New Year, New You: holiday homes with courses on Holiday-Rentals

Learn a new skill or revitalise mind, body & spirit in the comfort of a private holiday home


22 January 2009 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.

As well as more space and privacy, and a very personal service, private holiday home rentals are also extremely cost-effective, often working out much cheaper per head than a similar standard hotel or package deal.

Currently listing over 122,000 properties worldwide, Holiday-Rentals is the UK's number one holiday rentals website and is currently the only site of its kind to offer a Rental Guarantee and guest reviews for increased peace of mind when booking direct.

Get in touch with your artistic streak

Property 24490Umbria, Italy
Stylish holiday apartments in a characterful country house on the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno, restored by master craftsmen to retain its original charm. The country house boasts a pool, large flower garden and sculpture park containing outstanding works by the sculptor Wolfgang Sandt.
Courses on offer: painting, sculpting, creative writing, cooking, tango
Price: from £268 per week for a 1-bedroom apartment

Property 71255Folegandros, Aegean Islands, Greece
Stylish holiday apartments in a characterful country house on the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno, restored by master craftsmen to retain its original charm. The country house boasts a pool, large flower garden and sculpture park containing outstanding works by the sculptor Wolfgang Sandt.
Courses on offer: painting, sculpting, creative writing, cooking, tango
Price: from £268 per week for a 1-bedroom apartment

Learn to cook up a local treat

For over 90 recipes from 14 countries submitted by holiday homes owners and for inspiration for the perfect gastro-break, download the Holiday-Rentals Travel Cookbook or visit www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/travelcookbook.

Or a book a stay in one of these four beautiful properties:

Properties 63804 and 67793Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Two beautifully restored 4-bedroom and 6-bedroom stone farmhouses close to Uzes, with private pools and gardens, set amidst beautiful countryside and within easy reach of a variety of restaurants.
Courses on offer: Provençal cooking
Price: £850 to £1,500 per week for the 4-bed and £1,350 to £2,800 for the 6-bed

Property 6066Bologna, Italy
Pretty 3-bedroom vineyard property in the hills between Bologna and Modena, boasting a pool and unspoilt views. It is well located for day trips to Parma, Mantua, Ferrara, Ravenna, Verona and Florence seaside (Adriatic coast). Ferrari and Ducati factories are nearby.
Courses on offer: Italian cooking (must be booked with 4 weeks notice) + a visit to a Parmesan cheese factory and balsamic vinegar producer
Price: £759 per week

Property 66558Andalucia, Spain
Rural 4-bedroom farmhouse with infinity style pool on a vast private olive grove, nestled amongst oaks, olive and fruit trees. The property is over 100 years old and has been completely renovated, but most of the original features, such as old olive wood beams and Moorish style doors have been kept.
Courses on offer: Spanish cooking, taught by an award-winning chef
Price: from £536 to £982 per property per week

Brush up on your language skills

Property 76447Midi-Pyrenees, France
Beautiful, 2-bedroom rose-covered cottage with pool, tennis, badminton, boules, bikes, giant trampoline, table tennis, swings, BBQ and 2-acre garden. Pretty fortified medieval villages, swimming lakes, wine and Armagnac domains and good restaurants abound.
Courses on offer: French
Price: from £446 to £893 per property per week

Property 18794Lombardy, Italy
Luxurious, recently restored 5-bedroom 1600 villa which has belonged to the owners' family since 1657. The property is located in the historical centre of Montichiari (Brescia) by Lake Garda in a particularly calm location and is run by a young Italian-French couple.
Courses on offer: Italian, French, winery visits and wine tasting
Price: £627 per property per week

Get fit and find inner peace

Property 72957Languedoc-Roussillon, France
1- and 2-bedroom apartments in a romantic stone chateau with 12th century origins nestling within 3 acres of protected, private parkland. The property is situated at the portals of spa town Lamalou-ls-Bains, with healing waters, between mountains and sea. Golf course is on the doorstep, with wonderful views. Other features include pool, Jacuzzi and fitness suite.
Courses on offer: fitness classes with qualified instructors
Price: from £348 per property per week for a 1-bedroom apartment

Property 15972St. Thomas, Barbados
Tranquil 2-bedroom villa surrounded by landscaped gardens, pool and Jacuzzi. Has been featured in November/December 2004 issue of Great Escapes, Conde Nast Brides magazine. The property is approximately 10 minutes drive to the lovely west coast, popular area for shopping, restaurants, golf, and some of the finest beaches Barbados has to offer.
Courses on offer: Reiki
Price: from £967 to £1,100 per property per week

Property 91550Algarve, Portugal
Stunning 3-bedroom villa in a peaceful countryside location a few minutes drive from some of the finest beaches in the Algarve. Fabulous views across open countryside to the Monchique Mountains can be enjoyed from the infinity pool, covered veranda and open BBQ/eating area. There is a Jacuzzi in one of the bathrooms.
Courses on offer: "Recovery Pack" including yoga, holistic treatments & Hara healing
Price: from £759 to £1,652 per property per week

Property 63222Languedoc-Roussillon, France
1- and 2-bedroom apartments in the picturesque village of Sorede, near the Mediterranean Sea. Each house/apartment has its own terrace for outdoor eating. The old-town location is quiet, yet only a couple of minutes walk from the shops, restaurants, market, pool, tennis courts and tourist office.
Courses on offer: yoga, massage, and a quit smoking course
Price: from £174 per property per week for a 1-bedroom apartment

Master your digital photography skills

Property 74858Abruzzo, Italy
Traditional stone farmhouse with domed brick ceilings and terracotta floors. A huge seating, dining and outdoor cooking area overlooks the pool set in a large private garden adjoining the owners' olive farm. The land is bordered by a small stream, and farmland stretches in all directions.
Courses on offer: digital photography and photo processing using Adobe Photoshop™ or Adobe Photoshop Elements™
Price: from £500 to £1,200