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Stylish Waterfront Kalkara Townhouse, with Grand Harbour View

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WCs1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, With Waterfront Roof Terrace Views

Our 18th Century Maltese home is a 3 bedroom renovated town house, located in the picturesque village of Kalkara Creek, overlooking the Grand Harbour of Valetta in Malta.

It is a three-story property built with thick local sandstone creating its local Maltese charm.

The kitchen, dining and living area are all found on the first floor, the dining room leads onto a well-equipped pine wood kitchen with a small stone walled courtyard with breakfast table, peppered with climbing Bougainvillea, perfect for shaded breakfasts and alfresco dining in the summer months.

The sitting room offers Cable TV, DVD and Internet /WIFI and a breezy waterfront, traditional style enclosed balcony.

The first 2 bedrooms are located on the second floor, one boasting a four poster bed, with waterfront balcony, across the landing there is a twin bedroom with 2 good sized single beds. The en-suite full shower room is shared with both bedrooms on this floor.

Please note that this bathroom is accessible only THROUGH the twin room, therefore most suited for families and those comfortable with sharing the walk through situation.

The 3rd bedroom is on the top floor, a large double bedroom with it's own en-suite bath and shower room plus a small sunny balcony /look out (great for drying towels and clothes etc.)

Across the landing you will find the rooftop sun terrace overlooking the spectacular views of The Grand Harbor of Valetta.

The roof terrace has relaxed garden furniture, table and chairs and newly installed sunshade/ awning during the day - a perfect spot for a quiet morning coffee and social sunset cocktails on warm Mediterranean evenings!

Kalkara Creek itself enjoys a delightful village vibe with a village square, church and café for a morning latte, afternoon beer/lunch and or relaxed alfresco dining.

There are a few nearby amenity stores to stock up on those essentials: A local fresh fruit and vegetable cart pulls up every other day, there is also Village Shop, Bakery, Butcher, Chemist & Doctor, Video Store and Police Station.

Please take note many close from 12noon till 4pm every day, some open again for the early evening: There is another village supermarket, open all day every day at the top of the village called 'Bighi Confectioners'.

Within relaxed strolling distance there is the historical Village of Birgu and Vitorriosa Waterfront and Marina to enjoy. Across the water is the Grand Harbour of Valetta, packed full of activities and night life and can be accessed by water taxi from the Marina or simply jump on a bus.

Templars Rest is located on the outskirts of the ancient and popular Three Cities, nearest to the city of Birgu; it offers a perfect setting for exploring Malta’s tapestry of rich culture and history, stunning architecture, local Museums, Forts, Chapels and Art Galleries.

Nestled in the sleepy fishing village of Kalkara Creek, it’s easy to feel relaxed enjoying the friendly local vibe, if staying close to home there is plenty to do with Rinella Beach and Pier only a stroll away for a refreshing swim, play a game of tennis, visit Fort Rinella with it's historic 100 ton gun built by the British in 1878; it's a wonderful live museum restored by the Malta Heritage Trust (Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna) or simply relax with a cold beer/cappuccino with a book in the village square cafe, soaking up the atmosphere.

Vittoriosa Waterfront is a 15 minutes walk away around the Creek, and is lovely for exploring the elegant yacht marina, the street café’s, shops, enjoy alfresco dining, wine bars and there is even a casino with the backdrop of the super yachts moored up looking splendid.

Plus a Maritime Museum to enjoy.

Meandering through the charming back streets of Birgu, the fortified ancient city steeped in history from the Knights of St John dating back to the Siege of Malta in 1530's is delightful; you can also visit the well known Inquisitors Palace, a favourite place of interest for visitors in Malta.

Just across the water is The Grand Harbour City of Valetta. Take a traditional Maltese boat which serves as a water taxi across the harbour, directly to Valetta for around 5 Euros, enjoying the grandeur of Fort Angelo and Birgu from the sea. Valletta is packed full of activities, sight seeing tours, restaurants, café’s, shops, and the well known St John’s Cathedral and Co-Cathedral museum.

There are also plenty of opportunities to head out further afield by hired car in search for Malta’s more secluded and hidden beaches, Or explore the cobbled streets of Mdina, one of the prettiest walled cities of the region, enjoying the medieval and Baroque architecture of Malta’s old Capital with panoramic and mesmerizing views of the Island.

Taking a days trip to the well known and bustling Marsaskala Seaside Village and Sunday Market is a great day out to buy local speciality cheeses, olives, rustic breads and of course local crafts and gifts to take home.

So much is within easy reach from Kalkara by foot, water taxi and local bus, while hiring a car is recommended for day excursions and further afield adventures of the island.

