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Traditional stone house in tranquil village close to Hagar Qim and Blue Grotto

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom cosy three storey house, sleeps 6, 2k from sea and Megalithic temples

Il Musbieh is in the tranquil village of Qrendi, one of the few remaining traditional villages in the south of Malta. With narrow winding streets, both our house and the village offer the perfect antidote for visitors who want to get away from it all and enjoy the timeless, traditional Maltese way of life.

The house is a renovated 19thC home full of traditional stone features, cosy, contemporary furnishings and 21st C technology including a new AC system. On the ground floor is an open plan reception/study area, sitting area, fully equipped Shaker-style kitchen, utility area and a large family bathroom. On the first floor are the master bedroom with 6ft bed and small ensuite; an external patio for breakfast in the sun; and a second double bedroom with ensuite. The third bedroom on the second floor is a barumbara (dove cote) with ensuite shower room and spiral staircase to the roof with panoramic views of Malta. There is also a terrace for sunbathing and eating al fresco.

You can also sunbathe on the roof on our sun loungers. The external spaces are not overlooked so the house is very private.

Hollywood star Brad Pitt and his family rented a property in Qrendi, the Guarena Palace, during the filming of his zombie movie World War Z in summer 2011.

It is also one of Malta's friendliest villages where all the residents are helpful and welcoming.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

About The Owner

I lived in Malta until I was 11 - a most wonderful, 'golden' childhood spending most of my time either in or by the sea. I have always retained a very strong emotional tie to this quirky island and we bought our first property in 2007 with a view to retiring here.

The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why The Owner chose Island of Malta

We love Il Musbieh's character, the warmth and friendliness of our Maltese neighbours and its location close to the sea, country walks and the ancient temples.

But guests must be aware that it is an old property with many of the quirks associated with 19th buildings and a damp island climate.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house, plenty of space and very comfortable! We also thought the location was fantastic, perfect for Hagar Qim and the Blue Grotto. Very easy to get to Valletta and we'd highly recommend a visit to Birgu too. Malta has an extraordinary history and we really enjoyed exploring its heritage. Goz is also lovely, very pretty and we had a good quick tour and swim which we managed easily in a day trip from here.
Oct 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Qrendi, Malta

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , Travel cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
  • The master bedroom has a small Juliette balcony, built in wardrobes and a small ensuite 'wet room' with shower, basin and lavatory. The patio bedroom has an ensuite with basin and lavatory; free-standing wardrobe with internal drawers. The barumbara (dove cote) has the original stone nesting boxes; an ensuite with shower, basin and lavatory; and its own small verandah with table and chairs for breakfasting outside or just chilling out reading. All room are tastefully furnished with bedside tables, mirrors, side chairs, colourful artworks, cosy rugs and cushions, pocket sprung mattresses and good quality bed linen for all seasons. The breakfast patio between the master bedroom and patio bedroom has outdoor chairs and table for alfresco breakfast and relaxing. All bedrooms have air conditioning (hot and cold).
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
While the property is suitable for older children (8+) and fit elderly guests, there is an open wooden staircase from the ground floor to the first floor and steepish stone stairs to the second floor as well as a spiral staircase from the first floor to the second floor and the roof. The property is therefore not suitable for young children or anyone with limited mobility.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Traditional stone house in tranquil village close to Hagar Qim and Blue Grotto
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
North Marston, near Aylesbury

Perfect for enjoying a quiet break in Malta

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely property, very comfortable. Four of us stayed, bags of room, the property was clean, tidy and well maintained. All was as described in the listing. Qrendi is a quiet place, and served as an ideal place from which we explored the island. The blue grotto and Hagar Qim temples are very close by, but even if you are heading north of the island to go and see Comino for example, if you have a car it is easy to get to and doesn't take that long. The local shop provided most things you would need and we found it useful. Christiane was very helpful and I have to say is very responsive to even the most minor of queries... extremely helpful. The week we stayed in August coincided with the local fiestas, which added to the visit for us. A very enjoyable visit... and sad to have had to come home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

we had a lovely holiday the home just made things perfect its the perfect base with everything you need plus things you might need very clean and roomy the best ever perfect location peaceful also all comunications perfect the owners can not do enough to help all very clear and easy to deal with also very helpful with info for the island ie car hire. highly recommend to anyone looking for a perfect peaceful happy holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words - so glad you had some good weather as well as a relaxing holiday.
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Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

