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, “festa's” to local cuisine, Gozo is a unique gem. Located in Nadur, the islands second largest village, Ta' Rena is located on a prime vista and a short walk to nearby restaurants, bars and shops. It is also in close proximity to the largest and pretty sandy beach, Ramla Bay and an easy 10 minute drive from the capital, Victoria and 10 minutes walk from Nadur village centre.
WELCOME TO TA' RENA – BY JULES
“The first time I walked into Ta Rena, the entrance blew me away! A limestone staircase led me to a living space adorned with sunlight and double doors leading to a pool terrace. Here, I met the most spectacular view. Miles of scenic countryside dotted with limestone buildings and church domes. I fell in love with the package instantly. Today, Ta' Rena (named after mum) is the flagship of Jules Gozo Lettings. We're passionate about sharing our experience with you and proud to offer a personal service” JULES AND FAMILY
Furnished to a high standard, Ta' Rena is family friendly with many comforts of 'home'. The expansive stone entrance leads to 2 double bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with 2 single beds. Adjacent is a bathroom.
At the top of a wide stone staircase is the landing and living area. You will find lounge settees, a dining table and kitchen. The kitchen is fully functional and well equipped for the keen self-cater. Large Shutter style windows open out to the pool, allowing views to be seen from the dining table.
Stepping out from the living area, the terrace provides seating around the pool. Views from this terrace can be enjoyed throughout the day. The barbecue is an ideal excuse to spend the day at base. A shower room at the top of the stairs is handy for the pool and upper roof terrace. The master bedroom is on the first floor with an en-suite bathroom.
A second stone staircase will take you to the upper terrace. A magnificent vantage point, it overlooks Gozo's rural landscape which stretches for miles. There is an outdoor dining table, chairs and umbrella. Many enjoyable moments have been spent here with a bottle of wine watching the sun disappear over the horizon, a candle lit dinner or peaceful chill time. The opportunities are many.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hondoq ir-Rummien 5.7 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||240 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Luqa, Malta International Airport to Cirkewwa 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, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|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, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
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.
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.
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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13 Feb 2014
"Well furnished accommodation with fabulous views and very professional backup service"
We found Ta Rena relaxing and peaceful The house had all we needed, the kitchen was well equipped and the lounge dining area very comfortable. We used the double bedroom with en suite on the first flo… More
15 Aug 2013
"Beautiful house with wonderful views!"
Ta Rena is a wonderful place to stay. On arrival the house surpassed our expectations and we were happy to call it home for our stay. The house is well equipped, clean and spacious and the air condi… More
30 Jan 2013
"Brilliant winter break"
Just returned from a relaxing few weeks at Ta Rena. As noted in other reviews, the accomodation is comfortable and quiet. Nights can be chilly at this time of the year, but extra heating was provided… More
Good Afternoon Roger
I very much appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your experience and share your feedback. I was at the house just before you arrived for the same reason - to get away from the climate here. I did feel the house was cool and although we had heating in the rooms, I felt we needed an extra boost. Hence the gas heater. I hope we may welcome more guests for winter breaks as Gozo has a lot to offer out of season.
Peter is a gem and I keep in touch regularly especially whilst guests are staying to check every thing is OK. I know we had a problem with the kettle triping the electrics but believe its fine now.
I really hope we can welcome you back in the winter or summer months and thank you for choosing to stay at Ta Rena.
Hope we'll see you again in the near future and that you will bring many more fiends!
27 Oct 2012
"Lovely house, incredible island, fabulous holiday!"
My boyfriend and I stayed for a week in June, and were looking for a peaceful, relaxing break in the sunshine. We certainly got it here. Ta' Rena is a lovely farmhouse, gorgeous inside and out, w… More
26 Aug 2012
"Just What We Needed"
We did want to write to you and say a big thank you for allowing us the pleasure of staying in your lovely holiday home. Ta Rena was ideal for us enabling a relaxing time in very comfortable surroundings. Pretty much everything we needed was there. We even experienced the horses and goat next door, although did feel a bit sorry for them having not a blade of grass to graze upon through each day until their owner came.
An ideal base we quickly settled in to a routine of waking early and getting out before the heat got too much, then back indoors with frequent dips in the welcoming pool through the afternoons, and then out again in the evening for more exploring and occasional meal out. I should add that I have never been inside so many churches in such a short space of time!
Reading the comments of previous guests proved invaluable and we enjoyed many of their suggestions (and hopefully we've added a few too).
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the local baker in Nadur for fresh rolls, bread and amazing pizzas, and the supermarket (Azzopardi's) was able to supply the majority of our other needs.
Nowhere is very far away in Gozo and so I think we did a pretty good job of covering it - Dwejra Point for the Window (twice), Jeffreys restaurant in Gharb for the rabbit in lovely courtyard setting, Xaghra for the Temples and both grottos, Xlendi for a touristy spot, Marsalforn for a meal on the harbourside, Qala for its Festa and Victoria for good views from the Citadel come to mind. The car hired through Peter allowed to get to most places within minutes.
