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La Contea pool

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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Weddings in Italy 2011

Today I’ve been dealing with enquiries from two sets of clients looking to get married in Italy in 2011.

We can provide the accommodation for a wedding group, plus as many of the add-on services – catering, flowers, photographers etc – as the couple requires. However, we only offer this wedding planning facility in Tuscany, where we have the experience and the personal contacts so can be confident that clients will receive excellent service.

For more information, please call +44 (0)1603 812212 or contact us here.

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From Gillian at One Stop Italy.

Casa Federico, on the Tuscan/Umbrian border

Just had to pass on details of a great value-for-money Italian villa for which we are already taking bookings for 2011. (Sorry, it’s already fully booked for the whole of July and August 2010.)

You can see photos and full details of Casa Federico here. Prices range from Euro 1080 (approx £930)  to  Euro 1800 (approx £1550) per week, depending on when you stay.

Situated on the Tuscan/Umbrian border, Casa Federico sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. It has a large equipped private garden, private swimming-pool, barbecue and gazebo. It also satisfies the growing demand from our customers for villas which are within walking distance of a town or village : the house is just 1km from Mercatale di Cortona which has all kinds of shops.

Book Casa Federico now, here.

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From One Stop Italy :

What an incredibly busy week it has been! Just added more villas to our list of villas sleeping over 30 people. We are now starting to get serious enquiries from large groups for 2011 and have already taken bookings at some of these places for next year. Visit our webpage here or contact us directly for more information here.

Montelopio, near Peccioli, Tuscany

Fattoria San Polo, Chianti, Tuscany

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From One Stop Italy:

  • From our 22 years experience in arranging villa holidays in Italy for large groups we know the importance of booking a long way ahead.  We are now taking bookings for 2011 at some of our largest properties, and in most cases are able to hold prices at 2010 levels.

So if you are planning:

  • a family reunion in 2011
  • a wedding
  • a large group holiday for several families or groups of friends
  • a special birthday celebration

and need a big villa or a group of farmhouses or farmhouse apartments where you will have private use of all facilities (swimming pool, grounds etc.), then please give us a call on +44 (0) 1603 812212 for a preliminary discussion or contact us here.

Or take a look at our webpage section on villas sleeping over 30 people.

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