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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Kercem, Island of Gozo

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SteveBXL
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“Nice and spacious house but a bit dark and chilly in winter”
Reviewed 3 January 2012 for a stay in November 2011

The houses in Malta are clearly built to keep the heat out; so when we were there at the end of November it was a bit dark and chilly inside. The outside temperatures were about 20° C at noon, but in the evenings it got a lot colder. There was a little gas heater in the living room, which gave a lot of heat if you sat just next to it, but it was not strong enough to warm up the whole living room, let alone the whole house, which is huge and has an open staircase.

Nevertheless, the house is very nice and spacious, and it must be splendid in summer when you can actually use the large pool. We had originally booked the house next door, Ta'Nikola, from the same owner, but he offered an upgrade to Tal Kitarra as he was doing some refurbishing. As we were only 2, we only used the ground floor in fact.

The kitchen is large enough and adequately stocked with pots and tools for a self catering holiday, although if you are using the house at full capacity (about 9 people) you might probably run out of pots and pans that are large enough. Although we found that Gozo might not be the ideal location for a self catering holiday, especially not for foodies (like us). It's very hard to find nice produce, organic produce is non existing and there are hardly any local specialities.

The terrace is very nice with a large table under a shady pergola and with comfortable lounge chairs next to the swimming pool.

There are plenty of bathrooms in the house and they are well cleaned, but we think the plumbing needs an update. The water pressure and temperature is too low to have a really nice shower, and it's a pity that the shower heads and taps are a bit cheapish and somwhat worn. We understand that as an owner you have to save on something but a good shower can really add to the comfort of a holiday home. Same remark for the so-called jacuzzi. If you want to put in a jacuzzi, why not invest in a good one? The one installed is too small for two people and there is not enough hot water to fill it properly so we had to boil additional water on the stove. On top of that the lighting is horrible in that bathroom, an extremely white and bright low energy bulb, absolutely unromantic!

Despite these (minor) issues, we really liked the house and the service provided by the owner Marvik and Victoria, the lady that received us and showed us around. We had a little problem with the wifi, but it was immediatley solved after an intervention from Marvik's brother and after a really rainy and stormy day, Victoria came looking if everything was okay. Still, we would recommend to rent the house in summer as you would probably more appreciate its full potential in summer than in winter.

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Liked best: Quiet little village location
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Reviewed 23 June 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Reviewed 14 April 2011 for a stay in April 2011

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Reviewed 15 January 2011 for a stay in October 2010

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Reviewed 2 August 2010 for a stay in June 2010

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Reviewed 5 May 2010 for a stay in April 2010

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Liked best: Facilities in the Villa
Liked least: Cold Pool
Travelling group: Family (extended)
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London
Reviewed 30 March 2010 for a stay in August 2009
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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: The oven
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