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Marc Cuthbert

Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, french, german

Stylish Waterfront Kalkara Townhouse, with Grand Harbour View

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Kalkara holiday house

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, With Waterfront Roof Terrace Views

“This newly renovated yet rustic 4 bedroom 18th Century town house is located in the picturesque village of Kalkara Creek, overlooking the Grand Harbour of Valetta in Malta.

The three story living space includes a comfortable living room with Cable TV, DVD plus internet WIFI and a breezy waterfront balcony.

The dining room leads onto a well-equipped pine wood kitchen with it’s own private enclosed courtyard and breakfast table, peppered with climbing Bougainvillea, perfect for cool shaded breakfasts and alfresco dining.

The 1st en-suite double bedroom is found on the ground floor with its own mediterranean courtyard shower room. Two further bedrooms are located on the second floor, one with an elegant four poster oak bed with a waterfront balcony, the second is a twin room with 2 single beds; both share the well sized en-suite glass enclosed shower room.

The 4th bedroom is also a double room located on the 3rd and top floor with it's own en-suite full bath/shower room with a small sunny balcony to dry towels and clothes etc; it also leads onto the rooftop sun terrace overlooking the stunning views of The Grand Harbour of Valetta.

The roof terrace has relaxed garden furniture and parasol - a perfect spot for early mornings with a quiet cup of tea and or sunset cocktails on warm Mediterranean evenings!

Kalkara Creek itself enjoys a delightful village vibe with a village square, church and café for a morning coffee, afternoon beer/lunch and or relaxed alfresco dining. There are plenty of nearby amenity stores, to stock up on those essentials: a daily village fresh fruit and veg Grocery Cart, Bakery, Butcher, Chemist & Doctor, Video Store and Police Station.

Within relaxed strolling distance there is the historical Village of Birgu and Vitorriosa Waterfront and Marina to enjoy. Across the water is the Grand Harbour of Valetta, packed full of activities and night life and only a water taxi ride away or simply jump on a bus.

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  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marc Cuthbert (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks english, french, german

About Marc Cuthbert

Welcome! Our names are Marc and Katherine. I bought our house, Templars Rest, 3 yrs ago to live in while I finished a work project in Malta. I instantly fell in love with the beauty and charm of the Creek, and wanted to be a part of it. The very first time I saw Kalkara Creek was when I sailed into the harbor on an adventurous voyage from Hong Kong to London back in 1997 on an old traditional Chinese Sailing Junk, it was a time of rest and recharge. I love to be near or beside the sea, and Templars Rest offers just that and more, with cool sea breezes, stunning views, salty sea air and sounds associated with the sea at my doorstep.

Marc Cuthbert purchased this house in 2009

Why Marc Cuthbert chose Malta

For us this waterfront home holds such charm, we love looking out over the Creek with the bright coloured boats bobbing on the sparkling water, it's mesmerizing and simply soothes and inspires us.

A practical and also fun feature that tempted us to this property and the Creek was that we are only a hop skip and a jump away from Birgu and Vitorriosa Waterfront, which we love to stroll to and soak up the beauty, atmosphere and culture, while enjoying either a meander through the back streets, or sitting out in the old city/village square with a latte and a great breakfast, or enjoy a cold pint of Guinness on tap in the shade chatting to the friendly folk there. Plus of course, with a love of boats, there is the modern marina with stunning yachts to admire, bars and restaurants to enjoy, with the back drop of the old city for alfresco dining, so lots of cultural contrasts at our fingertips, we love that!!!

And yet we still enjoy the treat of stepping back away from it all in a relaxed village locale, looking over the harbour.

What makes this house unique

The house exudes the flavor of the local history in archetecture and design, with beautiful wooden, white painted shuttered window features throughout the house that help keep it delightfully cool inside. It was originally two boat-houses on the ground floor, where local fishing boats would have been hauled up and inside directly from the bayside. The home offers the soft gentleness of the local village vibe, balanced perfectly with easy and trouble-free access to the hustle and bustle of all that the ancient capital city has to offer.

In the mornings, on holiday, there is nothing better for me than relaxing in the cool shade with a fresh coffee, leisurely casting an eye over the harbor creek and local environment as the morning sun warms the village to life! Then in the evenings, after a days activities, chilling on the rooftop to enjoy the spectacular sunset over Valetta!. I also love long peaceful lazy breakfasts, reading a book in the totally secluded kitchen courtyard, in the cool morning shade.

