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WeNeedaVacation Expert Reports Cape Cod, Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard Rental Price Hike, Offers Tips

May 23, 2014

Vacationers booking their vacation homes on the Cape and Islands may or may not have noticed a small price increase for the weekly costs from last summer to this one. On average, listing prices have gone up 3-4%, according to Jeff Talmadge of WeNeedaVacation.com. Talmadge and his site specialize in advertising vacation rentals on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.

“There’s no science dictating how homeowners price their rentals,” Talmadge says, “and it’s important for vacationers to do plenty of research before putting down a deposit.”

Although renters begin booking their Cape and Islands vacation rentals as early as Christmastime or before, Talmadge says there are still plenty of properties available and deals to be had. “Even this late in the bookings season, I predict we’ll be getting about 150 new homes on WeNeedaVacation.com from listers who have just bought or renovated a home or whose current advertisements aren’t getting the job done,” Talmadge says. “They are able to list with us just 2 or 3 months to fill any remaining vacancies.” To get a great deal, he says, it’s important to use vacation search engines like WeNeedaVacation to sort by price and even such amenities as “Walk to beach” or “Waterviews” – and check back frequently. He discusses the matter in further detail in his appearance on FOX 25 Boston.

Here are more tips from Talmadge:

  • A week’s rental on Cape Cod, on average, costs $2,737, Martha’s Vineyard is at $3,636, and a rental on Nantucket, the most expensive, will run about $4,800.
  • If you want to get a good deal, the closer you get to summer when booking a rental, the fewer amenities you should insist on.
  • Cost-conscious vacationers should be sure to check for any Last-minute Availability Alerts or Owner Specials.
  • Though renters may not want to hear it, the price increase is a good thing for the local economy – it means it’s finally recovering from the recession.
  • Before putting down a deposit, it’s important to speak with the homeowner by phone if at all possible. And always use a lease for protection.

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Win a Villa Vacation in Provence, France with Villas of Distinction

May 15, 2014

Villas of Distinction®, one of the world’s premier villa rental companies, is giving away a bucket-list villa vacation rental in one of the most sought out destinations — Provence, France at the breathtaking Villa Fleurs de Provence.

From now through May 30, 2014, consumers who enter will get the chance to win a 5-night stay and bring up to 13 of their closest friends and family with them to experience this luxurious 10-bedroom, 19th century mansion.

This villa offers ultimate privacy with two security gates at the entrance. With access to cars for airport transfers with the house manager as the chauffeur, the winner of this contest is sure to feel like a star. And, with a cleaning service five hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, guests can bask in the sun, relax in the sauna or pool, or take advantage of the many on-site activities including biking, Ping-Pong, soccer and more. If the winner is traveling with children, the tree house is sure to be a big hit.

“Coming together with our villa partners to offer our customers such an amazing giveaway is the ultimate way to give people the opportunity to experience a villa vacation,” said Steve Lassman, vice president & general manager of Villas of Distinction. “Once a consumer experiences a villa, they realize that it is an amazing value and really look forward to what a villa vacation provides – more space, privacy and personalized attention so you won’t need a vacation after your vacation.”

This villa estate is located a little over a mile from the village of Cabannes, a charming village with narrow streets which wind around the church with old cottages, some of which have been restored. Other nearby sites include St Rémy de Provence, a town associated with famous artists including Vincent Van Gogh, and St Remy is also the birth place of Nostradamus; and the historic center of Avignon with several things to see and do including Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge, a group of late medieval buildings linked to the Papacy.

To enter to win a 5-night stay at Villa Fleurs de Provence, a premier villa rental in Provence, France and for terms and conditions, visit the Villa Fleurs de Provence contest page on VillasofDistinction.com.

About Villas of Distinction®

Villas of Distinction®, as part of World Travel Holdings, is a premier luxury villa provider with an extensive portfolio of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations. For nearly 25 years, Villas of Distinction and its team of expert concierges have been helping travelers find their perfect vacation home without a membership fee. The company takes pride in offering customized vacations to meet every imaginable need, with most villas featuring private pools, butlers, maids and chefs. www.VillasofDistinction.com.

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HouseTrip has over 100,000 private holiday rentals to choose from

July 17, 2012

HouseTrip.com has over 100,000 private holiday rentals to choose from.  Here are five options:

1. A ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY IN SHIMMERING SANTORINI FROM £62/NIGHT
Enjoy Greece’s most picturesque island from the comfort of a cave house, tucked into the hills and a five-minute walk from the island’s capital, Fira. This elegant little gem has one double bedroom and can accommodate up to four guests. The house features a private sea-facing sun terrace, complete with loungers, from which guests can relax and soak up the glittering views of the Caldera and volcano from just £62 per night. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/64428 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

2. BASK ON THE BEACH IN BARCELONA FROM £69/NIGHT
Barcelona is a key sunshine destination for those who want to combine sightseeing and great nightlife with lounging on the beach. This stylish apartment is located mere moments from the beach, while remaining within easy walking distance from the heart of the lively city. It has two bedrooms, a spacious living area and can comfortably accommodate up to five people. Guests can enjoy the Barcelona sunrise on the charming terrace that looks down towards the sea, and all from just £69 per night. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/68173 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

3. PEACE AND PRIVACY ON PRINCE’S ISLAND IN ISTANBUL FROM £86/NIGHT
The island of Buyukada, the largest of the Prince’s Islands, is just a stone’s throw away from the city of Istanbul. There are no cars allowed on the island so peace and tranquility are guaranteed for those who want to get away from it all and explore the lush forest and beaches. This two-bedroom apartment costs from £86 per night and can accommodate up to four people. It features a balcony with stunning views of the Marmara Sea and the neighboring Heybeli Island. Book this apartment through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/87619 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

4. SIGHTSEE IN THE SUNSHINE IN ROME FROM £288/NIGHT
Live like a Roman Emperor in this luxury apartment superbly located in front of the famous Pantheon temple. The apartment was fully renovated in 2010 and can accommodate up to six people. It includes a modern fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms as well as a large lounge and dining room, and all the amenities a modern traveler would expect. This typically Italian apartment has been authentically decorated with antique touches, and is perfect for culture vultures that want to be right in the center of Rome’s incredible history. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/97819 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

5. RELAX IN A RIAD IN MARRAKECH FROM £959/NIGHT
Get lost in a luxurious Riad in Morocco’s most exotic city. This beautiful house accommodates up to 23 guests, with ten exquisitely decorated bedrooms, an indoor pool and various hidden-away nooks for pure relaxation. It’s the perfect oasis from which to explore the Souks of Marrakech or take a camel ride through the desert. When the heat gets too much, retire up to the Riad’s vast sun terrace and take shelter under the draping canopies. Book through HouseTrip.com on www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/18874 or by calling 0203 463 0087.

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