Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Gozo is the Mediterranean's best kept secret, a tranquil and idyllic island of beauty. In contrast to Malta, Gozo is peaceful and more “laid back” with beautiful rural green landscapes. An island of exceptional character, Gozo promises a truly authentic experience. From beaches to churches, museums to heritage sites, “festas” to local cuisine, Gozo is a unique gem. Tal – Masklu is tucked away off the main road in the village of Gharb, in close proximity to Malsaforn and Xlendi Bays. A short walk to local shops and restaurants. Garb is renowned for panoramic countryside tracks and valleys, ideal for walking and relaxing.
INTRODUCING TAL – MASKLU, BY JULES
Dating back to 1700's, this lovely farmhouse and special family home is owned by Raymond. Each room is generous in size, distinctive in character and has original features. The materbedroom displays the original “Cangatura” limestone floor.
“Tal - Masklu has an endearing quality. It has managed to retain many original features which haven't been compromised by contemporary home comforts. In summer, grapes grow on the patio trellis and later, Raymond turns these into wine (it's excellent!). Looking at the small hidden entrance you will be surprised and delighted by how much house is hidden behind it”. JULES
The entrance and hall lead into a spacious kitchen with every facility for those keen to self cater.
Double terrace doors lead from the kitchen to the pool and a spacious terrace, where a lazy day and barbecue can be enjoyed.
BEDROOM ONE is a cosy self-contained bedroom located independently to the main house, beside the pool and amongst a pretty herb garden. It has two single beds and an en suite shower room.
An open doorway leads from the kitchen to the living area. This room has gravitas and an ambiance that we couldn't capture by photograph. It effortlessly combines modern comfort with charm and tradition. You will find comfortable settees, a wood burning fire, a plasma TV with cable and Wi-Fi internet.
The first floor has 3 Bedrooms. A master bedroom, one bedroom with twin beds and a further bedroom with a single bed. There are two staircases leading to the first floor. One external stone stairway and the other an internal wrought iron spiral staircase from the kitchen. There is a family bathroom plus an en suite shower room in the twin room.
The master bedroom is grand and generous, showcasing the “cangatura” tiles, an antique dresser, a solid mahogany bed and wardrobes. The bedroom has double patio doors that onto a spacious terrace with views of the garden and pool.
Bedroom 3 is similar to the master bedroom in its generous space and authentic feel. It also has an en-suite shower room. The landing is bright and airy with a comfortable seating area. Bedroom 4 has a single bed, ideal for a family with children.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Xlendi or Malsalforn Bay the same (10 mins by car) 6.4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Luqa, Malta International to Cirkewwa, Malta 29.9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Island of Gozo region
WELCOME TO GOZO
Let me tell you about the Mediterranean's best kept secret.
5km North West of Malta and south of Sicily, the small island is 9 miles long and 5 miles wide – the equivalent of Manhattan! It was first inhabited in 50000 BC when farmers from nearby Sicily crossed the Mediterranean and settled. Today it has about 27 000 residents. Not just a summer gem, it's a worthy all-year destination.
Fondly regarded as having “stood still”, Gozo has managed to preserve its traditional ways whilst adapting to the future. The island is relaxing, peaceful and “laid back”, compared to Malta. It is rural and green with beautiful countryside landscapes and coastal views. For a small island, Gozo has a big personality, rich in folk law, history and culture. Rustic, charming, and charismatic with a warm hospitality, describes Gozo. Unique and authentic, the Gozo experience lures visitors back time after time. “Foodies” are also drawn to the island by the variety of excellent fresh and flavoursome Mediterranean Gozitan cuisine. Its wineries also produce some of the most respected wines.
Gozo's main town is Victoria where you'll find a hive of activity. There are many café's, bars, restaurants and shops, a Culture Centre and the Citadel, Victoria's Cathedral. There are 2 shopping arcades, each with a supermarket open all day. Pjazza Independenza is Victoria's main square, shared by a morning market and number of open air café's. It is normally found buzzing with the chatter of locals and tourists enjoying a coffee or Cisk. Great for people watching.
Victoria is surrounded by 13 smaller towns and villages. The main bus terminus is here with a network of routes to all villages. There is now a frequent Gozo “Hop on, Hop off Bus”. A great leisurely way to see all of Gozo.
