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September 2013

Hot-foot it to the Turquoise Coast

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June 2013

Especially for Two - Give yourself a late summer treat: book one of our 25 best little cottages and villas for couples.

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June 2013

Getaway guide to Benidorm

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June 2013

Holiday cottages - Try idyllic retreats in Abersoch, Saundersfoot, Llandudno or on the Llyn Peninsula

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March 2013

How to do Le Marche on a budget

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2nd November 2012

Daily Mail

Going away not such a holiday for women: Majority exhausted by time they arrive as other half does nothing to plan trip beyond choosing destination.

1st October 2012


Sensational shopping breaks in Marrakech

1st October 2012

Conde Nast Traveller

Your choice of the worlds best...

23 September 2012

The Observer

Great escapes by Joanne O'Connor - Madeira

24th June 2012

Sunday Express

Nick Trend answers your travel queries

28th June 2012

Chat Holiday

Nick Trend answers your travel queries

1st May 2012

Conde Nast Traveller (UK edition)

Nick Trend answers your travel queries

1st May 2012


A tranquil paradise of undulating countryside crowned with perfect medieval hilltowns, Umbria has long been a big hit with foreign buyers. Discover why it's still an excellent place to buy a home.

12 April 2012

A Place in the Sun

New software offers helping hand for Home Owners

01 April 2012

A Place in the Sun

Should I use a Rental Agency or mange the Holiday let myself?

07 April 2012

The Times

Travel Doctor

09 April 2012

TNT Magazine

Here's how to make big bucks from your pad during the Olympics

01 March 2012

Conde Naste Traveller

Beach holiday or country retreat? There are two sides to the Adriatic, this years hot tip for European Villa Rentals.

01 March 2012


My life in Campania. Amanda Smith and her husband David own a large villa on southern Campania's Cilento Coast.

29 January 2012

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times 100. Bin the brochures. Your holiday is right here. Head into the wild, cruise, ski, immerse yourself in culture - or just lie back by the pool.

28 January 2012

The Times

Best Asian Adventure Vietnam - where exotic meets historic.

06 January 2012

Money Week

"City apartments come into their own in the winter, when the tourists have gone" says Annabel Thorpe in The Times. Here are three of the best.

01 January 2012

Living Abroad

Find yourself cast away in one of these gorgeous rental properties on the islands of the Bahamas.

01 December 2011


Do several jobs at once. Scott Tibbles knew he didn't want to wait until retirement to live by the sea. So he moved his family to Salcombe to begin his new life as an entrepreneur.

26 November 2011

The Times

Europe's best city apartments. From a chic Parisian loft to a family-friendly flat in Rome. Annabelle Thorpe picks 20 great places to rent.

29 October 2011

The Daily Telegraph

Travel Views. Your views or tips could win you ferry tickets to France.

01 October 2011


My life in the lakes and mountains. Bromley based Gary Pennington owns a 3 bedroomed apartment on Lake Como. He enjoys frequent visits from autumn to spring and lets the property to holidaymakers during the summer month.

29 September 2011

Scunthorpe Telegraph

Why you should give Gozo a go! At the beginning of the year I was thinking about our summer holidayand wanted a change from the Canary Island and decided to give Gozo; a tiny (nine miles long by four miles wide) island five miles off the coast of Malta a shot.

08 September 2011

Take a Break

Take a break this summmer. It's back to school week and time to start planning your 2012 getaway.

01 September 2011

Baby Hampshire

Luxurious, exotic, relaxing...we've got them all in our selection of family holiday ideas.

01 September 2011

Full House

Crunch buster travel. Postcard from Guardmar.

30 August 2011

Can you make money from renting your home during the olympics - or any other time?

29 August 2011

Travel advice Data roaming charges revisited. Thank you to the many readers who responded to our recent feature on reducing mobile phone roaming costs abroad.

28 August 2011

The Sunday Telegraph

Queries in Brief: We celebrate an anniversary next year and would like to rent a beach house on the gulf coast of Florida?

