December 2010

With 2010 coming to an end, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals reveals its hottest properties in the markets that look set to soar in the New Year. According to the last HomeAway UK Marketplace Report, in 2010 there was a sharp rise in the popularity of destinations in the ‘MET’ area; Morocco, Egypt and Turkey, while countries in the Med only experienced a modest increase. Malta also shone out as a rising star, with a huge 108% increase in booking enquiries, while Brazil was a top emerging market in terms of growth in both supply and demand.

Fly away to some of the world’s most beautiful locations and rent a private home in a remarkable location to enjoy spectacular views of azure seas, famous landmarks and majestic mountains for an extra special getaway. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, has thousands of private holiday homes with fantastic views on its books, from luxury villas near seas and lakes, to apartments overlooking historic monuments and mountain chalets with stunning panoramas of surrounding peaks.

November 2010

Get ready for the ski season and book in advance this year to take advantage of the early bird offers on ski holiday homes. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists 38,000 ski properties worldwide and there are hundreds of special offers on private apartments and ski chalets added every week. Renting direct from owners means great deals and more for your money, with prices from as little as £42 per person per week.

As Titanic fever hits the UK with the opening of The Titanic Exhibition in London, explore the history of the largest and most luxuriously appointed ship ever to sail the seas in early 20th Century. The new exhibition features over 300 artefacts from the ship itself and several recreations of rooms on board, so visitors can experience life on board the world's most notorious ocean liner. And for an authentic taste of London life during your stay, why not rent a holiday home and explore the city from your own London flat or townhouse? The UK’s largest holiday rentals website, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, lists over 450 private properties in London, including plenty close to The O2 arena, where the exhibition is being held. 

Google Ventures has entered the fast growing holiday home rentals market by investing in HomeAway, Inc., parent company of HomeAway Holiday-Rentals and Owners Direct in the UK.

Treat yourself to a magical Christmas and New Year celebration this year and save up to 30 percent on stays in private holiday rentals. With hundreds of owners and managers offering discounts for the festive season on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, there’s still enough time left to bag yourself a bargain break this winter. Fancy a ski holiday, a rural getaway or a city break? Or how about spending Christmas in a seven storey windmill? There are currently 300 special offers on apartments, chalets and villas running on

With the royal wedding promising an April bank holiday bonanza next year, get a chance to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29th April and book in advance to guarantee a place at the most talked about wedding of the year. If you are heading to London for the festivities, why not live like a royalty for a week in your own private city apartment. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists plenty of chic apartments available to rent in royal key areas around London. 

October 2010

As the autumn leaves start to fall and the nights draw in, now is the perfect time to cheer yourself up by planning a pre-Christmas shopping trip. With many European Christmas markets starting in mid November, you can combine an autumn city break with a spot of Christmas shopping to spice up your festive season stockings. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists hundreds of holiday homes in popular Christmas market destinations, such as Vienna, Brussels, Prague and Bath.

When the blue skies turn to grey and winter’s chill is in the air, there is no better time to jet off to your own slice of paradise and soak up some winter sunshine. Discover the white, sandy beaches of Aruba, dance away to electrifying soca beats in Trinidad and Tobago, or get romantic in St Lucia. From the Bahamas to Barbados, the Caribbean is one of the most popular winter sun destinations and HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists more than 6,600 properties available to rent on the islands.

The top reason people love Christmas is for the time spent with their families, according to recent research by Santa's Lapland. What’s more, nearly 20% of those interviewed said they enjoyed guilt-free food and drink during the festive season. So why not indulge in a relaxing family break this year and enjoy Christmas dinner on the ski slopes, all conveniently prepared by someone else?! On HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, there are hundreds of gourmet catered chalets to choose from worldwide.

Leading property website today announced that it has partnered with the UK's number one holiday rentals website, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals giving Zoopla users access to more than 210,000 holiday rentals across 140 countries.

September 2010

HomeAway UK’s Q2 report reveals the rise of the MET, Malta, Brazil, Turkey & Montenegro, plus owners’ fears about changes to the FHL tax.

Report highlights:

Booking enquiries reveal rising demand for Morocco, Egypt and Turkey (or the ‘MET’)
Malta emerges as a rising star, topping the charts for breaks in June, July, August and October
Strong growth in supply and demand reveals Brazil, Montenegro and Turkey as investor hotspots
Majority of property owners still unclear about impact of proposed changes to the FHL tax

Make it a Halloween to remember this year with a trip to some of the must-see destinations for horror aficionados. Fancy exploring the unspoilt rural areas of Transylvania or experiencing the ancient customs of Ireland, where the festival is said to have originated?  Or perhaps a creepy city break is more to your liking? HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists thousands of properties in Romania and Ireland, as well as London and Paris, that would make for an ideal spooky Halloween break.