Another thing we love to do is to stroll through the village to Rinella Bay beach for a late afternoon swim, relishing in that daily cool down and exercise fix, diving off the pier is a delight, often followed by a refreshing cocktail on our rooftop. The pace and locality of this routine adds to a very comfortable and homely stay for us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a wonderful time in Kalkara. Perfect communication before the trip, short-term economic appearance of 2 adults and 2 children for a few days, perfect reception on site with the active support of housekeeper Pauline and her sisters. Those who want to experience off the beaten track in Sliema and Valetta waterfront a piece of Malta, is in good hands with Katherine and Marc in Kalkara. A well-equipped house with a stunning roof terrace overlooking the port, Birgu and Valetta. Authentic people on the streets and in the small cafes and shops. Fussläufiges Baden in Rinella Bay (beach, in August a bit crowded with locals) or on stone terraces before Fort St. Angelo. Birgu is quickly reached by foot, public ferry brings a low price in the 30 min clock to Valetta (10 'crossings). In Malta there is much to discover (to make shopping fun young happy) in the footsteps of Megalithenkultur or the Templars as well as on beaches or the shopping areas in Sliema. Driving in the left-hand traffic was o.k., but the navigation with mobile phone and (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps is highly recommended. Also detailed maps fail because Malteser sparingly up signs and the place and street names appear sometimes in English, sometimes in Maltese. We can recommend the hotel of Katherine and Marc fully and will definitely return. Christiane and Götz from Hamburg with Luise (15), Gregory (14) and Charlotte (9)
Aug 2016
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Stylish Waterfront Kalkara Townhouse, with Grand Harbour View
average rating of 4.6904764 based on 75 reviews

The best terrace view of Malta

  • 4 of 5

Because we love a nice view we could not have found a better place.

We know how difficult it is to keep a traditional house in order.

Therefore, we have been very happy with the house and the purity.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, Great view, Great location

  • 5 of 5

If you love Malta, you will love this place for it is Malta's quintessence. The house is typical as well as the area.

You are into Malta's life. Very few tourist there, very local, familiar life. Reaching Valetta is easy with you own car, busses or the taxi boat. After being there I am sure that I made the right choice. Much better staying there that in Valetta itself.

Also the house is clean and warmly decorated. Air conditioning was highly appreciated (fans in the other rooms).

The house is fully equipped.

The contacts I had with Katherine were warm and efficient. She runs this from abroad but all is very well and smoothly organized.

So, if you go to Malta, go to this place !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Katherine!

We all want to thank you for giving us the perfect home for our holidays. Staying in your Templars' rest apartment was like dream come true! We enjoyed every single moment of our stay.

Mr Leppanen, Helsinki, Finland

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Beautiful stay in Kalkara

  • 4 of 5

the house in beautiful and in a perfect position To Enjoy the life of the inner Malta culture

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Great house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples vacationing together. We spent full ten days in Templers Rest. The property and location are exactly as described/seen on HomeAway. The whole package exceeded our expectations in terms of getting the taste and feel of historic Malta. We used a car (easy parking) and traveled to pretty much every corner of both islands. The outside breakfast nook offered a perfect place to start our busy days and the rooftop patio was a perfect setting to recover and relax in the evening. I highly recommend this historic, roomy and very well kept place to all travelers, be it for relaxation and taking it easy or as a base to explore the nearby historic cities on foot, or the whole Malta by car.

We plan to be back in the not so distant future and bring our grown-up kids to see, learn and appreciate the history of this place.

Thank you Katherine, Mark and Pauline.

Peter, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Kalkara Creek

  • 4 of 5

Templers Rest was an ideal holiday base while spending a week in Malta.Lovely to experience staying in an old style Maltese house with great outlook to harbour.House was perfect for a couple, maximum 2 couples.

Bus stop only a short distance away to get into Valletta and beyond.Handy general shop and restaurant very close by.Added bonus was Victoriosa, a beautiful photogenic non touristy

bay easy to walk to, and at your door step.We tourists are beginning to love Malta to death.Found Maltese people to be very kind and helpful.


  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Malta International
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
SupaNova, cafe/ bar within 2 mins strole
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Marsa Sports Club/Royal Malta Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Vittoriosa Waterfront
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Rinella Bay
Car: not necessary

Templars Rest is located on the outskirts of the ancient and popular Three Cities, nearest to the city of Birgu; it offers a perfect setting for exploring Malta’s tapestry of rich culture and history, stunning architecture, local Museums, Forts, Chapels and Art Galleries.

Nestled in the sleepy fishing village of Kalkara Creek, it’s easy to feel relaxed enjoying the friendly local vibe; if staying close to home there is plenty to do with Rinella Beach and Pier only a stroll away for a refreshing swim, play a game of tennis, and or visit Fort Rinella with it's historic 100 ton gun built by the British in 1878; it's a wonderful live museum restored by the Malta Heritage Trust (Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna.) Simply relaxing with a cold beer/cappuccino with a good book in the village square cafe, 'SuerNova Heights' soaking up the atmosphere is a pleasant way to while away the day.

