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A CHARMING 400 YEAR OLD HOUSE OF CHARACTER, MALTA - CENTRAL

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Ray & Maria de Bono

Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese
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Sleeps6
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

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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:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Ray & Maria de Bono

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Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Mdina, Malta

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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
average rating of 4.647059 based on 17 reviews
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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
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Mdina Island of Malta
5

fantastic character property

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
This property shouldn't be missed by anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in a lovely setting living alongside friendly locals. Ray was fantastic giving us a brief history of the place and recommending local shops, restaurants and day trips. You are surrounded by history and feel like you have gone back in time to a better place where everyone has time to stop and offer help or just a friendly chat. The Lisle Adam Band Club is a fantastic place to go for a meal or a drink. The staff are brilliant, nothing is too much trouble and the food is great. Toffee and Co is a lovely friendly family run café that provides snacks throughout the day and also has an evening menu. I would recommend this place to anyone and the house and owner makes you feel so welcome. Within half an hour I felt as though I had lived in the place all my life. Thank you Ray and Maria we will definitely be back
Owner's Response: Dearest Tricia!
It was our pleasure to host you in our house of character in Rabat. You did manage to experience the way that the people in Rabat live by living amongst them yourselves! That makes the holiday more unique doesn't it?
We hope to see you again in the near future - you are always welcome!

Maria and Ray
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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p800936
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Mdina Island of Malta
5

Beautiful, comfortable house in romantic location

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
We had a wonderful stay with our family (with three children age 7, 4, 1,5 and a little dachshund-dog) in this beautiful and comfortable house in Rabat. The owners are very nice and reliable and gave us very good additional information about Malta and the quarter of Rabat, where the house is located. The house itself is old, renovated and comfortable and looks just very romantic. The little alleys around the house are so nice and full of traditional life and flair of Malta that we could have spend the whole holiday just walking around from one café to the other, amazed by the beauty of all the old buildings and flowers in front of them. Just about 30 Meters from the house is a nice children’s-playground, to Mdina it takes not more than 7 minutes walking. There were enough opportunities to park the car, but not nearer than 30 meters distance to the house. From Rabat you can reach almost any place of Malta within 30 minutes by car. We drove almost every day to the nice beaches in the west of Malta.
All this made our holiday very nice and relaxing, but really remarkable was the friendliness of the Maltese people. I can hardly remember a holiday, where we met so many friendly people.
Living in this beautiful house in the very heart of the old city of Rabat made our first holiday in Malta a tremendous experience!
Owner's Response: Dear Benedikt and family, it was a pleasure for Ray and I to host you in Rabat during your stay. I guess you did manage to pick up the unique feeling of the Maltese islands and we do hope to host you once again in the near future. Maria
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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p800936
+356 99490209
Mdina Island of Malta
5

dleightful

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
Dear Ray and Maria
Thank you so much for sharing your historic , quirky and individual home . I did try to email before but I just wanted to day how lovely the house was . Everyday I would something new to see or explore and I had great fun in standing on the balcony doing my best impression of Romeo and Juliet . Its so full of character X Rabat is a lovely village - the people were so nice from Sunny the fishmonger ,the guys in the hardware shop that got us a bbq , Maria and Chris who did excellent fruit and veg and of course the lovely Sandra who introduced me to the very good Maltese Sauvignon blanc which Charlie kept me in stock of !! Great location - easy to travel round from and I really think have seen the true Malta. We were very lucky that there was a festa over the weekend - it was very authentic and lovely to participate in Maltese customs and feel part of the village . We met some really nice people who were into motorbikes like we are who had stopped off in the square for a coffee and a chat as you do ! We also got a good pic of the Maltese Fire Service - we was going to stop and ask for a lift but they was on a shout !! I just wanted to say how welcoming Malta was - the Mdina was so romantic and Maltese history is fascinating. Valletta is beautiful and took such a battering in the Second World war it brought a lump to my throat and was a humbling experience as my family had lived through the blitz in London .. Thank you so much for sharing this experience - my best regards to you and Ray .
Nancy
Owner's Response: Dearest Nancy and Nigel,
We are thrilled at the fact that you understood very well what Malta is all about: history, welcoming and friendly people, beaches and relaxation!
We are glad you found the house to be very close to all amenities and you could get around easily.
Ray and I wish you the very best and please never forget the house in which you became Romeo (Nigel) and Julietta (Nancy)!
Xxxxx
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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
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+356 99490209
Mdina Island of Malta
Melbourne, Australia
4

A stay in a house steeped in history

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
If the walls of this house could talk, we are sure they would have many interesting stories to tell, it was a privilege to stay in such an old historic home, in a country that is so rich in history.

Having said that, the house itself is extremely comfortable and appointed with all the modern amenities one might need. Maria and Ray were fantastic to deal with, it's in the lead up to our stay and on arrival. Our flight didn't land in Malta until 11.35pm and following some confusion with our taxi, we didn't arrive at the house until nearly 12.45am. Despite this, Ray was there to meet us and still took the time to explain the history of the house and surrounding area, as well as explain many other useful details.

The house is perfectly located in the centre of Rabat and is about two minutes walking distances to beautiful Mdina. Close by are grocery stores, bars, restaurants, a fantastic bakery and some patisseries.
Owner's Response: Dear Alisia it was a pleasure to have you from so far away! Hope you have arrived safely back home and we look forward to see you again in Rabat in the near future. Till then, keep well.
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A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
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+356 99490209
Mdina Island of Malta
4

È stata una bella vacanza

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
Abbiamo trascorso una bella vacanza in un paese davvero ospitale: la casa è situata in una cittadina antica, Rabat, tutt'una con Medina, l'antica capitale. Ia casa è in una stradina del centro storico, molto carino e silenzioso e da Rabat si possono raggiungere facilmente tutte le destinazioni desiderate.
L'abitazione è confortevole e carina ed è stato bello vivere alcuni giorni in un alloggio tipico del paese.
Ci siamo trovati molto bene.
Anita
Owner's Response: Tks Anita! Hope to host you again soon!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Location

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Malta International
Nearest Ferry
9 Kilometres
Valletta
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Gnejna Bay and many others
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Marsa Sports Club
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Agape
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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Availability & Rates

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

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Summer
21 Jun - 30 Sep
€60
€420
4 nights
 
 
Christmas period
16 Dec - 12 Jan
€65
€455
4 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
€54
€378
€1,350
4 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

50% is required as a deposit
50% is paid upon arrival
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:
  • village
  • rural
  • city centre
  • town
  • near the sea
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Living Room
  • Parking On Street
  • Basic Soaps
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Pantry Items
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • 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:
  • DVD Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Veranda
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • veranda
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • winery tours
  • churches
  • arboretum
  • restaurants
  • bay
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • recreation centre
  • marina
  • theme parks
  • autumn foliage
  • playground
  • library
  • caves
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • ruins
  • museums
  • live theatre
  • botanical garden
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • freshwater fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • water skiing
  • hiking
  • bay fishing
  • diving
  • jet skiing
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • paragliding
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • caving
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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