“A huge rustic townhouse in the charismatic small Gozitan town of Xaghra; ideal for families or friends and excellent value (sleeps 6-8)”
Walk up the broad, sweeping staircase and you’ll reach 2 large bedrooms on the first floor, both of which have ensuite bathrooms. The master double bedroom is large, and has a small balcony that overlooks the pool and the tangle of cactus in the neighbouring farmhouse’s field. It’s furnished with an antique wrought-iron bed, canopied by a filmy white mosquito net. There’s a rustic dressing table and a wardrobe. The bathroom leads off the bedroom and is white tiled - it has a tub (with an overhead shower), which can be a rarity in accommodation around these parts and is useful for those travelling with kids.
Along the hall is a twin room with 2 slightly high, charmingly vintage wrought-iron bedsteads, plus an additional sofabed. This room has a balcony overlooking the quiet street. The ensuite bathroom has a shower only, and again is plain and unfussy.
From the first floor, an almost-hidden flight of stairs leads up to the third bedroom - another double. It feels very private and nicely separated from the other bedrooms - again it’s of a good size and has an ensuite shower bathroom. Doors here lead out to the house's roof terrace, which is as yet unexploited, but has views across the town's rooftops.
Optional air conditioning is installed in all rooms on a pay-as-you-go meter system, though more traditional room fans are always available if you want something with a little more charm.
The kitchen is well kitted out, and a lovely place to cook, with lots of pale limestone work surfaces and a large wooden farmhouse table for convivial meals. Appliances are Smeg and include a large fridge-freezer and a gas range cooker. There’s a great array of sharp knives, good quality saucepans and enough crockery to supply a small army. There’s also a barbecue outside and you can ask the villa concierge if you need any extra fuel.
You'll receive a welcome pack to start you off (local sourdough bread, a bottle of red wine, local honey, butter, water and milk), and basics are supplied (bin bags, washing-up liquid, sponges, loo roll). Local butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers are all listed in the villa book - there’s a small local supermarket and several vans pull up in the main square every day to sell fresh fruit and vegetables.
There are also several excellent restaurants in the main square, including D-Venue (grills, seafood and cocktails on a lovely terrace) and Oleander (traditional Maltese food), plus a handy café for coffee and cakes. There are lots of takeaways offering good pizza if you don’t feel like going out.
This house is perfect for families, and is equipped with babies and children in mind. There’s lots of space and a pool (though it’s not fenced). In the hallway there's a box of beach and pool toys (including inflatables) and another box full of toys such as Lego. There are a few DVDs for younger kids and children’s books in the bookshelves; there’s no TV but you could play films on your laptop. There are plenty of plastic plates and cups in the kitchen, plus a microwave, dishwasher, hand blender, ice-cube trays for purees, washing machine and a picnic bag. A pre-arrival shop can be done for you and the villa book gives details of local doctors, hospitals, shops for baby/toddler supplies and suggestions for family days out.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The twin room is ideal for kids, and also has a double sofabed. This room has a ensuite shower room, but there is a bathtub in the master bedroom's ensuite
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Daytime creche childcare available nearby
The pool is not fenced, and the indoor staircase is steep