Whether It's a Mansion on Mustique or a Castle in Cork, Renting A Luxurious Vacation Home May Cost Less Than You Think
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Danny DeVito, Winter 96
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Before searching for your dream rental, make a list of requirements. Start with your geographic destination, such as a tropical vacation or a European visit. Determine the number in your party and any special needs, such as a home that is safe for small children or without stairs. Then make a wish list of features, such as a tennis court, pool, gourmet kitchen or private beach. Decide whether you want seclusion or to be near the action.
Once you have pinpointed your needs, turn to the catalogs or ask an agent for assistance. Dozens of homes may be available in your price range, so by knowing your specifics, you can eliminate many of them easily. If still in doubt, ask for references from others who have rented the property. The highest-end properties often have videos or additional information kits available.
Many of the larger homes are rented for special events or business affairs. LaCure's Squires notes that "some of our larger homes accommodate groups of 16 to 24, making them ideal for weddings, family reunions, corporate affairs or sales incentive rewards." For this reason, the larger homes tend to be better staffed and include business equipment and related amenities. In the English Manner also offers homes that can be used for small meetings and family reunions.
While this may be a bit much for the casual vacation rental, top-notch facilities can be found in scaled-down homes. For this reason, Fredo of In the English Manner sums up the rental experience by saying, "It's like having very, very wealthy friends invite you over to visit."
"By the way," she adds, "we have plenty of homes where cigarette smoking is prohibited, but cigars and pipes are welcome."
Vermont-based Larry Olmsted writes about travel and is a frequent contributor to Investors Business Daily. Living the Luxe Life
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