August 2010

Travelling with young children and babies can be a daunting experience, especially for first time mums and dads. Will the hotel have everything you need? Will the kids like the food? And will it really feel like a holiday when you’re cramped together in one room? There may be more sleepless nights than there are at home! But having children doesn’t mean putting your travels on hold. Opting for a holiday home instead of a hotel means more space, your own bedrooms and all the facilities you need for a relaxing family break. What’s more, you’re free to simply ‘stay in’, whether it’s around the pool, in the garden or even in front of the TV; a holiday home gives you the freedom to simply kick back and spend quality time together.

With hundreds of holiday home owners already offering discounts for October half-term, now is a great time to book and bag yourself an ideal family getaway for less. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest and most trusted holiday rentals website, lists over 164,000 properties that are still available to rent during the autumn holidays, with hundreds of new special offers and discounts of up to 20% or more every week. Covering all the holiday favourites such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, the Canary Islands, Turkey and Greece, has the largest selection of family apartments and villas to rent online.

Self catering short breaks and holidays are becoming a popular option among golfers as they enable players to tailor their holiday to fit their exact golfing preferences. The UK is widely regarded as a top destination, with hundreds of golf courses populating the country, including the renowned St Andrews, the Home of Golf, where the game has been nurtured and developed for 600 years. So why not avoid airport chaos this year and choose a private holiday rental to experience home comforts and enjoy a break at your own pace? On, UK golf lovers are spoilt for choice, with over 3,500 golf properties available to rent within pitching distance of Britain’s best courses.

As shopping comparison site Kelkoo reveals Britons’ main priority when taking a city break is affordability, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s no.1 holiday rentals website, reports that when it comes to accommodation apartment rentals are one of the most cost-effective options for travellers. When comparing rental rates on to average daily hotel rates in 10 of the most popular European cities, the company found the price per square metre for a private rental works out around half the price of a hotel room, and sometimes even less. Venice rentals offer the best value for money, with apartments there working out four times cheaper than hotels.

July 2010

Try something new this October half term and opt for an activity holiday that will keep both parents and children entertained. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest and most trusted holiday rentals website, lists over 15,000 private holiday homes ideal for an activity getaway and still available to rent during the autumn half-term. Holiday homes are perfect for families with children, as they provide space, private facilities, a safe environment, the flexibility to eat in or out, and huge savings on travel agent prices.

Keep your carbon footprint to a minimum this summer and enjoy a slower, more relaxed holiday by travelling by rail to a holiday home rental in Europe. Rail travel is experiencing a renewed surge in popularity and there are plenty of properties on in favourite European destinations that can be easily reached by train. Renting a private holiday home is also more energy efficient and sustainable than a hotel room, as you have control over lighting, air conditioning, washing, heating and food wastage for a start.

After a long, hot summer, what better way to quench your thirst then to head off to the most famous beer festival in Germany, the Oktoberfest. One of the largest folk celebrations in the world, it has its 200th anniversary this year, so travellers are set to enjoy an extended period of festivities. On HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, there are over 100 private holiday homes available to rent in Munich, from city centre apartments to spacious houses. As demand for rentals soars during this popular festival, travellers should book now to guarantee their place at the biggest and longest Oktoberfest ever.

June 2010

With holiday prices in the Eurozone coming down as the pound strengthens against the euro, a beach break to top European destinations is now much more affordable. For late-bookers, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals still has thousands of properties available to rent this summer in favourite holiday spots in France, Spain and Italy. So by taking advantage of the good exchange rate and opting for a private holiday rental instead of a hotel, travellers can now afford a break in some of the most sought-after locations on the continent.

With its pristine Blue Fag beaches, stunning historic sites, Byzantine art and fresh local food, Cyprus is one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean Sea and a true traveller paradise. What’s more, the low cost of living and a huge stock of great value holiday homes available to rent make it ideal for families and couples on a budget. There is a huge choice of properties on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, including thousands with simply great rates and hundreds running special offers every week for the summer season.

As the World Cup kicks off and football fever hits us, find out where the country’s top players own properties abroad and book your very own place in the sun there to holiday like a footballer and a WAG. With thousands of affordable private holiday homes available to rent on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals in footballers’ favourite destinations worldwide, an A-list style, star-spotting break is within reach, and you may even bump into some of the players while you’re there!

For those in search of a slightly different experience this summer, a city break provides the perfect alternative to the traditional beach holiday. And with plenty of festivals taking place across Europe, there’s so much more to do this summer than just a bucket and spade. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists over 6,500 private city centre rentals in Europe, making a city getaway more accessible and affordable than ever.

May 2010, the UK’s number one holiday rental company and part of global leader HomeAway, Inc., has been recognised as one of the top ten best small workplaces in the prestigious Great Place to Work Awards. These awards acknowledge exceptional levels of camaraderie, a sense of fairness throughout the organisation and the credibility, competency and trustworthiness of the management team.

