About Rachel's Villa Holidays

A Unique Villa Holiday Specialist

I am an independent villa holiday specialist based in London where I live with my husband and two children. I set up Rachel’s Villa Holidays in 2010 with a mission to help families find their perfect holiday villas and to help villa owners rent their holiday homes successfully. Without being tied to one specific villa company, I offer a unique angle on the constantly evolving villa rental market which allows my clients to choose the best options available, saving both time and money.

The sheer volume of holiday villa websites is overwhelming, but some are more reliable than others. I help families by directing them to well located villas on the best websites I know, run by the kind of people who go the extra mile to ensure their guests have a wonderful holiday. Some villas I recommend are ‘off grid’ so not easily found online as they are exclusive and only available for rental if you are a recommended guest.

Villa owners can choose from an array of villa companies and listing sites to advertise their villas and manage bookings. As online booking technology has improved and commission levels have risen, many villa owners are now managing their own bookings through their own websites. I help villa owners to work out which method of renting is best for them.

I have worked in luxury villa rentals since 1998, back in the days when a villa holiday was arranged by way of a telephone call, glossy brochure and a cheque in the post. So much has changed since then and it’s not just the introduction of email and websites. Style, quality and expectations have evolved too. In 1998, families dreamed of staying in romantic, crumbling Tuscan villas straight out of A Room with a View. Nowadays it’s more about open plan living space, air conditioning and wifi, although a stunning view is still at the top of the wish list.

How can my villa finding service help you?

I will definitely save you time as you will avoid spending hours of your own time trying to find your dream home from home. I will also ensure that you book a villa through a reliable villa owner or manager with quality controls in place.

Each family has a different idea of what makes their perfect villa holiday so each search is unique. I take the time to find out exactly what your ideal villa is, then research and filter through all available villas, tapping into my network and knowledge gained from villa finding trips, travel industry contacts and reviews. Once I have a complete picture, you receive details of the villas which are the most suitable. You can then relax while I do a full search so you can make an informed decision about which villa to book.

If you are organising a family villa holiday in Italy or France, please call or send me a message to tell me your plans. I will then give you initial guidance and details of my fees.

Are you a villa owner?

If you are finding that your booking numbers are down or having difficulty persuading your ideal guests to book, then please call me for a free initial consultation. I can help you put together a bespoke plan and give you hands on help with advertising your villa in the right places, connecting with the right people.

You do not have to spend a fortune on Google ads, commission or paid advertising, but you will need to spend time creating and implementing a marketing strategy if you are serious about improving your booking numbers.

Following a consultation with me, the villa owners I have advised typically invest in upgrading their websites and photography, joining online clubs for private villa rentals, creating Google business listings and connecting through social media.  With a good action plan in place which works for you and your budget, you will see better results.

Why Italy and France?

I started off by organising villa holidays to a number of destinations. I then began to specialise in order to give my clients a truly useful and informed service. Out of all the destinations I know, Italy and France stood out for me. It is where I have the best contacts and experience.

Why luxurious and historic villas?

It is the niche of the villa rental business I have worked in since 1998, so I have built up an enormous amount of knowledge, experience and contacts with amazing, luxurious and historic villas. I believe that specialist knowledge and good connections in this niche are invaluable to both the villa owners and their guests. 

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What can I offer you?

A bespoke villa finding service.

For a really special holiday villa with pool and staff in Italy or France, my excellent villa finding service will help you source the best villa for you. Unlike villa companies and listing sites, I am not restricted to a set portfolio of villas. Instead, I source my recommendations from a range of reliable contacts including all the best villa companies and a personal network of reliable owners and managers, sifting out your perfect match. The villas range in style and size, from large converted farmhouses and bijou coastal cottages to historic castles and luxury villas in Italy or luxury villas in France. With me on board finding your holiday home, you can save time by avoiding hours of online research and you can be assured that the villa you book will be ideal.

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Villa owner consultancy.

If you own a villa in Italy or France and need advice about how to increase your bookings, I can help you work out the best way to do it successfully. Whether you choose to rent through a reputable agent, listing site, personal website or a combination, I can give you valuable advice and practical help.

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Villa company consultancy.

I love working on PR, marketing and product development projects for villa companies. So please contact me for availability if you need help with your Italian or French villa portfolios. For the last 10 years I have worked on various projects as an independent consultant for Simpson Travel, Massimo Villa Collection, Oliver’s Travels and Villas 4 Kids.