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Beautiful Apartment & Pool on tranquil Gozo. 10% discount for 2017 bookings.

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
apartment
People
4
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

Repeat Guests & Excellent Trip Advisor Reviews For Many Years & a fun video

I don't know which came first - falling in love with Gozo or my Maltese husband!

After spending ten years working around the world and living out of a suitcase, I admit to being less than excited about being sent to Malta. With visions of crumbling buildings, endless churches and a slow pace of life, I was unprepared for the vibrancy and beauty of these islands. Infact, I actually loved them so much that I ended up moving there and marrying one of the locals.

Now, several years later, we are lucky enough to own two beautiful apartments, one in the idyllic seafront village of Xlendi and the other in the tranquil country village of Gharb, both of which we have furnished with considerable thought and effort to reflect the peace and character of these islands.

We have succeeded by creating a haven of peace and relaxation; a place to generally kick back and unwind. We have named our properties 'Azure and Scenic Escapes' as they really are an escape from the rest of the world. As one of our guests summed up, 'It was always a pleasure to return there at the end of each day'.

PS. I was right about the churches though!

PPS. Don't just take my word for it, check out our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g190315-d2115311-Scenic_Escapes_Gharb_Gozo-Gharb_Island_of_Gozo.html

We named our property “Scenic Escapes” for its picturesque country location; somewhere where you can unwind and escape everyday life for a while. Our apartment building “Ta’Gaglione” was designed by a renowned local architect and is built from the Gozitan creamy limestone to create a small exclusive development of just 8 apartments. We offer good quality self catering accommodation in an ideal location, being on the edge of this peaceful traditional village, yet only a five minute walk to the village centre. Gharb is a historic local village with the community centred around the picturesque church square, which frequently plays host to local events involving music, dancing and plenty of food where all are made to feel welcome. Nearby is the celebrated Ta’Pinu cathedral, while the Azure Window and Blue Hole diving site are just 3km away and the quaint capital Victoria can be reached in 5 minutes by car or bus.

There are several restaurants within a few minutes walk and some friendly local bars in addition to a well stocked supermarket for those nights when you want to eat in. With a tastefully decorated bedroom and bathroom, cosy living area with balcony, swimming pool with sunny deck area overlooking open countryside together with numerous guide books and local information, our apartment offers you a peaceful retreat whatever time of year you choose to visit.

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Owner
Elaine Meli
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2017

About Elaine Meli

As my husbands family still live in Malta, we have been regular visitors to the islands since I lured him away from the sunshine to live in the UK many years ago. He claims he is still waiting for summer to arrive! Needing a bolthole from the hecticness that comes with being part of a large and noisy Mediterranean family, we bought our first property in Xlendi in 2003. It's only when various friends asked if they could stay that we thought maybe renting was the way to go. The overwhelming interest took us by surprise, so we felt more confident in buying our second property in 2007, this time with a pool, because us Brits do love to swim in a pool rather than the sea! Desperately not wanting to fall into the pot of cliches, but both places truly are magical, charming and sooo relaxing.

Elaine Meli purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Elaine Meli chose Ghasri

Gharb is just so traditional Gozitan; there is nothing touristy about this village. There are frequent events taking place in the parish church square where it seems as though the whole village has turned out. There is an annual BBQ when each household turns up with their their family recipe offerings; you can only begin to imagine how much food there is! Gharb is surrounded by greenery with many different walks available from right outside the apartment door, including one of our family favourites up to the little chapel of St Dimitri that has far reaching views over the island. It is a quiet village so a car is probably necessary if you want to travel further than Victoria, or else you are very fit and don't mind walking everywhere.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is in a very peaceful location and feels very exclusive. There are little extras in the development that feel very homely; like the library of books in the hallway for example. It is very well kept and presented and exceptionally clean. The apartment itself is very stylish and well thought out and is a comfortable base from which to explore this little gem of an island. There are only 8 apartments in the development, and only one is lived in permanently by a retired English couple, while the rest are second homes, so the pool is never crowded, even in summer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Gharb is a great location to discover the island. The apartment is well equipped. Great experience all round.
Jun 2015
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Reviews

Good! 3.9/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

4

Well sited for Gozo with pool

  • 4 of 5

We spent a lovely week at the end of summer based in this well equipped flat in Gharb. It was well positioned on Gozo to visit the whole island, leaving the whole day to take advantage of the amazing sites, history and beaches the island has to offer. The apartment was well equipped with a full kitchen and separate bedroom and though not air conditioned had two fans which did the job!

Adding to this a warm pool which, although was shared, was not used by the other residents when we were there so was effectively a private pool.

Gharb has at least three friendly bars/restaurants where we spent a few evenings and the rabbit stew at Il- Kunvent was gorgeous!

