Press Releases 2009

December 2009

A new survey by HomeAway Holiday-Rentals has revealed four in ten fathers don't get home until after their children have gone to bed. Hectic lifestyles, long office hours and lengthy daily commutes means millions of dads are missing out on valuable time with their kids. In fact, over half (55 per cent) see the Christmas break and family holidays as the only real opportunity to catch up and re-connect with their family.

  • 89 percent of travellers surveyed plan to stay in a holiday home rental in 2010; up from 62 percent in 2009.
  • There is a high level of repeat use of holiday home rentals, plus continued strong growth in first-time use.
  • 68 percent of holiday home owners report bookings in the third quarter of 2009 were on a par with, or higher than the same period last year.
  • Cape Town and Turkey are the big winners, while Dubai experiences a difficult year.

Treat yourself to a truly hassle-free Christmas this year and let someone else do all the work. On HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, properties 425733, 401769 and 93936 in the Scottish Borders are currently running a fantastic festive deal. Choose from one of these holiday homes and get 50% off Christmas, including pre-arrival shopping and a homemade meal delivery service, plus beautiful Christmas decorations including a decorated tree.

November 2009

‘Mesmerising’, ‘enthralling’ and ‘other-worldly’ are just a few words used to describe the Northern Lights. As we approach the darker winter nights, now is the ideal time to witness this ethereal display of lights shimmering and dancing across the sky. For the ideal base for this memorable holiday, visit, where you can find a good range of secluded cottages in some of the best places to spot the magical lights in Iceland, Lapland and  Canada, as well as thousands of properties in the northerly parts of the UK, where the Aurora Borealis can still be seen.

Best surfed in late autumn through March, Morocco has been a stop on the surfers’ path since the 1950s. So if you are looking to chase the biggest waves in Agadir in the coming months, book your holiday home now to get the best accommodation. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals currently lists over 500 properties in Morocco, including more than 60 rental homes in Agadir.

With ski resorts opening early this year in the US, Canada and across Europe, the top ski destinations will be soaring in popularity by the end of the year. To guarantee your budget ski holiday for the 2009/2010 season, visit HomeAway Holiday-Rentals now to get the best rates on ski holiday homes across the world.

Christmas carols, mulled wine, mince pies and sherry, there’s no better way to celebrate the festive season than by visiting a traditional Christmas market. Some of the best options a short hop from the UK include Berlin, home to over 60 magical markets, the pretty Tyrolean town of Kitzbühel in Austria, or the ruined Abbey of Maillezais in the Vendée, France. And for a fittingly festive base, choose a unique, traditional home from HomeAway Holiday-Rentals.

With Christmas fast approaching, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals has discovered Santa’s hideaway between 16th and 24th December: Leeds Castle in Kent. Parents and children alike can meet Santa and enjoy traditional Christmas festivities at the beautiful 900-year-old castle. And after a day out of fun and fairytales, they can retreat back to their own delightful cottage and unwind by the fire. For those wanting to step back in time and celebrate the festive season at Leeds Castle, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals has over 20 properties in Kent that are still available to rent for Christmas.

October 2009

As ski enthusiasts prepare for the upcoming season, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest private rentals site, presents its ‘Ski Property Ladder’, showcasing a range of ideal homes for every skier, whether their budget is £200 or £20,000 per week!

There are plenty of deals still available for those looking for a last-minute half-term getaway, if they know where to look. The UK’s largest private rentals website, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals still has thousands of holiday homes with availability this October, both at home and away.

Everybody knows the story of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators, but what is not so widely known is that the oldest recognised Guy Fakes Carnival takes place each year in Bridgwater, Somerset. So for those wishing to experience a truly spectacular display, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals has compiled a list of Somerset holiday homes still available to rent during this unique bonfire night event.

Great news for ski enthusiasts around the world: ski season is officially here! With heavy snowfalls reported in the Alps and across the Atlantic, there’s no better time to jet off for a bargain ski break. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest private rentals website, has a range of great value ski holiday homes to rent and those looking for a cheap ski break should book now to enjoy the best early season rates. 

