Thursday 31 May 2012

Prices at some Irish Holiday Homes are slashed for bank holiday

Just receved an emaily flyer from Dream Ireland, Ireland's specialist self catering holiday homes company.

They say that "Prices slashed for June Bank Holiday weekend" Well that is this coming weekend. It is referendum day in Ireland today and on Saturday 2nd June the bank holiday weekend starts. Just for a change the Irish bank holiday falls on the same day (4th June) as the British one because of the British late May bank holiday falling a week later because of the extra day on the 5th June for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. New Zealand also has a bank holiday, but it is easier to get to Ireland  if you are living in Europe.

For some ten years now Dream Ireland Irish Holiday Home self catering rentals have been advertised on so why not take a look at the section today? Follow this link

Friday 18 May 2012

Is your holiday home rental in Spain, Greece or Ireland lying empty?

There is so much doom and gloom about (and that is not talking about the rather unpleasant weather in the south of England during the first couple of weeks of May) with news of uncertainty in Greece over their retaing the Euro, far too many properties empty in Spain and prices of property still very low in Ireland.

You might have a holiday home in one of these countries. If you have never considered letting it out to help pay some of the costs? (there are always costs involved even if you don't have mortgage - local taxes, maintenance etc).

Your holiday home might already be on the rental market, but you are not getting the bookings this year. People are watcing their money carefully before spending it on holidays.

There are solutions. One is to advertise it on . Oh no you say that means spending even more money. I have already booked advertising in this villa magazine and the Sunday something or other for 3 weeks and alltogether it has cost me a lot of money. Well advertising on won't exactly break the bank balance. Far from it. It costs about the same as 4 bottles of wine does in an average UK supermarket. Just £12.50 (that GBP Twelve pounds fifty pence) for ONE YEAR. That means the ad is there for all the year for thw world to view on the web.

There are plenty of information guides for owners and their guests as well.

If you are not getting the volume off booking that you got last year look at your prices. As stated earlier people are generally on much tighter budgets now and even though air travel, car hire and insurance are still very good value in many cases and even if the renter is coming from a country outside the Eurozone where exchange rates are good at the moment, they are concerned about extras when they arrive.

It is better to reduce your price a little than to leave the property empty. has been promoting self catering holiday rentals for ten years now. All the dealing are carried out between property owner and renter and all the owner has to do is to pay for an exceptionally inexpensive advertisement. You add your own description room, by room, what to do in the area, 6 photos and your prices and change details whenever you want at no additional charge.

So don't leave the Greek, Irish or Spanish holiday rental empty( or any holiday rental in other countries),but list it today HERE   

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Why not go away and try to find some sun?

We have just had a miserable bank holiday weekend in England with temperatures not even reaching double figures centigrade in many parts of England. There is a picture on the front of this morning's Independent with a couple walking under an umbrella (not the sun variety) on a wind swept Brighton beach.

Mind you it has not only been wet in England. Talking earlier to someone who returned from south west France on Friday after a ten day rained for eight of them!

So now is the time to think about a break. A weekend, a few days away. Temperatures on the early May bank holiday 7th May looked like this:

London 14, Edinburgh 10, Cardiff 12.  - Further afield Majorca was 20, Faro 19, Nice 18, Gibraltar 19, Malaga 22, Athens 24, Rhodes 25 and Barcelona 21. The UK forecast is for more rain this week so getting spring sunshine must be a priority for many people. the self careting holiday rentals site that has been in operation for 10 years has a great selection of self catering holiday rentals to chose from in numerous countries worlwide and we are always lokking for mor properties.

It does not cost a lot to advertise GBP£12.50 A year! We don't take commission on bookings so anyone renting a self catering rental makes all their arrangements direct with the property owner. Very easy and staightforward.

You then book your own flights or take your car.
 Find out more Here  Don't forget your travel insurance either......

Talking of travel insurance there are numerous advertising at - Worldwideinsure, Direct Travel, Syaysure for the over 50's, Endsleigh, Simple, Essential travel,, and that is only just a few of them. Find them all HERE 

There are numerous reasons for taking out travel insurance:

Holiday delayed?
Missed departure?
Lost your passport?
Personal money stolen?
Damaged your ski equipment?
Personal Accident?
Abandon your holiday before you leave the UK
Catastrophe — fire, flood, earthquake or storm
Medical Emergency — Hospital — Emergency Dental Treatment
Legal Advice
Kidnap & Ransom

You should ensure that you check the individual uinsurance company's terms and conditiona fully.

Finally you might be hiring a car

At the site there are now FOUR car hire insurance companies advertising - Economy Car Hire,, and Holiday Autos who have just celebrated  25 years in the business. They also offer Van Hire and Motorhome Hire. Details Here

The image to the left asks "Want to save £s,€s or $s on your car hire excess insurance?"

When you rent a car, you will find that your car rental agreement normally includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver - CDW (damage to the rental vehicle) and Theft. There is almost always an excess on the Collision Damage Waiver and Theft.You are however still liable for the Excess on CDW and Theft. When a rental car is damaged or stolen, the driver is asked to pay the first portion of the repair or replacement costs. This is known as the Excess.
Do you know that it could cost you £500 (approx €570 / $800) or more for any damage to your rental car? EVEN IF IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT!

For a low annual or daily premium a car hire excess insurance company can provide excess insurance protecting the customer against excess charges whenever he / she rents a car

A Daily insurance policy costs from around £1.94 per day [approx $2.78 /€2.29] or with an Annual policy from around £38 a year [approx $63 /€44]

There are a great choice of insurance companies advertising on this specialist site for you to buy from.... 9 Car hire excess insurance companies to choose, Worldwideinsure,, Questor Insurance,, Essential Travel,, ProtectYourBubble and Odyssey insurance, from plus 2 Van hire ( and and 2 for Motorhome hire excess insurance (Questor Insurance and Worldwideinsure).
Find out more here today and don't leave home without your car hire excess insurance (and umbrella if the forecast is likely to be wet on your travels) Enjoy your break

Thursday 3 May 2012

An ideal holiday rental for six in Menorca this summer

Temperatures today in the south of England on the 3rd May are around 7 degrees C. In Menorca they are currently at 18 degrees in Mahon the capital of Menorca (Minorca).

Wish you were there now?

There is a delightful 3 bedroom Villa with stunning views over the Med that also has a  hot tub.  It sleeps 6/7 people in 3 bedrooms. It has two bathrooms and is waiting for you to book it.

Maritimo, Calan Porter is in a sought after location as it has stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea  the beach below and the green valley to the right.

The property is within 5 mins walking distance to all the amenities and beach. Apart from the three bedrooms and two bathrooms there is a lounge area, fully fiitted kitchen. The terrace has a hot tub which can be temperature controlled. The spectacular views can be enjoyed from the hot tub along with the sunset.

Find out more here