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Artistic and exquisite – create your holiday home bathroom

A modern bathroom in holiday homes

Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance! King George V would not have said this if he saw most of the boring holiday home bathrooms with the owners hardly paying any attention to interior design, technical fitness, maintenance, and cleanliness. Ugly tiles, slippery floors, dull paint, no natural light – who would want to visit a bathroom like this for a second time?

These days, people expect Read the rest “Artistic and exquisite – create your holiday home bathroom”

Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home

Good, reliable and flexible housekeeping services are the lifeline of a holiday home. Housekeepers are the eyes and ears on the ground, and therefore, an invaluable asset to any holiday home owner. So, as a holiday home owner, it requires to be thorough while recruiting them.

1- Flexibility during odd hours: This is a key concern area. In general, we go ahead with an understanding that housekeepers will arrive on Read the rest “Flexible housekeeping best suited for your holiday home”

Property photography – tips for holiday home owners

Photographs of your holiday home give the first impression to your prospective guest – they can either intrigue him enough to send an enquiry and make a booking or just as easily turn him away.

Unlike products which can be physically seen and experienced before making a purchase, a holiday home can be viewed only through photographs so it is of paramount importance to get the first impression right.  Sometimes, Read the rest “Property photography – tips for holiday home owners”

Preparing the holiday home for weekenders

Weekends are a time of relaxation and social gatherings, filled with parties, celebrations and other events. For holiday home owners, in contrast, these are the days to welcome guests looking for a short and enjoyable break.

Holiday home owners need to be realistic about plans and programs for the weekend. Here are some guidelines to host successful weekend breaks for your guests:

1. Register the number of people or bookings Read the rest “Preparing the holiday home for weekenders”

Ensure a pest-free holiday home

Mosquito free holiday home

Some ways to ensure a mosquito-free holiday home

Come June, and the monsoon sets in, with lush foliage, the heady fragrance of earth and a freshness typical of this season. Travelers look forward to rain holidays, trekking opportunities and then returning home to hot snacks and freshly-brewed mugs of tea.

Unfortunately in this season, along with holidaymakers, comes another set of uninvited but also eager visitors – mosquitoes.  

Gardens and Read the rest “Ensure a pest-free holiday home”

Reasons why a vacation home is far better than a hotel!

A vacation is a special time of the year which every family looks forward to. Whether it is about choosing to relax, explore new destinations or discovering different cuisine, every family member choose to share the emotions with her/ his friends and family. While planning one’s vacation is an exciting part of the whole experience, the cost of paying for individual hotel rooms can take a toll on one’s bank … Read the rest “Reasons why a vacation home is far better than a hotel!”

Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand

A recent media report has said that Uttarakhand, the country’s only hilly state in the top 10 list in terms of tourist arrivals, is planning big to improve its ranking. The report published in today’s issue of the Business Standard, a reputed business daily of India, says that the state is now considering new stretches for river rafting to promote adventure tourism and looking at support infrastructure through private partnership … Read the rest “Tourists can now expect more from Uttarakhand”

A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner

On many occasions when guests vacate the holiday home, they leave behind a pile of soiled utensils in the kitchen sink. And when the holiday home owner stays in a different city, it’s almost impossible for her/ him to come down and check on the kitchen sink. Moreover inventory management in all holiday homes in India is non-existent. So there will be several broken plates and other utensils too and Read the rest “A dish-washer can minimise hassles for the holiday home owner”

Holiday homes can benefit from water conditioner usage: Nanda

Sunil NandaWith the water in most parts of India unfit for most of the daily chores, holiday home and vacation home owners can hugely benefit by using water conditioners, says Mr. Sunil Nanda, Director at JS Water Energy Life, a company manufacturing magnetic water conditioners.

