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“A farmhouse with character”
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Review of Dar Rahal

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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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The rooftop swimming pool with reading seat!
Relaxed outdoor dining
The central courtyard
Master bedroom
Ensuite to master bedroom - the old birthing room
Upstairs twin bedroom facing the sun terrace
Ensuite shower room of upstairs twin bedroom
The roof top sun terrace and outdoor shower by the pool
The view from the roof top sun terrace towards Marsalforn
The cosy lounge - originally the stables
The dining area in the stables
Fully equipped kitchen
Downstairs twin with ensuite shower/washroom
Downstairs en-suite shower room with washing machine
The back terrace shaded by vines
Gate to the pool area
Safety gates on all the stairs
Plenty of toys, books and baby gear so you can travel light
Courtyard by night
View across the Marsalforn salt pans
Xlendi cliffs at sunset - our favourite walk
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Farmhouse -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Xaghra, Island of Gozo

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Jonathan...
Ledbury, United Kingdom
1 review
“A farmhouse with character”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2011 for a stay in September 2011

The property is a lovely old farmhouse. All the rooms are comfortable and spacious with en-suite facilties in each bedroom. The courtyard is very pleasant and ideal for eating outside as it provides shade.
The swimming pool is small but ideal for coolling off and there is a nice area next to it on the roof for sunbathing with sun loungers.
The farmhouse is very well equipped with everything you need. The welcome pack of some food and drink was very welcome as the shope were shut on arrival. There was lots of information provided on local facilities.
The farmhouse is conveniently located - only a short walk from the centre of the village of Xaghra which has shops and restaurants.
Gozo is a lovely destination - much quieter and laid back than Malta.
Everything on the island is within a relatively short driving distance. Victoria is a lovely old histroric town and there are some lovely swimmimg areas on the island and spectacular coastal scenery. Ramla bay which is the best beach on the island is only a few minutes drive from the farmhouse. We also enjoyed swimming at the "inland sea" at Dwerja and Mgarr ix ini. Our group consisted of myself and wife and daughter and son-in-law. We all thoroughly enjoyed Gozo and staying at the farmhouse.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: courtyard
Liked least: low wattage lighting in dining room
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Oct 5, 2011
Thank you for your complimentary review of our farmhouse, were delighted everything was to your liking and hope that we can welcome you back again in the future.
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JandH84
Bristol, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Well equipped farmhouse for a very relaxing holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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My partner and I stayed at the farmhouse in September. We wanted a very relaxing holiday to escape from the usual business of holiday resorts in the Mediterranean. The farmhouse was perfect for this. We received a welcome pack on arrival at the farmhouse including a few bits to get us by until we went to the supermarket including 2 local bottles of wine. (Our favorite of which was the green label). We did not have a car during our stay but this was not a problem for us, the buses are very comfortable and air conditioned, but they do only run hourly, as long as you are aware of the times this is not a problem! Ramla bay and Rabat are a 10 /20 minute ride away.The farmhouse was a 5 minute walk to the main square, where there are a few restaurants and bars. With the local super markets and fresh food vans, we did a lot of our own cooking in the well equipped kitchen and BBQ.
The pool is small but perfect for cooling off in and lazing next too on the sun loungers provided.
The central courtyard was beautiful and lovely to sit and relax in on an evening.
We got exactly what we wanted from our holiday, very quiet, peaceful and relaxing. We would definitely recommend Dar Rahal if that's the type of holiday you are looking for!

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4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: Relaxing location!
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Sep 27, 2011
Thank-you for your lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed our farmhouse. It's nice to read your perspective on visiting our farmhouse and Gozo without hiring a car. Several of our guests have done this but we've never heard how easy (or not) it was for them to get around exploring or simply food shopping and eating out. It sounds like a lack of a car was certainly not an inconvenience.
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Meg C
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Best kept secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

This was our 3rd summer holiday at Dar Rahal and each time we went, we have enjoyed it as much as the last time. The fact that we are normally NOT the kind of family who go back to the same place every year, bears proof to how charming the place is.

From the first year, the owner has been very helpful in giving us all the information we needed prior to our departure. The information package is full of suggestions of where to eat and what to do and other useful tips. Once you are there, there is a lovely welcome pack and the support you can rely on (next door) when you have a problem.

The farmhouse itself can't be more charming with abundance of its original features and the beautiful courtyard. It has all the things you need for your stay with many thoughtful touches, especially if you have small children. Highchairs, cots, etc. The bedrooms are well equipped and the en suite showers work very well. I personally love the fact that the master bedroom has a bath, because I'm a fan of bath, but it's also useful for small children who don't like showers.

The swimming pool is a perfect size for family with small children. We swim in the pool almost everyday when we stay. Our younger boy (5) improved on his swimming a lot this summer because of our stay and our older boy (9) just can't get enough of playing in the pool. He would stay there all day if he could. I suspect older children (teenagers) might find it a bit too small.

The location is good too. A walking distance from Xaghra town centre with shops and restaurants, and 15 to 20 minutes drive from all beaches in Gozo, where you can swim, bathe, rock pool, snorkel or dive in the beautiful clear sea. There are also several mobile shops that sell veg & fruit, bread and drinks that come virtually to your door!

We can't recommend it highly enough, but at the same time, we would like to keep it a secret, so it doesn't get booked up when we want to go back again!

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Courtyard, swimming pool, bath tub
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Sep 21, 2011
Thank-you for your lovely review. It's been a pleasure to welcome you back each year and we are grateful for the recommendations that you come back to us with after each of your holidays. We're chomping at the bit to hire a boat and go to Comino on our next visit after your recommendation! We hope you will return again in the future.
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glamerous...
scotland
Level Contributor
36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A little bit of heaven and only 4 hours away!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011 for a stay in June 2011

I have just had a fantastic family holiday at the farm house with my husband, son,daughter in law and two grandchildren one age 4 and the other 21 months. It was most relaxing in the beautiful old farmhouse . The facilities were great lovely courtyard and swimming pool which we had great fun using. The information and directions given by the owners were first class; and the help from Lela superb.
The village is lovely with a lovely square, dominated by its church and surrounding We enjoyed therestaurants in particular Breeze and Oleander.We enjoyed visiting the local area and beaches Ramla Bay and Horner. a boat trip around the island from Maselform is recommended.The citadal in Victoria is worth visiting, however our trip to Valetta had us hurrying back to the calm and relaxation of Gozo. Overall a great holiday home and a superb island we hope to return soon.

5 of 5 bubbles Value 4 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 4 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2011
Thank-you for your lovely review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our farmhouse and hope that we can welcome you back again in the future.
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Tilo254
Hamburg, Germany
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Sehr schönes altes ortstypisches Haus
Liked least: Keine Mückengitter in 2 Schlafzimmern
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Nov 2, 2015
Thank-you for your kind review. We're glad your enjoyed your stay and the facilities of our farmhouse. We're sorry the mosquitoes got to you as our electric zappers have been working very well to date - we'll look at getting mosquito nets for all rooms too. We hope we can welcome you back again in the future.
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ALESSANDR...
Alassio, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Oct 28, 2015
Grazie tanto Alessandra, e siamo felici che la vostra vacanza e stata cosi meravigliosa! Speriamo che vi possiamo rivedere a Gozo presto!
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