookings are back-to-back, we need 5 to 6 hours to clean, as our policy is to give a very clean house to all our clients. So please, do not ask to check-in earlier.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made

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