December 2011

Q3 Marketplace Report from reveals Spain as top destination for summer 2011 and growth in rentals market in Thailand and Dubai.

Report highlights:

More Brits than ever opt for Spain as their top summer destination
Dubai and Thailand see considerable increases in holiday rental supply
70% of holiday home owners will not increase their rental rates despite council tax increase
Holiday rentals are top choice for Christmas holidays

If it’s glitz, glamour and 24-hour fun you’re after, make your next holiday a trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Stretched out in the desert landscape of Nevada, Las Vegas is a world famous playground of neon lights, plush clubs and restaurants, legendary casinos and old-fashioned gambling hospitality. According to Google’s latest travel whitepaper, the city was the fifth most popular holiday destination in the third quarter of 2011 and among the top 10 most searched for foreign destinations in the hotel category.

November 2011

For those looking for a winter pick-me-up, jetting away to a private holiday rental in a sunny destination is the ultimate antidote to the cold, dark skies of home. If you’re looking to escape the winter chill somewhere you can still soak up the sun and laze on the beach, there are plenty of destinations worldwide which are ideal to visit during the colder months., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, has thousands of holiday homes available to rent in winter sun bolt-holes around the world, from Africa to Asia, Australia, America and beyond.

If you haven’t yet decided where to go in 2012, there are plenty of festivals and events all over the world throughout the year., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, has selected 12 great destinations and holiday homes suitable for each month. Attending a festival or event is a great way to get beneath the skin of a place and opting for a holiday rental instead of a hotel also adds to the experience by enabling you to live like a local and get outside the tourist zones.

October 2011

If the long dark hours leave you feeling tired and depressed, don’t despair, as the beginning of winter offers plenty of opportunities for having fun and feeling jolly. The long-awaited Christmas markets and the switching on of Christmas lights usually happen in November and early December, so if you want to cheer yourself up and get in the festive mood, plan your pre-Christmas getaway now and head to, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, to find a cosy winter retreat.

September 2011

While you’ll often hear about travellers’ strange experiences on holiday, they themselves can actually be the source of some very odd behaviour and requests. Undoubtedly, holidays involve a great deal of planning, and naturally people want to make sure they have everything they need and know what’s in store. However, spare a thought for the property owners and managers on holiday rentals website,, who have had to deal with some truly bizarre questions and demands this year!

To help holidaymakers around the world make the right choice when booking their accommodation,, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, offers reviews from past guests as well as the option to filter and sort properties by the number of reviews. The site lists over 250,000 private rentals worldwide and it has now reached half a million reviews, so travellers can have more peace of mind when planning their holiday.

Research published today by Savills International and shows that France has replaced Spain as the favourite destination for second home owners to invest. Its perception of stability, limited house price decline and ease of access help make it a safe bet for UK buyers.

The ski season is fast approaching, so if you want to grab a good bargain on your ski holiday this year, make sure to book well in advance. The top ski resorts in Europe are always in demand, but there’s plenty to choose from on the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, The site has over 45,000 ski properties available to rent in France, Switzerland, Austria, Eastern Europe and even further afield in North America and Canada.

August 2011’s First Half 2011 report reveals London and Seychelles amongst most popular destinations and returning demand for European beach breaks. 

Report highlights :

2011 sees a return to established favourite destinations in France, Spain and Portugal.
Seychelles tops the charts for booking enquiries following the Royal honeymoon.
Ongoing strong demand for long-haul destinations suggests Brits willing to spend more on their main summer holiday.
Germany emerges as the best performing market in terms of growth in holiday rental listings.

If you don’t have kids, or they have now flown the nest, the advantage of flexible travel dates means you can get some great off-peak holiday bargains. Flight and holiday prices shoot up in the school holidays, but in September, October and November you can travel to most parts of the globe at a reasonable price and still find places where the sun is shining. What’s more, by opting for a self-catering holiday home instead of a hotel you can keep costs down further still and also enjoy more space, privacy, flexibility and authenticity., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, has a huge selection of private holiday homes available to rent in low season at bargain prices as owners slash their rates to attract off peak rentals.

