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The news today is full of a ‘school holiday rant’, which a guy posted to his friends on Facebook and has since gone viral. He complains about the general practice amongst holiday companies of raising prices outside of term-time, making it much more expensive for families. And of course this comes on top of the case of a Shropshire couple who were fined £1000 a few weeks ago for taking their children out of school during term-time.

 

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Lots to do on-site at these family apartments on an organic farm near Volterra, Tuscany

 

Are you planning a family holiday to Italy in May half-term 2014?  We have a huge selection of self-catering villas and farmhouse apartments in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio where the rental price remains the same throughout May, including half-term (24th – 31st May 2014). Not only that, but the whole of May is priced at LOW SEASON rates.  In other words, it’s cheaper to go on holiday in May than in June, July, August or September. And that includes May half-term week. Swimming pools, tennis courts, table-tennis, table football, volleyball, five-a-side football – our range of holiday houses has plenty to keep the children occupied all week long.

And it’s the same in October. LOW SEASON rates. No price increase for October half-term.

The above applies to everything in Brochure 1 on our website.

For advice and personal service, contact Gillian at One Stop Italy.

P.S. We offer a free tailor-made holiday search service

Not all holiday companies are alike …

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Families with young children often ask us for houses with fenced and  gated private pools. Here is a selection of our villas sleeping 10 to 20 people with this child-friendly facility. We are now booking for 2013.

Sleeps 10

Fattoria Il Barattino 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Sleeps 6 + 4. Near Cortona, Tuscany. Rental price from Euro 1160 to Euro 1800 per week. Table-tennis, bikes. Photo Gallery Book this house

Sleeps 12

Podere Caggiolo 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Sleeps 12. Near Marciano della Chiana, Tuscany. Rental prices from Euro 1200 to Euro 2290 per week. Table-tennis, satellite TV, DVD player. Photo Gallery Book this house

Sleeps 13

Casale La Meridiana 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Foiano della Chiana, Tuscany. Sleeps 13. Rental prices from Euro 1350 to Euro 2363 per week. Table-tennis, bikes for rent. Photo Gallery Book this house

Sleeps 15

Villa Campogrande 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Citta della Pieve, Umbria. Sleeps 15. Rental prices from Euro 1800 to Euro 3350 per week. VERY SPACIOUS MANSION – 1320m2. Billiards room, bowling green, sauna, small gym. Free wifi on ground floor. Photo Gallery. Book this house

Sleeps 18

Villa Enea 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Perugia, Umbria. VERY SPACIOUS – 1300m2. Rental prices from Euro 3000 to Euro 5025 per week. Grand piano. Photo Gallery.  Book this house

Villa Fiorentina 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Florence, Tuscany. Rental prices from Euro 7007 to Euro 10010 per week. Free wifi internet connection. Photo Gallery. Book this house

Sleeps 20

La Pineta 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Fenced private pool. Near Castiglione del Lago, Tuscan / Umbrian borders. Rental prices from Euro 1450 to Euro 3180 per week. Private tennis court, table-tennis, children’s playground and pool. Photo Gallery. Book this house

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From Gillian at One Stop Italy:

We are offering last-minute 20% discount on our list prices at the following villas with private pool.  For June dates where available.  Please click on each photo for full details of the property and more photos.

La Peschiera on outskirts of Arezzo, Tuscany.  Sleeps 10. Was Euro 1430 Now Euro 1144 per week. Available w/c 2nd June, w/c 9th June, w/c 16th June.

 

Molino delle Gualtiere near Chianciano Terme, Tuscany. Sleeps 12. Was Euro 1400. Now Euro 1120 per week. Available w/c 9th June, w/c 16th June.

 

Villa Giola, near Pozzo della Chiana, Tuscany. Sleeps 20. Was Euro 3600 Now Euro 2880 per week. Available w/c 9th June only.

As always we are happy to give advice and answer any questions you may have.

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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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Just updated our website with a case-study of a holiday we arranged in Tuscany for a large group of friends celebrating a special birthday.  It’s lovely to receive such positive feedback when we arrange such a big event.

If you’d like to find out more about how we organised their villa holiday, please visit the OneStopItaly  webpage to read the full story and our client’s testimonial.

We are so pleased that our big villa holidays are such a hit with our customers.

Enjoying a drink before dinner

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We are now busy updating our website with the 2011 rental prices for our Italian villas.  In most cases the 2010 prices have been held, and in some cases have even been reduced.  You can already see a selection of holiday villas of various sizes where we are already taking bookings for 2011. Villas sleeping 6-8 people and villas sleeping 9-12 people for a start.  More to follow.

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A bit of information for you today about Siena’s famous horse race.

The Palio, which takes place in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, is an exciting horse race contested by ten bareback riders representing different areas of the city known as “contrade”.  The race and its attendant rivalry goes back centuries, and is preceded by a colourful pageant which is viewed by spectators from all over the world who cheer on from vantage points around the square.

Unlike at conventional racecourses, the Palio is won by the horse representing its contrada, not the jockey. So if the jockey is unseated whilst negotiating the treacherous twists and turns of the Piazza, this does not affect the result.

The race is always held on two occasions during the summer: 2nd July and 16th August. Last week’s race was won by a horse called Fedora Saura, representing the contrada of Selva. It was the second time the horse had won the race, and the first time for its jockey.

There’s still time to book a holiday house in the Siena area to see the next race on 16th August!  Contact us here and let us know the kind of accommodation you are looking for.

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