|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Originally a typical farmhouse, Dar Bajda has been tastefully converted into a terraced village house of great character & charm. Conveniently located in the heart of the quaint hilltop village of Naxxar, a stroll away from local shops, bars & food outlets & from the pretty village square with its magnificent church. It is not part of a tourist development.
Dar Bajda has a superb landscaped garden which includes a secure gated pool with spacious deck areas & terraces for sunbathing surrounded by bougainvillea, oleander & eucalyptus trees. The pool area is gated so good if you have young kids.
Hall - cloakroom - large fully equipped modern kitchen - adjoining breakfast room -arched ante room - charming arched lounge - spacious dining and sitting area with French doors to garden & pool - master bedroom suite with its own sun terrace - en suite dressing room & bathroom with shower - 3 further bedrooms - family bathroom - outdoor shower - all bedrooms have ceiling fans & air-con.
Why Dar Bajda is better: Dar Bajda is privately owned and run. It is not part of a resort so you will not be bothered by other noisy or drunken holidaymakers. Unlike many rental properties on the market, Dar Bajda is well maintained by its owners who buy for the property what they would buy for themselves. Properties owned by travel companies often skimp on items or supply the cheapest of everything. Dar Bajda is redecorated annually during the winter.
The property has the type of amenities you will expect but may forget to ask for; a dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, wifi. The owners take care to ensure that the other facilities are appropriate (e.g. there are enough plates and glasses, adequate cooking facilities of a reasonable quality). The outdoor tables and pool loungers are quality teak, not cheap plastic.
The house is non-smoking. Accommodation restricted to the number of persons booked and confirmed and should never exceed 8 adults. Sorry but NO DOGS OR PETS are allowed in the house.
Useful local contacts/Car hire/Airport transfers: CAR RENTAL and AIRPORT TRANSFERS: It is best and cheaper to pre book Car Rental or Airport transfers directly. For competitive rates use the car rental feature on the Air Malta website which trawls for the cheapest rates. USEFUL CONTACTS: Housekeeper - Rose - Tel 21436994 - lives close by in the village; prepares the house for your arrival and provides linen/towels for the number of persons booked; also provides weekly cleaning/ linen change for bookings of over 7 days. Additional cleaning/maid service and baby sitting can be provided by private arrangement with her. Gardener/Handyman - Paul (contact through Rose) - has access to water the garden twice weekly. Pool attendant Robert (contact through Rose) needs to maintain the pool at least once weekly. Always follow his instructions and those of the Housekeeper regarding pool chemicals he or she may use. The pool room is strictly out of bounds. Emergency/plumber Etienne (through Rose)
Arriving and departing: We require full details of your incoming and outgoing flight arrangements in order to hand over keys to the house. Arriving guests may enter after 3pm. Departing guests are requested to vacate the house by 10am. This way we have 4 hours to clean and prepare the house after previous guests have departed.
Polite Notice: We expect you to inform the Housekeeper of any damages caused by you during your stay which we may not be aware of. This way we can repair or replace before the next guests arrive. Please also inform us if you notice any damages on entry (which we might not also have been aware of or noticed).
The farmhouse has been in our family since the mid 1980's when my late father bought and converted it. It's come a long way since then. There used to be onions growing in what is now the master bedroom. I let and manage the house now for my mother and stay there in August with my wife and 4 young children.
DB Estates purchased this house in 1985
The property is an old fashioned house of character beautifully converted with modern amenities including fully kitted kitchen, dishwasher and washing machine. The house is set in the middle of a village so it is tranquil but not isolated. Families are most welcome and the garden and pool has been designed to be family friendly with gates which can be closed to keep children safe although care should be exercised and children should never be allowed to roam in the garden.
Over the years the owners have made improvements aimed at allowing our guests a lovely and peaceful holiday. Guests seem to love holidaying at the house as the guestbook testifies. The owners spend their summer holidays there themselves.
We were a group of three young couples and stayed in Dar Bajda for one week in May 2009.
The kitchen was great and well equipped and we had no problem cooking our dinner in the house. The pool area was beautiful and the rest of the house was well-maintained. The area itself was lovely and the Parish Church of Our Lady and Palazzo Parisio are both worth visiting. It was easy to get around the island by bus or taxi (since we didn't have a car).
The housekeeper and the owner were always ready to help us with even the smallest problems. I would definitely recommend the place.
Amazing house, so big and so quiet...it was so relaxing , thanks you Rose for the warm welcome
We stayed with our family, six adults and four children. The Villa was beautiful, clean and charming. Rose, and the garden and pool help were very helpful, we enjoyed visiting with them.
