Dearest Michael and Debbie thank you so much for your outstanding reviews about our restored bakery and about us as being the best out of nearly 50 hosts you have had so far! Such an honour for us! As you rightly said our village offers exceptional views and Gozo should be a great destination during this time of year. One can do walks in the lush green valleys and hill tops and along the unlimited coastline which offers such varied geological landforms. Historical places are just a stone's throw away from our unique village of Zebbug. Zebbug is the traditional, laid back village, away from it all and there is only one grocery shop, a small one I must say, but as you rightly said the shops and restaurants are only 6 minutes bus drive away and so one can do all the shopping he needs and be back home in just an hour. But there are the vendors, not one bread vendor but two and more than one fruit and vegetable vendors, so if you like to laze in bed in the morning you will still be in time for the next one. Our special guests however opt for shopping their provisions on their way back home after a whole day out as wherever you go by bus in Gozo you always have to end up in the city Victoria. There are three pizzerias serving also grills in our village which serve hearty meals and wine at a relatively low cost of not more than 6 euro for a large pizza. We are a bit disappointed hearing that you felt cold in the house when we gave you enough electricity units for free even to heat up the hot tub if you wished to. You only had to organise yourselves a little bit and be slightly more sensible about the environment - qualities which nomads should have after all:)) At just a bargain of slightly more than 400 euro/week for a house full of character and equipped with towel warmers, airconditioners for heating in both bedrooms and even in the living area and a wood stove, we cannot unfortunately give unlimited electricity for heating. However all the guests we have had so far during the winter months (which were exceptionally wet and cold this year), observed our recommendations and were successful in warming up the house and heat even the spa at no extra costs and they enjoyed their stay giving us excellent reviews. In Malta and Gozo we do not have central heating, but the airconditioning which is used for heating, is the best and most effective (with the lowest costs) means of heating. Our AC's are newly installed and are the latest technology and cannot be more effective than that. Besides the house, being very old and with very thick walls helps to keep the warmth inside and thus is a great plus. We also provide our guests with wood ( at an extra cost ) to burn their wood stove so that, as they come in, the house feels warm and cosy. When guests exceed the allotted electricity units/KWh they are kindly asked to pay at the local rate which is not that expensive. However as I explained there should be no need for any extra payments if you are conscious and turn off appliances when one does not need them. Our islands are encouraging sustainable means of water and electricity consumption and thus our special guests have to be that tiny bit more responsible.
But all in all it was a pleasure hosting you and we are glad you enjoyed staying in Gozo and will be back some other time:))
Take care! A big Thank You once again!
Mary & Andrew