Did you know that the first hotels were private homes which took in guests? In those days they didn’t have a brilliant reputation, sadly. Maybe it was all those unwashed people crammed in a room together, maybe the gruel wasn’t exactly five star or possibly guests objected to sleeping with the dog in the chicken shed. It didn’t take long for marketing-savvy types in the days of the Roman Empire to realise the potential of creating accommodation designed for weary travellers. You can just imagine it, can’t you, booking into

Regions rule if you want to find that perfect spot for your Maui vacation. Miraculously you are supposed to know the difference between places with unfamiliar and unpronounceable names.  Maalea. Ka’anapali. Wailea. Kapaula. Why the heck would you choose Kahana over all the others? The beauty of renting from owners is they have local knowledge to share to help you get your bearings in a landscape that’s new to you. As vacation rental owners in Maui, we’re frustrated that you have to know you want to stay in Kahana, as

BASIC ITEMS Make sure your guest will always find these items in your home. Replenish when items are finished. Toilet rolls, kitchen rolls. Tea towels and oven gloves. Detergents, washing powder/liquid, washing up powder/liquid and other cleaning products. If your are fussy about what brands are used in your home, please make sure you leave a note to the guests so they know what brands to re-purchase. Sponges/cloths Bin liners and recycling bags. Leave a note with instructions how to recycle the waste and days on which garbage is collected

With the London Olympics still on the minds of many people, 2013 is a year that you may well be contemplating a trip to England, be it to see the sights of London or travelling further afield and exploring the English countryside. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be open to the public once again this summer, following some extensive remodelling.  It has just been announced that at least two concerts will be held in the Olympic Stadium from July as well as the 2013 British Athletics Grand Prix on

When Passepartout-Homes asked me to write a piece for their blog, I thought about what could be of interest to the readers and I’ve asked Passepartout Homes where the properties in the portfolio are located. Amongst all the beautiful and exotic locations, one popped up to my eye immediately, Otranto. Otranto is in Puglia (Apulia) in the southern part of Italy, right at the bottom of the heel and more importantly for me it is where my mum is from.   I know what you are going to say now,

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