There are five main beaches on Gozo and many smaller bays and coves. Beaches include;
Xlendi it is possible to swim in a small sandy beach or paddle, dive and snorkel off surrounding rocks. Xlendi is an excellent dive site, a thriving fishing village and small harbour.
Malsaforn has one of the best known bays and buzzes with a hype of activity in summer months. Restaurants and bars surround the turquoise Mediterranean, serving local cuisine such as Gbejniet (cheese), fresh local fish and rabbit. Lampuki is a seasonal speciality. As migrating fish, they pass the island in autumn.
Ramla is Gozo's largest, yet unspoilt and beautiful beach dating back to Roman times. It is a vast blanket of red sand, ideal for sun worshipers. The sea is shallow and perfect for children.
San Blas is a delightful little beach of red sand. Of exceptional charm, it is quaint, idyllic. Quite secluded, it always escapes the crowds
Dahlet Qorrot beach is quaint and you can swim from rocks on both sides in crystal clear water. Fishermen use this tranquil bay as a base and boats can be seen bobbing quietly on the sea.
The Azure Window at San Lawrenz is a popular feature on the tourist map. It is a natural arch formed out of the sea millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed,
RELIGION AND HISTORY
Religion and culture play a significant role in life on Gozo. The Saints are the focus of worship both past and present. For such as small island, Gozo has a high concentration of churches - forty six in total. Each village has a unique church. So impressive, they say is the church dome in Xewkija is larger than St Paul's in London!
Every year, Gozo celebrates its Saints by organising spectacular feasts throughout the summer months. Each town and village will host a splendid “festa” with celebrations every weekend from late May to mid-September. Each festa is organised in honour of the patron saint to whom the parish is dedicated. These are lively celebrations with coluorful illuminations, brass bands, processions and plenty of fireworks. The façade of the village church and main streets are dressed with thousands of twinkling lights. Scenes we may compare to a major street party – but times a thousand.
Other churches and temples of historic acclaim include Ta' Pinu Church. This is Gozo's national shrine and most iconic church. Legend has it that Ta' Pinu touched many with its mysterious powers and today, is a world renowned relic. Also parts of Gozo's heritage are a number of historic temples. The Ggantija Temples in Xaghra, a World Heritage Site, are the oldest freestanding temples in the world. Dating back to 3500BC, they are attributed to a mythical giantess.
The temperatures are typical of a lovely Mediterranean climate and long warm summer. Warmer temperatures appear as early as March and climb steadily as months of April and May are very pleasant. June can offer hot climate with July through to September being the hottest – average temperature 30C/86F. As we would expect, August is the hottest. October is a great time to visit if you're looking for less heat but a pleasant sunny climate. Although lesser temperatures November to February, these months can still offer as many days of 5 – 6 hours of pleasant sunshine.
Gharb (pronounced “aaaarrb”) is one of the oldest villages on Gozo, where various archaeological excavations found remains dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age era. Gharb has panoramic countryside tracks and valleys that are ideal for walking and relaxing. There is a peaceful and picturesque village square to sit and relax.
The “feast” day is on the 31st May of every year. Gharb is renowned for a popular Shrine on Gozo dedicated to Our Lady of Ta' Pinu. This architectural relic was built next to an old chapel (still existing), where myth says in 1883, Our Lady spoke to a devotee from Gharb named Karmni Grima. Ta' Pinu Sanctuary is a place of great affection and national importance. Pilgrims, both locals and tourists, visit Ta' Pinu all year round.
You will also find a number of museums and the Ta' Dbiegi Crafts Village in Gharb, where various handcrafts are made and sold. Visitors can find hand-made pottery, mouth-blown glass and Gozo lace.
Dwerja Bay is close by, together with the Azure Window – a natural arch with a table-like rock over the sea. The stunning geography of the area was created thousands of years ago when two limestone's collapsed, forming the window. It has been featured in a number of films, including Clash of the Titans (1981). Dwejra is a tourist village that belongs to the town of St Lawrence. The bay has dramatic seascapes and a rocky shoreline renowned for its geology, wildlife and fascinating underwater scenery.
The popular beaches of Malsaforn and Xlendi BAYS are within asy disctance by car.
A local supermarket and restaurants, Salvina's or Jeffrey's are in easy walking distance. The 5* Kempinski Hotel and Spa is also located a short distance outside Gharb.
Bus Route: From Victoria - Bus No.2, 91
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