The SpaceThis is a beautifully converted 400year old mill into a splendid house of character. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 ensuite), wash room with washing machine, a large kitchen living dining, fully equipped with oven, hob, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, and all utensils. The sitting area is set out with comfy sofas, TV, Cable, dvd and telephone line. And the house enjoys 360degrees view of the island from the roof garden which is equipped with an 8 person large heated jacuzzi, charcoal bbq, sunbeds, dining table and chairs, small kitchentte with fridge freezer and washing sink, spare toilet, and outside shower, This beautiful house is situated in the quiet village of Xewkija where one can enjoy beautiful walks in the country and also by the sea. It is set near the best baker of the island, so you will have freshly baked traditional bread at just a few steps from the house. At just 20meters from the house there is a bus stop which can help you go around the island in no time at all. And if you are not lazy a 20min walk will take you to Victoria, the capital city of Gozo. Guest AccessGuests will have their private room and private bathroom. They can have access to the whole house which could be shared by other guests. If guests wish to have the whole house for themselves and not share it with other guests just ask and will arrange a special offer.
Interaction with GuestsI will meet the guests to give them the key and to give full information about the house and the island. If guests require to book an excursion I am there to give the best suggestions possible for their holiday to be most enjoyable. The NeighborhoodThis house is situated in Xewkija, which is between Ghajnsielem and the capital town, Victoria, is the oldest village in Gozo. This makes it close to everywhere since the island is just 4 miles by 9 miles. The farmhouse is just 1.5km from the closest beach which is called Mgarr ix-Xini. It is a beautiful unspoilt beach with just a couple of boat houses and a nice little restaurant. Xewkija is just 25 minutes walk from Victoria which is the main town where you will find the citadel and all the museums, the market and also the shopping centres.
The other village next to Xewkija is Xaghra where one can find other attractions such as the oldest standing temple in the world, Calypso cave and other places of interest. In Xewkija there is a diving centre, restaurants, and bars. Just 1 minute walk away from the farmhouse one can find the finest and most renowned bakery in Gozo and several groceries and butchers' shops. Xewkija is a nice and traditional village where to walk through, the roads of which lead to the picturesque valley of Mgarr ix-Xini or to Ta' Cenc Cliffs. Here one can have a look at the prehistoric cart ruts and dolmens.
The word Xewkija is derived from the Arabic language and the meaning behind it implies that there had been vast fields full of thorns in the past. Xewkija is well known for its majestic church - the Rotunda - which is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. This church, which replaced a much older one, also accomodates the Seat of the Knights of the Order of St. John. It was built from Maltese stone by local masons and craftsmen. It is the largest in Gozo and its dome dominates the village. Its architect was Joseph D'Amato.
When one enters the village from the main road one sees the remains of a mill erected in the times of Grand Master Perellos. This is a unique mill in Gozo because it has points which show the eight principal wind directions.
On the site where the present church is, it is said that there was a stone known as 'Maqghad ix-Xih'. Near it there is a small ancient chapel known as Madonna tal-Hniena (Our Lady of Charity) which is dedicated to San Bartolomeo. There is a tower with the oldest sundial in Xewkija. Remains of Tinghi Tower disappeared in the last century. These towers date back to 1613. Another 14th century tower which was used by the Grandmasters as a summer residence was the Tower of Gorgion, also in Xewkija. It was demolished (brought down) to make way for a temporary airport during the Second World War.
The coat of arms of Xewkija is a shield on a gold background with a red horizontal strip between two thorns, one above and one below.
The population of Xewkija is about 3,550 and its area is 4km sq. Getting AroundThere is a bus stop at just 25m from the house which is very convenient. If one want a car there is ample space outside the house where one can park with no problem at all. If you wish to arrive by taxi from the airport I can arrange that for you for a little extra cost. Other Things to NoteThere is a Euro150 charge as damage deposit to be paid on arrival and refunded before leaving.