Excerpts of the interview…

Briefly please tell us what water conditioners are and how different are them from traditional ROs?
Sunil Nanda: The commonly used terms Read the rest “Holiday homes can benefit from water conditioner usage: Nanda”

55% employees in Delhi-NCR to travel during upcoming weekend: survey

India Holiday HomeA recent survey of industry body, ASSOCHAM, conducted across India has revealed that employees across the country are upbeat about the first long weekend of 2011 which started today as more than half of them in the national capital have applied for four to five casual leaves to make it an extended holiday to the next week.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) interacted with human Read the rest “55% employees in Delhi-NCR to travel during upcoming weekend: survey”

Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush

A double bonanza in the form of holidays for Rakhi on Saturday and India’s Independence Day on Monday awaits eager travellers. everyone’s geared up to spend this extended weekend away from their homes. Several city slWeekend getawaysickers are extending the upcoming weekend, taking an extra day off on Friday.

“I have reported sick on Friday and will be driving down to Mussoorie early on Friday morning,” says Siddarth Kashyap, an Read the rest “Weekend getaways gear up for I-Day rush”

In focus – Kulu-Manali

Holiday homes in Manali, Himachal PradeshWith a long weekend ahead (August 13, 14, 15), Kulu-Manali in Himachal Pradesh can be the best destinations for any traveller to explore this beautiful valley. The pristine, unpolluted surroundings and its gentle folk draw lakhs of tourists to this abode year after year. Legend has it that after the great flood, the sage Manu recreated human life in this area. There’s much to see here — an ancient cave Read the rest “In focus – Kulu-Manali”

Thumb rules for crockery, cutlery and linen in your holiday home

I thought I would do a small post on the quantity of Crockery, Cutlery and Linen that must be stocked at your holiday home for the benefit of guests.

Firstly here is a list of Crockery and Cutlery:

Eating Crockery:
1. Plates
2. Side Plates
3. Soup bowls
4. Ice Cream Bowls
5. Katoris

Serving Crockery:
1. Butter Container
2. Serving Dishes of multiple sizes
3. Salad Bowl
4. Read the rest “Thumb rules for crockery, cutlery and linen in your holiday home”

How do I decide how much to charge for renting my second home?

1000 Indian RupeesImage by LLudo via Flickr

Today we will cover one of the most common questions I get from Holiday Home and Homestay owners – What do I charge for renting out my Holiday Home? I wanted to cover some of the important things to consider before deciding the pricing:-

1. Check on pricing of hotels and resorts located around your property: This is something that every homestay and holiday Read the rest “How do I decide how much to charge for renting my second home?”

Not getting responses to your holiday home listing? Here’s why!

Coffee Shop Open SignImage by Mykl Roventine via Flickr

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few months, I have become close friends with some of the owners. Now some of you have received very good enquiries. For those who haven’t, I would like to share with you some of the reasons why this could be so. These points are meant to be constructive criticism and to help you in identifying what you can do Read the rest “Not getting responses to your holiday home listing? Here’s why!”

TripVillas participates in TTF & OTM Mumbai, New Delhi 2010

Hi Everyone,

We recently participated in TTF and OTM 2010- the largest travel exhibitions in India in both Mumbai and New Delhi. The exhibitions are the largest travel exhibitions in India organized by Fairfest Media. It is our first year as a company and our first participation in an exhibition and so we decide to keep our participation small by having small stalls at both exhibitions. We launched our travel Read the rest “TripVillas participates in TTF & OTM Mumbai, New Delhi 2010”

Some creature comforts I love – Gazebos

Hudson Ohio fall gazebo on the GreenImage by cmcbrown via Flickr

I love Gazebos – they are perfect for sitting outdoors with friends and family and for sipping wine in the candlelight. They are also a great place for breakfast as the sun rises or else for a barbeque (BBQ) in the afternoon with a chilled beer for company.

Today gazebo designs are available in the market in different styles and sizes to fit one’s needs Read the rest “Some creature comforts I love – Gazebos”

Tips before you decide on buying a second home

Joaquin Miller "Poet of the Sierras"Image by dbking via Flickr

So I thought I would start by outlining a few things to keep in mind when buying a Second Home. Here are some quick pointers:-

1. Buy close to the city that you live in. By close I mean not more than an hours flight or else a 3-4 hour drive away. This will ensure that you are able to make ample use of the Read the rest “Tips before you decide on buying a second home”