All in all, a good, comfortable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a happy positive review. Gharb is a great place to be based and the local bus service is good and inexpensive. It's great that you found the fans effective during the summer heat and were comfortable. As you said the pool can often feel like it's for private use as it is not often in use as most of the other apartments are also second homes. So you are getting great value for money.
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Peacefull retreat

  • 4 of 5

A lovely property in a quiet location perfect for a break away from the noise and bustle. Great walks and lots of maps and info left in the apartment.

The flat was clean and cosy and had lots of little extras which made it feel like a home rather than a rental.

Very friendly village - great Pizzeria and little shop with an old-fashioned friendly feel.

Even though Gharb is a bit out, most places (e.g. Azure window, Marsalforn and salt pans etc.) are within walking distance - and if not, the buses are great.

Would recommend it for anyone looking for a low stress holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive comments and feedback, which we always appreciate receiving. I am very pleased that you have commented how homely it is rather than just one of the many hundreds of standard rentals to be found. We want people to feel comfortable and at home so I am happy that we have successfully recreated this ambience. Gharb is the westerly village on Gozo meaning it's away from the hustle and bustle but as mentioned the buses are great and inexpensive and a bus journey is a price worth paying for the slow peaceful pace you experience in this traditional village.
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4

An ideal winter warmer!

  • 4 of 5

This is an ideal apartment for a couple who want to have a dose of winter sunshine. A perfect little escape for 2!

We have just returned from 10 days where the temperature didn't go below 70 degrees. It is located in Gharb to the west if the island, but as Gozo is small you are never more than 10 minutes away from a number of attractions.

There are several bars and restaurants within easy walking distance, and there is also the Kempinski hotel for afternoon tea and cocktails at very special rates!

The apartment itself is ideal for a couple with good quality furniture, and all mod cons if you want to cook in.

The owner provides excellent customer service and is UK based. This is the third winter we have spent at the apartment and we would certainly recommend it to a friend, who would really enjoy the sunshine on the balcony all day long! Looking forward to 2017!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jean for such a lovely positive review especially your comments on the furniture that we have recently upgraded. The weather has been beautiful I've been told so the balcony at the front would definitely have been a great sun trap and as they are still enjoying 70c temperatures it will be for some time soon I expect! We appreciate your repeat business very much as we are obviously providing a friendly helpful and enjoyable customer experience time and again. Many thanks, Elaine Meli
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4

Good space and location, well used

  • 4 of 5

The property is in Gharb which is one of the nicest Villages on Gozo (we visited most) with several restaurants (Rangers very good) within easy walking distance or by bus (in Victoria).

For two guests the space was perfect - the seating arrangements were not comfortable ie sofa beds. Eating was around breakfast bar stools - we didn't use these and would have preferred a table.

The property was as described and also was clean on arrival, fairly basic for self catering which we didn't do much of. We had a couple of issues due to a longer stay than usual that were dealt with during our stay by the owner.

The property is on one of the main roads through the village - this was normally very quiet but work traffic can start early which with the windows open can prevent a 'lie in'.

We did use the (shared) swimming pool and note the following:

no-one shared it !

it is 2.6m deep so not for paddling !

in Oct it is in the shade - but the seats are in the sun !

there are some improvements that could be made but overall we enjoyed our holiday in Gharb

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback which, as always, is very valuable and acted upon. We have now replaced the sofa beds with a brand new double version, which has been well received and complimented as very comfortable. The apartment is at the front of the building on the first floor but Triq Ta'Sdieri is actually a side street, not a main road as indicated. The work traffic mentioned I have since been told was when a local church was being repaired so there was more passing traffic through the village than usual. Gharb is one of the quietest villages on Gozo so this noise is not usual. I'm glad you had private use of the shared swimming pool, this is actually a fairly common occurrence as most of the other apartments are also second homes, so the pool is often all yours to use. We are planning a week in Malta at the end of January to carry out an inspection of both properties and any necessary repairs and upgrades, in addition to the ongoing maintenance of the apartments.
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Disappointing neglected tired apartment & pool. Holiday ruined lack of cooperation from owner.

