Over the last year we have rented several vacation homes in different countries (e.g., USA, Netherlands, Canada, Malta), so when we book a house we have a fairly good idea of what we want and how much that should cost us.
This farmhouse is a beautiful old farm house on the island of Gozo that will happily house up to 4 people, any more you will find yourself cramped for space. There are enough beds, but the rooms in the house just aren't very big.
The living room: The living room is where you enter the house from the street, and it feels and looks much more like an entryway than a living area. We found that all you do with this room is store your suitcases and jackets there. There is not one single piece of comfortable furniture in here. The couch is rock hard and non-reclining, and all the chairs look like they may come apart if you touch them. The TV is so small that you may not even notice it.
The kitchen: This room has way too much in it. The dining table is too small for the six chairs around it, and we doubt that a six-person dinner would fit on the table. There is also a washing machine (a washer/centrifuge top-loader on wheels) that you may find is in the way. All pans and pots are severely abused and should have been replaced a long a time ago. On the plus side: the microwave talks and if you leave the door open it never stops talking!
The bedrooms: The downstairs bedroom is nice, and has a cave-like feel to it. The upstairs bedroom, reached via the stairs outside the house, was more “modern”. Both beds were not comfortable and short so they do not fit tall people. The downstairs room was the nicer of the two despite the fungus growing on the wall. The last bedroom upstairs had three single beds that we didn’t use.
The pool area: Very nice. A nice touch is the wood burning barbecue that we could use to build fires in during the colder nights. Don't expect a lot of room though. It's not a big pool and there isn't much space around it. No way that six people will be able to bask in the sun all at the same time. There is room for just two lounge chairs on the deck. We booked our vacation early in the season, in May, and found the pool icy cold! Not that this stopped us from jumping in though! And it certainly looks nice with the light on at night.
The bathrooms: There are two bathrooms in the house, each with a shower, toilet and sink. The shower areas are limited in size will cause you to make a wet mess of the floor. The upstairs shower was leaking everywhere, resulting in just a drip of water coming out of the proper shower head. Using the toilet downstairs makes the upstairs bathroom smell.
The bugs: As soon as darkness sets in, the outside stairs, part of the pool deck and the upstairs balcony fill themselves with hundreds of terrestrial segmented arthropods (in the form of woodlice). So if you need to use the stairs in the middle of the night, you may want to remember to switch on a light and watch where you put your feet. We saw only very few of them inside the house though, so unless you have an unreasonable phobia for woodlice, they don't cause much discomfort.
The noises: You are awakened every morning at first light by the many birds living around the house. They sing their song from early morning until dark and provide a very enjoyable 'nature' atmosphere. But it wasn't just birds that woke us up. During a few days of our stay, we had neighbors living in Ta'Nikola.. Their kids got up with the birds and made a lot of noise at 05:00. This family was probably extremely loud, but it may also mean that the house not sound proof.
Some last remarks: The house is not actually in Kercem as advertised on this website, but in San Lucia, which is close to it. It is about a half hour walk to Victoria, where there are stores and restaurants. In San Lucia there isn't anything to do.
The people: The owners are very nice: came to pick us up when they didn't have to, provided us with missing items (such as a hair dryer and fire wood) promptly and the sheets and towels were replaced once as advertised. The owner of the nearby store was very friendly and opened up shop especially for us after we had first arrived.
So after all this, let us not forget to say they we had a great time staying in Tan-Nanna. With just the two of us, the small size of the house wasn't too problematic and of course any trip is only as good as you make it.
In conclusion: the house is nice and if you don't have noisy neighbors it is quiet and private. The price of the house is what puts it on the bottom of the list of houses we have visited. The house surely does not justify the price of up to GBP750 per week in the summer. We would have expected much more for all that money. The taxi driver who drove us back to the airport at the end of our trip, advised us that renting an apartment is the best option for a vacation on Gozo. From the example prices that he mentioned we must agree with him. Save your money for other things!