Helpful hints for getting around:

There are frequent buses that stop within 200m either side of the house, that go to and from Valletta. and there is a great taxi service available right in the village square from the local garage. We can provide details of a local family car rental service where a small simple car can be hired for around 20 Euros with A/C, or 16 Euros without A/C. Details provided on request.

More Details

Owner
Marc Cuthbert
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, German, We are English w/ basic German and a little French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Marc Cuthbert

Welcome! Our names are Marc and Katherine. I bought our house, Templars Rest, 3 yrs ago to live in while I finished a work project in Malta. I instantly fell in love with the beauty and charm of the Creek, and wanted to be a part of it. The very first time I saw Kalkara Creek was when I sailed into the harbor on an adventurous voyage from Hong Kong to London back in 1997 on an old traditional Chinese Sailing Junk, it was a time of rest and recharge. I love to be near or beside the sea, and Templars Rest offers just that and more, with cool sea breezes, stunning views, salty sea air and sounds associated with the sea at my doorstep.

Marc Cuthbert purchased this house in 2009

Why Marc Cuthbert chose Kalkara

For us this waterfront home holds such charm, we love looking out over the Creek with the bright coloured boats bobbing on the sparkling water, it's mesmerizing and simply soothes and inspires us.

A practical and also fun feature that tempted us to this property and the Creek was that we are only a hop skip and a jump away from Birgu and Vitorriosa Waterfront, which we love to stroll to and soak up the beauty, atmosphere and culture, while enjoying either a meander through the back streets, or sitting out in the old city/village square with a latte and a great breakfast, or enjoy a cold pint of Guinness on tap in the shade chatting to the friendly folk there. Plus of course, with a love of boats, there is the modern marina with stunning yachts to admire, bars and restaurants to enjoy, with the back drop of the old city for alfresco dining, so lots of cultural contrasts at our fingertips, we love that!!!

And yet we still enjoy the treat of stepping back away from it all in a relaxed village locale, looking over the harbour.

What makes this house unique

The house exudes the flavor of the local history in archetecture and design, with beautiful wooden, white painted shuttered window features throughout the house that help keep it delightfully cool inside. It was originally two boat-houses on the ground floor, where local fishing boats would have been hauled up and inside directly from the bayside. The home offers the soft gentleness of the local village vibe, balanced perfectly with easy and trouble-free access to the hustle and bustle of all that the ancient capital city has to offer.

In the mornings, on holiday, there is nothing better for me than relaxing in the cool shade with a fresh coffee, leisurely casting an eye over the harbor creek and local environment as the morning sun warms the village to life! Then in the evenings, after a days activities, chilling on the rooftop to enjoy the spectacular sunset over Valetta!. I also love long peaceful lazy breakfasts, reading a book in the totally secluded kitchen courtyard, in the cool morning shade.

Another thing we love to do is to stroll through the village to Rinella Bay beach for a late afternoon swim, relishing in that daily cool down and exercise fix, diving off the pier is a delight, often followed by a refreshing cocktail on our rooftop. The pace and locality of this routine adds to a very comfortable and homely stay for us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really liked Templar's Rest and it was an excellent base for a New Year's family holiday with our two boys. The house is full of Maltese character and the views across the Creek from the roof terrace, two bedrooms and sitting room were a big attraction for us. Katherine is a thoughtful host, responding promptly to any queries and providing detailed information. We relied on the very efficient bus network to get around and didn't feel the need for a hire car. Our stay was very comfortable - a proper air bnb experience in a local community.
Dec 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kalkara in Malta

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • W/C with basin - Toilet , A handy first floor W/C next to the kitchen.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , A powerful shower with quirky outside courtyard feature
    Bathroom 2 and 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , A shared en-suite bathroom with rain shower.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , A full bath with shower facility and sunny balcony.
  • Hot water is supplied throughout by 'Solar Water Heating' with electric backup support. There is a switch to turn on the Electric backup. The ground floor and second floor bathrooms are fully equipped with showers, wash basin and toilets. The top floor bathroom has a full length deep bath including a stand up shower facility, toilet and wash basin. There is a separate WC/toilet with basin for easy convenience on the first floor near the dining room and kitchen.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Double bedroom w/ quirky courtyard style ensuite shower room
    Double Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Four poster double bedroom with balcony and shared bathroom
    Twin Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 single beds with shared ensuite full shower room
    Double Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Double bedroom with en-suite full bath with shower room
  • There are 4 bedrooms to choose from, 3 doubles and 1 twin room with 2 single beds. There are 2 pillows per person per bed.. For the cooler/winter months there are 13 tog goose down feather duvets when required. plus extra blankets if needed. All bedrooms have fans for the summer time, 2 bedrooms have air-con units. The 4 poster double bedroom and twin room are located on the second floor, this works best for friends and or a family with children as both rooms share the en-suite bathroom which walks through the twin room. Its a quirky but lovely home. The 4th bedroom on the top floor has privacy and it's own en- suite full bath/shower room. Along the landing is the roof terrace with views of the waterfront and Valletta.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Children of all ages are welcome, however please be aware Templars Rest is a tall 3 story town house with a long drop stairwell. Fans are in all the rooms, and air-conditiones are in some rooms. Fresh bed linen and towels are provided for one week stays (7 nights) We have a washing machine and dryer for longer stays. 1 bathroom towel and a hand towel are provided per person, per stay.. There are mosquito nets on the main windows that are often kept open for the breeze, mosquito plugs are proved in the kitchen drawer if needed but please bring personal repellent if you should need it. The house is equipped with a basic supply of toilet paper to start you off, plus a starter supply of washing up liquid. Tea, instant coffee and fresh milk will be provided for your first day arrival. Fresh ground coffee is hard to find locally, you might like to bring some....

