An imposing 140-year old townhouse located in Lija’s village core. The five-bedroom property is one of Malta’s most spectacular private homes, which has been carefully maintained by the same family for three generations. The doors open to the grand entrance, with soaring ceilings and a sweeping central stone staircase that rises to the spectacular frescoed ceilings, which have been restored to their original state painted in trompe-lóeil style, an optical illusion to the eye. On the ground floor, the large reception hall leads to the drawing room, dining room, guest bathroom, kitchen and pantry. The stairs take you up to the first floor landing, which branches out to generously proportioned rooms, of these, the master bedroom and second largest contain en suite bathrooms. Throughout the property, there are exquisite period features including 3 wood-burning fireplaces, original cornices and high ceilings. At roof level, a wide open space with a view of the island, surrounding villages and church domes is a true testament to the beauty of village life. Serene and charming, the private walled garden is encircled by leafy citrus plants, tall trees, stone pathways, a koi fish pond, an ornamental water feature, car port with ample space for an interconnecting lock-up garage accommodating 3/4 cars and underground a pristine cellar the size of the property with ample rooms for a home gym, cinema, wine cellar or kids playroom. This property presents a wonderful opportunity to curate a grand family home in the heart of the village core. The quintessential Maltese features within serve as a reminder to the impeccable craftsmanship of this home’s original period.