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A Villa For A Week
Thursday, 06 March 2008
Italian Villa In the movies, fabulous people are always renting villas in exotic locales, vacationing in houses oozing with so much charm that they’re almost a character in the movie. But it’s not just wealthy socialites who summer in picturesque private homes – according to industry experts, the number of folks renting these properties has increased over 20 percent, with rentals in affordable destinations like Spain and Portugal nearly double what they were a decade ago. To help those of us with more humble pedigrees rent our own holiday villa, the folks at Travel & Leisure have offered some helpful hints on the process. Among their suggestions:

Know what to expect from the experience. You’re renting a home, not staying in a hotel – that means you’ll be washing dishes, watering the plants and waiting for a repairman if something breaks while you’re there.

If you’re traveling with friends, get the basics out of the way early on. Know who’s getting the master bedroom and how much everyone pays. And don’t think that you have to rent a villa that only sleeps the number of people in your party – many properties charge based on how many beds you’ll actually use, not the size of the villa.

Call an expert, and book early – or at the last minute. Established agencies that specialize renting villas can steer you in the right direction, and they don’t charge for the service (the villa’s owners pay the fees, not the renters.) They also know how to fix a problem should it arise. And while the rule of thumb is generally to reserve a villa 10 to 12 months ahead, last minute rentals will often get you some juicy extras thrown in, like use of a boat or a masseuse.

Travel & Leisure offers several additional articles with tips on villa rentals – their “User’s Guide to Renting Villas” can be found at http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/users-guide-to-renting-villas/ .
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 March 2008 )
 
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