Vittoriosa Waterfront is a 15 minutes walk around Kalkara Creek, and is lovely for exploring the elegant Grand yacht Marina, the street café’s, shops, alfresco dining, wine bars and there is even a Casino with the backdrop of the super yachts moored up looking splendid.

Plus a Maritime Museum to enjoy.

Meandering through the charming back streets of Birgu, you will find the fortified ancient city is steeped in history from the Knights of St John dating back to the Siege of Malta in 1530's. You can also visit the well known Inquisitors Palace, a favourite place of interest for visitors in Malta.

Just across the water is The Grand Harbour City of Valetta. Take a traditional Maltese boat which serves as a water taxi across the harbour, directly to Valetta for around 5 Euros, enjoying the grandeur of Fort Angelo and Birgu from the sea.

Valletta is packed full of activities, sight seeing tours, restaurants, café’s, shops, and the well known St John’s Cathedral and Co-Cathedral museum.

There are also plenty of opportunities to head out further afield by hired car in search for Malta’s more secluded and hidden beaches, Or explore the cobbled streets of Mdina, one of the prettiest walled cities of the region, enjoying the medieval and Baroque architecture of Malta’s old Capital with panoramic and mesmerizing views of the Island.

Taking a days trip to the well known and bustling Marsaskala Seaside Village and Sunday Market is a great day out to buy local speciality cheeses, olives, rustic breads and of course local crafts and gifts to take home.

So much is within easy reach from Kalkara by foot, water taxi and local bus, while hiring a car is recommended for day excursions and further afield adventures of the island.

Helpful hints for getting around:

There are frequent buses that stop within 200m either side of the house, that go to and from Valletta, there is also a great taxi service available right in the village square from the local garage. We can provide details of a local family car rental service where a small simple car can be hired for around 20 Euros with A/C, or 16 Euros without A/C. Details provided on request.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Kalkara, Malta

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
1 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$11 per night, per additional guest
Festive Season
20 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$11 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$11 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
High Season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$286
Electricity A$93

Please note: Rental rates are for 1-4 guests. An additional charge of Euro €10 per person per night is added for guests 5-8. Electricity is charged as an additional fee.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Kalkara

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , The ground floor shower room has it's own open courtyard
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Shared en-suite w/ glassed wall shower enclosure.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , Large ceramic bath with shower facility and sunny balcony.
    W/C with basin - toilet , A handy first floor W/C next to the kitchen.
  • Hot water is supplied throughout by 'Solar Water Heating' with electric backup support. There is a switch to turn on the Electric backup. The ground floor and second floor en-suite bathrooms are fully equipped with showers, wash basin and toilets. The top floor bathroom has a full length deep bath including a stand up shower facility, toilet and wash basin. There is a separate WC/toilet with basin for easy convenience on the first floor near the dining room and kitchen.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Ground floor double room with private en-suit shower room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Four Poster bedroom with waterfront balcony- shared bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 1 cot , Twin bedroom with shared en-suite large shower room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , Double bedroom with en-suite bath/shower room w/balcony
  • There are 4 bedrooms, 3 of which are double and 1 is a twin room with single beds. There are 2 pillows per bed. We provide feather pillows and alergy freindly pillows. For the cooler/winter months there are 13 tog goose down feather duvets when required. plus extra blankets and hot water bottles too. All bedrooms have a fan for the summer time and air-con units in 2 double rooms. The first double bedroom is on the ground floor away from the hustle and bustle of the household with its own private shower room and toilet. The 2nd double and Twin bedrooms are located on the second floor, perfect for a family with children as both rooms share an en-suite bathroom. The 4th bedroom is a large double and has the privacy of the whole top floor with it's own en- suite full bath/shower room that opens onto a small sunny balcony, great for drying clothes and towels etc. Along the landing is the roof terrace with views of the waterfront and Valletta.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Children of all ages are welcome, however please be aware Templars Rest is a tall 3 story town house with a long drop stairwell. Fans are in all the rooms, and air-conditiones are in some rooms. Fresh bed linen and towels are provided for one week stays (7 nights) linen change is provided for longer stays and can be changed once weekly. 1 large bathroom towel and a hand towel plus a face cloth are provided per person, per week. There are mosquito nets on the main windows that are often kept open for the breeze, mosquito plugs are proved in the kitchen drawer if needed but please bring personal repellent if you should need it. The house is equipped with a basic supply of toilet paper to start you off, plus a starter supply of washing up liquid. A welcome pack of locally baked Maltese bread, butter, tea, instant coffee and fresh milk will be provided for your first day arrival. For your enjoyment fresh ground coffee is hard to find locally, you might like to bring some.....

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