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Cosy, warm atmosphere at "il-Forn"

Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

FROM NOVEMBER 2014 TILL MARCH 2015 FOR AN EXTRA 180 EURO YOU GET:

1) HIRE OF CITY CAR FOR 7 DAYS (conditions apply)

2) SPLIT TRANSFERS TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT

3) USE OF SPA

PLACE DESCRIPTION

Part of this historical building dates back to 300 years and was recently restored by the owners with great attention to detail. One can easily feel the warm and cosy atmosphere of this comfortable accommodation as soon as he enters. The house is accessed through a private alley making it very quiet and peaceful.

Right at the entrance one can see the original stone oven of the bakery which was still in operation up to the 1980's. Beautiful old vaults house a pleasantly decorated seating area where a sofa can be used as an additional bed. One can admire the "lenbi" where women used to make the dough for a whole week's bread. The entrance, which can easily be heated in winter by the small wood stove, is tastefully decorated with local tiles on the walls together with antique furniture.

Another original feature is an ash-pit found during restoration. This can easily be used as a wine cellar. The flagstone flooring throughout the bakery adds further character. During the hot summer days, the small but landscaped courtyard invites anyone to relax in the shade of the huge banana trees . The SPA is an optional and can be used all year long for some relaxing moments with your loved ones. Also on the ground floor there is an airconditioned twin single bed-room with a shower en-suite. On the first floor of the former bakery is another airconditioned double room with a tiny balcony and en-suite shower room. Here is a staircase leading to an open-plan loft overlooking the living room and where one can find another double bed . This loft leads to a small terrace overlooking the alley, and from which one can admire the fireworks of the village festa which comes in August.

The air-conditioned living room with the satellite TV and the lovingly crafted kitchen lead to a small balcony overlooking the internal yard and which gives access to the roof. From the roof of the house lies the unspoilt view of the north of Gozo to the sea. You can spend memorable time on the sun-loungers or enjoy some grilled meat on the BBQ or a hearty pizza cooked in the wood oven (we will be very pleased to help you in case the need arises).

More charm is added to this place when you hear the fish vendor, followed by the baker and the fruit and vegetable vendor who come to our small village every morning. However taking a stroll in the picturesque capital city Victoria (or Rabat as we call it) and do shopping there is so easy and just 5 minutes away by car. Marsalforn which is a fishing village is just 2km from Zebbug and offers a vast variety of restaurants, bars and cafes for every taste.

PRICE IS FOR 1-4 PERSONS

EACH EXTRA PERSON PAYS 15 EURO/DAY

FREE WIFI

FREE BED LINEN, TOWELS AND BEACH TOWELS(in summer)

FREE LOCAL FOOD ON ARRIVAL

FREE BREAKFAST ITEMS FOR THE NEXT MORNING

FREE READING MATERIAL AND MAPS

HIRING OF BEACH UMBRELLAS, BICYCLES AND CARS IS AVAILABLE

USE OF SPA IS AGAINST EXTRA PAYMENT

USE OF AIRCONDITION IS AGAINST PAYMENT

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Marsalforn 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Luqa International Airport 35 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Air conditioning, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Families with young children are kindly asked to specify what they need like cot, play-pan and high-chair etc. so that we can provide it for them free of charge. Toys and books are provided free of charge.

Free books and DVD's for all the family to enjoy especially on wet days.

Further details outdoors

The private alley and the open area in front of the house make it ideal for children to play safely away from the main street.

The bus stop is just 50 metres from the building.

Further details

Our guests will be given a detailed pack of visits, excursions, boat trips, restaurants etc. that they can do during their stay.

We will be very glad to help you organize your stay and visit secret unspoilt areas of our island.

We organise guided walks, visits to museums and transfers to the beach.

Organise trips around Gozo and Comino.

We also organise BBQ's at the beach.

We can help you rent bicycles and mopads.

Local dishes are provided on your request.

Maid service is available at an extra cost for stays of more than one week.

Direct transfers to and from airport are organised.

We also provide car hiring for your stay.

Smoking is prohibited in the house but one can use the roof and ashtrays given on request.

The Island of Gozo region

Discovering Gozo, a tiny island measuring about 14km by 7km with about 31000 inhabitants, is the key to discovering one of the most untouched and unique islands in the Mediterranean. Gozo, which is more scenic and tranquil from the sister island Malta, is the perfect island holiday destination, a serene land where time has stood still and where the locals are very helpful and friendly and are always ready to go out of their way to help. Its outstanding climate with temperatures hardly reaching 10 degrees Celcius in winter, is an all-year round destination.

