A truly unique opportunity to lease this Historical Palazzo located in the heart of this most sought after village. The villa’s entrance leads through a barrel vaulted Hallway paved in marble to four main rooms. These being a Library/Study, a formal Sitting room, Dining room, and a family Living/TV room. The hallway vault and the ceilings in three rooms are decorated with painted ceilings featuring large medallions with allegorical figures. The end of the hallway opens onto a wide stone terrace with stairs on either side leading to the garden and swimming pool area. A corridor on the side of the Family living room leads to a newly built annex. This incorporates a large modern kitchen, a guest toilet, two guest/staff double bedrooms, each with an en suite shower, and access to the internal yard. This yard has a separate services entrance from the road for deliveries or maintenance staff. The large internal yard also serves as a drive-in parking area for two large cars which is accessed from the road by a remote controlled roll up door.
An imposing wide marble staircase leads to the first floor which is also accessible by a six passenger lift. A large landing leads to the three double bedrooms. The Main bedroom has a dressing room leading on to a large bath cum shower room. The other two bedrooms have their own shower facilities. A lobby on the left of the main staircase leads to a laundry cum utility room and a pantry. A spiral wrought iron staircase leads to an intermediate level and the roof. The basement has the same layout os the floors above which has been restored and can be used for entertainment.
Outside there is a beautiful garden with high walls and a water fountain plus open sided tea rooms. There is also a brand new swimming pool with surrounding terraces and an underground water cistern which feeds the garden ‘s automated irrigation system.
The Three Villages
Attard, Balzan and Lija are popularly known as The Three Villages because of the many characteristic features they have in common.
Lija is noted for its quiet and clean surroundings with its narrow windings streets, old houses, spacious attractive villas and churches which help to enhance the beauty of Lija. This picturesque village evolved on a stretch of woodland known for its deep fertile soil which gives a special quality to the oranges grown in this area. Several chapels were built in the village, the most well-known are the ones dedicated to Christ the Saviour built by the famous Maltese architect Gerolamo Cassar 1520-1586 and the other known as “Tal-Mirakli” dedicated to the Madonna and the Child, built in 1664 and the altarpiece is the work by well-known artist Mattia Preti.
Lija became a parish on the 6 February 1594. The baroque parish church, built between 1694 and 1700, is another edifice worth visiting. Another landmark in Lija is Villa Preziosi, originally named Palazzo Francia, an 18th century palace which today serves as the official residence of the Prime Minister of Malta. Villa Preziosi is also known for its magnificent landscaped gardens.
A striking landmark of the village is the Belvedere with beautiful architecture, today known as the Lija Tower, situated in Transfiguration Avenue leading to the parish church. This tower once embellished the garden of the magnificent 17th century Villa Gourgion Depiro.
Lija is a highly sought after area in the Real Estate market. It is full of character properties, some also boasting mature gardens. There is a high level of conservation in the area and the few newly built properties have to be in line with the style.