Beautiful Spaces: A Room in a Farmhouse on Gozo

by gigigriffis

If you’ve been reading around here for a while, you know that back in 2012, after about six months of full-time travel, I made a commitment to live in beautiful spaces.

It all started because those first six months were very hit or miss as far as housing went. I stayed in the cheapest places I could find and sometimes they were wonderful (like the cheap Freiburg apartment I found overlooking the Black Forest) and other times they were less-than-ideal (like the guesthouse in Scotland, where I shared a bathroom with a crew of workmen with a pee-aiming issue).

So, after those six months of hit-or-miss, I adjusted my budget and started choosing places not based (entirely) on how much money they’d save me, but based on how comfortable they looked, how much sunshine they got, and how at home I thought I’d feel there.

Since then, I’ve been committed to finding beautiful spaces to live during my travels, with only the occasional mishap. And I must say that I was absolutely right back in 2012. Staying in a sunshiny, clean, beautiful apartment, B&B, or room makes a world of difference in my contentment, productivity, and general well-being.

Of course, last year I traveled very little and so stayed in very few beautiful spaces (though my long-term apartment was also pretty damn beautiful with its view of the imposing Jungfrau peak, even though my landlord turned out to be an asshole in the end). But this year, with a renewed passion for movement and change and a lot more travel plans on the horizon, I’m back to carefully choosing beautiful spaces for Luna and I to call our temporary home.

One of the first places of the year? An old stone farmhouse on Gozo, where I rented a small, warm room and shared the lofty house with a kind, semi-retired expat named Peter.


The room was small and simple and lovely, with old stone walls and an electric blanket for the cool winter nights and pretty African-inspired furnishings.

The house was equally as lovely—all exposed stone and sunshine and the smell of fresh thyme hanging in the kitchen.


I was sick for almost my entire stay, so I didn’t get much chance to take advantage of the fresh breakfasts Peter offered. But I can tell you that the house is beautiful, the location is just a short walk away from the prettiest coastal walking paths on Gozo, and the host is incredibly kind. He’s the one who drove me back and forth to the hospital and helped me arrange for someone to watch Luna in case I had to stay at the hospital overnight.

Dining room

And so while the trip itself was hard on me, this year’s beautiful spaces are at least off to a good start. Because you really can’t beat living in an old stone farmhouse on a hill overlooking Gozo just steps from the cliffs.

You’ll find the farmhouse rooms listed on Airbnb. I stayed in the cozy cave and the larger upstairs room is also available. (Plus, the owner also rents out his yacht, which sounds like an interesting adventure.)

If you’re joining Airbnb for the first time, would you use this link? You and I both get a credit if you do.

Planning a trip to Europe? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.

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Rhonda February 9, 2015 - 3:33 pm

wow.. that looks simply lovely. Isn’t it fantastic to experience true kindness from strangers!?

gigigriffis February 10, 2015 - 2:27 am

It is a beautiful thing when a stranger takes care of you, yes.

Swissrose February 11, 2015 - 1:46 am

I had a look at Airbnb but found there is no criterium to ask if dogs are allowed. How do you manage this aspect?

gigigriffis February 11, 2015 - 2:10 am

In the amenities area, there is a pets allowed option. You can click the “more filters” button, then the arrow by amenities, then check the pets allowed box in order to filter by pet-friendly rentals.

That said, I don’t actually search that way. I search normally (filtering by Wi-Fi) and then I check if the one I want is pet-friendly under the amenities and if it isn’t, I email to ask if they will make an exception for Luna since she’s 5.5 kgs, non-shedding, and therapy-trained. I ask the owners to look at the references on my profile (as Luna has lots of glowing references) and let me know if they’ll make an exception. I’d say 90% of the time they do, since the reason people make things not pet-friendly is generally because they are worried about damage, noise, or pet dander – and a small dog with good references that doesn’t shed sounds reasonable to them. :)

JEO February 22, 2015 - 9:16 am


I write to make inquiry, if it is possible to lodge 4 guests in your accommodation facility for the period we will be staying in your area;

Check-in-date: 22nd march, 2015
Check-out-date: 4th of aprial 2015
Number of days: 14 days
Number of persons: 4 adults
Number of meals: No meal
Number of pets: No pets

Kindly tabulate the prices of your 2 DOUBLE ROOMS OR APARTMENTS/CHALETS that will sleep 4 persons. Please offer discounts on your prices.

Thanks, while I expect your prompt reply.

gigigriffis February 22, 2015 - 9:19 am

Hi Jeo,

This is just a review of the property. If you want to book, you’ll need to go through Airbnb (the link is in the post). :)


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Elena Gozo October 25, 2016 - 4:11 am

Hey Gigi! Great post. I’m going to Malta this coming December and looking for a nice place to stay. Would you know how much this room in a farmhouse in Gozo is? Thanks in advance. I hope you can help me. Thanks!

gigigriffis October 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

I think the Airbnb link is in the post, no?

Xlendi Gozo November 11, 2016 - 2:25 am

What an awesome place! I was there last year and I had a great time with that Farmhouse. It was beautiful.


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