Placement year, whilst enjoyable, was one of the longest years for me. So I decided I was going to spend my 22nd birthday abroad. I began looking for villas abroad (which was obviously one of the most enjoyable things for me) and quickly found The Greenwich Farmhouse on trip advisor. I didn’t book it initially but when it finally came it booking I was glad to see that the villa was still free on the days I wanted. Peter, the owner of the villa, was extremely friendly and also prompt with responses, and Angie, the housekeeper, was an angel who would aid us throughout the trip.
I was the first one to arrive at the villa and called Angie who arrived in about 5 minutes to let me in. I choose what I deemed to be the best room, on the top floor and began scouting out the place. It was made up of 3 floors. The ground floor, with the swimming pool upon entrance, and an open living room, kitchen and ground floor bathroom. The second floor had two bedrooms one ensuite, both with balconys, and a seperate bathroom with a shower. The top floor was where my bedroom was situated with a ensuite, and a large balcony. I loved the look of the villa, it was this lovely limestone material throughout and the kitchen was fully stocked so we could cook tasty meals.
Now the villa wasn’t on mainland Malta but Gozo, the second most inhabited land in Malta. So once I got to Malta, I got a taxi to the port and then got a ferry to Gozo. The ferry is free to go to Gozo, and then you pay on the way back to come back to Malta, something I completely wasn’t expecting. But after long days of travelling the villa was just perfect, it was clean and big enough. It was also nice to be free of the hassle of cleaners, and concierge staff which you find in hotels.
I only had about an hour and a bit in the villa before I had to run back to mainland Malta to pick up Stephanie from the airport. Laurie would arrive around 3 am, obviously, Stephanie and I was still wide awake drinking wine, she got a real soldier welcome. The day after my birthday we went to Comino, and then we decided to come home and spend some time playing around in the pool before the sun went down.
All in all, it was a wonderful villa and I would recommend staying at this villa. To book this villa yourself check it out here: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g780781-d7616646-The_Greenwich_Farmhouse-Qala_Island_of_Gozo.html