Gozo with over 7000 years of history, is ideal for the historic or religious travellers, for beach holidays, an eco-holiday, a walking or cycling holiday or just an opportunity to get away from it all and indulge in great food, great beaches and an exceptional culture. It is also paradise for those after a diving holiday in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Gozo is many things to many different people, but above all it is truly special, tranquil and unique: the island of Myths and Miracles...

Zebbug

“Zebbug” means 'Olives' and this village was once famous for its abundance of olive trees. The olives were grown and harvested here and taken for pressing into oil at the adjacent village down the hill ,on the way to Victoria which is called Ghasri (meaning the ''pressing place'' ).

Zebbug is an old hilltop village with exotic views. The village's highest spot is marked by its parish church and the customary stone cross in front of it. Except for the coastal portions of Qbajjar and Marsalforn, the villagers of Zebbug actually live on two hills connected by a narrow strip of land. The land drops abruptly all around. This can be experienced along the road to Qbajjar and Marsalforn. Here you will see that Zebbug commands spectacular views over the coast , land and sea. Another steep hill at Zebbug is the flat topped Ta' Kuljat, which contains some bronze age silo pits. The area between this hill and Qbajjar to the north contains many Punic and Pre-Historic tombs.

The villagers are known for the high quality of their (Bizzilla) lace, weaving and woolen blankets. Their religious values are untarnished, as judged for example from the high priority given to the maintenance of street niches.

Included with Zebbug is a good portion of Gozo's north shore, which is characterized by some scenic inlets, natural bluffs and man-made salt pans. At Wied il-Ghasri, one of the islands beauty spots, quaint boat shelters align the narrow canyon, which also offers a secluded small sandy beach.

Our unique location blessed with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea offers a quiet place to get away from it all. At the same time, all amenities are close by. Seafront restaurants, supermarkets, beaches, diving, boat trips to Comino & Blue Lagoon, historical and cultural places are just 5 minutes drive away. For those who want to feel the remote life of a typical rural village, one can buy the fresh bread from the 8am van. Also the fish vendor and fruit and vegetable van come everyday infront of the house. For those who do not want to cook after a whole day exploring the island, one can visit Francesco's Pizzeria in the village centre just 100m away from the house, and help himself at the hearty pizza at a very good price. Gozo's traditional dishes include the sheep cheese filled ravioli, the “bragioli”, the local ftira, the mouthwatering fresh fish especially the “lampuki” pie and the “pastizzi”. On their day of arrival, our special guests are served with local delicacies including crunchy traditional bread with paste and fresh herbs, sheep peppered cheese, oven baked onions…a heaven for those who love typical cuisine.

THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE...

• WALKING AND CYCLING Holidays during Spring and Autumn (Guided walking guide booklets are available for free from our accommodation.

• Snorkelling and diving in Gozo which is attributed to have the best diving spots in the Mediterranean. Further information available from our accommodation.

• Carnival is celebrated on the five days preceding Ash Wednesday. It usually falls in February. Initiated during the Aragonese rule (before 1530), the celebration has continued to grow and expand. Colorful artistic floats, grotesque masks and dance companies of all ages and sexes parade the streets of the town and the main villages throughout the whole week. Becoming more popular is the spontaneous carnival organised after sunset in the village of Nadur. Hundreds of people walk up and down the main street dressed in comically distorted figures and the most imaginative and creative costumes and masks to conceal their identity. Free public transport during the night to our village. This year this is held between 4th and 12th February 2013.

• The week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, known in the Christian calendar as Holy Week, is full of religious and folkloristic shows. The central event is the Good Friday procession during which several life-size statues representing various moments from the passion and death of Christ are paraded through the village streets of Zebbug. Several men make vows to walk in the procession carrying a heavy cross or dragging heavy iron chains tied to their ankles. They wear hoods to conceal their identity. Scores of boys and young men are dressed in period costumes to add to the pageantry of the manifestation. Most impressive is the Roman legion, a gleam of breastplates, spears and shields and who announce themselves with trumpets and drum rolls. The procession is accompanied by the village band.

• On Easter afternoon there is a procession with the statue of the Risen Christ in our village. When the statue reaches the village square, the bearers stop for a moment and then return the Risen Christ inside the church with a run. This year's celebrations take place between 28th till 31st March 2013.

• Strawberries festival in April - Festa Frawli Mgarr Malta (Transfers to and from accomodation available on request)

• Malta International Fireworks Festival Spectacular pyrotechnic event between APRIL - MAY. (Transfers to and from accomodation on request)

• Gozo Marathon April 2013 (applications available on request)

• The Medieval Mdina Festival takes place in May. The festival focuses on re-enactments, pageantry and floral displays. Activities also include a medieval street market, jousting, a display of birds of prey, as well as medieval games for everyone. Entrance fees for all museums and attractions in Mdina have been reduced. Details of dates to be given later. (Transfers to and from accommodation are available on request).

