Stretch Those Vacation Dollars with a European Villa Vacation

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Looking to offset increased fuel costs and exchange rates many Americans travelers are choosing to rent a vacation home rather than stay at a hotel. Such villas are also providing those who stay at them with a deeper understanding of a particular region and its people, giving them a far richer experience.

What better way to enjoy Europe than by immersion in the culture and lifestyle of a favorite region?

The structure of the EU has not affected the uniqueness of the most sought-after regions of the continent and savvy Americans are realizing they can offset the impact of fuel costs and exchange rates by renting their own vacation home for a lot less than what a hotel stay would cost. Add to that a deeper understanding of a particular region, its people and their way of life and the traveler comes away with a richer, more rewarding experience.

Families and friends particularly enjoy the flexibility of such vacations and the freedom to do what they want, when they want and return in the evening to their villa which acts as a gathering place for everyone to share their daily experiences.

“With over 15 years in the European Villa rental market, quality rather than quantity has been our focus,” said Catherine Paiement, co-owner of Primavillas. “This can only be achieved through constant inspection with an attention to detail. Attractive images on the Internet are useful but it is the 100-plus point checklist we use to evaluate the villa, its location, amenities and comfort that determines the suitability of a particular property. This is why we visit all the properties we represent regularly.”

Concentrating on five specific regions means providing a product to suit almost any taste, and a property list that meets most budgets. For Renaissance art and history and for wine lovers, Tuscany continues to captivate all who visit. Umbria, next door, provides a fascinating contrast with its wonderful hill towns and dramatic countryside. In France, Provence offers sights and scents that attracted the likes of Van Gogh whilst The Dordogne with its Middle Ages history and top-rated cuisine, provides a new experience for many Americans. Finally there is the flare and style of Moorish Andalucia, Spain.

Prices for 2006 are not likely to increase much, if at all, and villa owners are aware they need to maintain a North American client base. This is great news as people begin to think about their 2006 vacation plans.

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