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Stylish Waterfront Kalkara Townhouse, with Grand Harbour View
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4

Making a holiday feel like a home from home

  • 4 of 5

Templars rest made our visit to Malta feel like a home from home. The home itself has everything you need & House Manager Pauline & owners Katherine & Marc are contactable with any queries or support during the stay. The recently fitted mosquito screens to windows were a welcome addition. The views from windows & roof terrace over Kalkara harbour were lovely especially in the evening. We decided to use the local bus service & found purchasing a prepaid weekly travel card a inexpensive way of exploring Valletta, Midina & other delights of Malta. Templars rest & Kalkara the perfect base & we used the lovely local bakery,butcher,take away & pub/restaurant most days & often we spent some restful days enjoying the sun & comfort of Templars rest.

This is not our first time to Malta as my mother & brothers lived in Malta in the 60’s when my father was serving with the navy so it always feels like home for my mother when she returns & although plenty has changed over the years she says the friendliness of the Maltese people remains. Thank you for a great & restful stay

Helen & Michael Tubb (& Styles family)

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Stylish characterful house in a beautiful village location

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious, peaceful and outlived our high expectations. Beautiful views right on the waterfront, charming village location. Highly recommend visiting the new Esplora interactive science museum if you have children, an easy walk. A weekly pass for the ferry to Valletta is well worth 10 euros and a delightful way to commute. Finally Tal Petut is an outstanding local restaurant, behind the Inquisitors' Palace in Birgu, less than 10 minutes' walk away.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, relaxing and friendly

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from a month long stay. The house is a beautiful historic building with tasteful furnishings, modern appliances and bathrooms. The roof terrace is perfect for a glass of wine at sunset and the Maltese balconies just right for enjoying the views of scenic Kalkara harbour with the sparkling water, the tinkling of the sailboat's rigging, and the beautifully lit city walls. Kalkara is the perfect location. It is not a touristy area, but is a real neighbourhood where you will be welcomed right off. Pauline takes care of your every need and a local bakery, butcher, produce truck, restaurant and other shops are all within a few minutes walk. The harbour is a lovely place where dogs walk their owners, local men fish from their row boats, and children play in the park. The views of the forts, the buildings and the break wall to the open sea are breathtaking.Enjoy a ride in a brightly painted wooden boat run by a man who will tell you of his time in the Navy forty years ago. Walk through the wall and there is a selection of cafes and restaurants some of whom prepare recipes taught to them by their grandmothers. As I was alone for a few days I enjoyed the safe and friendly village atmosphere. The pizza in the local bar is great with freshly made crust and a large variety of different toppings. When you want to enjoy the sights of the rest of the island, the bus system is efficient, clean, inexpensive, and goes to every site you want to see, including everything from Neolithic temples to modern art, music and splendid Baroque churches. I could go on, but this is enough. I would highly recommend this property and Malta itself.

Barbara

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from a month long stay. The house is a beautiful historic building with tasteful furnishings, modern appliances and bathrooms. The roof terrace is so nice for a glass of wine at sunset and the Maltese balconies for enjoying the views of scenic Kalkara harbour with the sparkling water, the tinkling of the sailboat's rigging, and the beautifully lit city walls. Kalkara is the perfect location. It is not a tourist area, but is a lovely neighbourhood where you will be welcomed right off. Pauline takes care of your every need and a local bakery, butcher, produce truck and restaurant and other shops are all within a few minutes walk. The harbour is a lovely place where dogs walk their owners, local men fish from their row boats, and children play in the park. The views of the forts, the buildings and the break wall to the open sea are breathtaking.Enjoy a ride in a brightly painted wooden boat run by a man who will tell you of his time in the Navy forty years ago. Walk through the wall and there is a selection of cafes and restaurants some of whom prepare recipes taught to them by their grandmothers. As I was alone for a few days I enjoyed the safe and friendly village atmosphere. The pizza in the local bar is great with freshly made crust and a large variety of different toppings. When you want to enjoy the sights of the rest of the island, the bus system is efficient, clean, inexpensive, and goes to every site you want to see, including everything from Neolithic temples to modern art, music and splendid Baroque churches. I could go one, but this is enough. I would highly recommend this property and Malta itself.