• The Malta Jazz Festival takes place in July of every year. Dates of the program to be given later.

• Local folklore reaches its climax during the Village festas – During June to September there are celebrations every weekend in a different village. A festa worthy of the name is made up of illuminations, brass bands, fireworks and a procession. Sunday 25th August is Festa of Santa Maria at Zebbug our village with a whole week of celebrations and spectacular fireworks during the weekend. Detailed program available from our accommodation.

• Nadur Wine Festival - Delicata Wine Festival at Nadur during last week of August (every day from 6pm till midnight). Public transport from and to the festival.

• Festival Mediterranea October-November 2013. An annual event on the Island of Gozo, Festival Mediterranea offers all that Gozo boasts of in the cultural and artistic arena. This mid-autumn festival has an island-wide aspect, with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor events. Music concerts dominate the celebrations, but there are also international conferences, walks and talks in ancient and historic places, field trips, food and drink events and art exhibitions. Festival Mediterranea offers visitors a great opportunity to learn about Gozo's temples and archaeological sites through a series of lectures and visits.

• Attend to Renowned Operas during the Autumn Season.

•Visit the island of Gozo in December 2013 and January 2014 and experience Christmas Live cribs. FREE guided tour of the live cribs on the island to all our visitors.

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Review 1-10 of 22

11 May 2014

5/5

"Beautiful apartment, very friendly owners on a lovely island."

My husband and I stayed at Il Forn for a week in the first week of April. The apartment is beautifully restored from an old bakery with the oven still in situ downstairs. Lovely views from the roof te… More

Dear friends, thank you so much for your excellent review about our house and about us! Your kind words are truly appreciated! Our guests mean so much to us and we are constantly doing our very best to make them have a comfortable and memorable stay.

Take care of each other and hope to meet you once again in the near future!

Saħħa!

23 Apr 2014

5/5

"Relaxing, cosy and convenient!"

We spent a few days exploring Gozo and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at il-Forn. The rooftop terrace is just wonderful for dining in the evening, with fantastic views of Zebbug, the sea and the countrys… More

Thank you so much for your outstanding review. The place enjoys unspoilt views from the roof terrace especially during the winter months when the valley below is all green, or in spring with the blooming flowers which resemble colourful carpets. Winters here are very mild with temperatures about 13 degrees on average and at night about 10 degrees. This makes it ideal to go for walks in our unique countryside and along the exceptionally beautiful coastline.

Besides being served at you door by the hawkers is a unique experience! You truly live like the locals!

Heartfelt thanks to you and hope to see again soon:))

Always in our hearts
Mary & Andrew

26 Oct 2013

5/5

"Perfect holiday conditions"

We spend 10 sunny and relaxed days at Il Forn. Everything was comfortable and we especially enjoyed the view from the roof terrace – so every evening after pizza at “Francesco” we had a glass of… More

Dear friends, thank you so much for your outstanding review. It is always a pleasure knowing that you achieved what you came for - peace and tranquillity and a relaxing stay!

Hope to meet you again but this time with your larger families - would be a real pleasure for us!

Take Care and wish you luck with your profession!

Mary & Andrew

13 Oct 2013

5/5

"Eine tolle Woche in iL-Forn - a wonderful week at iL-Forn"

Wir hatten eine wunderbare Woche in iL-Forn. Aufgrund der detaillierten Bilder auf der Homepage konnten wir uns ein sehr genaues Bild von dem liebevoll restaurierten Haus machen und waren voller Erwar… More

How lovely to hear that your week here in our restored bakery was for you a wonderful week and that our accomodation offered you a comfortable stay!

Yes Zebbug is typical rural village and although there is one small grocery shop it is still served by hawkers selling freshly baked bread, fish, fruit and vegetables thus making it a really particular one. However as you rightly said everything here on Gozo is so very close and it is only 5 minutes to the shops and restaurants. Although you really enjoyed cooking fresh fish nearly everyday in our fully equipped kitchen, I must add that in the village we have three really good pizzerias within walking distance serving a variety of pizzas, grills and really good wine at unbelievable low prices from around 4 euro for a large one. Besides the view from the pizzerias is unbelievably awesome. However I must say that fresh fish is always unbeatable here on Gozo!

We wish you all the best of luck with your work and we are sure that your wife will have a really fulfilling life now she is at home with your grandchildren.

Hope to see you again at "il-Forn", next time maybe with your family.