July 2011

For true gourmet travellers there’s no better way to experience a world-class foodie break than to rent a villa, cottage or apartment near a Michelin-starred restaurant so whether you choose to eat in, or out, you can do so in style., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, offers a great choice of properties available to rent in beautiful locations near some of the best restaurants in the world. From the picturesque, medieval city of Bruges and Italy’s intriguing Bergamo, to upmarket, modern Düsseldorf, all of which host 2* and 3* Michelin restaurants, there’s a holiday home rental to match every culinary taste.

Figures released today by, UK arm of the market leader of the online holiday rentals industry, reveal that London homeowners are benefiting from an unprecedented demand for holiday rentals during the London Games. Demand for rental properties in London for the Olympic summer of 2012 has increased by 131 times as compared to the previous year.

Forget February carnivals, it’s all about August now! If you haven’t planned anything for the upcoming month yet, there are tens of festivals being organised in the UK and further afield in Europe to keep you and your family entertained this summer. Whether you’re looking for a short weekend break at home or a longer holiday abroad, there’s plenty to choose from this August and, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, still has thousands of properties on its books available to rent this summer.

The October half term provides a good opportunity to find a great value break and escape the impending winter weather, so book early this year and take your pick from a great range of family-friendly holiday homes on From golf villas and beach houses, to rural cottages and homes near Disney World, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website has hundreds of properties available to rent at a discounted rate in October that would make for the ideal family getaway.

June 2011

This Fathers’ Day treat Dad to something really special and take him away for some quality bonding time on an activity break. As Fathers’ Day only happens once a year, show him you really care with a fun-filled family break in the UK, or further afield in Portugal, Spain, France or Ireland, which are all perfect destinations for all the activities Dads love, such as golf, fishing, sailing, tennis and other sports., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, features more than 170,000 properties worldwide available to rent over the Fathers’ Day weekend in mid-June. 

Get back to nature and swap your bucket and spade for the joys of camping and songs around the fire this summer. For those who love the outdoors but don’t want to compromise when it comes to comfort, ‘glamping’ provides the perfect mix of stunning scenery, fresh air, modern facilities and comfortable sleeping arrangements., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, offers holidaymakers a range of alternative accommodation options for glamorous camping holidays, from romantic yurts in the British countryside to chic mountain retreats in the USA.

If you’re still on the lookout for a fantastic summer holiday in 2011, look no further than, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website. With thousands of stunning, affordable holiday homes still available to rent this sunny season, the site appeals to a wide range of holidaymakers, from couples looking to get away for a relaxing break to groups of friends in search of some fun in the sun and families planning child-friendly trips abroad.

If you dream of owning a chic holiday pad in the city or luxury villa but can’t afford to buy, don’t despair! Holiday rentals provide an affordable solution so you can still experience the high life in an exclusive home away from home. According to property agency Engel & Völkers, homes in Monaco, Sardinia, London, the Cote d’Azur and Paris are the most expensive in Europe, but a holiday rental offers a much cheaper alternative., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, lists hundreds of high-end, but affordable homes to rent in the most sought-after locations in these countries.

This year, renowned chef and former MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers has created a range of delicious recipes for the Travel Cookbook, perfect for people who relish the opportunity to immerse themselves in local cuisine whilst on holiday. Inspired from her travels around the Americas, Thomasina has contributed six recipes to the online Travel Cookbook, a collection of favourite dishes from holiday home owners around the world who list their properties on, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website.

May 2011

With the weather forecast looking optimistic for this summer in the UK, why not skip flying this year and book a holiday at home to enjoy the diversity our country has to offer? From vibrant cities, arresting coastlines and sandy beaches, to rolling valleys, mountains and hills, there’s loads to keep you entertained. , the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, offers a great choice for UK holidaymakers with over 7,400 properties to rent across the country.

