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Converted farmhouse 'Arzella' with pool and garden.MTA accredited

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) ,sleeps 6-7

Beautifully converted 150-year-old farmhouse with the aim of maintaining the rustic style, which is so typical for Gozo farmhouses, but combining this with modern comfort. It comprises a total area of 350 m2 with a sitting room, large dining/living room with dining table and sofa, partly open kitchen and toilet/washing room at the ground floor.

The kitchen has all amenities and the wash room contains a washing machine. Wide doors give easy access to a spacious garden with a 30-m2 pool, pool shower, barbecue, gazebo and garden furniture, overlooking the fields.

A classical stairs with skylight leads to the second floor with 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 luxury bathrooms, of which one is en-suite. Two bedrooms have double beds, one has two singles. Two of the bedrooms have balconies, offering nice views over the fields/part of town. All furniture is first class pine. The house is well furnishing with a combination of classical pine and rattan. AC is available for the master bedroom ( at a small extra charge) , capable of cooling other (bed)rooms to a degree.Ceiling & Standing fans are installed as is a free Wireless network ( code protected)

We are licensed by the Maltese Tourist Authority (MTA).

More Details

Frans Spijker
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, dutch, norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Frans Spijker

Hi , I am Dutch by nationality and married since 1982 to a Maltese lady. My profession has made us live for the last 25 + years in 8 different countries around the world and we recently decided to settle down in Portugal .

Frans Spijker purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Frans Spijker chose Malta

Considering our strong family ties with Malta we always wanted to purchase some property on the sister island of Gozo. Why Gozo ? because it is much quieter and more intimate than Malta, also greener throughout the year with lovely beaches close by.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We purchased this property at the time and had it converted because we loved the location being on the outskirts of Xaghra ,with green areas behind,the possibility to have a nice garden, quietness but nevertheless still with all amenities of Xaghra within walking distance (10-15 mins)


Xaghra Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom (ensuite) - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main living toilet/washroom - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Guest bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Guest bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 doubles, 1 family bedroom, 1 cot and one foldable bed for a teenager. Ceiling fans in each of the rooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Maid services are provided once a week. Attractive car rental can be arranged via housemanagement representative The garden is lighted and has a comfortable Gazebo where 4-6 people can dine. Wireless internet included in the price, with full plot coverage.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Converted farmhouse 'Arzella' with pool and garden.MTA accredited
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

Excellent farmhouse in Xaghra, Gozo

  • 4 of 5

Arzella Farmhouse was exactly as described in the further particulars. The patio and pool area were lovely and the gazebo was perfect for lunch in the shade. The bedrooms, particularly the one overlooking the pool, were very comfortable. Everything was clean and well-maintained.

While it is situated on a fairly narrow street (parking was not a problem) in the town (12 minute walk to main square), it was very quiet and peaceful and, particularly in the evenings, it felt like one was in the middle of the country. This might be different in high season as both the properties on either side are holiday-lets but they were vacant while we were there. On our first morning there we were woken by much drilling and pouring of cement from a house being renovated next-door-but-one. Fortunately, they finished by 10.00am and did not return.

Xagra is a very pleasant medium-size town. The main square is pretty with bars, cafes and restaurants but there are hardly any shops in the town - which was not a problem because Victoria with loads of shops and supermarkets in only a 10 minute drive away. We chose it because of its proximity to Ramla Beach, the best beach on Gozo; it is about a 10 minute drive away.

Gozo is so much more peaceful and tranquil than Malta and Arzella was a perfect base for our four night stay there.

My only criticism is not with Arzella Farmhouse, but with HomeAway's website. After paying my deposit, I received several emails threatening to cancel my booking if I did not pay. I eventually had to contact the owner in Gozo who was very helpful and sorted the problem. When it was time to pay the balance the website would not accept my payment. I had to contact HomeAway and sort it over the phone.

