Last minute holiday accommodation guide

When you find yourself booking last minute holidays, there is no less stressful or cost efficient way to do so than by renting a vacation villa directly from its owner. You don’t have time to hassle with agents or call around to hotels, and you definitely don’t have time to wait to be put in contact with the owner of the villa.

Renting a What?

Generally we go on vacations for a much needed break from all of the day to day stress and problems of life. However, most of us also know that planning a vacation and even the vacation itself can be even more stressful and completely defeat the purpose of why we went in the first place. First there’s finding just the right place to stay, then it’s making sure that the place can cater to all of your needs, which is where the phone calls begin and never end. Will I have internet access? Can we bring Toto, the family dog? And on and on and on; who has time for a hundred phone calls to different hotels, especially when planning last minute holidays? By renting a vacation villa, you cut out all of the hassle and simply find your family a home away from home. You can breathe easy knowing that you will have a place that’s all your own for the duration of your stay.

Why rent direct?

By renting your last minute vacation villa directly from the owner, you are saving yourself a lot of time as well as money. Who better to talk to about the rental you are looking at than the owner himself? Nobody will know the home or the area better than the person who owns it. This means you only need to send one email to the owner, rather than playing phone tag with agents and other middlemen. The owner can answer all of your questions, let you know what he does or doesn’t allow in the rental, as well as let you know what’s available in the area. Because he knows the place well, this single phone call may be all you need to place to book your vacation. Like most things, cutting out the middleman also means saving money. Generally, if there is an agent involved, he is taking a hefty sum for his little bit of work. This means that the owner has to charge you more in order to cover the agent’s expense. Likewise, if you choose to use an agent for your last minute holidays, you can expect his fees to be added onto whatever you are paying for the rental.

There is also a certain amount of peace of mind that comes with renting directly from the owner. The risks of fraud are much lower, since the owner is who you are directly dealing with. And you know that the owner truly cares if he is taking the time to rent his villa out himself. This means that the place is more likely to be well taken care of and that all of your needs will be met while you are renting it.

Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, UK
Newby Bridge, Cumbria, UK

Why rent a villa at all?

Unlike the majority of hotels, there is relatively little structure involved when renting a villa. You don’t have to worry about checking in or out at certain times, which allows you to enjoy your vacation instead of watching the clock. Renting a villa is very much like taking your house with you on vacation; except that it’s new and exciting. But with a villa, you don’t have to worry about where you are going to go for meals since the full house allows you to eat at home as often as you like. Not only is this more convenient, it also saves money for more exciting outings and souvenirs.

Of course, if we are comparing a rental villa to a hotel, the space issue must be mentioned. If you are traveling with a large family, the idea of cramming everyone into one space together is enough to make you want to call the whole thing off. Not to mention that you have to wake up at 4 am to be sure that everyone gets a shower in the one tiny bathroom. That really doesn’t sound like much of a vacation, now does it?

Late availability properties come in all shapes and sizes, from small cottages sleeping just two, to an entire chateaux sleeping well over 20. If you can get a large group of people together that all agree to take part in the insecurity and the adventure of a last minute holiday, you could really find yourself a cheap deal. In a villa, you’ve got a whole home for you and your family. And since you are calling the shots, you can search and choose one with the perfect number of bedrooms and bathrooms to fit your needs. Even if you are booking a last minute romantic getaway for two, a villa allows you privacy and the flexibility to work things around your schedule and come and go as you please.

Alcúdia, Balearic Islands, Spain

What can I expect to pay for a villa?

Even when your villa rental is last minute, the prices vary greatly depending on a number of factors. The size and type of villa or apartment you want to rent will certainly have a great impact on the price. Most of the time, the prices of rentals are calculated on the property as a whole, which saves you money over paying by room at a hotel. Your destination will certainly have a significant impact on the price as well.

Your last minute holidays could take you anywhere, so you will want to check on the rental prices in the area that you are going; you can search and compare rates as well. Regardless of your budget, you are sure to find a last minute rental that will suit your needs. Villas are almost always a less expensive way of vacationing, and allow you the same comforts and conveniences of your own home. While the money saving is a great reason to rent a last minute vacation villa, the flexibility and peace of mind that come with it are absolutely priceless.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, UK

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