  • 1 of 5

we went to for a swim on day 1, the pool was disgusting full of flies & dead Gecko. No pool net a fishing net we got some out but decided not to swim as the ph balance could be wrong. The pool was obviously neglected & no sun hit the pool the entire day while we were there. I emailed the owner the next day when no filter had been on all day also the pool vac (creepy crawler) was left in permanently but not in use. Handy for flies to cling to the white pipe. Didn't expect an answer from the owner as no reply to two previous emails. She did reply the following day so day 3 of our holiday. Someone in the building put the filter on & pool vac for a few hours. We were advised to pull the pool vac out of the water really expensive piece of equipment to break ! Dirt soon built up again over the next few days of no pool filter or vac in use, also no ph balance test done. First morning and each following weekday morning we were woken at 7.45 by a local sales van peeping his horn & shouting out of the window (advised by locals that they sold bread fish etc). We went to cook a meal as there is no oven in the property we bought things to be cooked on the hob. We got the pans out & frying pan they were so dirty with ground in dirt on the two pans available. No non stick left on the frying pan. We could not use so no cooking could be done while we stayed. We tried cleaning them but it was so ground in also the knife set & blunt scissors were in the same state. The freezer was so full of frost it could not be used. So rather than stay in to sit on the uncomfortable couches with the thin cushions, which by the way all need a good wash as do the curtains. Also the uncomfortable table & chairs on the balcony & short bed & slow shower. We went out most of the time. I have been emailing the owner who has told me even though she was not there & I was that the pool was fine. I have pictures of all the complaints except the flies & Gecko. I paid for use of the pool & didn't get use of it, it was disgusting. I would not recommend this apartment as it is of a very low standard. I had to show pictures of proof. She said she has replaced Items but not shown me proof. No help to me now my holiday is ruined. I have never given a bad review before we have always been happy with our apartments/villas/pools. We left two days early to salvage something out our 8days. I have paid for goods and not received them. I hope this review helps you enjoy your holiday with your continued search.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's never pleasant to receive negative feedback but as can be seen from the consistently high reviews we receive on this and other sites including Trip Advisor, we rarely receive any complaints. We have been renting our apartments for over 12 years with many repeat guests and have never had issues with the items that have been mentioned. The only issue this guest raised when she was actually staying in the apartment, regarding the pool, was addressed within an hour. We were only advised of the other complaints after she returned, which is a shame as we were not given the opportunity to rectify any problems during her stay. We take the comfort of our guests very seriously and investigate all complaints to ensure a high standard is maintained. It is unfortunate this guest felt the need to complain however, as can be seen, there are many guests who have a wonderful stay in our apartment and return to us again and again.
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We had a wonderful stay here in July.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment in a quiet spot, just what you need to recharge the batteries. Walking distance to some good restaurants and very friendly neighbours. The garden was a delight and we seemed to be the only ones that used it. Thank you Elaine we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such wonderful positive comments that beautifully sum up what our apartment offers and just what a holiday should be. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low season
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
£142
for 5 nights
£199
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£379
for 7 nights
£379
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£499
for 7 nights
£499
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£379
for 7 nights
£379
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Stay tax £0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
A 25% non refundable deposit is required to confirm your booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before your departure plus a security deposit of £100 for breakages/damages. This will be returned in full, subject to any deductions, via cheque, bank account (UK customers) or Paypal (overseas customers) depending on the original method of payment.

Cancellation charges are:

From time of booking to 56 days before arrival – loss of 25% deposit
56-0 days before arrival date – 100%.

Changeover Day:
Please note that our changeover day is flexible so that you can take advantage of cheaper mid week flights.

Notes on prices:
All prices are in GB Pounds sterling and are payable in the UK.

Prices shown above are for 7 nights in UK pounds for 2 people. For each additional person add £35 per week. Under 2's are free.

A supplement of £50 per week is applicable for Christmas, New Year, Easter and Bank holidays.

Prices are inclusive of linen, towels (not beach), water, electricity and maid service. We offer a free welcome food pack including a bottle of local wine.

Please note there is an Environment tax that the Maltese government introduced in June 2016 that will be added to your invoice. The property owner is responsible for collection and the amount will be added to your invoice. It is charged at .50c per adult (over 18) capped at a 10 night stay, so a maximum charge of 5.00 euros per person.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ta' Pinu in Island of Gozo

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • There is a bespoke tiled bathroom with bath and overhead shower. Lots of storage space, towels, bright lighting with illuminated mirrors, heater and shaver point.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: The double bedroom has a solid oak double bed with a comfortable handmade mattress, spacious wardrobe with plenty of hangers and a large freestanding mirror. Each bedside table has a lamp and a hairdryer is also supplied.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We have compiled a comprehensive information pack for our guests use with maps, restaurant, walking and rock climbing guides. Free broadband WIFI is included in the price. The apartment is on the first floor and there is a lift. We are a non-smoking family and would ask all of our guests to respect this and not smoke in our apartment. Outside: The outside pool and deck are spacious with pretty planted gardens and plenty of space for sun loungers. The deck area overlooks untouched countryside; it is quiet and peaceful and a perfect spot for relaxing in the beautiful sunshine. As the pool is shared only between the 8 apartments, most of which are weekend homes for Maltese couples, it is not crowded. The pool is a constant 3m depth with a handrail at one end. Children must be supervised at all times. Utility Room: Thick fleecy blankets and extra pillows are provided to ensure a cosy home atmosphere for those cooler months - not that there are many! As we do not have to rely on solar power, there is always plenty of hot water for relaxing baths or showers. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (not pool or beach) and linen are included in the price. The property is thoroughly cleaned on a weekly basis.

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