25 August 2011

The Glasgow Evening Times

Put your best foot forward. Walking holidays: choose from dramatic uphill hikes or scenic and sedate strolls.

01 August 2011

French Property News

Surge in French holidays. The enduring appeal of France coupled with unrest in popular holiday destinations in the Middle East as well as the ash cloud disruption has seen an increase in British and French holidaymakers alike choosing l'hexagone as their destination of choice this year.

01 August 2011

The Sunday Times

6 of the best celebrity holiday homes. Sun, sea, sand, what more could you want from a holiday let? How about the chance to snoop around a star's sock drawer?

09 July 2011

The Guardian

We know what we want this summer...That'll be spag bol twice a day, actress lessons and scuba diving. No problem - our travel experts have plenty of suggestions.

19 June 2011

The recession may be stifling residential buying and selling rates but in holiday lets, business has never looked better.

14 June 2011

The Telegraph

Bumper number of people to holiday in France. Unrest in the Middle East and memories of last year's ash cloud may have contributed to the high number of people choosing to holiday in France this summer.

01 June 2011

Living Spain

15 ways to boost your holiday rental income...Ian Ravandale gives us some handy hints to get the best out of
your holiday home.

08 May 2011

Sunday Express

Donal Macintyre and his family tried the varied pleasures of three places to stay in a Mallorcan village with an esteemed following.

02 May 2011


Over Royal Fever already? Here's where to go to escape the wedding of the year!

20 April 2011


Just under half of schools are happy for parents to take their children out of school in term time, according to a new survey by Owners Direct.

03 April 2011

The Sunday Times

Summer for less than £400.

The People 06 March 2011

The People

Devon's hen heaven. What are the options for a bride that wants a sophisticated take on the traditional hen party? Westaway Villa in Ilfracombe, North Devon, has a solution.

21 February 2011

Angels and Urchins

Travel Directory: Self-catering villas are a fantastic option for value, privacy and location (you name it, there's probably a villa there). The internet has had a revolutionary affect on the lettings market and sites such as and are filled with fabulous properties.

19 February 2011

The Daily Telegraph

North America 2011: From family resorts and theme parks to the contrasting attractions of the big cities and the rugged interior, the United States and Canada offer something for everyone.

17 February 2011

The Telegraph

Guide to hotel's and packages in North America: holiday planner 2011. Our complete guide to booking a package holiday or a hotel stay in North America.

13 February 2011

The Independent

Ten top... Half term deals.

05 February 2011

The Daily Telegraph

Greece 2011: Beautiful islands, archeology and value make this a perennial hot spot.

04 February 2011

The Guardian

Valentine's weekend 10 late deals: Left it a bit late to book a romantic break for valentines? Fear not, we've found 10 great places to stay next weekend, including a few real bargains.

03 February 2011

The Telegraph

Guide to hotels and villas in Greece. Our complete guide to booking a villa, hotel or cottage in Greece, including luxury options and cheaper accommodation.

31 January 2011

AOL Travel

Ten of the best Canary Island Holidays for under £500. These holidays in the Canary Islands are perfect, whether you're looking for a bit of winter sun, or you're already planning your summer holiday. And they're purse-friendly, too....

29 January 2011

The Guardian

Lisbon council has turned over derelict buildings to street artists with stunning results. Lisbon is an elegant city of pastal buildings with terracotta roofs, jumbled together on cobbled streets.

22 January 2011

The Times

Leave the crowds behind for the other side of Lanzarote. It's no longer all Lanza-grotty. A more stylish side on the island is emerging.

13 January 2011

The Telegraph

Our complete guide to booking a villa or cottage in France including luxury options and cheaper accommodation in Provence, Brittany and Normandy.

13 January 2011

Pick Me Up

We're off to Lake Como......

05 December 2010

The Independant on Sunday

Going...going...almost gone...festive holiday lets. You usually need to book early for a self catering property over the festive period, especially for large parties.