Barbara

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahhh thank you Barbara for sharing your highlights and taking the time to share so much... we are so pleased you had such a lovely holiday with us.
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Lovely house for a holiday. Had everything we needed. Easy to park and catch the bus to Valletta.

  • 5 of 5

Great views from the balcony.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An interesting house in an excellent location.

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at the house which is ideally located for visits to the Three Cities, Valletta and the Capuccini Naval Cemetery. It is a short walk from a couple of local bars and small grocery shops. A car is useful although not essential. Three of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms so the fourth bedroom can only access a bathroom through one of the other bedrooms which isn't ideal. The house manager in Malta and the owners, who are not local, are all very helpful and respond to queries or issues quickly.

I would recommend this house to families (without children) or close friends looking to stay in a quiet but attractive part of Malta which offers easy access to the airport and the rest of the island.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Malta International
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
SupaNova, cafe/ bar within 2 mins strole
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Valetta
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Marsa Sports Club/Royal Malta Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Vittoriosa Waterfront
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Rinella Bay
Car: not necessary

Templars Rest is located on the outskirts of the ancient and popular Three Cities, nearest to the city of Birgu; it offers a perfect setting for exploring Malta’s tapestry of rich culture and history, stunning architecture, local Museums, Forts, Chapels and Art Galleries.

Nestled in the sleepy fishing village of Kalkara Creek, it’s easy to feel relaxed enjoying the friendly local vibe; if staying close to home there is plenty to do with Rinella Beach and Pier only a stroll away for a refreshing swim, play a game of tennis, and or visit Fort Rinella with it's historic 100 ton gun built by the British in 1878; it's a wonderful live museum restored by the Malta Heritage Trust (Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna.) Simply relaxing with a cold beer/cappuccino with a good book in the village square cafe, 'SuerNova Heights' soaking up the atmosphere is a pleasant way to while away the day.

Vittoriosa Waterfront is a 15 minutes walk around Kalkara Creek, and is lovely for exploring the elegant Grand yacht Marina, the street café’s, shops, alfresco dining, wine bars and there is even a Casino with the backdrop of the super yachts moored up looking splendid.

Plus a Maritime Museum to enjoy.

Meandering through the charming back streets of Birgu, you will find the fortified ancient city is steeped in history from the Knights of St John dating back to the Siege of Malta in 1530's. You can also visit the well known Inquisitors Palace, a favourite place of interest for visitors in Malta.

Just across the water is The Grand Harbour City of Valetta. Take a traditional Maltese boat which serves as a water taxi across the harbour, directly to Valetta for around 5 Euros, enjoying the grandeur of Fort Angelo and Birgu from the sea.

Valletta is packed full of activities, sight seeing tours, restaurants, café’s, shops, and the well known St John’s Cathedral and Co-Cathedral museum.

There are also plenty of opportunities to head out further afield by hired car in search for Malta’s more secluded and hidden beaches, Or explore the cobbled streets of Mdina, one of the prettiest walled cities of the region, enjoying the medieval and Baroque architecture of Malta’s old Capital with panoramic and mesmerizing views of the Island.

Taking a days trip to the well known and bustling Marsaskala Seaside Village and Sunday Market is a great day out to buy local speciality cheeses, olives, rustic breads and of course local crafts and gifts to take home.

So much is within easy reach from Kalkara by foot, water taxi and local bus, while hiring a car is recommended for day excursions and further afield adventures of the island.

Helpful hints for getting around:

There are frequent buses that stop within 200m either side of the house, that go to and from Valletta, there is also a great taxi service available right in the village square from the local garage. We can provide details of a local family car rental service where a small simple car can be hired for around 20 Euros with A/C, or 16 Euros without A/C. Details provided on request.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Kalkara, Europe

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£998
for 7 nights
£998
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
1 Nov 2018 - 17 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
£623
for 5 nights
£843
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
 
Festive Season
18 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£843
for 7 nights
£843
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £176.63
Electricity £70.65

Please note: Rental rates are for 1-4 guests. An additional charge of Euro €15 per person per night is added for guests 5 and 6. Electricity at euro 80 is charged per week as an additional fee.

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