Tuscany has always been a popular holiday destination with the British. However, the British nation’s love affair with Tuscany actually goes back centuries. In the eighteenth century, it was popular with Britain’s writers who went to Italy looking for literary inspiration, whilst it’s major cities have always attracted artists to their centres. More recently, in the 1970s, the British flocked to the area keen to take advantage of relatively cheap property prices and bought wonderful old villas and farmhouses and restored them to their former glory. This love affair has certainly led to much demand for holiday accommodation in Tuscany and there is now no shortage of accommodation to choose from. So how do you find the perfect Tuscany holiday villa for you?
First, choose a holiday rental company that you can trust. Bookings For You are a family run, holiday rental company that prides itself on its high levels of customer service and it’s personal approach to holidays. The owner has visited every property personally so that she can advise guests on its suitability. This hopefully gives holidaymakers the confidence to trust that they are genuinely getting the best possible advice. However, take the time to pick up the phone as well. It’s so much easier to get across what you’re looking for and what your requirements are via a quick chat over the phone than simply using email.
Secondly, make sure you think about everyone in your travel group and what their individual needs are. As an example, if you have young children and you’re travelling to Tuscany in August, it’s more than likely that temperatures will be high and the air humid. Air conditioning should then really be a ‘must have’ on your list of criteria. Or maybe having young children means you need to choose a villa within easy access of the Tuscany coastline? Again, talking to the Bookings For You team will ensure that they can offer you important advice like this.
Next, try to work out what is most important to you for your holiday… As with buying a house, sometimes, that ‘perfect’ villa doesn’t appear to exist on paper. By working out your requirements and criteria in order of priority, and by thinking about how you will spend your time on holiday, you will be able to work out where you can make compromises and where you can’t. It’s important you don’t find yourself compromising on something that, in hindsight, you realise was crucial to your enjoyment. So, for example, if having complete privacy is an absolute must, don’t go for that property that shares a pool with the adjacent villa….
And finally, make sure you are clear on your budget. Try to think about what you would ideally like to spend as well as your maximum budget. If choosing between a few different options, this will help you to work out whether it’s worth paying a premium for one property over another.