“Affordable luxury and lashings of local character”
MALTA HOLIDAY RENTAL
A quirky little house on three floors linked by a curving staircase, the perfect self-catering accommodation in Malta.
At the top of the house is the Bedroom, the largest room (4.9 x 5.8m). A comfortable queen-sized bed with its thick wooden posts looks most romantic. In another corner of the room a little desk with a green marble top is convenient for writing that post card you promised you’d send. The large original artwork in the room is a photographic interpretation of a Gericault painting. For a relaxed evening in we suggest settling comfortably in an armchair with a good book and a glass of wine. The perfect romantic, historic, different, self-catering accommodation in Malta.
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ALL YOU NEED FOR SELF CATERING
The kitchen at Valletta G-House, partly hewn out of solid rock has crossed stone arches (hnejjiet). In it you’ll find traditional stone cupboards, a full-sized country kitchen sink and refrigerator, electric oven and hob.
In the past the cellar, the coolest room in the house, would have been used to store wine bottles and food jars. Today, its coolness offers a refuge from the hot summer weather outside.
The apertures that give unto the street are secured with the original iron gratings. Pots and pans hang on a “rampila”, the traditional Maltese tool used to fish out the pail from the bottom of the well. On one side of the kitchen is the old sealed well.
The wooden kitchen table seats four, a great excuse to invite guests to savour your newly acquired skills in Maltese cuisine.
LIBRARY & READING
A Maltese “Antiporta”(traditional Maltese second door) separates the entrance hall from the front door. Settle down with a cup of tea and have a read from the library to while away the evening after a fine dinner or a theatre evening at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta.
The big artwork above the 2 seater sofa is a reproduction of the famous painting by Eugene Delacroix. Eugene’s original is at the Musee du Louvre.
The big window still has the original wrought iron guard.
“The kind of people to whom a house like this appeals are not the sort who would feel happy in a grey-beige monochromatic interior”
We know you love your independence, hence why you chose this self-catering accommodation in Malta but a little care goes a long way. So, if you wish, we offer a free pick up from the airport. You will be picked up from the airport and introduced to the house. If you choose to make your own way to Valletta, we will meet you at the house at an agreed time. Feel free to ask information regarding the island – we will be thrilled to help you out.
CLEANING LINEN AND TOWELS
Before you arrive, our housekeeper Josephine will clean the house, leave fresh towels and prepare your bed.
Being a 450 year old structure there is no washing maachine in the house, however you will find the contact details of a laundry service should you wish to make use of it
King size orthopaedic bed
White Egyptian cotton sheets,
Flat Screen 40 inch TV
Digital Cable Service
Solid wood 2 seater sofa
Iron + mini board
Traditional Maltese balcony
Traditional Moroccan tiles
Electric oven and hob
Plates, bowls, cups + saucers
Stainless steel cutlery
Dining table + chairs
Moka coffee pot
Shower (1.8m high)
2 sets of towels (bath & hand)
Electric shaver unit
Library of books
2 seater sofa + cushions
Traditional Maltese “Antiporta”
Electric floor fans
HISTORIC MALTESE TOOL
Most houses in Valletta sit on a cistern dug into the solid rock to store water over the summer months and in times of siege. Inhabitants would lower the water pail (satal) using a pulley. The Maltese had a special tool called the ‘Rampila’, a triple pronged metal hook that made it easier to reclaim any pail that fell into the cistern. We’ve used ours to hang the pots & pans.
DID YOU KNOW ?
The earliest known enclosed balcony is the one round the corner of the Grandmaster’s Palace c.1675. This launched a fashion. Some were clearly a clumsy afterthought, others were integral to the architecture. Dr G.Bonello describes it beautifully – “a theatrical, self-conscious and assertive opera-house box onto the comedy of life enacted in the public space below.”
A GRAND HISTORY
At both ends of the Valletta G-House staircase are embellishments that would normally be associated with a house of larger dimensions. Valletta G-House is part of the original 16th century palatial town house which had its entrance on Republic Street. To get an idea of how the owners of the original house lived, visit Casa Rocca Piccola, just up the road.