Gozitan farmhouses can date back many decades, sometimes even several centuries. The majority of them retain most, if not all of their interesting and quirky add-ons such as aquifers, stables, mangers, pigeon coops and more. Due to the age of these structures, one must consider that you will be surrounded by and live in a structure that is a part of history and the aim is to retain as many original features as possible for future generations.
Farmhouses were primarily constructed to accommodate its owners as well as farming equipment and animals in close proximity. This led to the spaces found in farmhouses being very roomy and spacious, some featuring Roman arches, extra high ceilings and wall niches used for the storage of equipment and animal feed.
Farmhouses usually have inner courtyards with stairs leading to the upper levels and the trend is to enclose these with glass skylights, providing well-lit, airy spaces which often feature indoor gardens and year-round shelter from the heat or cold. Due to their location on larger plots of land, pools, terraces, trickling water features and medium-sized, manicured gardens are very popular accompaniments to farmhouses. The combination of flagstone floors, Roman arches, traditional Maltese tiles, size, history, internal courtyards, stone balconies, shuttered windows and olde-worlde craftsmanship makes Maltese farmhouses chic and sought-after by affluent buyers globally.
Farmhouses are immensely popular for weekend getaways and to operate as a holiday rental business or boutique hotel
Farmhouses are also very popular with people looking for weekend getaways and many have been converted into boutique hotels or bed and breakfast concerns. Some may even come with their own separate entrances, which is perfect for visiting guests.
Farmhouses have not only become extremely sought-after as they provide the ideal getaway for families during the holidays or as accommodation year-round for tourists from around the world, but they are also perfect for large families or to act as a second home for urban professionals seeking country-style solace. Farmhouses are definitely the go-to choice for business people who want to set up small, niche country hotels.