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Casa Isabella is a unique house in a unique setting. It is one of the old Norman houses in the ancient walled city of Mdina. This mini palazzo is situated in its own gated alley, with a pretty front garden and internal courtyard, making it both quiet and private. It is not overlooked and has been done up to very high standards and is extremely comfortable both in summer and winter. Casa Isabella is full of chatacter boasting wooden beams, vaulted ceilings, an open fire place and typical sicula-Norman features and is complimented by modern bathrooms and kitchen. The courtyard is an idyllic spot for relaxing and entertaining. Shops, restaurants, cafes and bars are all within walking distance, as are buses and taxis. Mdina is very well located in the centre of the island giving easy access to delightful countryside walks, numerous beaches and historical sites.
The house has been in our family for the last 50 year has seen our children and grandchildren growing up.
Born and educated in Malta the owner taught here before getting married and moving to London. She has illustrated 4 guide books on Malta and is a volunteer conservator at one of the museums in London.
They spend about 4 months a year in Casa Isabella and love to give others the opportunity of enjoying this lovely historic City and unique house.
The house is set in the most beautiful walled City of Mdina, the old capital of Malta and must rank as one of the smallest and most beautiful Cities in the world. You can walk round it in 15 minutes.
Within its walls you will find wonderful medieval and baroque architecture, museums and the beautiful Cathedral with its lovely paintings and beautiful organ. Here and on the Piazza outside, there are frequently visiting choirs. There are 2 excellent Museums which often have interesting lectures on conservatorial, musical and artistc subjects.
There are many and varied restaurants within Mdina itself to suit all pockets and times.
The City is very clean and safe. Cars are restricted. We can organise a guide from the airport (free) or give you the name of a good local taxi.
Mdina is well serviced by public transport. Outside the Main Gate are taxis and buses that can take you to the airport, to the beaches, to Valletta, to the Gozo ferry and round Malta.
Mdina's central position makes for easy access to all the main amenities. The attractive golf course with its new club house, good shop, excellent pro and bar is within 20 mins drive as are the beaches. Walks near and around Mdina are lovely as it is set in a hilly, country setting.
An added attraction is the old town of Rabat, Mdina's next door neighbour and very much a working man's town where the men sit out playing cards while the women do the work!
So that you do not need to bring too much we provide beach towels as well as all bedding. Our little lane is very
pretty and not overlooked at all.
'The most beautiful house in the best part of Malta.'
'We arrived and did not wish to move from this lovely house.'
'Mdina is the best and Casa Isabella with it.'
It has been wonderful to immerse ourselves within the walls of Mdina. We would love to stay in Casa Isabella again.
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Malta, having deliberated over the main island and Gozo. However, we were fortunate enough to secure a week at Casa Isabella located in the heart of the medieval fortress of Mdina, the former Maltese capital. The images shown on the web site capture the splendour and charm of all of the rooms perfectly, but there are a couple of impressions that aren't easily conveyed in the images.
First the atmosphere of Casa Isabella is something quite special: as soon as you open the imposing street door, you enter an enchanted entrance hall/reception area which leads to a cool and well organised kitchen (in which the owner and her team will have provided a lovely "starter pack"). To the left is a spacious and elegant dining area, which you can keep shaded or open the shutters to let in the light.
Having read the reviews from previous guests, I realise this will be somewhat repetitive, since everyone who has stayed there agrees that this is a rather special place. The rooms are elegant, quirky (it is on several levels), charming and so welcoming. Having stayed in many apartments over the years, this is definitely amongst the best quality we have ever experienced.
Since all of the other reviews cover the villa in a similar way, I wanted to say something about the whole pre-arrival and reception. The owner, Cecily, was incredibly diligent and responsive to any questions we had before arriving. She organised transport to the airport, which was excellent. She had provided a splendid welcome pack in the fridge and we arrived to find the super-efficient and delightful Deb waiting to give us the guided tour. The owner and her local team made us so welcome with their kindness and their advice: they made our time at Casa Isabella so memorable and would recommend the "mini palazzo" to anyone seeking a relaxing break in such a wonderful, peaceful and charming part of the world.
Finally a few general points about the location. Mdina is a magnificent historical city, which you can read about on the internet: it also offers plenty of eating places: everything is a short walk from the villa. As I said, the owners and her team maintain the villa to the highest of standards and work with the guests to ensure you get the most out of your stay. I would highly recommend Casa Isabella to anyone visiting Malta (which incidentally we love).
This is a fantastic beautiful house in a peaceful part of Malta. There is so much to see and do in Mdina and nearby Rabat too. The house is well equipped and comfortable. We were extreemly well looked after by Rita and Rena.
I would recommend this property very highly.
We arrived at Casa Isabella in the early hours of the morning, having been picked up by the taxi at the airport which Mrs Napier had organized. A charming lady, Deb, was waiting for us to show us around, and from that moment on we fell in love with this intriguing and beautiful home. In daylight the following morning things only got better. Everywhere was spotlessly clean and tidy. There were ample provisions to ensure we had plenty to eat, which was so thoughtful and kind. In fact the cupboards are also stuffed with good quality essentials, such as coffee, tea, oils,spices, etc. The house itself is a treaure trove of interesting artefacts and books. That and it's incredibly comfortable and welcoming. We loved sitting in the internal courtyard with a book and a cup of tea, just enjoying the peace. With regard to eating out, all the restaraunts within Mdina we tried were very good. We went for a coffee and cake most days at Fontanella, a stones throw away from the home and with wonderful views of the whole island. Rita and Rena, the housekeeping ladies who look after the house were delightful and came in to perfom a mid-week clean. In summary Mrs Napier was charming and very easy to deal with. This lady goes the extra mile to ensure people feel "special" whilst staying in her much loved, and it shows, family home in Malta. For Peter and I it was a privilege to be able to stay in this historic home. Would we go back? The answer is a resounding "Yes" and I hope the day isn't too far away either. Thanks must go to all the above people who it was a pleasure to deal with and to Cecily and John Napier for the opportunity to share and stay in their beautiful home.
