Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Book this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in Zebbug today! A total of 8 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a hot tub, air conditioning, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 32 reviews.
The owner responds to 95% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar 2 weeks ago.
A UNIQUELY-CONVERTED BAKERY WITH STUNNING VIEWS Zebbug, Island of Gozo, Malta
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Discovering Gozo, a tiny island measuring about 14km by 7km with about 31000 inhabitants, is the key to discovering one of the most untouched and unique islands in the Mediterranean. Gozo, which is rather different from the sister island Malta, is the perfect island holiday destination, a serene land where time has stood still and where the locals are very helpful and friendly and are always ready to go out of their way to help. Its outstanding climate with temperatures hardly reaching 10 Celcius in winter, is an all-year round destination. Gozo with over 7000 years of history, is ideal for beach holidays, religious or historical travel, an eco-holiday, a walking holiday or just an opportunity to get away from it all and indulge in great food, great beaches and an exceptional culture. It is also paradise for those after a diving holiday in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Gozo is many things to many different people, but above all it is truly special, tranquil and unique: the island of Myths and Miracles...
“Zebbug”, our village, means 'Olives' and this village was once famous for its abundance of olive trees. The olives were grown and harvested here and taken for pressing into oil at the adjacent village down the hill ,on the way to Victoria which is called Ghasri (meaning the ''pressing place'' ).
Zebbug is an old hilltop village with exotic views. The village's highest spot is marked by its parish church and the customary stone cross in front of it. Except for the coastal portions of Qbajjar and Marsalforn, the villagers of Zebbug actually live on two hills connected by a narrow strip of land. The land drops abruptly all around. This can be experienced along the road to Qbajjar and Marsalforn. Here you will see that Zebbug commands spectacular views over the coast , land and sea. Another steep hill at Zebbug is the flat topped Ta’ Kuljat, which contains some bronze age silo pits. The area between this hill and Qbajjar to the north contains many Punic and Pre-Historic tombs.
The villagers are known for the high quality of their (Bizzilla) lace, weaving and woolen blankets. Their religious values are untarnished, as judged for example from the high priority given to the maintenance of street niches.
Included with Zebbug is a good portion of Gozo`s north shore, which is characterized by some scenic inlets, natural bluffs and man-made salt pans. At Wied il-Ghasri, one of the islands beauty spots, quaint boat shelters align the narrow canyon, which also offers a secluded small sandy beach.
Our unique location blessed with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea offers a quiet place to get away from it all. Although tucked in an alley thus making it very safe for families with young children, it is at the same time close to all amenities. Seafront restaurants, supermarkets, beaches, diving, boat trips to Comino & Blue Lagoon, historical and cultural places are just 5 minutes drive away. For those who want to feel the remote life of a typical rural village, one can buy the fresh bread from the 8am van. Also the fish vendor and fruit and vegetable van come everyday infront of the house. For those who do not want to cook after a whole day exploring the island, one can visit Francesco’s Pizzeria in the village centre just 100m away from the house, and help himself at the hearty pizza at a very good price. Gozo’s traditional dishes include the sheep cheese filled ravioli, the “bragioli”, the local ftira, the mouthwatering fresh fish especially the “lampuki” pie and the “pastizzi”. On their day of arrival, our special guests are served with local delicacies including crunchy traditional bread with paste and fresh herbs, sheep peppered cheese, oven baked onions…a heaven for those who love typical cuisine.
THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY...
• WALKING AND CYCLING Holidays during Spring and Autumn (Guided walking guide booklets are available for free from our accommodation)
• Snorkelling and diving in Gozo which is attributed to have the best diving spots in the Mediterranean. Further information available from our accommodation.
• Carnival is celebrated on the five days preceding Ash Wednesday. It usually falls in February. Initiated during the Aragonese rule (before 1530), the celebration has continued to grow and expand. Colorful artistic floats, grotesque masks and dance companies of all ages and sexes parade the streets of the town and the main villages throughout the whole week. Becoming more popular is the spontaneous carnival organised after sunset in the village of Nadur. Hundreds of people walk up and down the main street dressed in comically distorted figures and the most imaginative and creative costumes and masks to conceal their identity. Free public transport during the night to our village. This year this is held between 4th and 12th February 2013.
