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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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. Birbuba II is one of two twin farmhouses nestled together in a private location, a short walk from the charming village of Gharb. There is a regular bus service from Gharb to Victoria and other villages on Gozo.
INTRODUCING BIRBUBA II, BY JULES
“Walking through a pretty courtyard toward the pool terrace, Louis stopped to show us a large bedroom. A superb room of stone archways with an interesting past life. Pointing to a round imprint in the stone ceiling, Louis (Birbuba's caretaker) explained this used to hold the main pole of the mill grinder. A mill room hundreds of years ago, it was used to create a black market for locals to produce grain for themselves. At this time, the government removed all farmers grain in order to ration it themselves. A donkey would walk round in circles turning and grinding the mill.
A charismatic and comfortable family home in a peaceful location. An ideal base to enjoy the rest of Gozo”. JULES
GROUND FLOOR AND POOL
A private entrance through a courtyard finds Bedroom 1, the old “mill room”. This has a delightful immense character of stone archways and so spacious, it has 4 single beds. It also has a bathroom en suite.
Bedroom 2 is also in the courtyard and has a double bed and en-suite shower room.
Continuing through the courtyard is a family size pool and private terrace to enjoy a peaceful lazy day.
A little stone stairway leads to the first floor where you will find a spacious living and dining area with a separate kitchen. Again, the living area characterised by stone archways.
Bedroom 3 is further along the stone balcony on the first floor. It has 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with corner bath.
JULES GOZO HOLIDAYS
We are a family business who specialise in authentic farmhouse holidays on idyllic Gozo.
In 2007 we purchased a traditional farmhouse of charm and character. Today, guests continue to enjoy the peace, comfort and hospitality of Ta' Rena as a base to experience Gozo. Inspired by feedback, we now offer holidays at a number of other farmhouses. Our approach is the same. A personal service and five star approach to organise a holiday rental tailored to you. Handpicked farmhouses, all familiar to us, will have local character, home comforts, excellent amenity and a peaceful location to enjoy the riches of Gozo.
JULES also offers an extended holiday experience. Choose car transfer from the airport to the door, car or bike hire, special occasions or excursions organised e.g. Vineyard tours, accommodation for large parties, receptions, group activities, nature walks, a lesson in Gozitan cuisine and more.
Our dedicated and experienced team is U.K. and Gozo based. Myself (JULES) and partner, Chris, liaise with the team on Gozo, led by Peter Pisani. Well regarded and fondly known, Peter is our “Gozitan concierge”. He's commended by guests for his local knowledge, expertise and customer service. Whatever you're ideal holiday we hope the team at Jules Gozo Holidays can help organise it.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dwerja Bay 3.5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||800 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malta Luqa International Airport to Cirkewwa Ferry 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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
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. Some of these also have small rural hamlets. Arriva now operates an extended service with bus stops in all villages. You can either catch a bus to a neighbouring village or to Victoria where the main bus terminus is located. From here, there is a network of routes to all villages making it possible to see the island by bus. It is a very cheap way to get around (a one day ticket is currently €2.60). Gozo has also introduced a “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 colourful 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 Bay are within easy distance 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.
Arriva Bus no 305 Gharb to Victoria
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