Elegant Island Living Covers "The Luxuries of a Vacation Home Rental" in July, 2008 Issue

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Elegant Island Living, a St. Simons Island, Georgia based magazine, recently featured an article on the pro's and con's of renting a luxury vacation home. The article, prepared by Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc. provides an overview of the types of properties available for rent, steps for renting a home via the Internet or through a property manager, and includes tips for finding reduced minimum night stays.

the Luxuries of a Vacation Home Rental.

Changing travel trends, coupled with the onslaught of web-based rental businesses, have more and more families discovering the luxuries of vacationing in privately owned residences. Elegant Island Living, a St. Simons Island, GA based magazine, recently reported on this growing trend in an article entitled "the Luxuries of a Vacation Home Rental."

From lakeside cottages and ski chalets, to beachfront villas, resort condominiums, and luxurious private estates, vacation rentals come in all shapes, sizes, locations, and geographical settings. These privately owned vacation homes offer considerably more space, privacy, and comfort than most hotel rooms. And, most importantly, these vacation properties feel like a home away from home.

Each unique vacation home will offer its own blend of amenities, extras, and local charm. When vacationing in beach destinations, such as St. Simons Island, Georgia, you will often find homes with Coastal Living style décor, colorful cottage exteriors, outdoor showers, storage areas for bicycles and beach chairs, as well as outdoor entertaining spaces with pools and barbecue grills. Occasionally, vacation rental properties will even accept well-behaved house pets, so no member of the family is left behind.

Think local, too! Vacation rental homes in your own backyard are ideal for comfortably accommodating additional house guests. During the holiday season, rental agencies fill up with in-laws, grandparents, and other members of the extended family. Additionally, a grand oceanfront home can make a dramatic backdrop for a special holiday dinner.

No matter what size, type, or location selected, your fully furnished vacation rental will typically offer an equipped kitchen (pots, pans, dishes), laundry facilities, and separate living, dining, and sleeping areas. Homes and condominiums generally range in size from one to seven bedrooms, though larger properties are available in some markets.

Some properties may require stays of one week, however shorter stays may be available as travel dates approach. Today, vacation rental companies are becoming more and more flexible accommodating shorter stays with varying arrival dates. Additionally, vacation rental managers may offer discounted rates for monthly rentals.

As vacation rental residences typically accommodate more travelers than hotel rooms, per person rates can be surprisingly affordable. An average hotel room in a resort destination might be $200/night, but will only accommodate two adults. If you are traveling with four adults and four children, you may consider a three or four bedroom vacation home at $300 - $500/night. Not only will the accommodations be more spacious and comfortable, but you may also save money by renting one home as opposed to multiple hotel rooms.

Thanks to the Internet, selecting a vacation residence has never been easier. Most technologically savvy rental agencies, such as Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals of St. Simons Ialand, Georgia, offer detailed descriptions, ample interior and exterior photography, easy to read availability calendars and rate tables, and even online booking capabilities. Also, many independently owned vacation rental companies have partnered with additional destinations, so once you have established a relationship with one rental company you can easily get referrals to other trusted rental companies in locations around the globe.

When deciding whether to rent through a professional management company or directly from the homeowner through an online site, you may wish to consider the following: whether someone is available for after-hours assistance in the evenings and on weekends, will someone be accountable for ensuring accuracy of the information presented about the home, will the home be properly maintained, how will check-in and check-out be arranged, will the property be professionally cleaned prior to your arrival, and are there any satisfaction guarantees should the experience not meet your expectations.

So, next time you are planning a family vacation, consider renting a privately owned home as a luxury alternative. Perhaps invite family friends to travel along - or, include the extended family and turn your vacation into a week-long reunion. And, for the ultimate pampering vacation experience, inquire about additional luxuries such as a personal chef, daily housekeeper, or family vacation assistant.

Article provided by: Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc. St. Simons Island, Georgia's largest provider of furnished vacation rental accommodations. Offering a selection of more than 425 homes and condominiums on St. Simons Island. View interior and exterior photos, rates, and availability online at http://www.hodnettcooper.com.

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