It’s that time of year again when thoughts start wandering to long summer days, sandy beaches and refreshing cocktails. With the summer holidays just round the corner, now is the best time to start looking for special offers and travel deals in sunny destinations around the world., the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, currently features more than 800 special offers on self-catering villas, cottages and apartments in popular destinations such as Italy, Spain, France, Turkey and the UK, and has selected some of the best current deals below.

April 2011

This month sees the end of a first of its kind partnership between a travel company and travel writers, which succeeded in creating hot debate among the travel writing community and redefining a new way for travel companies and writers to work together. ‘Grantourismo', a year-long partnership between writer-photographer team Lara Dunston and Terence Carter and holiday rentals website, closed with the final allocation of prizes to the winners of the twelfth travel writing contest held on the blog over the last year.

With less than three weeks left until Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, many hotels along the route are already booked for the big day. But those hoping to head to London for the nuptials and a glimpse of happy couple needn’t stress. There are still over 250 holiday apartments available to rent on 29th April on, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, many of them just minutes from the procession route.

A recent survey from HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, has revealed holiday homes are the ideal type of accommodation for Brits and Germans, and the second most popular after hotels for the French, Italians and Spanish. In addition, the majority of people in all five countries consider holiday homes as cheaper per head than hotels, which is undoubtedly one of the driving factors behind the continued fast growth of this sector over the last few years.

March 2011’s second half 2010 report reveals signs of recovery in Dubai and unexpected growth in Portugal, Ireland and Greece.

Report Highlights:

Dubai holiday rentals recover as economy and infrastructure improve
Portugal, Ireland and Greece see surprising growth in supply and demand
Germany, a top country for 2010 and a new favourite for ski
Egypt, Turkey and Malta continue to grow
Interest rises in London rentals as 2012 Olympics approach

If you’re not planning to watch the royal wedding this April, why not put the bank holiday to good use with a long weekend away, or even an 11-day Easter bonanza?, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website, lists more than 135,000 properties still available to rent at the end of April, from sunny villas and country cottages to city apartments and quirky, unique homes.

February 2011

Rekindle the romance in your life with a short break away over Valentine’s Day and enjoy an intimate experience in your own private home away from home. A holiday rental is the ideal option for a couple’s getaway, as you’ll have the place to yourselves and no interruptions from other guests. It also often works out cheaper than a similar standard hotel, plus you have the option for romantic meals in, or breakfast in bed! To find the perfect love nest for you and your partner, head to HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, which still has thousands of romantic properties available to rent in Europe and further afield over February 14th.

With all eyes on the latest trends at London Fashion Week this month, why not treat yourself to a stylish getaway in the capital and rent your own chic city pad. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, lists more than 550 apartment rentals in London, including plenty of fabulously smart homes located in some of the most fashionable London boroughs. To provide some inspiration for aspiring fashionistas, the site has compiled a list of the top five most trendy London properties available to rent on

Forget the flowers and chocolate this Mothers’ Day and treat your mum to a short break away where you can relax, unwind and really spend some quality time together. Whether your mum is the energetic type that likes to enjoy a range of activities, or the more laidback kind that would revel in a spa weekend,, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, has a huge variety of properties perfect for a unique and unforgettable Mothers’ Day getaway.

January 2011

If the dreary, drizzly, cold weather of late has left you feeling blue, why not swap grey skies and winter chills for sunshine, sand and turquoise blue sea instead? For easily accessible, and reasonable winter sun holidays, Egypt, Tunisia and Dubai are the perfect choice and HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, provides plenty of options for those looking for a deal, from quirky, cool apartments to beachfront villas with pools.

Say goodbye to winter and hello to the beginning of spring this year with a visit to a European carnival and enjoy magical festivities, spectacular fireworks, unique music and dancing. The months of February and March will see major festivals being organised across Europe, including the Venice and Nice Carnivals, Dublin’s St Patrick's Festival and Fallas de Valencia. For late bookers, there are still plenty of private holiday homes available to rent on HomeAway Holiday-Rentals during the events in Venice, Nice, Dublin and Valencia.