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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Poppet's Bed And Breakfast Island Of Gozo/Xaghra, Malta