September 2009

For those looking to escape the unpredictable English weather and enjoy a sunny late autumn break, the Aruba Music Festival in early October provides the perfect solution. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals still has over a hundred idyllic Caribbean holiday homes available from under £500 per week.

Looking for a new and exciting way to visit the capital of the United States? Then why not explore the unexplored with symbology expert, Robert Langdon. Visit the locations from Dan Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol, and further the excitement and live the destination by renting an authentic Washington home from HomeAway Holiday-Rentals.

For something a bit different this October or half-term, why not get away and enjoy some spooky Halloween fun, either at home or away. Rent a holiday home in Dublin or Costa Dorada from HomeAway Holiday-Rentals and witness the local Halloween festivities.

August 2009

All is not lost for those who didn’t get a chance to escape on a big summer break this year. September is an ideal time for that long-overdue holiday – the sun is still out, but the tourist hordes have eased off the beaches and the prices are low.

Every UK surfer worth his salt knows that in autumn Britain enters prime surfing season. So to celebrate, Holiday-Rentals has compiled a selection of holiday homes in prime surfing spots in the UK, as well as Spain and Hawaii, to whet adrenaline junkies’ appetites.

July 2009

Special offers on properties in Turkey, Spain, UK & Ireland

When it comes to booking a summer holiday, it is not just the early bird that catches the worm. Those who have left it until now to organise their family holiday are still in with a great chance of bagging themselves a bargain as hundreds of holiday home owners are slashing rates and running last minute special offers on Holiday-Rentals.

Discover the lunar landscapes and volcanic backdrops where upcoming blockbusters Broken Embraces and Clash of the Titans were filmed

A summer break in Europe or Florida this year need not break the bank, if you know where to look. For great value accommodation in these holiday favourites, provides a cost effective alternative to hotels, with hundreds of private holiday homes running last-minute special offers for summer.

As travellers attempt to stretch their holiday pounds further, an increasing number are turning to holiday home rentals for everything from family holidays to reunions and festivals. Not surprising when you consider that per square foot, the cost of a rental can work out up to four times cheaper than a hotel, according to Holiday-Rentals from HomeAway, the UK's largest holiday home website.

June 2009

For those who haven't booked their holiday yet, why not opt for good old France this summer? It's only a quick Channel crossing away, the weather is reliably pleasant and the food is predictably delicious. Moreover, on Holiday-Rentals there are currently over a hundred French properties running fantastic special offers for last-minute travellers, so you really have no excuse to hold off any longer!

Think Nordic countries are all about snow, long nights and Christmas markets? Think again. For those who want to try something different this summer but don't want to venture too far from our British shores, the land of midnight sun is ideal. Holiday-Rentals lists 530 properties in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, from city break pads to remote log cabins by crystal-clear lakes, and the countries are well-served by budget airlines so great for a bargain break.

There's never been a better time to visit the beautiful Welsh county of Pembrokeshire as this year it plays host to not one, but two Hollywood blockbusters. Following hot on the heels of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Russell Crowe's new Robin Hood epic Nottingham starts filming at Freshwater West in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park on 15 June, and fans have until the end of the month to catch a glimpse of the Oscar-winning actor. If that's not enough to tempt you, the filming will be part of the finale and will include a spectacular battle scene with boats and horses, offering a truly unforgettable experience.

A generation of 20-somethings are holidaying with their parents to save money amid the recession, according to new research by Holiday-Rentals.

HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world's largest network of vacation rental websites, today announced the appointment of Petra Friedmann to the position of President of HomeAway Europe. A longtime veteran of the travel industry, Friedmann brings invaluable online consumer experience to her new role managing the company's European presence. She replaces Alexis de Belloy, who transitions to a similar position overseeing the HomeAway brands in the U.S.

This year's financial woes have prompted many Brits to put their summer holiday plans on hold, but this needn't be the case if you choose your destination wisely. Consider Bulgaria, which has claimed the top spot in this year's Holiday Costs Barometer from Post Office Travel Services, overtaking last year's top three Thailand, South Africa and Egypt - and the good news is you don't need to fly half way around the world to get there!

