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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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||Private outdoor pool (unheated), 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!