We were rather nervous about travelling for the first time with our 8 month old daughter but everything went very smoothly. The direct transfers the kind owner organised for us from the airport made the journey relatively painless & the car rental he had also arranged for us meant that we could explore Gozo stressfree. The welcome pack waiting for us on arrival was most useful as we arrived at 1am on a Sunday. However, most importantly, the house was utterly delightful. The weather was beautiful so we spent most of our time swimming in the lovely deep pool or relaxing in the sheltered courtyard. The flowers were beautiful & it felt very private. It was lovely to have so much outdoor space for ourselves. The bedroom we used was comfortable & our daughter slept surprisingly well despite the heat. There was snow on the ground when we left Norway so we very much enjoyed showing her the flowers & the smell of jasmine in the courtyard was heavenly. We went on lovely walks along the coast & enjoyed the small village of Gharb. We ended up mostly eating in so it was great to have a well equipped kitchen. We hope to come back in the future & are very grateful to the owner, especially for his patience in answering my frequent pre-travel queries!
This villa has a quality that is memorable. It has a mesmerising view, a homely feel and an elegance that can affect you immediately. We went with old friends and had an excellent time, seeing the unspoilt island of Gozo. It was our second stay there, with many years between visits. We were most surprised to see that little on the island has changed, which was wonderful. The villa is located far from the harbour, on the top part of Gozo, so is away from any hustle and bustle. It is a quiet location, with farmland, an impressive coastal area and a mixture of different architecture to investigate. In the evening, after sunset, you can see the churches on the island lit up and bells ringing from them throughout the day add a good atmosphere of calm.
The owner kindly sorted our transfer from the airport and our car hire so the journey to the villa was stress free. It is nice to hire a place from such good people - Juginder was very helpful as we arranged our holiday there. You will need to hire a car to get around and see the island’s stunning landscapes and pretty towns.
On the island there are superb beaches, which have a pleasant breeze at times, making the heat very comfortable to bear. The weather is beautiful throughout the year (and in April and May it’s not too hot for very young children). The people are very friendly and the fact that Malta used to be a British colony means that virtually all people speak English. There are still the old red telephone boxes and post boxes around the villages.
Evenings can be spent by the pool, with the beautiful flowering plants, under the arches in the courtyard, in the cosy lounge after dinner, or at nearby restaurants. The bedrooms are immaculate, with plenty of storage space and can be reached by two staircases, one from the courtyard and one from inside the villa. There is a handy downstairs shower in the laundry room, for when you need to quickly shower after being in the pool or have been sunbathing. Nearby you can buy food from a small supermarket, to cook in the villa, to serve either indoors or outdoors. Go to the Bugeja fishmarket at Ghajnsielem early in the morning if you intend to cook an evening meal, since they have a huge range of fresh fish - perfect to cook on the BBQ after a day out.
Places to visit are the Ġgantija Temples, then the amazing rock formations, the diving caves, the capital Rabat’s Citadella and beaches such as San Blas. Historically there is a lot to learn from the island. In Rabat the views from the ramparts are impressive - photographers love to view the landscape from an ariel viewpoint. The best restaurant that we found by chance, is an amazing one called ‘Il Gabbiano’ at the end of Marsalforn Bay, where you can get beautiful pasta dishes.
It is a superb villa, with a perfect location and character; a hideaway from all you wish to leave behind in order to relax. Perfect! We will be going back as soon as we possibly can.
The booking was very quick and efficient. The farm house has been beautifully and lovingly converted. The courtyard and pool areas are full of mature plants and are private and peaceful (except when the local deaf farmer has his afternoon banter session with his friend haha). The house is equiped with everything you need, clean and tidy. Driving is easy in Gozo so hiring a car is recommended but the bus stop is just up the road and best used if visiting the main town of Victoria as parking is strictly time limited there.
The novelty of remembering the one key to lock the bedrooms and the outside balcony door to the internal spiral stone staircase soon wore off as did having to go outside in the dark to visit the bathroom - you could use the balcony lights but then make sure you're decent :-). Didn't have children with us but would worry at night as all bedroom doors only open onto the balcony and steep stone steps leading to the courtyard and pool area (there is a gate from the courtyard to pool area though). Going in September did mean that the beautiful plants in the mature garden were shedding leafs, flowers and accompanying bugs. As the pool is only cleaned twice a week (can pay extra for more cleans), you will spend a lot of time cleaning it yourself! Also remember that housekeeping during your stay is extra so if you don't want to change your own bedding then expect to pay more.
All that said, if none of this bothers you, then this is an amazing place for a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
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