3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms (1 en-suite) ,sleeps 6-7
- english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, Dutch, norwegian
About Frans Spijker
Hi , I am Dutch by nationality and married since 1982 to a Maltese lady. My profession has made us live for the last 25 + years in 8 different countries around the world and we recently decided to settle down in Portugal .
Frans Spijker purchased this Farmhouse in 2003
Why Frans Spijker chose Xagħra
Considering our strong family ties with Malta we always wanted to purchase some property on the sister island of Gozo. Why Gozo ? because it is much quieter and more intimate than Malta, also greener throughout the year with lovely beaches close by.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We purchased this property at the time and had it converted because we loved the location being on the outskirts of Xaghra ,with green areas behind,the possibility to have a nice garden, quietness but nevertheless still with all amenities of Xaghra within walking distance (10-15 mins). The property has 12 solar panels installed , is fully self supporting on electricity and in addition exports around 2000 Kwh/year. In total it avoids around 4 T CO2/year.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
would have liked more comfortable seating in the dining area
Many thanks for taking the trouble to review your stay. Your comment on the dining area is valid. We are actually working to improve it and create a more comfortable are to sit and for example watch TV.
Little Piece of Heaven
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful well appointed farmhouse. It was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need. The pool was clean, the garden was neat and tidy and the neighbours were kind and helpful. We were very impressed by the efficient trash and recycling collection. The booking process was very easy and despite arriving in the early hours in a torrential downpour the key collection went smoothly too. We loved every minute of our holiday and we feel lucky to have found such a beautiful house.
Dear Stevie, many thanks for your review and obviously please that you had a good time in "Arzella" and were satisfied with the services. We hope to see you back in the future.
Hope to book again
An excellent farm house in a quiet street. It contains an AC in each bedroom and 3 fans in the living area which were quite enough.
It was ideal for us, a family of 3 couples.
Dear Salvu, many thanks for your review and pleased that you enjoyed your time. We hope to see you stay at "Arzella" again in the future.
Fantastic 12 days!!!
Just home from an amazing 12 day stay on Gozo! The villa was perfect, the weather was SOOO hot....but the pool and air con in the bedrooms helped so much. I agree with the previous review that a little more shade (maybe a second parasol for the table ) would have been great. The gazebo is lovely at the end of the garden, but the wifi doesn't reach it and there are more flies and bugs down there! It's also a trek to refill drinks, etc.
We had a hire car (very reasonable from L&R) and I would recommend one to anyone staying here as it is quite an uphill jaunt to Xaghra Square and the shops. Lidl is 5 mins away and the Lighthouse is a good local food store.
I had requested some groceries be at the house for our arrival (10.30pm) but was a little disappointed there was no bottled water, but you can't have everything!!
Oh and the 4am rooster takes a little getting used to (take earplugs to sleep) and as is so common everywhere on Gozo...there is loads of building work going on in all the villages so be prepared for construction noise from 8-5 most days.
All in all a fab house to stay at....would certainly recommend to anyone.... as the pros far outweighed the cons!
Dear Sam, many thanks for reviewing your stay at Arzella and obviously pleased that you & family enjoyed it ! As regards your observations/ recommendations :
(a) we stayed at the house before you arrived and also noticed that the WiFi signal doesn't really reach out to the Gazebo. This is inconvenient ! It happened after a new router was installed. I experimented a bit during our stay but didn't manage to make it reach there satisfactorily. Will be fixed during our next visit.
(b) Indeed it is quite a walk in this heat to get to the supermarket and back ... There seems to be a smaller mini market closer to the property, but I haven't found it yet.
(c) Sorry about the water, this should have been included and I have taken it up with the management.
(d) indeed construction in Malta & Gozo is an ongoing activity. We had our share of it around the property in the past , but since a few years things have settled down.
Hope to welcome you back in the future !
Really nice property, reasonably good location.
Staying in the town of Xaghra is a good choice and Arzella is a very comfortable (and large) place to stay. The farmhouse was clean and everything in good condition and clear instructions for everything. Communication with the property manager was good and very helpful for arranging transportation. The pool was especially useful since the main part of the house is not air conditioned. The bedrooms are air conditioned though, so there was no problems getting a comfortable night's sleep.
There were only two negatives, and both of fairly minor given all the positives of this property:
1) The house gets fairly warm in the late afternoon. I believe the west-facing rear large windows/door contributes to this, so maybe this would be easy to fix with some exterior bamboo curtain or something.
2) It would have been nice to be a little closer to the main part of town. Because we did not have a car, carrying groceries (especially a water supply) was a little more burdensome than I would have liked.
Dear Anthony, thank you for taking the time to write a review and of course very pleased that your stay lived up to expectations ! It is a good suggestion to install an exterior bamboo curtain in front of the patio doors/windows ( removable) to keep out the heat ! We are going to look into it.. As regards the distance to shopping there is not much that we can do about it ...but are on the search if there is a (mini) supermarket closer by so at least the basic needs are available at walking distance…
Hope to see you back in the future..
Great location, lovely home and garden. Would definitely stay here
We really enjoyed our stay. There is a rooster nearby which woke us up every morning - you k ow you are in the country. The nearby village square was wonderful. A great location for getting out to See all of Gozo
Dear Sharon, thank you for your review and hope to see you back at Arzella..!
Why not spent your holiday in a converted 150 yr. old farmhouse in the mid of the Mediterranean Sea on the sunny, quiet and picturesque island of Gozo with its more than 3000 yr. of history?
Farmhouse Arzella ('Shell') is a beautifully converted 150-year-old farmhouse with a spacious garden at the border of the picturesque and quiet town of Xaghra (pronounce: shara).