We also made it to the Blue Lagoon on Comino catching the first boat out at 0800 and staying for just two hours before the crowds really took it over. We'll always remember it for another reason though as my poor wife got stung by a jell yfish in the crystal clear water! Fortunately the deck chair men had a suitable cream and she has suffered no ill effects o date.
I'll bring to a close by repeating our grateful thanks to you, and also to Peter for his help in making our arrival and departure go so smoothly. He was there if we needed, but not intrusively so.
31 Jul 2012
"Perfect base for staying in Gozo - a real home from home!"
We have just returned from staying at Ta' Rena for 11 wonderful and HOT days! Ta' Rena is a real home from home and an ideal base for travelling round the island of Gozo and for trips to Comino and Malta. The farmhouse itself is beautiful - clean and well furnished. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need, although we did all our cooking on the gas barbeque next to the pool as the weather was so glorious. There is a bathroom and twin and double bedroom on the ground floor, the middle floor comprises an en-suite double bedroom, shower room, living/dining area and kitchen - swimming pool, table and chairs and sunloungers on the terrace outside. The upper floor contains a further set of table and chairs and sunloungers on the outside terrace with laundry facilities and drying area inside. The views from both terraces are stunning at any time of the day. The cleaner came half way through our stay to change bed linen which I hadn't expected - nice surprise! There are plenty of towels and piping hot water (and I mean HOT so beware!). Julia, the owner, arranged for car hire and transfers to and from airport for us through Peter Pisani. Everything went extremely smoothly and without a hitch ( car with air con, ferry and airport transfer came to about £400 all in for the 11 days). Peter was at the farmhouse when we arrived and was most helpful, he was able to give us advice on best places to eat and visit etc - Anthony's in Nadur Square was great - lovely food and reasonable prices. Julia herself was very kind and extremely accommodating - we were due to vacate the property at 12 noon on our last day which is the norm, however she very kindly agreed to let us stay til later in the day as we were travelling with an elderly relative and our flight wasn't until 9pm. The air conditioning in the bedrooms is fantastic - we couldn't have managed without it. The swimming pool (which was bigger than the photo suggests) was a welcome relief from the heat and provided hours of entertainment for our 11 year old. I would thoroughly recommend this accommodation and would stay here again if in Gozo.
12 Jul 2012
"Charming townhouse, fantastic views!"
Lovely stone townhouse with plenty of room for our group of five. Fantastic views from the terrace and the pool was a god-send to cool off in. Kitchen well equipped and plenty of bathrooms. The bedrooms were all a good size with good beds and storage. The views from both the pool and upper terrace were wonderful as were the sunsets. Nadur is an attractive small town. For spectacular views back towards Malta and Comino, visit the town gardens. Great bread and fresh pizzas from the nearby bakers. Recommend Anthony's restaurant in town, but beware the portions are huge and they bring you a decent size appetiser anyway. Ramla Bay is a lovely sandy beach, but watch out for jellyfish in the sea! This is a great base for touring th island and nowhere is a long drive. Julia, the owner and Peter, the agent were both very helpful in arranging transfers and car hire for us, especially as we had to leave at 4am! We hope to come back sometime.
11 Jul 2012
"Great pool with fantastic views"
We had a fantastic week in Ta Rena but we could have easily stayed for another week.It is a great place to relax with the pool and sun loungers sitting on the second floor. The kitchen has everything … More
24 May 2012
"Beautiful house in a lovely location with friendly help to hand..."
Have just got back from a trip to Gozo and my partner found this wonderful home from home for us. The house is comfortable and beautiful with lovely views and a very relaxing ambience in a great loca… More
27 Apr 2012
"Wonderful location, wonderful views!"
We had a fabulous stay in Ta Rena in early April 2012 and I'd recommend staying here to anyone!
The house is arranged on three floors (2 bedrooms on the ground floor, the main bedroom (ensuite), bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining, sitting and opens out onto the pool area. The top floor is a utility area and further sun terrace. It is very well equipped, lots of crockery, glasses, cooking dishes and has a good sized fridgefreezer and washing machine. The house is well furnished and stylish. I have given a slightly lower rating to the bed only because we are used to a memory foam mattress and found the bed very bouncy, waking each other up when either of us rolled over (but we know we are a bit fussy about this so I'm sure most would find it was fine!)
My husband and I rented the house alone, but we spent the week remarking on how well it would suit a larger group - plenty of places to get together but also have your own space. The sun terraces (pool and above) are extremely private - not overlooked by other properties and the views across the valley and beyond are amazing (the photo on the site doesn't do it justice).
There were some good tips in the visitor's book (where to buy shopping, eat, beaches etc) and in addition we would recommend going to Ta Frenc (reports to be the best restaurant in Maltese islands) - fantastic food and service and very reasonable.
The farmhouse is in a fantastic location, and Nadur is a really lovely villiage. Gozo is a fantastic place for a relaxing break, we could have stayed another week - very little/no tourism and lovely scenery, villages food and people. We had good-great weather - we had a couple of very windy days but others that were still and hot hot hot - the temperatures were mid 20s at least.
The owners (UK based) were really welcoming, friendly and helpful during the booking/payment process as was their contact in Gozo. Thank you for a lovely week!
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