The Old House with a Story
This diamond in the rough is currently being converted back to its former glory and has recently been reduced in price from €450,000 to €418,000. It is an old house of character, found in the island's oldest village. As the story goes, told by the neighbours, this house was home to Baron Testaferrata, who lived here a month each year. Another little story according to the neighbours is about a tiny room, the lovers' room, on the first floor reached by the balcony, which used to be a secret hideout for the young lovers. Coincidently, the street is called Triq l-Gharus, translated to the boyfriend/lover street.
The spacious, south-facing internal courtyard is beautifully flooded with light, and the rooms and staircase wrap around this stunning sunning spot. Ahead of the entrance across the courtyard and on the left side, this house boasts, gorgeous arches leading to the ground-floor rooms.
Currently proposed is for the first room to go on the left, opening up into a garage for extra convenience. The kitchen/dining area will be beyond the courtyard.
The large garden presently slightly wraps round to the left of the house, where it is also being proposed to have a large living area instead, still leaving plenty of room in the garden for a pool, loads of luscious plants and a deck area.
Under the stairs and forming part of the courtyard is a proposed toilet, while halfway up the stairs and to the right is another room, which can be used as a storage space. This space was once used as the cooking area, where a small oven used to be.
Going up to the first floor, we can appreciate even further the stonework of this old house, especially the Maltese cross carved into stone and the stone bannisters along the front leading the way to the unique little room.
The rooms upstairs around the courtyard are also flooded with light, pouring in from the south. At the moment there are two large rooms and the "lovers' room". It is being proposed that one of the rooms be split into two and the other to have an en-suite and a walk-in wardrobe. as they are large rooms.
Should the proposed living area downstairs be built, a terrace could be built on top, reached by one of the bedrooms and overlooking the back garden.
As works are still in the early stages, there is the option to purchase this home as is and be able to convert it to your own designs and needs.
Condition at Sale: Finished / Converted
Rooms in Property: Bedrooms | Bathrooms | Kitchen | Dining Room | Living Room
Roof: Private Roof
Miscellaneous: Pet Friendly
Outside Space: Backyard | Courtyard | Balcony
Proposed Completion Date: October 2021
Viewing Options: Viewings By Appointment
Xewkija, Gozo’s oldest village, is located between Ghajnsielem and the capital city. It is a quiet and laid-back village.
The village’s name is derived from the Maltese word “Xewk”, meaning "thistles", suggesting the area was once covered in them. Thistles are also Xewkija’s emblem.
Xewkija is known for its church, the Rotunda of Xewkija. It is the Seat of the Knights of the Order of St. John and was built from Maltese stone by local masons and craftsmen. It is not only the largest dome in Gozo, but one of the largest in the world, and this dome dominates the village.
Also interesting in Xewkija are the cart ruts coming from Borg Gharib, Mgarr ix-Xini, Ta' Cenc and Tas-Salvatur. Xewkija’s closet bay is Mgarr ix-Xini, one of Gozo’s most beautiful spots.