Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
INTRODUCING PONDEROSA – BY JULES
“Panderosa was delightful from the minute I walked through the front door into its bonny reception hall. The house has been tastefully restored, preserving its original character, whilst offering a spacious, comfortable family home. Original wrought iron mill tools are displayed throughout as a showcase of its Gozitan heritage. The pool terrace is a sanctuary of private space. The sleeping accommodation on the first floor follows a large L shape landing, the length of the house. Its width and large featured windows paint the picture of a grand court chamber where I imagine dignitaries in robes sitting in the little antique chairs. If you love a house with original character, comfort and space to relax, you will be enchanted” - JULES
Off the reception hall as you walk in is Bedroom 1 with a double bed.
Continuing through the stone arched doorway down a couple of steps, you are in the lounge and original mill room. Spacious with immense character, the lounge is exceptionally light due to a large ached window. These feature windows continue on both levels for the length of Ponderosa. Through anther stone arched door is the kitchen and dining area. A quaint cosy farmhouse kitchen with a door
to the pool terrace.
This spacious and private terrace provides an idyllic setting for swimming, relaxing and enjoying a barbeque.
From double doors in the kitchen you will find another lovely reception hall with a family shower room, in good proximity to the pool. A wide stone staircase leads to the other three bedrooms along the expansive L shaped landing. Bedroom 2 overlooks the pool and has two single beds. There is a large family bathroom on the landing.
Bedroom 3 is a spacious double room with en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom 4 is at the front of the house with twin beds.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Xlendi or Malsalforn Bay (10 mins by car) 6.4 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Luqa Malta International to Cerkewwa Terminal Malt 29.9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Island of Gozo region
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.
Nadur is Gozo second largest village spread out over the top of a plateau. Nadur “nadir” means to “keep guard” and much of the island and beyond can be seen from Nadur. The village has a huge church dedicated to apostles Saints Peter and Paul with the foundation stone laid as far back as 1760. The church is entirely covered in marble. Paintings on the dome and ceiling by Lazzaro Pisami recreate images from the life of Peter and Paul. The church is believed to be Gozo's best baroque architectural masterpiece. It also owns the Gozo Maritime Museum, off the village square.
The feast of Nadur – Mnarja – is celebrated 29th June every year. A carnival atmosphere buzzes with colourful illuminations, fireworks, music, band processions and dancing. Nadur is also the fruit growing district of the island. Nearby is Gozo's largest sandy bay, Ir-Ramla and the small coves of Dahlet Qorrot and San Blas - perfect for snorkelling.
There are a number of local supermarkets in walking distance from the house. In about 10 minutes you will reach a number of bars and Nadur has five restaurants. Our guest's favourite restaurant is Anthony's. Local food, local prices but our guest book also advises to beware of over ordering – they're big portions!
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16 May 2014
"A fantastic and peaceful stay at Ponderosa"
Our stay in Ponderosa was fantastic. This is an old, beautiful house with plenty of space, which is a plus when you travel with kids as we did. We were warmlly welcomed upon arrival, and shown the pro… More
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