A very spacious converted four bedroom farmhouse very close to the centre of Victoria and to marvelous Wied il-lunzjata Valley . Features include wooden beams, stone stairs and traditional patterned floor tiles. This farmhouse can comfortably accommodate more than one family or a group of friends (sleeps up to 10 people). On the ground floor, one finds the kitchen and living room with Maltese cable TV, a double bedroom (king size bed) with ensuite shower, and a separate bathroom with bathtub and clothes washing facilities. The living room leads you out to a very bright and sunny deck area with outside furniture, sun loungers and a barbecue. On the first floor one will find another 3 bedrooms, a triple bedroom (3 single beds) with ensuite shower, a double bedroom (king size bed) also with ensuite shower and a single bedroom. From the hall on the first floor one can observe views of the countryside.
WHERE IS RAZZETT TAL-GUSTUZ?
Razzett tal- Gustuz is in Victoria Gozo, and is located about a 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful Cittadella and a mere 5 minute walk to Wied il-Lunzjata Valley if you fancy a nice walk. Cittadella is a must see for anyone visiting Gozo. Formerly known as il Castello, it has been the centre of activity of the island since possibly Neolithic times, but is known to be first fortified during the Bronze Age c. 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued into becoming a complex Acropolis by Roman times. The massive defensive stone walls of the fortifications which rise above the town were built by the Knights to protect the village. Within its walls lies a fine 17th century baroque Cathedral designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman temple dedicated to Juno once stood. It is most famous for the remarkable trompe l'oeil painting on its ceiling, which depicts the interior of a dome that was never built. Cittadella has recently been restored once more and it is truly a beauty to behold, especially lit up at night. In the centre of Victoria, you will also find the Villa Rundle Gardens and, since Victoria is the capital city of Gozo, you will also find many shops and restaurants within walking distance. A local market is set up in Victoria with traditional items being sold. You can find anything from “Bizzilla” (Lace) to souvenirs to remind you of your stay on this lovely island. The main transportation terminal is also located in Victoria and you can use public transportation to visit all the beautiful places the island has to offer. Alternatively, if you have a car you will find that most landmarks are only a 10 to 15 minute drive from Razzett tal- Gustuz, allowing you to see the whole island and its splendour within a few days.
THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME.
The name Razzett tal- Gustuz comes from “Razzett”, meaning farm and “Gustuz” – meaning pretty/ handsome. Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved coming to Gozo. My dad would take me there on my birthday each year and we would have an amazing day swimming and eating and enjoying ourselves. My entire family loves Gozo, my great- grandfather, Mikiel “Tal-Gustuz” especially. Being a builder, he always appreciated the buildings and architecture and I just know he would have loved this place. His son, my grandfather Joe also known as “Tal-Gustuz”, a nickname supposedly given to them for their handsome features, fair skin and blue eyes. Grandpa Joe also loved Gozo and he loved investing in places. When I married my husband, who is Gozitan, he was extremely happy. When he became sick in November 2016 he kept insisting that my husband and I buy a nice farmhouse in Gozo as it is such a beautiful island. Although he never got to see it, he was still excited when we decided to buy this place. We showed him the pictures and he thought it was beautiful. I saw my tough, macho-man grandfather on the brink of tears as I told him we would name it in his honour “Razzett tal- Gustuz”. This place is so very special to us and I truly hope you enjoy your stay with us here. We trust you will find everything to your satisfaction and should there be anything you need feel free to contact us.
WHAT TO DO IN GOZO?
Even though Gozo is so small, there are many beautiful places to visit. Though we suggest you spend some time relaxing and lounging by the pool, we are sure you will want to see some of these gorgeous places. Being an island, you are sure to find many, many beaches to visit, namely the sandy beach only a 15 minute drive away, “Ramla il-Hamra” which gets its name from the reddish sand one finds there. Xlendi, which is 10 minutes away by car is also a favourite of ours, it is one of those picturesque Mediterranean areas you expect to find on a postcard. Spend time at the charming beach, explore the beautiful grottos, eat lunch at one of the many sea-front cafes there are here. Hondoq Bay is the farthest away, being a 20 minute drive but it is a gorgeous rocky beach. If you’re not looking to spend the say swimming, there are certainly many other things you can do in Gozo. One of the places we suggest you visit is the Ġgantija Neolithic temples, where you can find 2 well-preserved limestone Neolithic temples, among the world's oldest monuments, and a visitor center. These are in Xaghara, a mere 10 minute drive from your farmhouse. Make sure to use your location to your advantage and visit Cittadella, the site offers amazing views of Gozo, and there is also on-site jail (not used anymore) which many enjoy visiting. There are many churches to explore around Gozo too and if you are walking in Gozo you will practically find one every few minutes. Also make sure to try the local delicacies, Gozitans are very proud of their local food, especially their fresh goat’s cheese and pizza Gozitana.