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Our villa holiday directory

Summer's not finished yet
HomeAway has sunny villas and holiday homes all over the world, so you're sure to find your perfect property at a great price. Search now with the world's #1 choice for holiday homes and discover great value homes with no booking fees.

Late summer and autumn deals
With the kids back at school, it's a great time to find a bargain and book a holiday home in the sun. Discover our latest deals on a great range of villas where summer's still in full swing.

Great value late deals with Villas4You
Escape the wet and wintery weather with a last minute villa holiday with us. With a variety of destinations and properties across Europe to choose from there is something for everyone. Hurry, book your late deal today as these fantastic deals don't hang around for long.

The most luxurious villas in the most desirable destinations
Choose from over 2,500 luxury villa rentals around the world, each professionally managed to meet the highest standards for our guests. We can provide homes in sought after destinations such as Orlando's Reunion Resort and beach front villas in the Caribbean. The addition of our concierge service means our luxury travel experts can arrange everything you need for that perfect vacation.

Why do ordinary?
Fancy a romantic weekend for two in a lighthouse, a week in a converted windmill, or a fortnight with friends in a French chateau? We've got them all at Oliver's Travels, each villa handpicked to guarantee you a truly memorable holiday. At £40 per person per night, you can experience luxury without burning a hole in your pocket.

Handpicked luxury villas with pools for families - with Quality Villas
Quality Villas has a portfolio of luxury private holiday villas with pools across France, Italy and Morocco. Each villa is visited personally by one of our team - our rigorous procurement process means more villas are rejected than we take on. Extra services such as private chef, maid or transfers possible.ABTA members and fully bonded for your financial protection.

Find your next holiday villa
Choose from more than 35,000 villas. With prices starting from £100p/w we have villas for all budgets. Benefit from our quick and secure online booking service. Contact one of our owners directly today.

Free Car Hire, Airport Parking and a Welcome Pack with 2015 Holidays
Late deals for 2014 also available! James Villas is the UK's leading villa holiday specialist, with 30 years' experience handpicking holiday villas with private pools - offering the widest choice of over 2,700 villas across more than 50 destination with flights from 26 UK airports

Villa holidays
Great selection of villa only and villa holidays available with Thomson. Choose from a wide range of villas from Luxury to family friendly. Free child places available.

Cottages4you

France from £235 per week sleeping 2
Cottages4you has thousands of quality villas in France. From traditional gites in the North, chateaux in Provence and villas with private pools in the French Riviera your sure to find your dream property with cottages4you

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cottages4you

Italy- From £230 for 2
Cottages4you has hundreds of fabulous properties in Italy. Immerse yourself in the Italian way of life, soaking up the style and culture and tasting the gourmet food and wine on offer in the regions. Choose from villas in Tuscany, farmhouses in Umbria or apartments in Florence. Search now for instant availability.

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When booking a villa, you'll need to ensure that you choose something that meets all your holiday needs. Whether it's the first time you've booked or something you've done a hundred times before, our top tips will ensure you're fully prepared for any eventuality...

1. Set a budget
Villas vary in price and range from budget to luxury accommodation.  Think about how much you want to spend - remember, on top of the price of the villa you will probably need to factor in the cost of car hire as well as flights or ferry crossings.  Villas are usually charged by the week - for the whole property, not per person.  Therefore, booking a villa that sleeps eight for a group of only four is going to work out more expensive.   Think about the numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms you need and try to book a villa that sleeps a similar number of people to your party size.

2. Deciding where you want to go
Villas are available for hire in most countries, the most popular being The Algarve in Portugal, Spain and the Balearic Islands and Florida. Once you have decided on your destination, consider the location - are you looking for somewhere near the beach, the countryside or near a city?  An isolated retreat may seem ideal when you're booking it, but think about the practicalities too - especially if you're with children or a large group. Is there a shop or restaurant within walking distance (remembering not to risk drinking and driving after a night out or having to arrange taxis) - or are there any language barriers to overcome etc?

3. Decide what you want out of your holiday
Do you want to relax with your family around the pool and fit in sightseeing at a leisurely pace, or do you want to base yourself in a centrally located position to minimize the travelling distance to major sights? List the amenities you would like, check off the ones you must have, and have an open mind when you are choosing between the villas you like.

4. Choose the right sized property
Think about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you'll need and check whether any of the beds are sofa beds.  Is it practical for a member of your party to sleep in the lounge?

5. Swimming pool
A good or bad pool can make or break your holiday.  Before booking your villa, check the size of the pool, whether it is heated and if so, will you have to pay to switch the heating on? If you're holidaying with children, check that the pool has a shallow end and a shelved entrance or steps for toddlers.  Other factors to consider are whether the pool is exclusive to your villa or if you need to share with other properties nearby? Is the pool overlooked and are there enough sun beds for everyone?

6. Cooking
Villa holidays are generally self-catering. Some homes are supplied with large, well equipped kitchens while others will have a kitchen corner or kitchenette. You should always have enough pots, pans etc for the maximum amount of people that can occupy the villa, but if you're planning on a lot of cooking it's best to inquire about its facilities.

7. Children
Check the children's facilities.  If the villa has a television, does it also have UK satellite channels or a DVD player (in which case, you might want to pack some favourite films)?  If travelling with a baby, make sure there is a cot and high chair.

8. Duration
Some villas have specific days of the week for check-in and check-out (usually a Saturday) so ensure this fits in with your plans - if you're looking for a ten day break you might want to book a week at a villa plus three nights at a hotel.  The same goes for weekend breaks - during peak holiday periods these may not be permitted unless it's a last minute booking or a cancellation.

9. Dates
Finally, think about the date of your villa holiday.  The school holidays obviously book up the quickest so be prepared to book in advance to get the accommodation you want - the best villas often book up a year in advance by repeat holiday makers.  Alternatively, be prepared to be flexible and change your dates. Also, check your flight times.  Most villas need to be vacated in the morning and are not available for new arrivals until late afternoon.  Try to time your flights or ferries accordingly to prevent having to hang around.