A summer break this year doesn’t have to bust the budget if you know where to look. For those who haven’t booked their holiday yet, there are still plenty of bargains to be found on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website. There’s no need to avoid travel during the peak months either, as on you can rent your own villa with pool in July or August from only £56 per person per week!

Don’t want to get stranded abroad again during your next getaway, or risk not getting away at all due to the volcanic ash cloud still hanging over our heads? Then book your holiday closer to home this year in Wales, a great destination that can keep the whole family entertained. With summer 2010 looking set to be warmer than average, a beach holiday in the UK is not only accessible, but also more affordable than ever, with hundreds of beautiful, great value holiday homes available to rent in Wales on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals.

April 2010

HomeAway UK’s Q1 report reveals rentals are 2nd top accommodation choice after hotels

Report highlights
  • Around one in five Brits will choose a holiday home rental for their main holiday in 2010
  • HomeAway inventory now rivals that of largest hotel chains in the world: 480,000+ properties v. Intercontinental’s stock of 620,000+ hotel rooms
  • Supply will continue to grow as more owners look to cover their costs: over half of owners renting their property cover 50% of their mortgage with rentals

All is not lost for sports enthusiasts still hoping to get in a bit of skiing or boarding this year. With fresh snow reported across Scandinavia, Austria and North America, there’s still plenty time for a last minute ski break. For those in-the-know, the car-free Swiss village of Zermatt offers guaranteed snow, with a glacier allowing for skiing 365 days a year. So pack your poles and boards now and visit HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, where there are still tons of apartments in Sweden, Austria or Switzerland to choose from in upcoming weeks.

Fancy doing something different this year, or learning a new skill? HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals site, lists thousands of private holiday homes worldwide whose owners can organise different excursions and activities for their guests. So for those travellers seeking a bit more than just sun, sea and sand this summer, offers a wide choice of private properties in amazing locations that are perfect for an active holiday.

After the long, cold winter, a spring city break offers the perfect pick-me-up, with the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing few days of shopping, eating, drinking and discovering the sights, smells and culture of somewhere new. With thousands of private apartments available to rent worldwide on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, a short city getaway is more affordable and accessible than ever before. Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris and Venice are classics, but trips to lesser-discovered cities such as Jerez can provide an equally rewarding experience.

March 2010

Over the last decade there has been a growing trend towards buying in far-flung and emerging destinations, often to capitalise on rising property values. However, in today’s economic climate, buyers have reverted back to traditional, established second home destinations and buying for lifestyle, rather than purely investment purposes according to the latest results of a survey carried out by Savills International and

In February 2010, globetrotting travel writers, Terence Carter and Lara Dunston, embarked on a year-long project in partnership with HomeAway Holiday-Rentals called Grantourismo. Their aim is to explore more authentic and enriching ways to travel by staying in holiday homes instead of hotels. Read about their top tips and experiences on the blog at

As part of the Grantourismo project and to get other travellers involved, we are pleased to announce the first in a series of yearlong competitions where Lara and Terry will invite budding and experienced writers alike to submit posts about their own travel experiences to the Grantourismo blog at

February 2010

Annual results released today by HomeAway, Inc., world leader of the online holiday rentals market, reveal the emergence of the industry as an increasingly significant player in the mainstream travel market.

After two-thirds of the available tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup already sold, the choice of accommodation in South Africa is getting scarcer. On HomeAway Holiday-Rentals though you can still find a wide range of holiday homes available to rent for the World Cup, ranging from budget apartments to luxury houses with pools. 

The Easter break is a great time to reunite with friends and family and enjoy a short trip away together. And with plenty of fun-filled Easter activities on offer, as well as cheap flights and holiday home rentals, Europe is the perfect choice. Whether it’s some quality time with your partner or a break with a large group of friends, there’s a huge range of European homes to choose from on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, from romantic apartments to large homes with tennis courts and pools.  

January 2010

This January, HomeAway, Inc., world leader of the online holiday rentals sector, has seen its two UK sites; HomeAway Holiday-Rentals and Owners Direct leap in to the top 10 travel websites in the Hitwise ‘Destination and Accommodations’ category, joining well-established travel giants such as TripAdvisor and Travelodge*. In case there was any doubt, this provides indisputable evidence that online holiday rentals have hit the mainstream.

The holidays are over, the weather looks bleak, spirits are low and purse-strings are tight. However, thanks to HomeAway Holiday-Rentals you can beat the winter blues and pamper yourself with a relaxing spa holiday, without breaking the budget. On you can find some great late deals on holiday homes near spa facilities, towns or resorts, which provide a much cheaper alternative to pricey spa hotels.

In 2010, globetrotting travel writers Terence Carter and Lara Dunston, in partnership with HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, will swap hotel rooms for holiday homes and embark on a contemporary grand tour of sorts they’re calling Grantourismo. The aim is to slow down, learn and do things, live like locals, and give something back to the places they visit, as they search for a more authentic and enriching way to travel.