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Ray & Maria de Bono

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese

A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Island of Malta - 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.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Ray & Maria de Bono (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, German, Italian, Maltese

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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based on 30 holidaymaker reviews

A charming 400 year old house of character, Malta - Central
average rating of 4.7 based on 31 reviews

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: Jan 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 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: Dec 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 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: May 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in beautiful Medieval townhouse

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we could only enjoy the the true Maltese atmosphere of this beautiful medieval house for only a few days, before we had to go back again.

The house is bigger than one would expect and very charming and offers lots of little places and rooms to discover.

The large kitchen offers all posibilities to cook your own meal, but the restaurants around the corner are also goodand noit expensive. Rabat itself has enough to offer to visit: the catacombes and museaum, the Roman House, and of course the medieval fortress city of Mdina. Enough to keep us busy for a few days!

It was just to chilly in the morning to enjoy our breakfast in the courtyard and therefore we most certainly come back again ;-)

Maria and Ray: many thanks and Ray's father is friendliness itself. Thanks!

Bert & Margo ( and their son Jelle and girlfriend Hannah)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bert, Margo, Jelle and Hannah, We are delighted that you had a nice stay. The weather was favourable too - probably the best time of the year before the real heat sets in! We hope to be of service again to you in the very near future. Many tks, Ray and Maria
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Urlaub in historischem Gebäude

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben unseren Herbsturlaub in diesem wunderschönen Haus verbracht und es sehr genossen, abseits der Touristenhorden im Zentrum von Rabat, unter Einheimischen Urlaub zu machen. Nachts sehr ruhig, nur wenige Gehminuten vom Touristenmagnet Mdina entfernt, dass wir gelegentlich abends besuchten, wenn die Touristenströme abzogen. Das Haus hat eine sehr stilvolle Atmosphäre. Die Architektur auf mehreren Ebenen ist sehr verwinkelt. Die Einrichtung inklusive Küche und Badezimmer ist sehr gut. Die Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in nächster Umgebung sind ausgezeichnet. Restaurants und Cafes sind reichlich vorhanden. Wir wurden vom Hausbesitzer sehr nett und persönlich empfangen, CheckIn (nachts um 23.30 Uhr!) und Out verlief absolut reibungslos. Auch auf eine tel. Reklamation wg. Gerüchen aus dem Keller war Ray mit einem Handwerker innerhalb einer Stunde zur Stelle und hat sich auch persönlich gekümmert, damit wir weiterhin unbeschwert Urlaub machen konnten. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und können das Haus uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen. Empfehlenswert ist ein Mietwagen (großer Parkplatz in wenigen Gehminuten), mit dem man innerhalb von rd. 30 Minuten an fast jedem Ort der Insel ist, da Rabat sehr zentral liegt. Sowohl die schönen Strände im Norden Maltas als auch ein Tagestrip nach Gozo lassen sich auch ohne früh aufzustehen problemlos erreichen.

Wir bedanken uns bei Ray und seiner Frau Maria für den super Support. Dieser Urlaub wird uns sicher noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Family Kleeman, We thank you very much for your sincere review. We are happy that the holiday met your expectations and we wish your family the very best. Ray and Maria
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Very, very nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is one of our best holidays! The house is lots of medieval flair and is in very goof condition. Everything works in the house. There is a very nice yard in which nobody from outside can look inside. The house is very quiet. No car traffic. No noise from the (good) bars & restaurants which are very near.

Three minutes walk to Mdina!

We will surely visit Ray & Maria again. Very friendly owners. Highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Malta International
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
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 Mdina, Island of Malta

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak summer time
14 Aug 2016 - 19 Aug 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
Easter period
10 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
21 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

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 90 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Island of Malta, Malta

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
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
  • 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
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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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