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Monkey Business — Our Friends in Manuel Antonio

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How open to the elements were the holiday rental properties we stayed in at Manuel Antonio? Susan, our brilliant concierge suggested we leave a light on at night on each floor of Casa Elsa “so the bats don’t think it’s a cave”. She wasn’t joking. At the second property, The Beach House, there was a cute ...

Our Home Away from Home in Costa Rica #2

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Our second home away from home in Costa Rica is called The Beach House. Now, there are plenty of resorts in this neck of the jungle that attach the name ‘beach’ to their title as often as they do ‘spa’. Some may well have a spa, but most are generally not on the beach. The Beach House couldn’t ...

Some Home-Delivered Pampering with an In-Villa Spa Break

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When you stay at a five-star hotel or luxury resort you expect a certain level of comfort, services and amenities to be available, such as in-room dining or room service and spa facilities or at the very least in-room massages. We never expected a holiday rental property to offer such a level of service so ...

Our Costa Rica Holiday House

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“Your house is very big!” our driver said with a grin from ear to ear, as he unloaded our bags in the rain, and the gigantic wooden door swung open and Susan, the friendly tanned concierge came out to greet us at our first Costa Rica holiday house. Despite the driver's warning, we didn’t quite understand ...

Our Home Away from Home in San Miguel de Allende

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A colourful casita (little house) that looks like it has leapt out of the pages of a Mexico interior design book is our home away from home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Yes, San Miguel de Allende! When HomeAway Holiday-Rentals asked us to come here, we must admit that we had some reservations. We’d avoided ...

Our Home Away from Home in Mexico City

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Our Mexico City apartment rental was smack bang in the historic centre or El Centro. The smell of freshly cooked corn tortillas mingled with traffic fumes, the sounds of organ grinders and street criers, and the myriad sights out our window, from indigenous women in bold-striped skirts selling handmade dolls to limbless beggars in tattered ...

From Paddock to Plate: Farm to Home Delivery in Austin

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Arriving at a holiday rental is a bit like checking into a hotel room… you snoop around the place, pull back the curtains, bounce on the bed, open cupboards and drawers, and you look in the fridge. When we needed to do some shopping, farm to home delivery in Austin was just what we needed. ...

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #2

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Austin is cool. If you haven’t caught on yet, check out our stories so far. So it was fitting then that our second ‘home away from home’ holiday rental in this laidback Texas city should be a funky retro house in Travis Heights, a leafy suburb of gentle slopes just a short stroll from the hipster ...

Rusty Irons from Austin: Interview with a Holiday Rental Owner

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It’s the little things that make a difference to a holiday rental stay — whether there’s soap and toilet paper provided, some breakfast ingredients to get you started, or even a welcome gift of a bottle of local wine. Some properties we’ve stayed in this year have really impressed us, but none as much as Rusty ...

The Pantry at Rusty Irons – a Museum to Local Produce

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Some holiday rental owners leave guests little more than teabags and milk, but when we checked into Rusty Irons’ impressive home in Austin, Texas we opened the fridge to find an array of goodies to get us started and a pantry that is a museum to local produce. Most of the delectables come from Austin, or if ...

Our Home Away from Home in Austin, Texas #1

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Holiday rentals don’t suit everyone – people who want to arrive at an airport and see their names on a hotel card, those can’t do without a mini-bar, people who depend upon the hotel concierge. That’s what we thought until a week before we arrived at our holiday rental in Austin and we received this ...

Our Home Away from Home in the East Village, New York

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A snug studio apartment in a tenement building in Alphabet City in the East Village served as our ‘home away from home’ in New York City. You know, those buildings you see in the movies with fire escapes snaking down the exterior. You don’t? Picture Audrey Hepburn strumming Moon River on her guitar on her ...