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.
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
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 ;-)