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Frans Spijker

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, dutch, norwegian

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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Xaghra Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

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).

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Frans Spijker (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, dutch, norwegian

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)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)
Converted farmhouse 'Arzella' with pool and garden.MTA accredited
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Family friendly home

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at the villa Arzella summer '08 and found the villa to be perfect for our family group. We took 2 children (7 and 9) and found the outside space to be private and fully enclosed for their safety. The pool was excellent and essential in the extreme summer heat but we were glad we took our own pool toys! The house has all the basics you'll need for an enjoyable holiday and the outside eating areas were perfect. For those of you in a car be prepared to park on a pretty narrow road outside the property. We had a 72 year old in our group who found the property to her liking but suffered for the lack of air conditioning. (There are fans though in each room which were ESSENTIAL). The property is about a 10 minute walk from the village of Xaghra which has shops, banks (but no ATM) and nice restaurants. The Gozitan people are lovely and like the English which is a rare bonus in the present political climate! The children found the lack of decent Sky channels frustrating for what bit of TV viewing they did and the cooker was a bit of a challenge for those of us who are not microwave fans but overall we loved the property and would definitely go back in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Excellent place for relaxing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Place was found very clean, pool area is wonderful. Location is very quiet, though less than 2 minutes drive away from all amenities. The property caretaker was very helpful, she was always there when we needed her. I would definitely go back for another holiday in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your feedback and pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and services provided . Hope to see you back some time in the future !
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Really nice property.

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from two weeks staying at Arzella. It is a really nice property with three good sized bedrooms, the master being en suite with a bath and hand held shower. The other two bedrooms share the shower room . All beds were comfortable and the rooms had ceiling fans although these move slowly so had to be supplemented by the other fans in the property. The master bedroom is now air conditioned and it was great to escape the heat and be cool at night (Worth the extra few Euros).

Downstairs is a small functional kitchen, good hob and working oven. All the items needed were present for inside and a bbq. The formal living room is comfortable and a nice area to read, the TV room has a number of channels via cable TV in various languages, a couple in English but fairly limited. DVD player with supplied movies and some books are available. Large table and chairs. Small room with a toilet and washing machine below the stairs.

Outside is where the property wins hands down, a garden table with chairs near the house with a large umbrella and a BBQ. Two sun loungers (it would be nice to have two more available with padded mats?) Nice pool which was cleaned and maintained to a high standard by the lovely pool man. The garden area leads to the shady pagoda under the trees, all of which can be illuminated at night. We spent a lot of time in the garden and it really is as nice as it looks in the pictures.

To the front of the property the door leads onto a road which is not busy but it is narrow and parking is tight.

Xhagra itself is a nice town, it is being developed in the square at the moment which is noisy and dusty during the day but OK for meals in the various restaurants of an evening.

It's a shame to mention a negative but we did suffer from the inconsiderate neighbours, yes I know it's Malta and things are different but using a Pneumatic drill, loud cutting tools and hammering at 6.30 in the morning is not great, especially on a Sunday! The noise on some days was relentless and did spoil the otherwise tranquil surroundings.

Would I stay at this property again, yes but not if the builders are still working next door! It would also be nice to have air con in the other two bedrooms, having it in one is nice but not so much if you are staying in the other two bedrooms. We did have a heatwave so it was very hot during our stay, even the locals made mention of it.

Frans was great to deal with, booking and payments was

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review and very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and services provided ! Obviously sorry to hear about the noisy neighbours . They are indeed completing a reconstruction project but obviously that shouldn't mean starting at 06.30 in the morning including Sundays ! I am not sure if you have mentioned this to our house management ,but I will follow up with our neighbours.
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Super Farmhaus

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben im Haus Arzella einen Familienurlaub mit 6 Personen gemacht und waren sehr glücklich. Besonders hat uns die Aufteilung und der kleine Garten gefallen. Da wir schon oft auf Gozo waren können wir sagen das die Ausstattung perfekt war und die angebotenen Transfers super funktioniert haben ,vielen dank an dieser Stelle.

Frans wir werden sicher wieder kommen.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lieber Claudia, Herzlichen Dank für Ihren Rezension und ich freue mich zu hören, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt und Dienstleistungen genossen haben. Ich hoffe Sie ins "Arzella" wieder zu sehen! Frans Spijker
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 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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Xaghra Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
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
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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