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Unique 500 year old house of character, Rabat - l/o Mdina; free WIFI & utilities

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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

This charming, 500 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.

More Details

Ray & Maria de Bono
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Rabat, Malta

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • 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
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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Unique 500 year old house of character, Rabat - l/o Mdina; free WIFI & utilities
average rating of 4.6857142 based on 36 reviews

Comfortable and great location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this unique property. Nice location, away from the crowds and down a sweet little street. The Crystal Palace pastis cafe is great - both the pastis and as a taxi drop off point. The little courtyard is lovely and haven out of the heat. Friendly hosts

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Conveniently located and full of character!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a week. Ray was so helpful when we arrived and made a stellar dinner recommendation (l’agape—go eat there!!). The locals were kind and full of activity recommendations. Mdina is a short walk away, and the Domus Romana is an easy spot to get a cab to meet you.

The house is beautiful! We loved the terrace and the coffee nook overlooking the courtyard. The kitchen is well-stocked, and Ray provided a bottle of water on arrival.

I can’t say enough good things about this house! It’s full of character and conveniently located. We are already talking about coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Suited our needs almost perfectly !

  • 4 of 5

Spacious and full of character with great facilities. A beautiful location convenient for exploring the old town and Malta. Sometimes difficult to find parking.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic week in house of character.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely historic house in excellent location, central for buses to rest of island and great location for bars, brilliant restaurants, butcher, grocers and yummy bakery. Full of character and suited our love of candlelit evenings. Owners available if needed and provided helpful information during our stay. Rabat is lovely and a quieter option to the coast. Certainly felt like a retreat for us all, most welcome after the busy Christmas period. Will definitely hope to return and recommend it highly.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many tks Kay for your kind review and tks for choosing our property for your vacation. Hope to see you sometime soon again. Best wishes, Maria and Ray
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Fantastic Property

  • 4 of 5

This property was fantastic, it was great to stay in an old building in amongst local residents. Plenty of shops, restaurants and places to visit, the owners father very helpful with parking spaces and local knowledge. Owner easily contactable via phone for any problems.

We like it cool, that's why we went November, but even so, ceiling fans in bedrooms were welcome, and in the summer there's air conditioning as well.

The pictures on the site are very accurate, so make sure you look before you book. Disappointed we could not use the flat roof area, but the courtyard was lovely.

Recommend this property to everyone except those with disabilities and unsupervised young children due to steps and uneven natural flooring, which were for us were a lovely change from boring UK flat floors!

Property very secure so no worries on that score.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark, Many thanks for choosing to stay at our holiday home in Rabat. Your review is much appreciated and we always do our best to give our guests the best experience possible. Happy new year!
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good central location and very accommodating hosts

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious and full of charm.A lovely old house but very functional.

Bob and Sue


  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mdina Gate
Historic City of Valletta
Hagar Qim Neolithic Temple
St Paul's Cathedral
Domus Romana
Mdina Glass
De Mondion Restaurant
Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Malta International
Nearest Ferry
9 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Marsa Sports Club
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Rabat, Malta

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

For checkin after 10pm, an additional fee of €30 is charged.

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)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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