We would recommend any one staying in Malta to consider staying at this Villa. Naxxar is a lovely place to stay, easily walkable to the bus stop and store. If you want to see the Maltese people instead of other tourists, this is the place to stay.
We had great food at "Old Charm Wine Bar',just down the road from the Villa, and also Caesars on Labour Avenue.
Be sure to visit Palzzo Parasio. , the grounds are beautiful..
Dar Bajda is the perfect holiday house for families. It's ideally situated in the centre of Naxxar within easy walking distance of local shops, banks, restaurants etc. Naxxar is a very pretty, traditional Maltese town and although the house is in the centre of this busy town the garden and pool area couldn't be more tranquil, heaven for adults and children alike! The house is very well equipped. Couldn't recommend Dar Bajda enough.
Our stay at Dar Bajda was wonderful. A nice house with the great pool was great for our children. Naxxar is nicely located for trips all around the island. Rose was a wonderful help and we had a very relaxing time. Lunch at the Palazzo and an excursion there is highly recommended. Furthermore enough shops and restaurants in the surrounding area for your convenience. In general a great quiet place where you can have soothing holiday.
We have visited Dar Bajda a number of times in the early 2000 years and always loved it. This visit (June/July 2010) however, was our first following an absence of some years, during which we have principally used hotels.
Malta is a second home to us, simply because my wife and I both worked and met here on the Island in the early 60’s, so we return regularly.
On this most recent return, we noticed, during our 2 weeks stay, many excellent improvements, not least the new kitchen and upgraded bathrooms and the garden is as ever, a joy. The comfort and character of the house remains, and Naxxar, just as we like it, still ‘away from the madding crowds’!
Dar Bajda will certainly be our chosen holiday accommodation for all future visits to the Island.
My wife, a published poet, wrote the following poem which might appropriately serve, to conclude this review.
A MEDITERRANEAN DAY AT “DAR BAJDA”
Cockerels wake early, crowing out in the not-quite-light
Churches call the Faithful to early Mass and every day the dustman noisily takes away the
refuse, bagged up from the day before
A gentle cloak of warm air envelopes us as we step out into the day.
Then the sun rises higher and we move, shielded with wide brimmed hats and glasses against the glare, to shelter under striped umbrellas.
The garden blossoms in the heat, colours mixing in brilliant hues.
Geraniums, pink and scarlet, ramble among the regal mauve bougainvillea.
Azaleas, fuchsias and marigolds cluster round the soft gold stones matching their colours with
the hibiscus, stocks and oleanders.
The afternoon is silent. We retreat to the cool stillness of a shuttered room, sandaled feet
slapping across cool marble floors.
The light goes quickly leaving the air full of unfamiliar scents, blossoms, pasta, vegetables and
At night, sunburned tourists, regretfully homeward bound, fly overhead glimpsing their last look below.
Among the tiny orange street lamps, the brilliant blue of illuminated pools shine out, like
handfuls of odd shaped sapphires thrown at random over the dark land beneath.
© 2010 - this reviewer.
Dar Bajda is located in centre of the ancient hill top village of Naxxar. It is within walking distance of the main square abounding with village shops including old fashioned grocery shops, the best butcher shop in Malta, a supermarket, pharmacies, local bars and restaurants all about 6 minute walk. Also in the village square is the magnificent Palazzo Parisio - the local 19th Century manor house which is open to the public, has a restaurant & is well worth a visit. Also worth a visit is Mosta Town - hardly 3kms down the road and renowned for its church with the third largest dome in the world where a WW2 bomb fell but did not explode. The coast road is 15 minutes drive giving access to many resorts with good bathing facilities like Bugibba, St Pauls Bay, Salina, Bahar ic Caghaq & St Julians. Rural but superbly located for quick excursions to Valletta (8km - historical lots to see), Sliema-St Julians (4kms- smart -lots of cafes, restaurants & night spots), Gozo island - lovely day trip (17kms to car ferry crossing at Cirkewwa).
The airport is 10km away, about 20 minutes drive.
Other Activities: Sites of archaeologic and historic interest close by including the Hypogeum (you must book well ahead) and Hagar Qim.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
Electricity is payable in addition, locally at 35c per unit consumed. Typically this amounts to EUR60 - 120 per week in the summer.
Can accommodate 8 plus infant.
Payments available in GBP sterling or in EURO € . Please send to the correct account specified in the Reservation Letter
Rates shown are for 4 Adults.