Thank you for your time to write this superb review in two languages - your efffort is very much appreciated.

Always in our hearts
Mary & Andrew

10 Oct 2013

5/5

"Heaven on Earth..."

First of all Mary and andrew, the owners of this lovely property, are perhaps the kindest, hardest working, most generous and efficient hosts you could hope to encounter anywhere! And while their home… More

Dearest friends we have no words to thank you enough for your exceptional review. You left us speechless!!!!

It is so nice to hear that our lovely guests from the other continent had such a wonderful time at "il-Forn" and on Gozo. Talking to you was so nice and we thank you for all your precious time you shared with us. Both of you are incredibly warm persons and it would be such an honour if we'll have the time to meet you and host you once again here in our tranquil village of Zebbug.

Take Care of yourselves and all the very best of luck:)))

Until we meet again you will always be in our hearts
Mary & Andrew

2 Oct 2013

4/5

"So personal and cosy and unlike other common stays"

We really loved this place. The owners Mary and andrew welcomed us and took time to explain us about the Island and what to see. The rest of our stay they were so helpfull with whatever we needed. The… More

Dearest family from Denmark, it is such a pleasure knowing that you found yourselves comfortable in the house and that you had everything that you needed available for you.

We would really like to thank you for joining us to the BBQ by the beach and we will surely treasure this moment forever. It was so nice talking about our ways of living and it is always so interesting knowing about other cultures.

Give a big hug to all the children and it would be an honour for us to host you all once again here in Zebbug.

Always in our hearts
Mary, Andrew, Davida & Jeremy

26 Sep 2013

5/5

"Wonderful hosts, an ideal honeymoon"

I really should have gotten around to writing this earlier! We spent our honeymoon here in July.Mary, Andrew and their children were the perfect hosts. From the pick- up at the ferry to the wonderful … More

It is such a pleasure receiving such a positive feedback from so special guests like you. No problem you wrote just now, we fully understand that people have so much to do in their everyday life but we thank you for your precious time to share your memories with other travellers.

Yes we do our very best to take good care of our lovely guests to make them have a memorable stay and we are glad that you had the "ideal honemoon" here at "il-Forn" in the rural village of Zebbug.

You and your friends are always welcome to be back and till we meet again TAKE CARE!!!!

Love from us all
Mary & Andrew, Jeremy & Davida

28 Dec 2012

5/5

"Delightfull Vacation Get Away, Wonderful People"

Delightful, charming, quaint, very unique place to stay! Thank you to Andrew and Mary who really made it home for us, preparing our travel from the airport, welcoming us with local food, contributing … More

It was so nice hosting you and your family last Christmas at our bakery. We try our very best to make our special guests who come during this time of year feel the warmth and spirit of Christmas by decorating the house as if we are living in it. Here in Gozo it is always a wonderful time of year with live cribs in typical farmhouses, this year the Nativity Village will be back again, Christmas processions and concerts in churches. One who visits Gozo during this time of year, besides the endless walks in the varied countryside and by the exceptionally beautiful seaside, one can have other appointments and which we are really happy to explain their venues.

Feeling comfortable inside the house is also another important issue for us. Although the house has really old and thick walls which help make the house feel warmer inside, we still provide heaters to use around the house. Besides the AC can be turned on to heat thus making the house feel cosier if the weather is a bit chilly.

All in all we are glad that your stay was full of fun and Christmas charm and we look forward to welcome you all once again here at "il-Forn".

Love from Mary, Andrew & the kids

5 Nov 2012

5/5

"Care and attention"

We stayed at Il-Forn in late October and must say it was a little paradise on earth. It is run by a very nice and extremely hospitable couple, who are very helpful with service, also in giving good ti… More

Dearest Lithuanian friends it is to our immense pleasure seeing that you found our restored bakery "il-Forn" "a little paradise on earth"!!! We cannot thank you enough for such outstanding comments and it is so nice that you appreciated all the tips we gave you about what to do and where to visit on our island. Apart from a spotlessly clean house decorated with flowers, we are constantly giving our special guests an excellent tailor-made service to cater for individual needs and trying our very best to make our guests have a comfortable memorable stay which lacks nothing.

Take great care of yourselves and send greetings to all your lovely family members and hope we'll have the pleasure hosting you once again at "il-Forn"! Many Thanks!

Mary & Andrew

29 Oct 2012

4/5

"Stylish property on a lovely island"

Il Forn is a very stylishly renovated property in a very peaceful village on the charming island of Gozo. Mary and Andrew are lovely people, who welcome you warmly and give lots of advice about what … More

Dear special guests it is so nice to hear that you found yourselves welcomed at our restored bakery “il-Forn” and this is absolutely part and parcel with having an unforgettable experience and holiday on our lovely Gozo.

