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Doranne Alden

Member since: 2000
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Speaks english, german, italian, Maltese

Gozo - large, well furnished farmhouse of character with pool - MTA Ac

1 Review
Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Żebbuġ holiday farmhouse

4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 shower-rooms with WC, sleeps 4 - 11 + 2 infants

This 300 year old, converted farmhouse is a charming house of character located in the quiet village of Zebbug, Gozo. It offers relaxed living in a tiny hilltop village just about 1 km away from the Mediterranean. This property offers both a swimming pool/ garden area with a large stone barbecue, as well as a sun terrace and charming internal courtyard. Fans are available in each bedroom although rooms are naturally cool due to metre thick walls and high ceilings. The owners use this as their own holiday residence and have therefore ensured that it lacks for nothing - truly a home away from home.

PAINTING HOLIDAYS - contact the owner - who runs art painting workshops during the winter/spring months - for groups up to 8 persons.

http://doralden.wix.com/painting-holiday

WATERSPORTS: All types of watersports are offered by centres at the nearby (10 minute drive) resort of Marsalforn, including scuba - diving, waterskiing.

S P E C I A L O F F E R S: During the months of Spring/Early Summer and Autumn/Winter we are offering SPECIAL RATES

Ta'Xmun Farmhouse is a 150year old property purchased around 15 years ago by its present owners. It sleeps up to 10 adults and 2 infants. When it was restored, the layout and work carried out was kept as faithful to the original as possible. It has high ceilings and metre thick walls. Arches, loggias, stone floors, and patterned tiles which are all original keeping the atmosphere relaxed and romantic. On the ground floor there is the split level, open plan, sitting/dining/kitchen area. Both lead either to the garden and courtyard and to the downstairs bedrooms. There is also the internal spiral staircase which leads to the the first floor bedrooms.

The main bedroom leads to the garden/pool area and the double single bedroom leads on to a closed loggia with a large arched door on to the courtyard.

LATEST REVIEW - 2014

Date of Stay

01 August 2014

5 STAR RATING *****

The farmhouse is a well kept secret, behind blue doors on the road through Zebbug. As soon as you step through the doors you are met with a beautiful, tranquil courtyard, filled with plants and light. Then through the large kitchen, fully equipped with everything you will need, into the outdoor courtyard with the lovely swimming pool, plenty of sun loungers, an outside BBQ and plenty of sun and shade. Everything was beautifully kept, a real home rather than just a holiday let. The bedrooms are large, airy, with plenty of storage space. Each one leads on to a balcony, terrace or courtyard. Plenty of little outdoor and indoor spaces to hide away with a good book! There were seven of us staying, including four children, and the farmhouse never felt cramped as there is so much indoor and outdoor space. A real delight. We loved exploring Gozo, the capital Victoria with it's winding lanes and the beaches, especially at Xlendi with it's diving ledge. The pizza restaurant in Zebbug has the most amazing views over the valley and is great value for money. Avoid the 'Blue Lagoon' unless you want to do an impression of a seagull in an overcrowded colony, clinging to a rocky ledge! We would highly recommend this property and will be returning next year.

More Details
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Doranne Alden (Owner)
Member since: 2000
Call Owner
Speaks english, german, italian, Maltese

About Doranne Alden

Full-time artist, graphic designer and art teacher

Doranne Alden purchased this farmhouse in 1996

Why Doranne Alden chose Island of Gozo

This property is unique in character in having preserved all its authentic and original features. If you crave some old world charm and a nostalgic atmosphere you can certainly find it at Ta Xmun Farmhouse - In fact it has been the inspiration for many artists, particularly painters - including Lucy Willis, who visited in 2011. If you'd love to experience some artistic inspiration in comfortable stylish surroundings this is the place for you and your group.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We had a super time in Gozo and really enjoyed the house. It is a beautiful spot and we will certainly recommend it to all our friends over here.'

Hi Simon

The farmhouse was so chilled that Aileen, inspired by Doranne's paintings, did some pastel drawings.

Thanks again Forrest Sloan

Dear Simon

Just wanted to drop you a note to say how much we enjoyed our holiday and what a beautiful house you have! Everyone enjoyed it so much - the pool was excellent, people lovely, scenery beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to stay – once again, many thanks.

Kind regards, Liz Birchby

Dear Doranne

After a couple of years we have been tempted back by memories of Gozo for our Summer holiday, having been

constantly reminded by the painting (of Ta Xmun Farmhouse) in our hall!

.... regards Tim Mercer
Nov 2007
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Reviews

1 traveller review

Gozo - large, well furnished farmhouse of character with pool - MTA Ac
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
5

Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse is a well kept secret, behind blue doors on the road through Zeebugg. As soon as you step through the doors you are met with a beautiful, tranquil courtyard, filled with plants and light. Then through the large kitchen, fully equipped with everything you will need, into the outdoor courtyard with the lovely swimming pool, plenty of sun loungers, an outside BBQ and plenty of sun and shade. Everything was beautifully kept, a real home rather than just a holiday let. The bedrooms are large, airy, with plenty of storage space. Each one leads on to a balcony, terrace or courtyard. Plenty of little outdoor and indoor spaces to hide away with a good book! There were seven of us staying, including four children, and the farmhouse never felt cramped as there is so much indoor and outdoor space. A real delight. We loved exploring Gozo, the capital Victoria with it's winding lanes and the beaches, especially at Xlendi with it's diving ledge. The pizza restaurant in Zeebugg has the most amazing views over the valley and is great value for money. Avoid the 'Blue Lagoon' unless you want to do an impression of a seagull in an overcrowded colony, clinging to a rocky ledge! We would highly recommend this property and will be returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, Thank you for your lovely message and once again for choosing to stay at our farmhouse in Gozo. We are so pleased that you had a great holiday and also that you looked after the place so well. Ta Xmun Farmhouse awaits you for your holiday next summer and we are looking forward to hosting you again too. With warmest regards, Doranne and Simon Alden
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Malta
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Zebbug
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Mgarr
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Zebbug
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Qbajjar
Car: recommended

The old hilltop town of Zebbug, Gozo, is located in the northern part of the island. It is set on a peninsular ridge with agricultural land and valleys on either side and the sea at the northern edge.

The area has significant views of surrounding landscape right up to the capital city of Victoria. The capital city has plenty of well stocked supermarkets and also boosts a daily outdoor market. The town of Zebbug is situated close to seaside village of Marsalforn, which is ideal for evening dinning and after dinner strolls by the sea.

Other Activities: painting, photography, walking, sight-seeing and eating out by the sea

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Żebbuġ, Malta

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
A$229
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$29 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The rates quoted are for the first 4 persons - Additional persons are charged at Euros20 per adult per night.
Children under 12 are charged at Euros14 per night when the group is over 4 persons.
Infants up to 3 years free of charge.
Check-in is normally from 15:00hrs and check out on the date of departure is at 12:00hrs.
25 percent deposit is required to secure a booking. Balance for booking

25% deposit required on request to confirm a booking and full payment 6-4 weeks before your booking date arrival.

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Żebbuġ, Malta

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • soap
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    Downstairs - toilet , shower enclosure
    Courtyard - toilet , shower enclosure
    In pool area - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Poolside - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom - 2 single bed , 2 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom - 2 single bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom - 2 single bed , 1 cot , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • 1 double, 3 twin rooms one with a sofa bed, ie. 2 bedrooms with possibility of taking 2 extra beds each or 2 cots
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Terrace
  • 15 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dining/ Living area is split level ie. one step. There is also a welcome pack provided and a weekly maid service.