We are very passionate about vacation rentals and the interior design, or lack thereof, of the enormous offerings available on the market via VRBO, Airbnb and many others. We are excited about consulting on this subject and having an impact for owners, management companies and the general public.
In Episode #45 of our Podcast “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole” we talk about some luxury, unique and interesting vacation rentals along with some tips from renters and what they look for.
Here we go………
A. Luxury Rentals
Santorini, Greece – luxuryretreats- Nafsika Estate – $5,800 to $10,000 per night
Perched above the cliffs
Includes airport transfer (or you can use the villa’s helipad to arrive) and welcome basket
Pool, lounging areas, built in barbeque
Maid service twice daily
2 fully equipped kitchens
Transportation to the beach
California – Redondo Beach/Los Angeles – Luxury Retreats Redondo Beach $3,900 per night
7,800 square feet.
7 bedrooms, 6 baths
Beachfront – sitting on a hillside
Swimming Pool – pool heating charge of $200 if going in winter months
Fully equipped kitchen
Fire Pit, basketball court, 10 miles to LA airport
Secluded in-town Tree House Downtown Atlanta – $375/night
329 5 Star Reviews
#1 Most Wished-For Listing Worldwide
Featured on The Today Show, Architectural Digest, Travel and Leisure and many others
Retreat is for 2 people
3 separate rooms – connected by rope bridges
Mind, Body and Spirit
Mind: Sitting Room, antique furnishings and artifacts including 80 year old windows of pressed butterfly wings, a plaster cast of Siberian Tiger Paw, fossils and has a balcony overlooking an acre of lush woods
Body: Bedroom: World’s best bedding – Parachute, check out parachutehome.com, 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton and pure linen. Bed is equipped with wheels that can either be inside or rolled out.
Spirit – Hammock deck – open to the elements and immersed in thick greenery, the deck surrounds a 165 year old Southern Short-Leaf Pine tree the largest of the 7 trees that support the tree house suite.
Old Smock Mill – England $175 to $380 Euro – An old windmill built in the 1800s.
A romantic place for 2 guests,
Large heavy beams and high ceilings.
Nearby castles and gardens
Train station with a fast link to London in under an hour.
The owners welcome you with fresh flowers picked from their amazing garden and a basket filled with a selection of produce in season, including fresh brown eggs from their friendly organic chickens.
Great for large groups
14 bedrooms, 12 baths
Sleeps 45 guests in the main house and 3 cabins
Pool and separate pool house
Large fire pit
Full size lighted volleyball court
Basketball, Billiards, Ping Pong
16 seat home theater
Large chef’s kitchen
3 Full size refrigerator/freezers
They partner with several ministries throughout Atlanta. I was happy to see they also support orphan prevention in Guatemala.
What we’ve noticed about vacation rentals:
Responsiveness – Customer Service
Quality (professional) and honesty of photos – lots of them
Airbnb Plus – (higher end tier of Airbnb). It lists homes that have been evaluated by in person inspectors according to a 100 point checklist.
Photography – should be professional
Bad paint colors
Bedrooms seem like they are “forgotten” and not given as much attention as the main spaces
What is Lacking?
Wellness spaces, Exercise Rooms, Saunas, Massage Tables
Experiential Amenities – things a rental company can help organize and make available:
What do people look for besides location, price and excellent reviews ? – We asked this question on Facebook and here are some responses we got:
Proximity to restaurants
Quality of kitchen
The vacation rental industry is growing fast! – Read this article from buildupbookings.com for some very interesting facts. One amazing statistic: Millennials are predicted to spend $1.4 trillion on travel each year by 2020 (VRMA).
You can listen to this episode #45 “Secret’s to a Successful Vacation Rental” via itunes or search Kandrac & Kole on Spotify, iheartradio, googlepodcasts and Stitcher.
We would love for you to leave us a comment if you have stayed in a vacation rental. Tell us about your experience!