London, UK (PRWEB) July 25, 2006
This month Coach House Rentals (http://www.rentals.chsparis.com) received three distressing phone calls from people who had arranged their rental directly with the owner through one of the many web sites where owners can list their properties - and it had all gone wrong.
In one case clients, who had paid fully in advance, were given an address which did not exist and lost all their money.
In two other cases, after trying with increasingly concern to contact the owner to determine check-in procedures and receiving no response, less than an a week before arrival she, the same women in both cases, informed them that their property was no longer available as it had been damaged by fire - no apology, no offer to help find alternative accommodation and no mention of refund.
In a fourth case, clients unfamiliar with London, booked accommodation on the street of Mayfair Gardens (Wood Green - about 10 miles from the real Mayfair), believing it was in the middle of London. They were met at the airport by someone who drove frighteningly badly and charged them an outrageous fee for their airport pick-up.
Undoubtedly the vast majority of owners who rent their property direct are decent and honest but if you deal with them do be very wary. Alternatively use the services of a well established company with a solid reputation like Coach House Rentals.
Coach House Rentals had to turn away many clients who requested last minute accommodation in July - vacation rentals are increasing seen as preferable to a hotel and there is simply not enough supply to satisfy demand. You do need to book early to get the property of your choice.
They still have some free capacity in August and a good selection of property available in September and October. September is a good time to visit London - it's not so hot but the weather is generally good. October brings the autumn colours. Go to their London website: http://www.rentals.chslondon.com to check availability.
August and September are the only months when Buckingham Palace and The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) are open to the public. More details at: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=Category&id=3 and http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/summer_opening.cfm
Since opening for business in Paris, Coach House Rentals Paris have been very busy - acquiring new properties and looking after their Paris guests. It's a commonly held mistaken belief that the "only place to stay in Paris" is in the first 8 arrondissements - especially in the Marais or the Latin quarter.
Experienced Paris visitors know better - these areas are full of tourists - and tourist traps, often overcrowded and often overpriced. Many find that staying outside the immediate centre is a more rewarding experience. The métro system is fast and efficient and whisks you about in no time.
Coach House Rentals have a number of good rental properties in the 18th - charming Montmartre. Yes there are tourists but few stay here and you will find authentic Paris with little difficulty - and with the help of the Coach House team if you want it.
They still have some accommodation available in August and September. August is a good month as the city is less crowded - all the Parisians are at the beach on holiday. September is less hot but the weather is still good. Go to their Paris website: http://www.rentals.chsparis.com to check availability. For Christmas they advise you to book early to get your first choice of property.
If you've never experienced the thrill of watching horses thunder around the track at a racecourse, here's your chance. On 30 September and 1 October the highlight of the French racing calendar and a major social event is the "Arc weekend" race meeting at Longchamp - the race course on the edge of the city. The highlight is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe competed by the world's finest horses with total prize money of some $2 million. More details at http://www.france-galop.com/PROMO/pxgb.htm