• The week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, known in the Christian calendar as Holy Week, is full of religious and folkloristic shows. The central event is the Good Friday procession during which several life-size statues representing various moments from the passion and death of Christ are paraded through the village streets of Zebbug. Several men make vows to walk in the procession carrying a heavy cross or dragging heavy iron chains tied to their ankles. They wear hoods to conceal their identity. Scores of boys and young men are dressed in period costumes to add to the pageantry of the manifestation. Most impressive is the Roman legion, a gleam of breastplates, spears and shields and who announce themselves with trumpets and drum rolls. The procession is accompanied by the village band.
• On Easter afternoon there is a procession with the statue of the Risen Christ in our village. When the statue reaches the village square, the bearers stop for a moment and then return the Risen Christ inside the church with a run. This year’s celebrations take place between 5th and 8th April.
• Strawberries festival in April - Festa Frawli in Mgarr Malta (Transfers to and from accomodation available on request)
• Malta International Fireworks Festival Spectacular pyrotechnic event (Transfers to and from accomodation on request)
• The Medieval Mdina Festival takes place in May. The festival focuses on re-enactments, pageantry and floral displays. Activities also include a medieval street market, jousting, a display of birds of prey, as well as medieval games for everyone. Entrance fees for all museums and attractions in Mdina have been reduced. Details of dates to be given later. (Transfers to and from accommodation are available on request).
• The Malta Jazz Festival takes place in July of every year. Dates of the program to be given later.
• Local folklore reaches its climax during the Village festas – During June to September there are celebrations every weekend in a different village. A festa worthy of the name is made up of illuminations, brass bands, fireworks and a procession. End of August is Festa of Santa Maria at Zebbug our village with a whole week of celebrations and spectacular fireworks during the weekend. Detailed program available from our accommodation.
• Nadur Wine Festival - Delicata Wine Festival at Nadur end of August beginning of September (every day from 6pm till midnight). Public transport from and to the festival.
• Festival Mediterranea October-November 2014. An annual event on the Island of Gozo, Festival Mediterranea offers all that Gozo boasts of in the cultural and artistic arena. This mid-autumn festival has an island-wide aspect, with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor events. Music concerts dominate the celebrations, but there are also international conferences, walks and talks in ancient and historic places, field trips, food and drink events and art exhibitions. Festival Mediterranea offers visitors a great opportunity to learn about Gozo's temples and archaeological sites through a series of lectures and visits.
• Betlehem at Ghajnsielem 2014 - Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem Christmas village in Gozo
Visit the island of Gozo in December 2014 and January 2015and experience Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem - the largest animated Christmas village in Europe. FREE guided tour of this nativity village together with other live cribs on the island to all our visitors.
The bus stop is just 50 metres from the house and has really good connections to all villages on the island. Parking is outside the alley on the main street.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Car is not necessary
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Zebbug Attractions
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Zebbug Attractions
Last updated on January 05, 2017
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR)
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Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the owner’s discretion.
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
Included in the price:
wifi (limited to 1.5gb/day; unlimited between midnight and 6am)
gas, water and electricity units,
bed linen, towels and beach towels(in summer)
drink on arrival
reading material and maps
fans and heaters
Available on site at an extra cost:
beach umbrellas, bicycles and car hiring
use of spa
use of aircondition is against payment (ac is available in the 2 main bedrooms and the living area). However we give enough electricity units to warm/cool the house to make it comfortable.
Arrival between 10pm and 6am incur an extra charge.
The tourist tax is â‚Ź0.50/night up to a maximum of â‚Ź5/stay. Prices are per person from 18 years of age. This is not included in the price.
