Property Description: Unique Home of Character for long term lease in the old and charming village of Lija, the jewel of the three villages situated in central Malta with easy access all over the island where one can appreciate and savour the true meaning of traditional Maltese village life.
This property is reputed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest residence in Lija with the old part of the residence built in traditional farmhouse style in the mid 1500's and the more recent addition built in townhouse style around 250 years ago. It is located in a square in the oldest part of the village nestled behind the old parish church which is now only opened twice every year for traditional religious ceremonies, right next to the antique Bellia chapel with its private chapel garden and traditional bird loft adjacent to the residence and in the same square as Villa Parisio the residence of the Strickland family who played a significant part in Maltese political life in the late 1800's up to mid 1900's.
The residence has been modernised to high finish but retains a wealth of original features with beautiful hand crafted high rooms built in traditional Maltese architecture, mill rooms, antique (now unused) Maltese traditional wood stove built in a rambling style. The property enjoys lots of natural light throughout the day from its South facing facade, a beautiful internal courtyard and lush and very private back garden with a traditional bell shaped pool reflecting the heritage of the area, sun deck areas and elevated outdoor entertaining and dining area overlooking the pool and the Naxxar, Iklin heights. The property has four bedrooms, all with private ensuite with two bedrooms on the front wing overlooking Lija village, one private bedroom on a separate wing overlooking the rear garden and one ground floor bedroom overlooking the central courtyard for use by elderly or physically impaired guests or family members. The property also enjoys a large sunny kitchen/informal dining area, a beautiful formal dining area, large mill room with traditional fireplace, a second mill room with an informal TV area and lots of alcoves and interesting nooks and crannies. The property is very well furnished with several antique pieces of furniture making it a truly charming and beautiful property that will offer a truly different and unique lifestyle.
Location Description: Lija (or Ħal Lija) is a small village located approximately in the centre of . At Lija one finds a marvellous baroque parish church and not less than seven other small chapels. The parish church is dedicated to Our Saviour. Lija became a parish back in the year 1594, after the small community detached itself from neighbouring village, Birkirkara. Lija is mostly renowned for its marvellous fireworks shows that attract thousands of local and foreign people during the festa period held in the first week of August. Lija also won international pyrotechnic competitions, and annually participates and wins prestigious prizes in the Malta International. Fireworks festival, a yearly attraction for local and foreign fireworks enthusiasts. At Lija one finds several old houses of character and large citrus gardens. One of the main attraction of this village is the unique Belveder tower. The official University Residence of the University of Malta is also situated in this village.
Asking Price: 4,200 EUR Monthly
Contact: Janos Merszaros on +356 79759061