01 December 2010


Christmas breaks in Lapland. Families looking for special holidays this Christmas have the option of visiting Lapland to treat youngsters to a memorable experience.

01 December 2010

A Place in the Sun

I'm feeling pregnant after my paella...

November 2010

Living Abroad Magazine

Caribbean Crush. Fall in love with one of these luxurious villa rentals and plan a winter escape on an island in the sun.

23 November 2010

The Telegraph

Our pick of the best travel deals and discounts around Britain, including an offer to spend Christmas in Perthshire.

14 November 2010

The Independant

Au reviour, allo allo - give your little linguists a head start!

29 October 2010


Budapest with the kids. Budapest is one of Europe's top city break destinations but how do you approach the city of spas and coffee houses with kids in tow?

28 October 2010


Rise in the number of travellers attempting local languages. The most common languages attempted by travellers abroad are Spanish, French, German and Italian.

22 October 2010

Property Wire

Here currency specialists HiFX and partners give an expert view on reducing the costs of holiday home ownership.

27 October 2010

The Telegraph

Study reveals common gaffes when using a foreign language.Calling Greek locals a “squid”, asking for a “condom” at the breakfast table, and declaring yourself “pregnant” to a French waiter are among the most common mistakes made by Britons.

24 October 2010

The Independant

The Dordogne: These may not be Englishmen's castles but it feels like home.

01 October 2010

Conde Naste Traveller

Owners Direct was voted 3rd Best Villa Rental Website at the 2010 Conde Nast Travel Awards.

07 October 2010

The Gravesend Messenger

There are plenty of places to stay in Paris, from budget and mid range hotels to exclusive apartments.

01 October 2010


Travel Doctor - I'm planning a girls holiday to Benidorm next summer...can you recommend an operator that can guarantee a good time on the cheapest price?

01 October 2010

The Sunday Times

Monte-Carlo for less. It's not just for playboys; paupers can strike it lucky in the pocket sized principality, too.

The Times18 September 2010

The Times

Paris flats to rent from £75. A selection of flats to rent at affordable prices.

The Sunday Times05 September 2010

The Sunday Times

Crowds? What crowds? Your top secret guide to unspoilt Britain and Ireland.

Womans Own02 August 2010

Womans Own

If you haven't booked your summer holiday yet don't panic. There are still great deals to be had in Europe's most popular and picturesque resorts - just take your pick.

Living Abroad Magazine01 August 2010

Living Abroad Magazine

Relax and unwind in the sunshine at one of these luxurious villas in France and Italy.

A Place in the Sun01 August 2010

A Place in the Sun

False teeth, wigs, kinky underwear...if you rent out your overseas home, these are just a few of the things you might find there left behind by forgetful holidaymakers!

Sunday Express Top 10 Travel Websites18 July 2010

Sunday Express Top 10 Travel Websites

Following the launch of a Government backed campaign to boost internet availability and usage, the Sunday Express picked their favourite sites.

June 2010

Right Start Magazing: Court Farm Cottages

A holiday home can be a home from home. But with thousands to choose from, knowing where to find the right one can be tricky.

01 March 2010

Homes Overseas: Editors Choice

With panoramic views of the Algarve.....Casa Rupi really does offer the ideal location for a group of family or friends to enjoy Portugal.

20 December 2009

The Observer: Renting a cottage or villa could be the best bet for 2010

"Sites such as are increasingly popular with consumers, as booking direct with the villa owner cuts out the additional costs imposed by a tour operator."

December 2009

Property Community: Owners of holiday rental properties looking ahead to a good 2010

"Courney Wiley revealed that traffic to the company's two UK sites, and, was 13% greater in July 2009 than it was in January at a time when there has been a decrease of 2% across travel sites in general. 'We expect this trend to continue even as the economy improves as there has been a significant shift towards travellers seeking better value for their holiday money."

October 2009

A Place in the Sun

The Ellises own three apartments in Kalkan, a romantic harbour town on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast. Could you fall in love with it, too?

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