- A/C or climate control
- High chair
- Linens Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
- Towels Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Hair dryer
- Ceiling Fans
- Washing Machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
- Ocean or water views
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- 1291 square feet
based on 9 reviews
of guests would stay again
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Eine tolle Woche in iL-Forn - a wonderful week at iL-Forn”
Wir hatten eine wunderbare Woche in iL-Forn. Aufgrund der detaillierten Bilder auf der Homepage konnten wir uns ein sehr genaues Bild von dem liebevoll restaurierten Haus machen und waren voller Erwartung, und diese wurden voll erfüllt. Das Haus hat eine tolle atmosphäre, in der man sich wohlfühlt und bietet eine sehr gute ausstattung. Da wir nur zu zweit waren, hatten wir für uns sehr viel Platz. Aber auch zwei Ehepaare mit zwei Kindern können hier gut unterkommen.Wir waren jeden Tag mit dem Mietwagen unterwegs, freuten uns aber immer darauf, nach iL-Forn zurückzukehren. Aufgrund der Lage in der kleinen Ortschaft Zebbug lebt man in großer Ruhe, wird jedoch durch die fahrenden Händler (Backwaren, Fisch usw.) mit allem Notwendigen versorgt. Zudem ist Victoria nur wenige autominuten entfernt. Ganz besonders angenehm empfanden wir die fürsorgliche Betreuung vor und während des Urlaubs durch Mary und andrew. Sie sorgten sich um unsere anreise vom Flughafen und wieder zurück und gaben uns viele Tips, wie wir uns die Insel Gozo erschließen konnten. So war jeder Tag dieser Woche ausgefüllt mit Eindrücken von Buchten, Stränden, Städten und Landschaften. We had a wonderful week at iL-Forn. The numerous pictures on the homepage gave us in advance a very detailed impression of the carefully restored old bakery. Hence we were full of expectations and they were imposingly delivered. The house is fully equipped and has a wonderful atmosphere in which one feels very comfortable. We were en route with a rental car every day, but we always enjoyed coming home to iL-Forn. Because of the location of iL-Forn in the small village Zebbug it is very quiet. There are no shops, but retailer come with their cars and sell bakery producs etc. every day and Victoria is only some minutes car ride away. Mary and andrew fondly took care of us. They gave us many hints and really helped to turn our stay on Gozo into an impressive event.
Response from the owner, A. - 10/13/2013
How lovely to hear that your week here in our restored bakery was for you a wonderful week and that our accomodation offered you a comfortable stay! Yes Zebbug is typical rural village and although there is one small grocery shop it is still served by hawkers selling freshly baked bread, fish, fruit and vegetables thus making it a really particular one. However as you rightly said everything here on Gozo is so very close and it is only 5 minutes to the shops and restaurants. Although you really enjoyed cooking fresh fish nearly everyday in our fully equipped kitchen, I must add that in the village we have three really good pizzerias within walking distance serving a variety of pizzas, grills and really good wine at unbelievable low prices from around 4 euro for a large one. Besides the view from the pizzerias is unbelievably awesome. However I must say that fresh fish is always unbeatable here on Gozo! We wish you all the best of luck with your work and we are sure that your wife will have a really fulfilling life now she is at home with your grandchildren. Hope to see you again at "il-Forn", next time maybe with your family. Thank you for your time to write this superb review in two languages - your efffort is very much appreciated. Always in our hearts Mary & Andrew
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Heaven on Earth...”
First of all Mary and andrew, the owners of this lovely property, are perhaps the kindest, hardest working, most generous and efficient hosts you could hope to encounter anywhere! And while their home is right out of a storybook-wonderful and unbelievably comfortable it's their grace, charm and thoughtfulness that finally makes the experience so singularly memorable! As for "Il Forn" itself, as the house is called, you won't find anything like it on the whole of this small island paradise, Gozo. It's both sleek and modern yet comfortable and homey with breathtaking views from the terrace of the whole of the island right out to the Mediterranean itself! Sheer heaven in other words especially in the evening with a glass of red and your wife besides you. The most interesting architectural feature of all is the fact the house is a converted bakery where the entire community once upon a time would bake bread for themselves. Even met a neighbor, easy enough in Gozo, with vivid memories of having done just that in his childhood. Gozo is a quiet tranquil oasis where the people are friendly yet not pushy and where you have the most awe-inspiring vistas from virtually any corner of the island. A tiny footnote for single men the women are absolutely gorgeous! But honestly so is everything else here. Yet finally the reason to come here is "Il Forn" itself, you'll just fall in love with the place it's so beautifully magical. Then of course Mary and andrew both will make it impossible to leave:-) The best part of our month-long holiday in the Mediterranean and I'll guarantee you'll feel exactly as we did, my wife and me, sailing away on the ferry back to Malta with a deep pang of regret. Yet certain we'd return again soon!
Response from the owner, A. - 10/10/2013
Dearest friends we have no words to thank you enough for your exceptional review. You left us speechless!!!! It is so nice to hear that our lovely guests from the other continent had such a wonderful time at "il-Forn" and on Gozo. Talking to you was so nice and we thank you for all your precious time you shared with us. Both of you are incredibly warm persons and it would be such an honour if we'll have the time to meet you and host you once again here in our tranquil village of Zebbug. Take Care of yourselves and all the very best of luck:))) Until we meet again you will always be in our hearts Mary & Andrew
“So personal and cosy and unlike other common stays”
We really loved this place. The owners Mary and andrew welcomed us and took time to explain us about the Island and what to see. The rest of our stay they were so helpfull with whatever we needed. The house was unlike any common stay we have tried earlier. It has so much soul, and has been restored in such a caring way. There where everything we needed, and we would go there anytime again.