May 2009

While we all know Dads love getting new shirts, ties, socks and endless bottles of aftershave, why not give him a truly original gift this year and take him on holiday to spend some quality time together? Whatever your Dad's passion, there is a perfect holiday home waiting for him on Holiday-Rentals - be it a fishing cottage, golf resort villa or even a Las Vegas bachelor pad!

We're all familiar with the curse of the Bank Holiday: the British weather always seems to suddenly change for the worse just in time for a day off. But for those dreading spending another day off holed up at home watching the weekend telly, there is still time to book a short break to Europe, and it needn't break the bank if you opt for one of these fantastic holiday home deals on Holiday-Rentals.

According to new research by Holiday-Rentals, Brits are spending almost £300 less on their holidays this year, thanks to the recession.

April 2009

For those thinking responsible travel means expensive travel - think again. Holiday-Rentals' property 85803, the 30,000m Finca de Arrieta estate in north Lanzarote, is offering travellers a 20% discount until the end of June, providing the perfect opportunity to jet off for a great value, eco-friendly spring break. A week at the luxurious two bedroom villa is now just £820 per property per week (normally £1,036), and the unique Mongolian yurt is now £410 per property per week (down from £518).

What better time to visit the wonderful city of Amsterdam than when it finally sheds its winter layers and comes to life, with tulips in full bloom and locals soaking up the sunshine on café terraces? Spring is also when the Dutch celebrate some of their biggest and most important holidays, including Queen's Day at the end of April, and Remembrance and Liberation Days in early May.

Story-book landscapes, stunning mountain backdrops, crystal clear lakes and pretty houses with colourful flower boxes - Bavaria is all you imagined it to be, and more. With thousands of great value holiday home rentals available and seven new low cost flight routes thanks to Ryanair, this picturesque region of southeast Germany is now a credit crunch friendly alternative to Tuscany and the South of France - minus the hordes of tourists.

March 2009

As British Travel Week begins, sponsor Holiday-Rentals showcases the best British holiday homes on offer.

Mid-haul resorts are fast replacing the old Med favourites as the holiday hotspots du jour. Lower prices, guaranteed warmth and exotic cultures make Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Dubai increasingly attractive and low cost airlines have responded by launching new routes.

February 2009

As thoughts turn to spring and Easter getaways, whether it's for some time in the sun or a short break closer to home, Holiday-Rentals has a huge range of holiday homes on offer.

As the credit crunch bites into holiday allowances, many may have resigned themselves to a package deal or limiting all-inclusive holiday. But this needn't be the case: by opting for a private holiday home rental it's possible to get luxury and exclusivity without a hefty price tag, plus more privacy, space and flexibility. Guests can come and go as they please, eat out, or 'at home', which is another great way to keep holiday spending in check.

HomeAway, Inc., the world's leading online vacation rental marketplace and parent company of Holiday-Rentals and Owners Direct in the UK, today announced its acquisition of Paris-based Homelidays SAS. Homelidays operates, the largest pan-European for-rent-by-owner vacation rental or "self-catering" site, featuring more than 40,000 listings.

January 2009

A romantic Valentine's break needn't cost the earth - if you choose a private holiday rental. Renting your own intimate bolthole is a great way to make your holiday pounds go further and can work out much cheaper than a similar standard hotel. Below are some of the most romantic properties available on Holiday-Rentals, including a waterfront apartment in Montenegro for £21pppn and an exotic Moroccan Riad for just £28pppn.

Holiday-Rentals, the UK's largest private holiday home rentals site, lists hundreds of properties offering courses, enabling guests to learn something new or simply refresh their mind, body and spirit in total privacy and the comfort of a home from home. From dancing the tango, to cooking, sculpting and painting, or relaxing holistic treatments and yoga sessions, there is something for everyone; whether they want to discover their artistic streak or melt the stress away and return from holiday with much more than just a tan.