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La Contea - house in Tuscany

La Contea tennis court

At this time of the year our time is largely spent looking forward to the next holiday season. That means taking a close look at our website, adding new villas and updating prices where necessary.

It has struck me how much booking patterns have changed over the 22 years that I have been running One Stop Italy. In the olden days, January and February would be the key months for new bookings; the phone would literally not stop ringing all day. (Of course in 1988 there was no internet and not even a fax machine in our office!)

Nowadays, the year has fewer peaks and troughs though there is always a spike in July/August as the late-bookers coincide with the early birds. For example, this year we had a last-minute rush for August 2010 holidays at the same time as people were booking one year ahead for large group, family reunion and wedding accommodation for 2011.

The biggest change of all has been the move towards large group holidays. Customers have realised that the cost savings can be enormous and yet – and this is important – they don’t have to sacrifice their privacy. Rather than sharing an independent villa they can, if they wish, take over a group of farmhouse apartments. The end result is the same: private use of swimming pool, tennis court and any other on-site facilities. But at the same time each family also has its own space, living room, kitchen etc. Here’s an example of  this type of family group holiday – see La Contea.

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A client gave us some great feedback about his holiday in one of our villas.  He writes:

“I wanted to send you a note to say how much we enjoyed our holiday at Il Piscino.

Our first villa holiday & I feel we may have been spoiled from the start!

Il Piscino is very well equipped and in huge grounds (which, although the description says that, the images give no hint of). It’s very quiet and restful and the pool is just superb, exactly what we wanted. All in all a very good week.”

The villa is located in the Orvieto area of Umbria.  It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  One of the bedrooms has both a double bed and a bunk bed in it, so it can accommodate a family of up to 6 people comfortably.  As it is set in such spacious fenced grounds and has its own private swimming pool plus a 1km trail with benches (ideal for joggers and walkers), it would also suit a honeymoon couple who want peace and seclusion and their own space.

Update: Rental prices for 2012 start at Euro 790 per week.  More photos and details of Il Piscino here.

Il Piscino with its private pool

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Sharing a swimming pool and tennis court with other guests (or maybe just the owner)  is a way of saving money yet still being able to enjoy a  holiday in Italy.

A farmhouse apartment with these sports facilities on site – and maybe also others, e.g. table tennis, volleyball, bowls – will work out considerably more cost-effective than a private villa with private pool and private tennis court.

Rental prices for our comfortable holiday apartments in Italy with shared pool and tennis court start at just Euro 300 per week for an apartment sleeping 4. That’s just Euro 75 per person!  Fantastic value for money.

See more of our Italian apartments with shared tennis court and swimming pool here.

Tennis court at Fattoria Il Salice, Tuscany

 

 

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