Casa Isabella is a true retreat in the splendid mediavel fortress of Mdina. A unique house of character with charming features. The interior is designed truly tasteful and we enjoyed staying in the house as much as exploring the island. The house is well equipped, bathrooms and kitchen work well and provided very good comfort. The location within Mdina is just unique. We so much enjoyed walking around the neighbourhood and exploring. Our three children loved playing in the narrow streets and feeling put back hundreds of years in history. We have very much enjoyed our stay in Casa Isabella and would always go back again.
A beautiful three-storey, 15th century stone house in the heart of the silent city, Casa Isabella is your private retreat in Malta. This exceptional family home offers the rare chance to enjoy the car-free tranquility of exquisite Mdina after the day-trippers have left. Centrally-placed, it's the ideal base for exploring the whole of Malta and especially for accessing the less touristy areas to the west and south. Neighbouring Rabat provides local hospitality, goods and groceries, while regular buses run into Valetta and the rest of the island from just outside the city gates.
Fully functional, homely kitchen. Stone-flagged dining hall. Sweeping staircase. Medieval sitting room with magnificent stone fireplace. Pretty bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Shower room. Utility room. Children's bunk beds. Sunny roof terrace. Cool shady courtyard. Plants, charm and comfortable armchairs. Highly recommended for families or friends.
Casa Isabella is a wonderful historic family home set in beautiful Mdina, also known as the Silent City. We had such a fantastic time in our own place surrounded by friendly Maltese people. The house is spectacular and brilliant for visiting couples, friends and families - with plenty of space for fun and relaxation. We had a great time coming and going as we pleased, shopping in Mdina and Rabat's local bread shops and visiting palaces and churches, and exploring other sites - in particular St Agatha's Catacombs and accompanying museum in Rabat. There is an excellent bus service to get to Valletta and beyond for great days out. But it is the home that is the heart of the holiday - quiet and elegant and fabulous. Two lovely Maltese ladies, Rita and Rena, helped us with everything we needed. We loved Casa Isabella so much, we've been three times, and can't wait to come back!
Special interest holidays:
Cookery courses and painting courses can be arranged.
There are many lovely beaches within 15 mins drive. Our favourites are Paradise Bay near the Gozo ferry, Golden Sands for golden sand and good food and Ghajn Tuffieha next to it for stunning scenery and great swimming. Beds and umbrellas are obtainable on all the beaches and the house is well equipped with picnic things. The island is well known for scuba diving (especially cave dives) and reputable dive shops run PADI courses. Sailing is also good and boats can be hired for day trips.
The airport is about 7km away. The Gozo and Comino ferries are about 14km away. Car hire is easy and available from the airport and taxis are just outside the main gate of Mdina. The buses leave from just outside Mdina and provide a cheap and comprehensive network covering much of the island. Karozzin-Maltese horse drawn carts- do local tours, and the unspoilt city of Rabat is a short walk away.
Being in the centre of the island nothing is too far. The nearest town to Mdina is Rabat which is just outside the city walls. This is an old town too with its own baroque duomo and catacombs from the early Christian period including the grotto where St. Paul spent three months and war shelters that can be visited. Here you will find all necessities like fruit and vegetables, the chemist, the baker, the deli, fresh coffee and spices, the butcher.
A converted Palazzo called Xara Palace is a very upmarket hotel with an excellent restaurant called the Mondion and a friendly, informal Trattoria on the piazza. Fontanella, on the bastion wall, with some of the best views in Malta serves chocolate cake to die for. There are several other excellent eateries like Sharma nearby that does middle eastern and Maltese food, The Veduta does the best pizzas and will deliver. The Medina has a very pretty courtyard for eating in during the warmer months and attractive facilities too. Mdina is bordered by a lovely garden on the Rabat side which makes a pleasant nearby stroll. It is adjacent to Rabat which has mini markets, shops, chemists, doctors and old catacombs and war shelters to visit including St. Paul's abode whilst in Malta. Rabat is also the place to go to buy fresh Maltese bread- baked fresh every night in a wood fired oven, and once tried never forgotten. It is very much part of the morning breakfast ritual. The other delicacy are pastizzi, small baked pastries containing either ricotta cheese or peas, which make a lovely mid morning snack with a cup of tea. There is a small museum in the Roman villa and other museums that can be visited. People are very friendly and happy to help. There are ATMs in Rabat (about a 10 minute walk near the bus terminus).
Visiting Mdina twice a week is a farmer with her own produce from just below Mdina and the best honey and a grocer who comes daily and from whom you can place order for the next day.
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4 Jan 2016 - 1 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Set days in the high season (July to end Sept.) At other times book to suit. 10% deposit with booking confirmation. Total amount 4 weeks before arrival. Payment can be in euros or GB pounds.
Flexible changeover except in school summer holidays when it is Saturday to Saturday. Guests can be met the at airport by arrangement. Car hire can be organised.
Notes on prices:
Prices start at £28 per person per day with 6 staying. Minimum stay of 5 days. Prices are for the property (all year round) in GB pounds.There is a supplement of £150 over Christmas and New Year to cover heating. Rent can be paid in GB pounds or euros. Long lets are available winter or summer. £3350 per month. Price negotiable for lets of more than 1 month where water and electricity will be charged according to use. 10% to be paid as deposit on booking and 90% 1 month prior to arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.