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“Idyllic, friendly, comfortable.” 5 of 5 stars
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Xaghra | Elizabeth House, Xaghra, Island of Gozo XRA 1707, Malta   |  
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Ranked #5 of 10 Xaghra B&B and Inns
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Idyllic, friendly, comfortable.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I could not recommend Poppet’s Bed & Breakfast highly enough. From the clean and spacious room with sensational views to the friendly and helpful hosts it was outstanding. I think Karl and Margret are selling themselves short when they call it a B&B; it is so much more. I’d describe it as a guesthouse. We say we’ll never visit the same place twice but this is an exception. We plan to return.

The photo of the front of the farmhouse on the website doesn’t do this place justice. The small terraced frontage that opens straight onto the road gives the first impression that it is going to be quite pokey but the front doors open into a wonderfully airy, cool and well-kept courtyard with lots of greenery and a little table where Karl and Margret sat and chatted together in the evenings.

Margret was the perfect host, even before we arrived. During the week that we were due to be staying there was a village music festival. She emailed us in advance asking us if we would like her to book tickets and/or a table in one of the restaurants in the main square for that evening. It was so thoughtful. We took Margret’s offer and ended up having the most fantastic evening of good food and a spectacular show that ended up with the entire village dancing in the streets. Xaghra’s village square was the perfect backdrop. We still cite it as the best evening that we’ve ever shared together.

When we arrived Margret gave us a quick tour of the guest house. We were so impressed. The room was well-maintained and spacious, with a clean bathroom. Air conditioning was available for a surcharge that we didn’t mind paying when Margret explained how expensive electricity is on the island. A large balcony looked out over the pool and the valley down to the sea. The tour finished at the bottom of the terrace with the swimming pool and Margret had placed two cold beers on the little stone wall for us to sit and relax after our long journey. The views over the little, rustic, farming valley were idyllic.

Breakfasts were really nice; fresh fruits and yogurts with bread and honey and a selection of little sweet pastries and local biscuits. Good coffee and different juices were regularly topped up. It was served in a cool, bright central atrium that formed the hub of the guesthouse. They operated an honesty bar system and maintained a fridge of soft and alcoholic drinks that you could help yourself to at anytime. This made it easy to enjoy beers by the pool or a bottle of wine on the balcony in the evenings, and of course the bottles of water that we so needed.

Margret always seemed to be hovering somewhere in the house, on hand at any moment to dispense quality advice about what to do and see, and how to get about (the Gozo bus system was surprisingly efficient and served us well). I was initially worried about staying at such a small B&B because I like the anonymity of a hotel but Karl and Margret were never intrusive and really made you feel comfortable. It felt like we had the place to ourselves most of the time. Relaxing in the pool on the quiet afternoons was a highlight. That’s when we weren’t out exploring the beautiful island or enjoying the immense diving!

You don’t have to agonise over where to stay in Gozo. Poppet’s is perfect.

Room Tip: The double room at the top of the house is the room with the best view, I think. It looks out over t...
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Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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Greenock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We spent a week in October in beautiful Gozo at Poppets Bed & Breakfast and enjoyed every minute of it. The accommodation is lovely - so clean with fresh towels every day. Our breakfasts were wonderful with fresh fruits and delicious breads. Xaghra is a lovely village and Poppet's location is perfect just minutes from the village square which has great eating places and great coffee. We stayed in an upper room with a balcony overlooking the pool with amazing views of the sea. Lovely to sit out at night with a glass of wine taking in the view. Karl and Margaret were great hosts - so friendly and welcoming and helpful in every way. We had a wonderful holiday and would highly recommend Poppets Farmhouse. Colin and Evelyn.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Have just returned from the most relaxing weeks stay at Poppet's B&B. The accommodation is spotless with stunning views and a fantastic pool. Our hosts, Karl and Margaret, could not do enough for us whether it be booking restaurants or arranging car hire etc. They were the perfect hosts and made our holiday. We cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I stayed at Poppet's Bed and Breakfast in September with a friend. We had a wonderful time. The accommodation and location were fantastic. Everyday we had an excellent breakfast choice and the service given to us was unquestionable. We will definitely be returning for another heavenly holiday.

Room Tip: All of the rooms in this bed and breakfast are fantastic. The rooms are of a very high standard and...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Poppets in Xaghra. We found Margaret and Karl the perfect hosts they could not have done more for us making us feel at home. They're local knowledge was very helpful telling us all the best places to visit even drawing maps and telling us the bus routes to use.They arranged taxi transfers and also booked resturants nothing was to much trouble. Poppets is a lovely and quiet B&B comfortable and very clean, the pool is lovely with views down the valley to the sea at Marsleform infact i could have sat there all day its just so peaceful.The local square is a nice place to sit and people watch with a coffee or beer there are lots of different places to eat or drink at anytime of day and night. We will be going back next year and already missing the fantastic breakfasts.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Sandefjord, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

If you're looking for a quiet&peaceful vacation: Gozo should be high on your list.
Beautiful scenery, excellent wine&food, fantastic "beaches" or better rocks for diving & swimming, nice paths for walking - in fact almost everything is within walking distance where ever you are - and then; there is Margaret and Karl..........
If you wanna feel at home, be looked well after and making sure your stay at Gozo will be something to remember for years to come - just book your rooms at Poppet's!
Let Margaret draw you maps or arrange whatever need to be arranged and just enjoy!
A little piece of advice though, unless your a Simply Red fan - bring your own music!
(Mick Hucknall being the only difference between 4 and 5 stars!
Their version of Positively 4th Street is quite good though......)

Room Tip: Go for Ramla. The room at the top facing the valley and the horizion
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed 4 nights with Margaret and Karl and we really felt at home. The Poppet's is t'he perfect house to stay in Gozo. Confortable, quiet, very clean, with a perfect swimming pool in a lovely and lifely village: perfect!!!!!!!
Go, Go, Go. You will be very happy and will never forget .
As we say in Barcelona, Visca The Poppet's!!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: Xaghra | Elizabeth House, Xaghra, Island of Gozo XRA 1707, Malta
Location: Malta > Island of Gozo > Xaghra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Xaghra
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A gorgeous farmhouse bed and breakfast with swimming pool and stunning views to the valley and sea of Marsalforn. We are located in the attractive and interesting village of Xaghra, home to Ggantija Temples, Calypso Cave, Toy Museaum and the best beach on Gozo, Ramla Bay. Our bed and breakfast is in a quiet street and ideal for relaxing and is only a five minute walk to the village square where there are a selection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. ... more   less 
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Poppet's Bed And Breakfast Island Of Gozo/Xaghra, Malta

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