|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Located on one acre of beautiful lawned gardens in the countryside of Tal Balal,'Casa Giarda' is only a ten
minute drive from St. Julians. The accommodation
comprises of three double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, a
bathroom and two shower rooms. The well equipped kitchen
includes an oven/hob/microwave and fridge/freezer. The air conditioned, open plan living and dining room
overlook the lawned luscious gardens. The house also offers a
200 year old den with an open fireplace where one can
relax, read from the small library and watch TV.
The roman style pool is surrounded by a bbq area and a large sun terrace. There is also a covered pergola for those hot summer days! A separate annex located away from the main building is set in its own gardens, comprising of a double bedroom and single bedroom, shower room and a small kitchenette. The spectacular 360 degree views enable you to feast your eyes over the island, including fantastic festa firework displays in the summer.
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I cannot recommend Casa Giarda highly enough. If you are visiting Malta with 8 to 14 people, then there is no better place to stay. Located in the center of everything, yet secluded on its own very large plot of land with beautiful landscaped gardens, the villa is truly one of a kind. During our 2 week stay in May with 5 adults and 3 kids, not a single person could fault it.
The pool was huge, clear and lovely. Water was perfect even in May. The barbeque area was spacious, clean, had lots of shady areas and comfortable seating for 20 or more people! Everyone could do exactly what they wanted. Relax and read in the sun. Sleep in the shade. Play cards or enjoy a drink under the covered verandah. Or swim! The grounds and views were stunning. You can see for 6 or more miles in almost every direction. There is not an ‘ugly’ side to the 360 degree vista. In summer, you will be able to see fireworks from all over the island. The kids had a blast exploring every part of the yard. Did I mention it’s huge? You just don’t find this in Malta!
The house itself is large, comfortable and has every amenity you need. It is beautifully decorated, and the owners have spared no expense and paid attention to every detail to make your stay extremely enjoyable in a luxurious setting that embraces its farmhouse character. The owners could not have been more courteous or helpful. They even met us at the house and stayed on the phone with us to make sure we found the house ‘ok’.
Although the villa is located very close to 2 great supermarkets, many good restaurants, and shopping, you truly feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. It is quiet, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot, don’t have to mess with neighbors (the villa is surrounded by 48 acres of farmland as we discovered when we talked to a local farmer), and I don’t think any of us have ever slept so soundly on a vacation. The house is at the very end of a scenic alley that sees no traffic night or day. As a base to explore Malta itself, L’Iklin could not be more central. You can be at Busy Bee’s in Msida (only place to get ricotta cannoli) in 5 minutes. St. Julians, Sliema, Paceville or Valletta are all just a quick 10 minute (or shorter) drive. Mellieha Bay (our favorite beach), and Paradise Bay can be reached in just 20 minutes.
Whenever we visit Malta in the future, this is definitely where we will be staying! Thanks again Damian and Monique!
Stephen and Shelley, USA
The villa is quite remote, although bus stops are only a 10 minute walk. With the supermarket being nearer 20 minutes, I would highly recommend hiring a car. Driving on the island is a pleasure, the local drivers are patient and seem to give hire cars a wide berth.
There were 13 of us for our stay including four children. There is plenty of space, at no point were we on top of one another inside or out. The children thoroughly enjoyed the pool and basketball hoop. However there is a considerable amount of flies in the area, probably because there's a pig farm a five minutes away. Fortunately the farmland smells are restricted to the lane approaching the villa. The fantastic looking grass area at the top of the steps was just soil with a few shoots, apparently ruined by an infestation – prior warning of this would have been appreciated as it gave a very disappointing first impression. However the disappointment continued with the general maintenance of the property and grounds being pretty poor and the pictures advertised are not recent. To list a few, the pool house door was off its runners and immovable, the pool lights didn't work with one having no casing and exposed connections, the pond was half full with green sludge, lounge furniture is threadbare, the water pump constantly turns off causing water pressure to drop off, many of the lights in the main villa didn't work or had bulbs missing, the light diffuser in the kitchen was half full of dead insects, the table lamp in the reading room had exposed wiring, we were unable to get the air conditioning working, kitchen was slightly under equipped only two knives (a bread knife and a chopping knife that was as sharp as a spoon)and several of the showers are a dribble at best (regardless of water pressure). The annex didn't fare much better with the same shower and lighting issues, as well a bedroom door that sticks shut!! Which left one of our party trapped for nearly 15 minutes.
