Useful information when renting a villa
Properties are let fully furnished and equipped, including crockery,
cutlery, bed and bath linen. Our price includes final cleaning. Fuel for
lighting, cooking, refrigeration and hot water is normally included in
the rent, but not, except in a few properties, fuel for air conditioning
or heating, the cost of which must be paid directly to the owner or his
representative before departure. Air-conditioning and heating are extra
in most properties. Energy is expensive in Italy – around double the
costs of the UK – so please ask us for an estimate if you are renting
somewhere out of season – if it’s a large house and the weather isn’t
perfect it can be quite a shock. In this brochure “shower-room” means
that the room has a WC, a wash handbasin, a shower and probably a bidet.
“Bathroom” means that the room has a WC, a bathtub, probably a shower
fitting as well, a wash basin, and probably a bidet.
Minimum rental period.
The minimum period of rent is normally one week, though sometimes
owners will accept bookings for as few as 3 days. Most properties are
let from Saturday to Saturday, but some specify a Friday arrival and
departure. Bookings of two or more weeks are preferred. With very few
exceptions rentals start between 5 & 8 p.m. on the first day and end
before 10 am on the last day of your holiday.
Properties are consigned clean and tidy for your arrival, and you are
responsible for leaving them tidy and in such a condition that a normal
clean will prepare them for the guests following you.
Please separate your rubbish and take it in bags to the nearest village
collection point. You will find different bins for recycling paper,
glass, plastic, metal and organic household waste. There is a daily
collection from these bins, but no individual house collection.
Please do not leave any rubbish behind in your holiday property!
A cautionary deposit is required, in the form of credit card
authorisation, to cover any unforeseen damages or extra charges
applicable to your booking. Some properties also require a cash deposit,
that will be returned to you at the end of your stay by the custodian
or owner after their final inspection. These properties are detailed in
the “things to note” section under the description. At the beginning of
your stay you should inspect your property with the owner or the
custodian. At the end of your stay you should again inspect the property
with the owner or custodian, settle any costs or damages and sign the
appropriate forms with him/her. A property left dirty may incur extra
Our properties are mostly in positions that make a car essential, and
many properties will have a t least a short stretch of dirt track for
access. We have found, after extensive testing, that hire cars perform
best on these types of roads!
We have arranged good car hire rates with Europcar, whom we have found
reliable and helpful. Remember that in Italy you must always carry
personal identification such as your passport with you, as well as proof
of insurance for the car.
Insects, animals and pets
Bats, flies, ants, scorpions, wasps, hornets, mice, millipedes – no,
there aren’t great hordes and swarms of them, and they won’t all be in
full march, bent on entering your house and disturbing you; but they are
all part of country life, and, sometimes, some of them find their way
indoors. Ants and mice especially are attracted by even the smallest
crumbs. It is a great help if you try not to leave scraps or crumbs
around, and inform the custodian of your property if you see signs of
mice, so that appropriate action can be taken.
Some of the properties, especially on a farm, will most likely have
some farm cats wandering around and possibly a dog or two. Please note
that the company has no control over this so ask your agent to check if
you feel this might be a problem.
A few properties will allow pets but permission must always be given by the owner. Ask your agent to check this when you book.
Passports and Visas
You must be in possession of a valid passport to travel to Italy. We
recommend that you allow at least twelve weeks to obtain or renew your
passport. