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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central

Ray & Maria de Bono

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Ray & Maria de Bono

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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Mdina - Citta Vecchia (The Old City)

Charming, rustic, tranquil. Fully furnished 3 bedroom house of character

This charming, 400 year old corner house of character was expertly converted in traditional Maltese-Sicilian style; features local flag stone flooring throughout. It is located in the serene, medieval quarters of Rabat, just 5 min walk from the medieval walled city of Mdina & just 3 min from bakery, butcher shop, grocery stores, open air markets & many restaurants/wine bars. This well kept property features a welcoming central courtyard (private, cozy & ideal for entertaining or for that romantic candle lit dinner or BBQ). There is a well-equipped kitchen, dining room (sits 6) & a sitting room (on 1st level); the 3 bedrooms are situated on the 2nd floor, accessible externally from the yard or internally through a staircase. There are 2 main & 1 smaller bedrooms (2 with balconies, 1 with en-suite shower & toilet); There are 3 bathrooms in all plus a washroom with veranda on the 3rd floor with a good sized roof. Ideal for visitors seeking a quality holiday in top authentic surroundings.

Rabat is a charming, tranquil place!: Rabat is a well kept secret amongst Malta's estate agents. Standing some 400 m above the island, it is cooler and in summer it is not as hot as low laying towns and villages, affording a more pleasant breeze. Winters are very mild and the town is very green and very well kept.

There is a trend for young professionals both Maltese and international to move to Rabat, which itself has an ageing population. You can see keys hanging on doors, as people and very trustful of their neighbors, so it’s known as a very safe place. Rabat is famous for its bakeries and pastry shops, many of them considering the size of the town. You can smell the bread being baked throughout the day and even at night.

Shopping is easy; you find anything you need within walking distance.

People are friendly and helpful, too.

LOOK OUT!: Look out for these traditional maltese feasts in Rabat:

Calendar of Events:

10th February - Feast of St Paul

19th March - Feast of St.Joseph

6th July - Feast of St.Paul

5th September - Feast of Our Lady of the Girdle

17th October - Feast of Our Lady of Health

 

Not to be missed!

LOOK OUT - FESTA MNARJA: This feast is one of the oldest feasts celebrated in Malta. The Feast commemorates two important Saints in Maltese religious folklore, St Peter and St Paul. The word ‘luminarja' is derived from the Latin word ‘Luminare' - to light up. This was the way people manifested their joy in recognition of a particular feast, such lighting being offered by burning bonfires and candles. This feast has somewhat moved away from the traditional village ‘festa' style and has developed a different type of merriment which is held in Buskett Garden on the eve of June 29 the day of the feast. This is a small tree grove situated some one kilometre away from Rabat. During the late afternoon hours, numerous horse and donkey races are held in a country lane situated just below and at some distance from Mdina. The contenders vie for the Palju (a traditional banner) which in olden times used to be presented to the winners by non other than the Grand Master of the order.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Ray & Maria de Bono (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
14 May, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I decided to visit Malta for the very first time in May. We felt attracted by the island's fascinating history and chose to stay in Rabat, very close to Mdina gate at Ray and Maria's old house.

We were welcomed by Ray's dad, Joseph, who not only provided us with a tour of the 450 year old house of character, ‎but took the time to show us where the closest grocery, bakers, restaurants and coffee shops were located. PS. All these places were literally round the corner, something we really appreciated given the fact we had our 2 children with us, Matthew (8) and Tiffany (14).



We recommend this house especially to those travelers who love history, are interested in medieval architecture and for those who wish to immerse themselves in the Maltese culture if only for a few days. It was a quaint break, very relaxing and we returned back home with lovely memories, besides a light sun tan ;-)



We visited Agape Restaurant, some 3 minutes walk from the house - one of Ray's tips. We loved it! We drove down to Golden Bay, a picturesque beach, just 15 minutes drive away.



We look forward to coming again to Malta. Best regards to Ray, Maria & Joseph - we'll be in touch! Thank you ;-)
Apr 2014
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Reviews

4.7
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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 25 reviews
5

Wonderful stay in beautiful Medieval townhouse

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we could only enjoy the the true Maltese atmosphere of this beautiful medieval house for only a few days, before we had to go back again.

The house is bigger than one would expect and very charming and offers lots of little places and rooms to discover.

The large kitchen offers all posibilities to cook your own meal, but the restaurants around the corner are also goodand noit expensive. Rabat itself has enough to offer to visit: the catacombes and museaum, the Roman House, and of course the medieval fortress city of Mdina. Enough to keep us busy for a few days!

It was just to chilly in the morning to enjoy our breakfast in the courtyard and therefore we most certainly come back again ;-)

Maria and Ray: many thanks and Ray's father is friendliness itself. Thanks!

Bert & Margo ( and their son Jelle and girlfriend Hannah)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bert, Margo, Jelle and Hannah, We are delighted that you had a nice stay. The weather was favourable too - probably the best time of the year before the real heat sets in! We hope to be of service again to you in the very near future. Many tks, Ray and Maria
Friedrichsdorf
5

Urlaub in historischem Gebäude

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben unseren Herbsturlaub in diesem wunderschönen Haus verbracht und es sehr genossen, abseits der Touristenhorden im Zentrum von Rabat, unter Einheimischen Urlaub zu machen. Nachts sehr ruhig, nur wenige Gehminuten vom Touristenmagnet Mdina entfernt, dass wir gelegentlich abends besuchten, wenn die Touristenströme abzogen. Das Haus hat eine sehr stilvolle Atmosphäre. Die Architektur auf mehreren Ebenen ist sehr verwinkelt. Die Einrichtung inklusive Küche und Badezimmer ist sehr gut. Die Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in nächster Umgebung sind ausgezeichnet. Restaurants und Cafes sind reichlich vorhanden. Wir wurden vom Hausbesitzer sehr nett und persönlich empfangen, CheckIn (nachts um 23.30 Uhr!) und Out verlief absolut reibungslos. Auch auf eine tel. Reklamation wg. Gerüchen aus dem Keller war Ray mit einem Handwerker innerhalb einer Stunde zur Stelle und hat sich auch persönlich gekümmert, damit wir weiterhin unbeschwert Urlaub machen konnten. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und können das Haus uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen. Empfehlenswert ist ein Mietwagen (großer Parkplatz in wenigen Gehminuten), mit dem man innerhalb von rd. 30 Minuten an fast jedem Ort der Insel ist, da Rabat sehr zentral liegt. Sowohl die schönen Strände im Norden Maltas als auch ein Tagestrip nach Gozo lassen sich auch ohne früh aufzustehen problemlos erreichen.

Wir bedanken uns bei Ray und seiner Frau Maria für den super Support. Dieser Urlaub wird uns sicher noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Family Kleeman, We thank you very much for your sincere review. We are happy that the holiday met your expectations and we wish your family the very best. Ray and Maria
5

Very, very nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is one of our best holidays! The house is lots of medieval flair and is in very goof condition. Everything works in the house. There is a very nice yard in which nobody from outside can look inside. The house is very quiet. No car traffic. No noise from the (good) bars & restaurants which are very near.

Three minutes walk to Mdina!

We will surely visit Ray & Maria again. Very friendly owners. Highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Freshfield (near Liverpool)
5

A GREAT PLACE TO STAY

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have stayed in this house and I look forward to staying again next year. The house itself was spotless when I arrived and if you enjoy self catering as I do then you will appreciate the spacious well equipped kitchen. There are many good local shops in Rabat within a few minutes walk and not so many tourists, thereby providing plenty of opportunities to mingle with the local population. There is also a good street market every Sunday. The courtyard provides peaceful seclusion and is the perfect place to relax with a book and a bottle of wine! Unlike modern sterile purpose built apartments the house has clearly been a home (Rays in fact) and has a lived in feel about it which is immediately apparent on entering. Ray and Maria have taken great care in retaining the unique ambience within its walls and, in my opinion, have been successful in maintaining a perfect balance between the past and the present. Just a short walk away are two of my favourite haunts the restaurant Da Luigi and the bar Rising Sun and for a unique experience amongst locals try the Dura bar just of the main square. The nearby ancient city of Mdina is always worth a visit but go early in the morning before the daily influx of tourists when it truly is 'The Silent City'. The house is also well situated near the bus interchange from which you can reach most parts of the island, although some planning is required. It is well worth getting a seven day pass.

Thank you Ray and Maria for the privilege of allowing me to stay in your house I hope to return many times.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John, Ray and I truly appreciate a genuine gentleman like you. You are always very welcome to visit since you are now one of our "regulars". Hope to meet up in the not so distant future! Keep well. Ray and Maria
5

Our Recommended Holiday House in Rabat!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to visit Malta for the very first time in May. We felt attracted by the island's fascinating history and chose to stay in Rabat, very close to Mdina gate at Ray and Maria's old house.

We were welcomed by Ray's dad, Joseph, who not only provided us with a tour of the 450 year old house of character, ‎but took the time to show us where the closest grocery, bakers, restaurants and coffee shops were located. PS. All these places were literally round the corner, something we really appreciated given the fact we had our 2 children with us, Matthew (8) and Tiffany (14).

We recommend this house especially to those travelers who love history, are interested in medieval architecture and for those who wish to immerse themselves in the Maltese culture if only for a few days. It was a quaint break, very relaxing and we returned back home with lovely memories, besides a light sun tan ;-)

We visited Agape Restaurant, some 3 minutes walk from the house - one of Ray's tips. We loved it! We drove down to Golden Bay, a picturesque beach, just 15 minutes drive away.

We look forward to coming again to Malta. Best regards to Ray, Maria & Joseph - we'll be in touch! Thank you ;-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Loved the Charms of the Old City - SO ROMANTIC!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled from Holland with our 6 year old son, Thomas and we stayed at this old medieval house near Mdina from Ray. This was our 1st time in Sunny Malta and we loved it!!.

Ray's dad Joseph welcomed us and even spent some time guiding us to familiarize ourselves with the area, indicating groceries and key shops. Ray gave us a list of his favorite restaurants. AGAPE' (near st Paul's church in Rabat) was spot on! We recommend it!

We loved the weather, the neighborhood and sweet village life in Malta. The house is airy, much bigger than we thought. We even managed a sun tan from sitting on the terrace.

We cooked and at in the central yard and we felt really at home! Thomas liked the <pastizzi> (cheese cakes) and the <imqaret>, date cakes and the rides on the <Karrozzin< (horse drawn carriage) around the old city. We felt like being on a time machine!

We wish to return in winter the next time. Will also rent a car, they're cheap in Malta, so we can discover more on the island next year. We look forward!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many tks for your honest review. We are certain that families with children will find our house of character unique and exciting, with lots to explore in Rabat and the surroundings. We will gladly host you whenever you wish. Warm regards, Ray and Maria

Location

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Malta International
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
9 Kilometres
Valletta
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Marsa Sports Club
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Agape
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Gnejna Bay and many others
Car: not necessary

Rabat is one of Malta's oldest urban centres, tracing its history to before the Romans (whose many remains are still standing, like the Domus Romanus). Not only is Rabat rich in history and culture, but it is served very well by public and private transport and within 30 min drive from Valletta (the Capital) or Sliema (Cosmopolitan centre) and sea side resorts (like Portomaso), beaches (like Mellieha bay), lidos, clubs, etc. Rabat is adjacent to Mdina, the medieval old capital of the island, walled and fortified, known as the 'Silent City'. Literally, Rabat and Mdina appear like one big town, if not for the city bastions. There are many museums, Malta's Old Cathedral, several churches, chapels, many good restaurants, coffee shops, public gardens and even a small woods, in nearby Buskett, ideal for long walk in the countryside, all year round.

Other Activities: Museums; Many Churches; Night Clubs; many Excquisite Restaurants and Wine Bars closeby;

Golf: The Royal Malta Golf Club, Aldo Moro Street, Marsa Private members club where visitors are welcome. Proper golf attire compulsory, soft spikes only, H’cap certificate required. Open all week except Thursday and Saturday mornings. Reservations essential.

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Prices & Availability

From €54 Nightly

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Mdina, Island of Malta

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Summer
21 Jun - 30 Sep
4 night minimum stay
€240
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€420
 
 
Christmas period
16 Dec - 12 Jan
4 night minimum stay
€260
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€65
€455
 
 
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4 night minimum stay
€216
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€378
€1,350
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes free water
free electricity (a free 20 Euro card is given upon arrival - for excess consumption, cards are available to be bought from the owner)

Prices are based on a 2 person stay.
For every additional person staying, Euro 40 should be added for each 7 days of rental.
In the event of staying for 4 days only, the rental fee for one whole week applies.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Mdina in Island of Malta

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The house has 3 toilets in all, 2 upstairs (on first floor), one of which is within the smaller bedroom, whilst the other is in the main/full bathroom. The 3rd toilet is on the 1st floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Nice view from this room's balcony overlooking the courtyard
  • Bedrooms are on second floor. The double rooms (i.e. 2) are air conditioned, one of them with balcony. Smaller room faces internal courtyard (with a balcony), sleeps one & has its own shower/toilet. A larger bathroom with toilet is close by, serving the sleeping quarters. A baby cot is available. All bedrooms are equipped with refreshing Ceiling Fans or heaters for winter. Extra, clean linen and towels are readily available.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
House situated on narrow medieval (curely preseved) street, its not an alley, but cars cannot pass, however, parking is generally possible very close by, round the corner. There are also public parking areas (free) within 5 min walk. Familiarization-Welcome: Upon arrival & time-allowing, guests can be provided with a short (optional & free) guided tour of the house and its facilities, with a quick (optional) tour showing key shopping anenities, parking info, restaurant ideas, recommended places of interest, etc.

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