Welcome to rentals abroad
Our holiday homes provide solutions for independent travellers who wish to take things at their own pace and absorb authentic local culture but with the comforts of being back at home.
We have modern apartments in the centre of trendy urban scenes, and huge villas far from the madding crowd. We don't offer star ratings (though many of our homes are certainly 5-star plus). It's about personality, quality, charisma and a strong sense of place. Welcome to our world.
We started travelling in 1996 from Wellington, New Zealand, with our young kids for a short business venture in Laos. This adventure turned out to be too much fun to stop, so with a portable business at the time, the journey went on with stays in rural Tuscany, the South of France, Chicago, New York then to Rome where we set up a permanent household so the children could finish their education. During our journeys we often found ourselves in need of short-term apartment accommodation and came up against the same problems each time, websites that were hard to get around and agencies not attuned to the wishes of foreign tourists.
How we started the business
A few friends had suggested we find apartments for them in Rome when visiting and one of those friends suggested we go into the short-term apartment rental industry and construct for ourselves a website. We agreed it was the ideal business for us as we'd had so much experience as customers and were in the right place to begin.