Response from the owner, A. - 10/02/2013
Dearest family from Denmark, it is such a pleasure knowing that you found yourselves comfortable in the house and that you had everything that you needed available for you. We would really like to thank you for joining us to the BBQ by the beach and we will surely treasure this moment forever. It was so nice talking about our ways of living and it is always so interesting knowing about other cultures. Give a big hug to all the children and it would be an honour for us to host you all once again here in Zebbug. Always in our hearts Mary, Andrew, Davida & Jeremy
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Care and attention”
We stayed at Il-Forn in late October and must say it was a little paradise on earth. It is run by a very nice and extremely hospitable couple, who are very helpful with service, also in giving good tips for sightseeing, restaurants, little beaches in the surrounding area. The farmhouse is really cosy and nicely decorated, breathing with ancient spirit. So, we have spent perfect holidays in ideal place!!!
Response from the owner, A. - 11/05/2012
Dearest Lithuanian friends it is to our immense pleasure seeing that you found our restored bakery "il-Forn" "a little paradise on earth"!!! We cannot thank you enough for such outstanding comments and it is so nice that you appreciated all the tips we gave you about what to do and where to visit on our island. Apart from a spotlessly clean house decorated with flowers, we are constantly giving our special guests an excellent tailor-made service to cater for individual needs and trying our very best to make our guests have a comfortable memorable stay which lacks nothing. Take great care of yourselves and send greetings to all your lovely family members and hope we'll have the pleasure hosting you once again at "il-Forn"! Many Thanks! Mary & Andrew
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Il Forn - Stunning Comfort and Rest”
Right from the start - as throughout our whole stay - we were given a very warm reception by Mary and andrew, owners to the stunningly crafted Il Forn residency. Il Forn is located just wonderful in Zebbug, the highest situated village on Gozo - which made for wonderful views of sunrise and sunset on Il Forn´s roof terrace. The house - a tasteful converted former bakery - is stunning, generous and comfortable with its several levels, its patio and roof terrace. We are glad that Mary and andrew gave us valuable assistance finding the most wonderful spots on Gozo as well as getting to know the local culture and customs. We recommend Il Forn for a vacation with great comfort. The cultural history of Gozo and Malta is vibrant and broad. Even though Gozo seems small it is that rich that we did not see it all. We will definitely be back - for Gozo and Il Forn! Sabina and Sebastian
Response from the owner, A. - 10/08/2012
Dear Sabina and Sebastian, welcoming and hosting you at "il-Forn" was so important as it is with all our other special guests who choose our restored bakery for their holiday. It is our immense pleasure seeing that you enjoyed your stay in our accomodation and that you found it full of great comfort. Spending time with you to discover our lovely island will be remembered forever and hope to have more time in the near future to know each other better! Wish you luck and happiness together and may we have the pleasure to welcome you again anytime! Many Thanks for your time and for giving such outstanding feedback!
“Wonderful People - Wonderful Place”
Il-forn Zebbug we highly recommend for those who like to spend their vacation time actively. It's a great place for both young people as well as families with children. Location gives you the opportunity to visit the island. You can do hiking or rent a car and visit all the interesting places of the island. Accommodation in a very quiet and peaceful place. Great scenery and views from the terrace located on the roof of the building. The hosts turned out to be wonderful and very hospitable people. Provide you everything you will need. The unique atmosphere. Very recommendable place. We want to go back there again! Gozo is a beautiful island. You must going here!!! :) Pawel
Response from the owner, A. - 09/12/2012
Dear Pawel, we will never forget you and your family - you are such great and nice people! We would like to thank you for the lovely comments and it is such a pleasure for us hearing that you enjoyed staying at "il-Forn" and such outstanding feedback boost us to keep working hard to make our guests have a memorable stay. We wish you happiness with your family and luck your work and hope to welcome you all once again very soon! You will always be in our heart and mind!
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Beautiful property, wonderful hospitality”
My partner and I spent a week at this beautifully restored bakery in the quiet village of Zebbug. We visited Gozo for a chilled out break and had a wonderful time, quickly getting used to the relaxed pace of life, enjoying the stunning views, checking out the sites and enjoying the local food and wine. The village of Zebbug was quiet and only had one restaurant, but as I enjoy cooking that didn't phase us at all. The island is so small, you can very quickly get around and find everything you need. Our hosts Mary and andrew were incredibly welcoming and met us on arrival with home-cooked food and home-made wine, ideal after a day of traveling. The property was charmingly quirky yet homely and had been lovingly restored by our hosts to an incredibly high standard. The bedroom was small but comfortable, the bathroom was immaculate and the kitchen was well equipped - probably to the best standard of any self catering accommodation I've seen, including tea, coffee, oil, spices and a fridge stocked with enough bits and pieces to last at least a day or two. All in all, a great holiday in a lovely place, perfect for a relaxing retreat.