Nevertheless, I would strongly recommend Arzella to anyone wanting a holiday in Gozo.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing a review and very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at "Arzella" and the town of Xaghra ! Unfortunate that a simple booking process turned out so complicated in the end. Trust the Homeaway staff will capitalize on the learning points !
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Beautiful Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed for 3 nights at the Arzella property - what a wonderful experience. The property had all the amenities advertised and was in a great central location to visit other sites around Gozo. Xaghra was beautiful - it was an easy walk from the house to the town square, which was filled with cafes and restaurants. Don't miss the Ta'Mena Estate/Vineyards if you stay in Xaghra! Frans was very helpful throughout the whole booking process and the realty company (we worked with Frank) was great too. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family traveling to Gozo.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review and obviously very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and the services provided by our House management. Very thoughtful that you mentioned Ta'Mena ! We always try to visit it during our stays at Gozo. They produce first class wine (under the watchful eye of Joseph) .....and in summer serve good and honest food ... Hope to see you stay again in "Arzella" at some point in the future ! Regards, Frans
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  • 5 of 5

Very Nice and well kept...

We enjoy our holiday hope we can been there next year....

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the trouble to review your stay at "Arzella" and hope to welcome you again in the future ! Frans
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Fantastic Relaxing Space!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at Arzella Farmhouse in July of this year. We stayed in Malta for a week beforehand and found the tranquility of Gozo very relaxing. The people and the environment were just lovely! We are a family of five, including two teens and a 9yr old. We were there probably around the hottest time of they year so we did have trouble keeping cool at night but we coped (just!) with the air con in the main bedroom and our youngest came through to sleep with us on the camp bed in the same room. The teens put up with the fans in the other rooms. What really makes this property special is it's space and symapthetic conversion, it is a beautiful space and once you shut the front door behind you, it was so lovely to be able to chill out, eveyone had enough room to get some space indoors and outdoors, more so than we have at home! The outside space was gorgeous, pool just perfect and we enjoyed eating outside. There was building works going on next door but they didn't seem to be very busy - perhaps too hot? We also seemed to arrive slap bang in the middle of religious festivies which all ended up being part of the fun - there were fireworks every day and every night happening in the villages around us! Coming from Edinburgh we thought we were pretty used to fireworks but this was on a different scale! I should also mention the neighbouring cockerel who delighted in waking us all up early morning, I'm not a great sleeper so I did slightly dread trying to sleep before he started up and then keep asleep once his pal started to crow back to him, but I did take this on board before we booked and I'm sure normal sleepers would find it less tricky. We found getting into the village easy, during the summer they do a history re-enactment in the village square on Wednesdays so that was fun to watch. The cafes were nice although the village square works were still ongoing (since last year?) so that did put a slight damper on sitting there in the evenings. The bus stops were not far and we managed to get round the island easily using the buses. We did the open top bus tour and Ramla bay - both great fun. And you have the caves nearby - worth seeing. We would love to come and stay again if we ever manage to save up for another family abroad holiday, thank you everyone for helping us have a great holiday!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the trouble to provide us with feedback. Much appreciated ! Pleased that you enjoyed your stay , not only the house itself but also the surroundings and services of our Management Company. Hope to see you & family back some time in the future ! Regards, Frans
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Ideal place for a vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at this wonderful house, which is situated in a very peaceful area. The service was once again impeccable; place was found very clean we will definitely come back next year. Thanks Frans

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Mark, Many thanks for your review and hope to see you stay again at " Arzella" at some point in the future ! Regards, Frans
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Beautiful farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Gozo earlier this week after staying in a gorgeous brand new luxury apartment in Sliema, Malta. When we arrived at Arzella we realised just how soulless the new apartment had been in comparison to the charm of this beautiful, rustic, almost quaint farmhouse. Lovely spacious rooms with everything you require for a lovely holiday. There are large arched French doors that lead out into the beautiful garden which was the highlight of this gorgeous place. Really the photos just don't do it justice. Yes I would recommend Arzella and yes I would love to stay here again. The only negative thing is that we are only here for 4 nights, wish it were longer!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to give us feedback ! Hope to see you stay at "Arzella" again in the future , but then a bit longer....
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Why not spent your holiday in a converted 150 yr. old farmhouse in the mid of the Mediterranean Sea on the sunny, quiet and picturesque island of Gozo with its more than 3000 yr. of history?

Farmhouse Arzella ('Shell') is a beautifully converted 150-year-old farmhouse with a spacious garden at the border of the picturesque and quiet town of Xaghra (pronounce: shara).


Rates & Availability

Xaghra Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates apply for max 4 persons. Additional charge : Euro 11/person/per night up to 7 persons . Lower rates for children
Higher rates may apply for Christmas/New Year and Easter periods.
30 % deposit within 2 weeks of date of booking,remaining latest 1 month before start of rental

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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