We made the most of what we had and enjoyed ourselves, but would not return to Casa Giarda due to additional charges that in my opinion should be included for an accommodation that is already over priced for the actual product received. I don’t doubt this was a fantastic place when it was first let, but standards have most definitely slipped.
August being peak season we opted to stay away from the coast, we certainly made the right decision! Casa Giarda provided us with ideal accommodation for a family of 11 - all with different expectations! The accommodation is not luxurious by any means - if you are looking for luxury I would suggest a hotel. The accommodation was comfortable and very spacious providing us all with privacy when required! Endless hours of fun where spent in the pool which was fabulous and a good size. There is plenty of outdoor seating and the garden is gorgeous with the most incredible views across Malta.
The one thing we missed was a dishwasher - but just a small thing.
We called the owners a couple of times over various things and they were always there at the drop of a hat, incredibly helpful which we were grateful for.
The property is difficult to find and is located up a very narrow lane which some taxi drivers are not happy to drive up - it is just a short walk but be aware if you have lots of luggage on arrival. There is enough parking for 3 cars and it is very secure behind a locked gate.
Overall we were very pleased with our accommodation and would certainly recommend to other family groups looking to escape the coast during peak season! And the views really are amazing!
Thank you very much Monica and Damian for making our stay so comfortable.
Our family of nine people, including older teenagers, has just returned from Casa Giarda after spending an unforgettable two weeks there. Everything about the villa was perfect; there was ample room for all of us and the pool was just amazing! The views were wonderful and we soon found our way around the area. We did hire cars whilst there; I think that without this our holiday might not have been quite so idyllic. Many thanks to Damian and Monique and the staff who discreetly visited the villa to clean, garden etc. I only hope we can return one day!
We just came back from a two week stay at Casa Giarda, and we loved the place. Big house with all the amenities you need. Huge outdoor area with beautiful garden and a big swimming pool. The house is situated on a quiet spot on the countryside, yet it is still close to supermarkets, shopping, restaurants and the sea. It is recommended to rent a car, but there is a bus stop just 5 min. walk from the house. I would recommend this house to anyone.
Myself and 11 other twenty somethings came over from London to see some sun, have a party but still kick back and chill out. Casa Giarda was the perfect platform for anything we could have wanted to do.
The location is pretty much perfect, being really close to St Julians, Paceville and Valetta in the East, then just a short drive to Melieha, Paradise Bay and the Gozo/Comino ferries in the North and Mdina and Rabat in the West.
The house itself is awesome! The garden is big and the pool is huge, both crucial as we hardly spent any time indoors. The pool area became central to the house as any time we spent at the house was spent lazing in or around it. Almost every night we would fire up a barbeque poolside, put on some music and crack a couple of cold beers after a 'hard' day's beaching, diving or sighteseeing. There are some amazing viewpoints on the property of the surrounding landscape but none better than on the roof of the annex, where you can see practically the whole island and in particular gives you a front row seat for the fireworks every evening.
We hired cars and once we had safely negotiated the narrow gauntlet of Giarda Lane, there was ample parking. When we wanted to go out and have a few drinks there is a cab service just up the road from the house with very reasonable rates and was particularly handy (Ask for Mario - a super-cool dude who put up with our drunken shenanigans like a trooper and is not averse to a bit of harmless bartering).
All in all I cannot say enough how ideal Casa Giada was. It made our fantastic Maltese holiday that much better. Monique, the owner/supervisor was really cool too, directing us to the house and even setting us up with some basics like tea, coffee, milk, cheese, etc. I got the feeling that she would have been happy to help in any way possible during the week, but everything at the house was in such good condition that we didn’t have any reason to contact her with any problems.
Speaking as the King of Casa Giarda, on behalf of my minions, book it now and you won't regret it.
Malta is very small.... cyrstal blue sea beaches, great restaurants and amazing nightlife are not more than a 10 minute drive away!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 29 2016 - Sep 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Please note that the above quoted prices are for use of the main house only, which accommodates a maximum of ten persons. Additional 520 Euro's is charged for use of the annex which accommodates a further 3 persons.
A free of charge ‘Welcome Pack’ will be provided at the villa on your arrival. This would typically include some local Maltese delicacies, fresh bread, milk, water and a bottle of Malt