Quite home close to the sea with stunning views

Quite home close to the sea with stunning views

Lorna

 

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
4 Bathrooms

About our home

Gozo, the smaller of the 2 main islands in the Maltese archipelago, has so much to do. Whether you come for swimming, boating, walking, attending free concerts, village festas, huge firework displays, music festivals and opera, UNESCO world heritage sites, an award winning Citadel and churches OR really good local restaurants and wine you will be amazed that you can pack so much onto such a small island.
Our house is perched on a cliff edge overlooking the valley in one direction towrds the sea and across fields to the sea on the other side, sometimes with a glimpse of Sicily. We have our cake and eat it with stunning sunsets sipping cocktails in a quiet location but a short distance from the small seaside port of Marsalforn with swimming, boats, restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours.
The house itself is built on 3 floors, each with a terrace with stunning views. On the ground floor is a wc, well equipped kitchen and an open plan living/dining area which is easily works for up to 8 people. There is a TV which stream TV in English.
This leads onto a terrace with a small heated swimming pool with jets to swim against and space for morning coffee, lounging in the sun or evening cocktails as the sun sets over the hills opposite.
The first floor has 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The front room has a queen-sized double bed plus space for 2 blow up single beds or a cot for children. This room has a small Romeo and Juliette balcony which looks beyond the road over fields towards the sea.
The rear first floor bedroom is another large bedroom with a beautiful mahogany king sized 4-poster bed, en-suite bathroom and desk. This room also has a large terrace which has more staggering views over the valley below from the bed.
On the top floor is another double bedroom with a queen-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom. The bedroom has it's own balcony with a view over the valley and towards the sea and port below.
The front terrace has just been redesigned so is full of lush plants, with a large extendable table for up to 8 people and a BBQ. Next to it is a small kitchenette/laundry so you don’t have to rely on the BBQ for all your food. This is terrace has almost no light pollution so it great for star gazing.
There is a bus stop almost, a small supermarket and a nice restaurant all within easy walking distance.
In winter the temperature doesn't usually get lower than 12 degees C but we have a wood burning stove and radiators/reversibe air conditioning to make sure we keep the chill off.
We love it and we're sure you will too.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Our neighbouhood is really calm. Our home is about 5 minutes walk to a small supermarket, 3 minutes walk to the nearest bus stop and about the same walk to the nearest restaurant. There are lots of bars and restaurants in Marsalforn Bay which is a small port but full of life, either a 20 minute walk down the hill or a 5 minute bus ride - definitely recommended for the return up hill unless you are very fit. Xaghra is one of the most buzzing villages in Gozo and has 2 butchers, green grocer and bakery as well as 3-4 coffee bars and 7-8 restaurants. A short drive (everywhere on Gozo is a short drive away) gets you to Victoria the main town with supermarkets including Lidl and a few shopping arcades. In particular there are lots of small pedestrian areas in the old town full of bars, restaurants, shops and art galleries. Gozo has a strong artistic community. There is a craft village with a jeweller selling handmade filigree which Gozo is famous for, a lace shop, potter, glass blower, leather shop and local food on sale.

Buzzy restaurants
Our favourite top end restaurants are Tmun in Mgarr and Brookies in Victoria but there are other great places to eat like the D Bar and Rexys. Honestly, it's quite hard to find bad food in Gozo
Cool bars
We're not much for bars but I do like the Royal Lady in Mgarr which does a mean Long Island Ice Tea. There is a floating restaurant and bar in the harbour in summer called the Mgarr Marina Yacht Club. There are a few very busy bars in Marsalforn as well.
Cozy cafés
There are so many but we really like the cafes in St Georges Square in Victoria or in winter we go to Pebbles in Marsalforn and watch the waves
Retail therapy
Shopping is really only in Victoria - Arkadia mall has brands like Orsay and Pimkie. There is a George clothes shop in the Duke Mall as well as some more upmarket brands. The best buys are from the craft village near Gharb where there is a glass blower, silversmith making filigree jewellery, hand made Gozitan lace which is beautiful, a glass blower, potter, metal work shop and a leather maker.
Bit of culture
Where to start - Ggantija UNESCO world heritage site of one of the oldest manmade structures in the world, the Citadel built by the Arabs but then maintained by the Knights of St John, there are a number of museums around the island eg the toy museum, Malta heritage museum. There is so much free access to music on the island it is stunning. Summer is festa time in all the villages so lots of music, food, drink and lots of fireworks.
Walks in the park
There is a park in the centre of Victoria where they have the equivalent of a Country Fair in summer at the time of the min Festa in Victoria. Otherwise, nature is the way to go.
Spot of exercise
The island has 8 main walking trails which are marked. These include relatively flat or totally flat walks around Xaghra village or along the salt pans. There are more challenging walks which take you up the cliffs and up hill but the views are worth it. Spring when all the flowers bloom is beautiful. Other exercise includes gyms in Victoria, quite a few yoga or pilates rereats. You can rent bikes but the hills are quite daunting. Horse riding is a favourite. Scuba diving is great around the island.
Day tripping
Malta is a must. Valletta is worth a day particularly the Co-Cathedral which is amazing. There is a Rabat in Malta as well with catacombes.

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