Farmhouse | 3 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. Veduta is located in countryside on the outskirts of Ghasri within a private and picturesque setting. The village is on the north west side of Gozo and close to Gharb and Victoria, the capital. Ghasri is popular for its countryside, valley walks and cycling.
INTRODUCING VEDUTA, BY JULES
“This farmhouse has been tastefully restored, retaining many original features, yet very comfortable and well furnished. The living space is particularly bright and airy with a spacious homely feel. As I walked out to the pool terrace, there was a gorgeous Mediterranean scene of palm trees that surround it. A tranquil sense of peace radiated form here. A stone table and benches are perfectly poised to spend many lazy days just soaking up the ambiance” JULES
You enter the main door of Veduta from the road into a hallway of stone arches and character. There is a downstairs toilet here.
Bedroom 1 is off the hallway and is the smallest but cosy and comfortable with an en-suite bathroom. There are two single beds side by
side.The hallway takes you to a spacious open plan living and dining area. Double doors open from a country farmhouse style kitchen to a generous pool with a BBQ and stone seating on the terrace.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 are on the first floor. One has a double bed and the other, two single beds. There is one family shower room adjacent for both.
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 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malsalforn Bay 3.6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malta Luqa International Airport to Cirkewwa Ferry 29.9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), 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
THE ISLAND OF 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.
Ghasri (pronounced “asri” on the west side of Gozo and with a population of 521. This makes it the smallest village by headcount. In contrast, it covers a large area and lies between the Hills of Zebbug and Ghammar and reached by road from Victoria to Gharb. The village is close to Gharb, Kercem and the capital, Victoria.
The Gurden Lighthouse on Gurden hill was the first Lighthouse built on Gozo dating back to 1853. It rises 180 metres above sea level. At the top of the steep Gurden Hill you have fabulous panoramic views of the island. This attracts hikers who enjoy the steep challenge to the top. The lighthouse was instrumental in defending the Maltese islands during World War II as its radar was able to anticipate enemy attacks early.
From the village square you can follow the road to a lovely valley, Wied L Ghasri. Ideal for country walks and cycling, particularly in spring and winter. The valley leads to the sea and a secluded inlet wedged between high cliffs. The inlet is popular for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
The farmhouse is short drive from a number of beaches. 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 bay has dramatic seascapes and a rocky shoreline renowned for its geology, wildlife and fascinating underwater scenery.
The popular and lively beach at Malsaforn Bay is a short drive on the north side of Gozo. Restaurants and bars surround the turquoise Mediterranean, serving fresh local cuisine. It is also a short drive to another popular resort, Xlendi Bay, on the south side of the island.
There is a local Supermarket within walking distance, located off Ghasri's main square. The nearest restaurants and bars are in close proximity in Gharb. Jeffrey's and Salvina's are two well known. Victoria is close by (2km or 5 minutes by car) with many restaurants, cafes, shops and bars.
There is also a frequent bus service from Ghasri to Victoria and surrounding villages.
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