Thanks again for your appreciation for us providing you with local finger food and local pastries and drinks on your arrival and the breakfast items (jam, bread, butter, milk, eggs, ham, local biscuits) for the morning after together with tea, coffee, sugar and all the toiletries we provide for free to those who choose spending their holidays at our place. With stays of two weeks we normally offer a free pizza baked in the wood oven on the roof plus organise a BBQ by the sea (weather permitting). However even with stays of a week like in this case, we happily offer a free meal for our special visitors. Such things are highly appreciated by our special guests and many often they point out that wherever they have been on holidays they were never been taken so good care of. Besides we also spend time explaining where to go and what to visit and recommend the best diving centres and boat trips available and so there is no need for them to spend time organising things themselves as we are more than happy to explain all of this to them.

Regarding the price I would like to make you remember that I have had already discounted the price for you and it was at your approval that you chose the loft instead of the other bedroom because it would have been more adventurous for the kids. I always make it clear with our guests how many bedrooms they need and give the price accordingly. People who use the bedroom with the loft get a discounted price like you did and in case one needs more beds would pay accordingly.
The loft is really looked for by families with young ones. Infact the kids that stay with us all rush to this sleeping area and they really love it up there where they can see everything that is going around whilst playing with the plenty of toys available in the house. It is such an exciting experience for them! It could be a little difficult to go up the stairs but we have had many older adults who used to go up there to access the terrace overlooking the alley early in the morning and have a cup of tea whilst admiring the view of the church.

I can understand that at times teenagers prefer to sleep on separate beds rather than share a double bed and when you asked me to open the other bedroom for you, you confirmed that this was not the original arrangement you asked for. When I explained that this would incur extra expenses, you found no objection and paid the money same day just to make your sons happy. Kindly note that providing new sheets and using another room incurs extra cleaning expenses and that is why the price depends on the number of people in the house and the number of beds used rather than being a fixed price for all the bedding spaces available. Regarding quality of bedding I would like you to note that they are really good quality ones and are ironed for an excellent sleeping condition and a clean neat look. All the mattresses are in as new condition because they are only two years that have been used. Besides we use mattress and pillow protectors for hygienic reasons. We take cleaning very seriously and when our guests sadly leave the house, we clean all the house from top to bottom to provide a spotlessly clean environment for the next arrivals.

As you stated clearly, there is a breakage/damage deposit fee and besides being written on the advert it is also listed in the final price list which is sent to everybody who chooses our place to stay at. In this way our special guests will not find surprises of extra money which they have to pay for. Everything will be listed there: accommodation price, deposit paid, any car hiring fees, deposit against breakages/damages…and the balance due to the accommodation. In case where there are people who use a different currency from ours, we also accept their money as a breakage deposit so that they will not get into further exchange currency fees. All guests we have had so far liked this option and found it very fair.

Going around Gozo is very easy because everything is within reach and even public transport is very cheap and efficient and costs about 12 euro for a week ticket. However a car always helps that little more. Infact to provide a complete service we work with various car hirers and we try to get the best prices for our special guests at a very good service. Kindly note that the amount mentioned for the price of the car of 18 euro/day was for a fully insured car so that in case of an accident one pays nothing and I think it was a really good price considering that it was peak time. Whenever there was a problem the car hirer mentioned above, always acted immediately and if there were troubles with the tyres he could have changed the car same day, however I was not aware of the problem and as far as I know the hirer was not even contacted about it.

Yes, Zebbug is now becoming famous with our special guests for its Pizzerias. I can confirm that they are very cheap and they are within walking distance 50 to 100 metres from our house. Although there is one small grocery shop in the village, it is very well served by two bakers who come at 8am sharp and another around 10am and stop just outside the house. Gozitan crispy bread at just 80c a loaf is unbeatable. Besides the fish vendor and a couple of fruit and vegetable and milk vendors come to the village every morning – a unique experience of a typical rural village. However, for the majority of the groceries and shopping we recommend that you go to Victoria just 5 minutes drive away where there is far more choice at better prices. Victoria being in the centre of the island, is on the way to all other areas around Gozo so on coming back to Zebbug one can very easily do his shopping there at stores who open till 7 – 8pm.

All in all I can see that you had a wonderful experience in Gozo and in our accommodation, and it would be a real pleasure hosting you all again at “il-Forn” and we thank you for recommending our property to other people and friends.

Take care and wish you all very well!!!

Warm regards
Mary & Andrew

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Calendar last updated:13 Aug 2014

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