We did have high expectations of our holiday in this house but they were surpassed the moment we entered the door. The house is an absolute delight. We were able to relax and enjoy the extensive accommodation from the moment we arrived. The pictures do not do the house justice; it feels spacious and there are plenty of places to find a corner to read or just chill out. Malta is somewhere we might be coming back to. A car is recommended; there are wonderful beaches but best got to by one's own transport. I would give some of the more touristy places a miss but Valletta is worth popping into for a day out. If we do come back then we would certainly consider coming back to this property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so pleased when guests enjoy our house - as we love it too. Thank you very much for your kind words.
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A fantastic week

  • 5 of 5

I would like to say a huge thank you for the use of your home in Qrendi. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time. I do not feel the photos on the website do your house justice. We loved it. Qrendi is a lovely town and all the locals are lovely and extremely helpful.

I will definately be returning in the very near future.

Lots of lovely bays to visit, especially Ghar Lapsi.


Tina & Gary Scott and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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The real spirit of Malta in a real house of charme

  • 5 of 5

House is actually better than pictures.... mainly because pictures can't describe the real feeling you get in this nice location, made in globigerine stone, where it is easy to relax and get the feeling of Malta. Evertyhing well organized and described, efficient, with a special touch on every detail.

Owner is really kind, informative and professional, extremely recommended.

Qrendi is a small village located in the middle of everything but so quiet. Few minutes drive from fantastic sunsets experienced on the "falesia" along the amazing west coast as well as from all the main Heritage sites. Unfortunately just one week....

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pietro for your kind words and I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your Christmas holiday in Malta.
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Lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Qrendi! A nice and quiet village, with good connection by bus (only €12,- for the whole week) and very friendly people at the small grocery just around the corner. The house itself is really beautiful, very spacious (except maybe for the shower in the bedroom on the first floor... no problem, there's a large bathroom downstairs!) and it's decorated with love! We didn't miss anything, the house is complete.Christiane is very kind and always reacts very quick by email. I would surely recommend this house to my friends! Thanks again Christiane!

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Band Club, Qrendi Square
Nearest Ferry
6 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Royal Marsa Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Hagar Qim
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Blue Grotto
Car: recommended

Qrendi has a population of 2,500 and is surrounded by fields and a beautiful coastal road for walking and cycling. Within 2k are the World Heritage Sites of Hagar Qim ('HA-jar eem') and Mnajdra, the best-preserved Megalithic limestone temples in Malta dating back to c. 3600 to 3200 BC. Qrendi retains many other links with the past including a 17thC octagonal tower in Triq-it-Torri (Tower Street) - just 100 metres from the house - built by the Knights of St John to protect the area from marauders.

Qrendi celebrates its main, week-long festa in mid August. This is a religious festival with musical performances, processions, street parties,fireworks and pyrotechnic exhibitions.

Qrendi is walking distance from the Blue Grotto, a world-famous natural grotto with a neighbouring system of caverns that mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora as well as a number of good value restaurants and cafes overlooking the sea.

This is also a good spot for swimming and sunbathing, as is Ghar Lapsi, a few kilometres further north.

The popular fishing port of Marsaxlokk and the historic Three Cities are 15 minutes away by car.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Qrendi, Malta

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid season
1 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$15 per night, per additional guest
High season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low season
1 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
18 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$290.36

More info about Il Musbieh and cleaning: The house is fully furnished and equipped as a family home rather than a holiday let. Its contemporary furnishings add a modern twist to the 19th C traditional Maltese stone features but reflect the character and quirkiness of the property.
As our neighbours are a mix of elderly people and families with young children, we welcome families and groups who will both respect our home and our neighbours. Il Musbieh is not a 'party' house but a place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Maltese village.

A 25% non-refundable reservation deposit is payable on booking with the balance due 8 weeks before you arrive.
Fully refundable security deposit of EUR 200 to cover damage or breakages also required.
Payments either by BACs into HSBC Malta account in euros or via PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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