Sleeps 6 (+1)3 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms
“Opening the wooden front door, we meet lovely co-ordination of stone arches from the hallway to the living space and beyond. I can’t help but notice a very ornate wrought iron spiral banister and traditional stone staircase that curve up to reach the first floor. What a striking feature (I later learn it is the original and carefully restored).
But hold on, the light from the open plan living space lounge, kitchen and dining table are personified by the image of a massive palm tree standing tall through the bright terrace doors that outline it. Getting closer, we meet the most picturesque and tranquil image of Gozo’s rolling countryside – and miles of it. You can feel it envelope the lounge and as such, provides the most peaceful aspect of Busbies.
I could imagine many sunlit hours spent outside – as well as burning the midnight oil into late night here.
Busbies has its own unique charm and traditional farmhouse character. The mosaic floor tiles complement the local limestone archways throughout.
I can’t imagine wanting to leave this base and as such, is a perfect holiday home for small families and groups. Believe me, it’s worth checking it out!” Jules
Through the front door and to the left you will find a spacious cream wooden Mediterranean style kitchen under an archway. This joins seamlessly to the dining table and chairs. Beyond here is a very well-placed lounge and settee facing the picturesque countryside and private pool. And, of course closely guarded by those impressive feature palm trees.
You will find a family bathroom at ground floor level.
Reaching the first floor be careful to supervise young children as the staircase forms a tight spiral, although the stairs are solid stone. There are 3 bedrooms. The colourful original mosaic tiles continue throughout. They form a lovely feature of Busbies.
The first bedroom has a double bed. Bedrooms 2 and 3 each have twin beds. One is ensuite and the others have use of another family bathroom.
All rooms have air-conditioning on a pay-as-you-use basis and are operated by euro coins.
You will wish to spend a lot of your holiday here basking in idyllic views of the island's countryside and landscape. Lovely palm trees are the only intrusion and even these, are a welcome, harmonious, plus!
A spacious pool and terrace are a welcoming haven to enjoy a day’s lazy BBQ. Together with dining furniture, sunbeds, and an umbrella you won’t wish to leave.
Tal Busbies also shares a driveway with its sister house Narcis, next door.
Santa Lucia is a hamlet and suburb of Kercem. It takes its name from the old chapel dedicated to Saint Lucy dating back to 1575. Santa Lucia is a small and secluded village surrounded by glorious countryside where you will find many walks. The area is still one of the greenest on Gozo. Close by you will forget this rural feel as Victoria is minutes away (1.3km), either by car or bus. There are four bus stops in Saint Lucia and frequent hourly buses to Victoria where you can access the rest of the island by bus if desirable. Buses start at 5.42 and run until 10.42.
The nearest supermarket is on the road to Victoria and can be reached in 1 Km from the farmhouse. In Victoria itself you will find many cars, shops, cafés and restaurants.
The closest cafe, bar and restaurant can be found the Santa Lucia Boutique hotel, in 500m. Other cafes, restaurants and bars can be found in neighbouring San Lawrenz and Gharb in 2.8km.
In the nearby resort of Xlendi, in 3.2km, you will find a lively atmosphere and large choice of local eateries and bars. There is also a small beach, boat hire and is popular for swimming and diving.
The farmhouse is a short drive from a number of beaches. Dwerja Bay is 4.6km. The stunning geography of the area was created thousands of years ago when two limestones collapsed, forming the Azure window. Although since collapsed into the sea, it featured in several films, including Clash of the Titans (1981). The site remains popular today, particularly with divers. Dwejra bay has dramatic seascapes and a rocky shoreline renowned for its geology, wildlife, and fascinating underwater scenery.
Head east for 5.6km and you will find Gozo’s second resort, Marsalforn. It has a small beach and several bays, including Qbajjar Bay Beach. The main bay is surrounded by cafes, bars and thriving restaurants.