Welcome and thank you for looking at my property. I will be delighted to host you in my lovely, typical, fully furnished Maltese terraced house which is only 1 minute away from the lively seafront and yacht marina of the harbour town of Senglea (known also as Isla). The house is in the street parallel to the seafront and offers good sea views from the roof of the yacht marina and harbour, part of the larger Valletta Grand Harbour area, in the region known as The Three Cities (Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa).
My house is a period property (dating from World War II) and has been carefully restored to modern standards. It possesses a private street level entrance giving on to a good-sized hall. There is an old stone staircase leading up to the first floor into another good-sized hall which opens on to a dining room, a fully equipped kitchen (stainless steel sink, fridge/freezer, fan oven, electric hob and dishwasher), spare toilet and sitting/lounge room with LED TV and books. The dining room leads to a long balcony which is ideal for having tea and reading the newspaper or a book. Up another stone staircase you get to the second floor where there are two double bedrooms (1 double bed and 2 twin beds) with one large bathroom and another long balcony, also ideal for a lazy morning/afternoon. The bathroom has a toilet, big walk-in shower, a big sink and a modern washing machine. The roof is reached via another pretty stone staircase. Roof is good-sized and big enough for four to six sun loungers and/or barbecue. House offers complete privacy and modern living standards.
To note that the town of Senglea/Isla is one of the oldest in Malta, older even than the capital Valletta. The Knights of Malta lived there when they set foot on the island and before they constructed the new capital city of Valletta. Senglea essentially remains a mediaeval fortified city still preserving its historical architecture and buildings; its stone staircases are also typical of the mediaeval period. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in upgrading this locality; buildings and public spaces have been slowly restored and brought to life thanks also to the yacht marina which blends very well into the charm of this fortified port city.
Senglea is home to the renowned Church of Christ Reedemer while across the marina, there is the Church of St.Lawrence, where the Knight Grandmaster, Jean de la Vallette laid his sword after winning the extended three month siege of Malta by the Ottoman Turks in 1565. All in all, an area steeped in history, grandeur of old and now ideal for quiet days spent by the sea enjoying the sun and traditional charm of Maltese life.
(1). A welcome food package will be prepared for your arrival. This is usually a small pack of basic initial necessities to help you kick off your stay without having to worry about dashing off to find the nearest convenience store. Typically the welcome package consists of staple items like coffee, tea, fresh milk, fresh white bread, butter, cheese, ham, pasta and tomato sauce. Please indicate if you wish specific items like skimmed milk or brown bread or gluten free pasta in your package. As my guests I will always give you priority and only happy to help in case of need.
(2). WIFI is available and is free. Linen and towels will be provided. There is a washing machine for your use. Weekly laundry and/or cleaning is available on request against an extra charge.
(3). Water and electricity are an all-inclusive daily charge of EUR 5. Alternatively you may, if you wish, opt for individual calculation from your arrival to departure. Please indicate your preferred option when booking. If no indications are made in advance, the default option applied will be a daily charge of EUR 5.
(4). Due to the stairs, this house is not suitable for persons with mobility problems or for small children under 5 years. Children are to be under adult supervision at all times. Breakages and damage caused during your stay will have to be paid for. A refundable damage deposit of EUR 200 is to be paid on arrival.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malta International Airport 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Senglea is a fortified city in the east of Malta, located in the so called Outer Harbour area. It is one of the oldest towns in Malta and pre-dates even the capital city Valletta. It was fortified by the Knights Hospitallers of St.John of Jerusalem, whose warrior knowledge as far back as the old Crusades, enabled them to readily identify strategic gaps in the city's lines of defense. The Knights proceeded to build mighty and imposing bastion walls all along the city and the other cities of the region which served well in shielding the area from attacks by pirates and the infidels.
The city of Senglea is also called Citta Invicta, because it managed to resist the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565. The proper name is Senglea since the grandmaster who fortified it was the Frenchman Claude De La Sengle. He gave this city a part of his name. With an area of just over half a square mile, this is Malta's smallest locality but also its most densely populated. At the turn of the century, Senglea had been estimated as being older than 8,200 years. In recent years, attention has been devoted to rehabilitation of the area mainly thanks to the Cottonera Waterfront project whose centre of interest is a yacht marina, an upmarket hotel adjacent to a residential complex that have been discretely and carefully situated in rebuilt parts of the quayside that had remained long destroyed by the ravages of the Second World War. The area is now of interest to a fair number of expatriates and businessmen seeking a relaxed and quiet neighbourhood away from the traditional hubbub of tourist spots. The stimulus has in turn led to an upsurge in the renovation of various quaint and charming houses and a considerable appreciation of real estate in this city.
Senglea is one of the so-called Three Cities, the other two being Cospicua and Vittoriosa. Together they form the bulk of the Outer Harbour Area, historically important due to the busy ship building industry located on the edges of the towns to service the Knights vessels and later the British fleets. A festival of boating and water related activities known as "Maritime Senglea" is organized annually in September together with other folkloristic events coordinated by the town's local council.
Being the oldest towns in Malta, both Senglea as well as Cospicua, were centres for Malta's social upper crust elite and intelligentsia. However, the Second World War rapidly altered the cities' social structure as many of the well heeled families fled away to take refuge in outlying towns and countryside, never to return. In recent years, a rebirth has taken place in this part of the country with old buildings being restored and activities organised to stimulate life in the area. In particular, attention has been devoted to rehabilitation of the area mainly thanks to the Cottonera Waterfront project whose centre of interest is a yacht marina, an upmarket hotel adjacent to a residential complex that have been discretely and carefully situated in rebuilt parts of the quayside that had remained long destroyed by the ravages of the Second World War. The area is now of interest to a fair number of expatriates and businessmen seeking a relaxed and quiet neighbourhood away from the traditional hubbub of tourist spots. The stimulus has in turn led to an upsurge in the renovation of various quaint and charming houses and a considerable appreciation of real estate in this city.