Response from the owner, A. - 04/26/2012
It is to our satisfaction knowing that you and your partner found "il-Forn" the perfect place for your holiday break and that you found our property of a high standard. Infact we are constantly doing our very best to make the house lack nothing of the basic commodities thus making our guests have a comfortable stay. As with all our previous special guests we have had so far you were not an exception and it was a real pleasure welcome you with abundant local food on your day of arrival and I would like to thank you for your appreciation. We agree with you that the house is unique and has really particular characteristics and being tucked away in an alley make it an even better and perfect hideaway. However, although just 5 min drive from the supermarkets and shopping centres, Zebbug is well served by many hawkers who come in front of the house every morning selling bread, fish, fruits and vegetables and groceries - a different experience for those who want to live like the locals. Undoubtedly, the pizzeria in the village square is enjoyed by all those who want to take a day off from preparing their food in the well-equipped kitchen, where besides having a good meal and the good wine (at a very good price), at Francesco's one can also enjoy the spectacular sea and valley views that the village can offer. The bedroom which we prepared for you is the most requested by our guests, the cosiest one and the most convenient as it is closest to the kitchen - if you have told us, we would have been very happy to prepare the larger bedroom that we have on the ground floor - so for next time then :) Gozo is infact quite small thus making it very easy to travel, however there is a lot to discover especially if one is a keen hiker or wants to explore every hidden part of the island - infact many of our special guests find that just a week is not enough to visit all the lovely places on land let alone to discover those under the sea! Infact underwater offers just as much exceptional beauty. Once again we thank you so much for your time to write such positive feedback about your experience at "il-Forn" and on our lovely island and would be very glad to host such wonderful people as you are once again! Best wishes to both of you from Mary & Andrew
Sonya and Thomas
“Hidden Gem with the best holiday home owners!”
Mary and andrew and their family are the most amazing hosts we have ever seen anywhere before. They are very attentive, warm, friendly and welcoming. Their house is spotlessly clean, well equipped, tastefully and thoughtfully decorated. We were the first lucky family that stayed in their house. We stayed for 2 weeks. They entertained us with barbeque at the rooftop as we arrived, barbeque at the beach, going for evening walks, showing us around and go to the village festa. They are the type of people that can accomodate whatever your ideal holiday requirements are. We will always treasure the memories of our holidays in Gozo with them.
Response from the owner, A. - 03/01/2012
Dear Sonya and Tom thank you so much for your amazing review. We can never forget the first day we hosted you at "il-forn". Getting to know each other, going out together to show you around the secluded areas of our lovely island, not to forget the barbeques at the beach and on the roof top was such a pleasure to us all and bring so wonderful memories when we think about them! Even the evenings at the festa are memories to treasure. Your lovely comments about the house are also very much appreciated - yes we are constantly doing our very best to make our special guests have all the necessities available so as to have a memorable and comfortable stay at our converted bakery. Thank you once again and hope to meet you and your lovely kid soon! Take Care! Mary & Andrew
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
“A delightful property, full of character and comfort.”
The service we received was excellent. Our hosts were helpful, informative and hospitable. The property was beautifully renovated retaining original features but providing modern facilities. It was stylish, comfortable and well equipped. We deliberately chose the quiet village location which was within easy reach of amenities by car. The views from our roof terrace were stunning. We could not fault the property though the spiral staircase to the roof required care. A memorable visit.
Response from the owner, A. - 04/29/2012
Thank you so much for your positive comments and it is a pleasure for us knowing that you found "il-Forn" full of comfort and well equipped to make your stay a memorable one. We are also glad to hear that you've found the property in a tranquil ambience yet so close to amenities. The roof offers splendid views and it is worth to take some care going up the staircase (as with all spiral staircases especially if one is relatively tall) and enjoy the strikingly impressive view of the Xwejni sea and the valley overlooked by the Fanal tal-Gordan - one of the most spectacular coastal scenes on the island. Knowing you and part of your lovely family was so special to us and would be really nice if we have the pleasure to meeting you and hosting you once again at "il-forn"! Mary & Andrew
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