Penthouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
INTRODUCING VERMENTINO “BOUTIQUE PENTHOUSE” - BY JULES
“When Abraham told me that viewing this Penthouse was essential, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Viewing essential? - He wasn't kidding! Another one of Abraham's superb creations, adjacent to his four houses and located in a private spot, within the exclusive IL Vigneto suite.
Taking a private elevator to the 3rd floor, I stood on the wide marble staircase and opened the door to find a refreshing and impressive living space. Exceptionally designed and furnished, this open plan living area has everything you need for pleasure and comfort. Impressed, I wasn't quite ready for the next level. We walked up a few marble stairs onto the next landing with terrace doors running its length and opening onto a spectacular roof terrace. It isn't a feature I would have expected to find on Gozo. But it works – and how well it works! Synonymous with idyllic Gozo, surrounded by peaceful countryside views, this tranquil location promises you hours of uninterrupted relaxation.
Spacious, the roof terrace is exquisitely furnished with rattan garden furniture and a state of the art BBQ. No need to for a pool to cool off. Relax in the 6 seater Jacuzzi with a glass of wine while you watch the lunch slowly sizzle. Just inside you will find the third bedroom and another touch I love. A small drinks fridge. No need to pop down to the kitchen for a refill. Just top your glass up here. My kind of heaven (it also made the team laugh to realise we had used the stairs to carry equipment from the kitchen to the roof when the private elevator would have done the job for us!!).
Vermentino surprised me. Different class. You might expect a Penthouse to be 20 stories high surrounded by honking horns. Quite the contrary. Idyllic bliss. I can't wait to stay Abraham's Penthouse myself. – JULES”
Vermentino's first level has a spacious and comfortable open plan living, dining and kitchen are with breakfast bar. If you fancy dining at home but want a night off from cooking, simply request the services of one of Il Vigneto's chef's to come and cook a menu of your choice (to be experienced).
You can also pre-order breakfast from us if you want to relax or feed the family before an excursion.
A spacious living room has excellent furnishings, a 40” LCD TV with cable and a wood stove. You will also find two bedrooms and a family bathroom. One bedroom has twin beds and the second is a double with an en-suite shower.
Bedroom three is on the second level with terrace door onto the roof terrace (if you fancy an evening Jacuzzi by candlelight). This has a double bed plus with an en-suite shower and of course, the handy mini fridge.
On the same level is a well-furnished lounge space with a Plasma TV and leather settees. Great for shade from the sun but to still bask in the roof top atmosphere.
Vermentino is approximately 15 minutes' walk to Xaghra Square with its cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants. Also, a handy 5 minute walk to the nearest bus stop and Abraham's Supermarket and others.
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||Ramla Bay, Nadur 3.2 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Luqa, Malta International to Cirkewwa, Malta 29.9 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
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.
Offering a wealth of rich historical heritage, Xag?ra is a particularly picturesque village encircled by the lush valleys of Ramla, Ta' l-G?ejjun and Marsalforn and by three beautiful bays - Rambla (considered Gozo's best beach), Ghajn Barrani and Marsalforn.
History shows Xaghra has been settled since the earliest times and possesses one of the most extraordinary structures on the Island - the ?gantija temple complex. Consisting of two Neolithic stone temples dating back to 3600BC, these gargantuan items are amongst the oldest freestanding stone buildings in the world and as such hold UNESCO World Heritage status.
Close-by is the restored eighteenth-century windmill, Ta' Kola, with its original mechanisms and miller's living quarters on view while for something quite different, the Pomskizillious Museum of Toys displays a range of antique toys and a waxwork of artist and rhyme-writer, Edward Lear.
Perhaps a more surprising village attraction is its caves! Hidden beneath two private houses in Xaghra's residential streets you find Xerri's Grotto and Ninu's Cave; while just outside the town, overlooking Ramla Bay, is the legendary 'Calpyso's Cave'- supposedly home of mythical nymph, Calypso, from Homer's Odyssey.
Xaghra's first parish church, dedicated to St Anthony Abbott, was originally a medieval chapel that later gained parish status in 1688 and still stands today. The parish, however, is now served by the much larger Basilica within the central square (dedicated to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary). The 8th September marks the annual feast day and, unusually, serves a dual purpose: not only does it honour the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but the date also marks "Il-Festa tal-Vittorja" (The Victory Feast) in memory of the Maltese victory under the Knights of St. John over the Ottoman Turks in the Great Siege of 1565.
The nearest beach is the popular Malsalforn Bay with many bars ,café and restaurants that surround the sea.
Xaghra Square has become more cosmopolitan over recent years with the number of cafes and restaurants attracting more visitors and creating a lively atmosphere.
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