Category: Vacation Rentals

2 new luxury boltholes added to Sheepskin collection

2 new luxury boltholes added to Sheepskin collection

Stylish self-catering company, Sheepskin – which you may recall from my review of The Music Mill in the Peak District earlier this year – has expanded its collection into the Cotswolds with the luxurious Chescombe Lodge and has also added Nantwen a cosy bolthole for two in Pembrokeshire. Chescombe Lodge, an indulgent space for four
Win a week's stay in a luxury vacation rental

Win a week's stay in a luxury vacation rental

If you quite like the idea of winning 7 nights in a luxury vacation rental in Bali, Costa Rica or Italy, plus $3,000 towards airfares, get yourself along to the Flipkey blog where they’re running their own “flippin’ awesome vacation giveaway”.  (FlipKey, in case you’re not already familiar, is a vacation rental website owned by
Dewsall... for the perfect countryside Christmas

Dewsall... for the perfect countryside Christmas

Escape to the wild winter countryside of unspoilt Herefordshire and book your Christmas at Dewsall Court. This beautifully furnished, unique house has a relaxed feel about it so you can unwind as soon as you walk through the door. Surrounded by 1000 acres of Duchy of Cornwall land, winter walks can be part of the
The villa rental industry in 2012

The villa rental industry in 2012

When it comes to luxury, private villa holidays are difficult to beat. Imagine yourself lounging by the fountain in the courtyard of your Marrakesh riad… or skiing directly into your chalet in the Alps. Though the global economy remains in a tumultuous state, luxury travel seems to have escaped the brunt of the beating, and
The future of luxury travel

The future of luxury travel

Although the recent financial crisis has certainly much affected the travel industry, the luxury traveler is alive and well. But according to the initial findings of a current global research project for the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), their tastes are changing. Based on the predictions and identified trends in “The Future of Luxury Travel, A Global Trends
Special feature: Lake Cottage, Middleton Hall, Belford, UK

Special feature: Lake Cottage, Middleton Hall, Belford, UK

Last weekend we stayed at a lovely self-catering cottage in the north-east of England. Available through luxury holiday home specialists Crabtree & Crabtree, Lake Cottage at Middleton Hall in Northumberland provides the ideal retreat for families looking for a little peace and quiet. We arrived in the darkness of night, after a rather difficult journey
Special feature: Bix Manor, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Special feature: Bix Manor, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Last week we stayed at the beautiful Bix Manor for a family celebration – my 40th birthday to be precise. Situated in the Thames Valley, and just 2 miles from Henley-on-Thames, this 17th Century manor house proved to be the ideal getaway for a large family get-together and can sleep up to 12 people. With
Interview with Helen Howitt, Co-Founder of Sheepskin

Interview with Helen Howitt, Co-Founder of Sheepskin

Helen Howitt is co-founder, with her partner Adam, of Sheepskin, a small collection of unique holiday properties located in inspiring landscapes throughout the UK. Prior to forming Sheepskin, they both worked in international product development. They left corporate life to pursue a love of travel and a passion for discovering beautiful and unusual places. Some
Special feature: Jura Lodge on the Isle of Jura, Scotland, UK

Special feature: Jura Lodge on the Isle of Jura, Scotland, UK

We have just returned from an utterly unique and memorable stay on the remote Scottish island of Jura.  Our first glimpse of the island and its three Paps was just before touching down on our flight from Glasgow to Islay. From there, it was a short drive and a ferry crossing before reaching Jura. We
Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Camilla Shaughnessy is the founder of EventfulStays.com, a UK accommodation website which specialises in mid- to high-end home stays available for short term lets searchable by event. Camilla enjoyed the echelons of senior positions in corporate life before establishing her own consultancy firm in 1994. She went on to launch Eventful Stays in December 2010,
From criteria to companions - top tips for enjoying your villa holiday

From criteria to companions - top tips for enjoying your villa holiday

These days many of our clients choose a luxury villa holiday over and above staying in a hotel both for the privacy and flexibility it affords. Having unlimited access to your own pool, a personal chef on hand and the security of a luxury villa make it the ideal choice for many planning a vacation.
Special feature: Rutland Apartment, Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: Rutland Apartment, Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh, UK

Last weekend we stayed at the Rutland Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh but not in one of their rooms; instead, we were just a short way down the road from the hotel in the beautiful Rutland Apartment which offers so much more than a hotel room.  We were warmly welcomed by Liz who made
A villa holiday for all the family: Villa Alfabia, Mallorca

A villa holiday for all the family: Villa Alfabia, Mallorca

With a private chef to prepare gourmet meals, a host serve drinks by the pool and an experienced nanny to look after the children, Villa Alfabia in Mallorca is the newest addition to luxury villa specialist, Scott Dunn‘s collection. Originally built as a traditional Mallorcan farm and set in five acres of land, even with
Ooooh... look... we won, we won!

Ooooh... look... we won, we won!

Great news just in! Despite listing more than 45,000 properties in 116 countries, the Holiday Lettings Hall of Fame 2011 listed our very own luxury holiday apartment as its overall winner!  Needless to say, my wife and I are rather pleased that all our hard work appears to be paying off.  For those that don’t
The Varsano in Tel Aviv, Israel

The Varsano in Tel Aviv, Israel

Amidst the 21st Century Mediterannean hub of Tel Aviv, you’ll find The Varsano, one of Israel’s few, truly boutique hotels. Located in the charming neighbourhood of Neve Tzedek, The Varsano provides ultimate relaxation from the hedonist beach and nightlife just moments away. Offering unrivalled comfort and a 24 hour personal assistant service, each of the self-catering
Travel Guide to Cannes

Travel Guide to Cannes

Cannes, one of Europe’s most sought out locations, is a seaside town well known for the glamour and appeal that accompanies its Cannes Film Festival. This is an event which attracts a host of stars from the best film industries the world over. In keeping with its image as an exclusive city that caters to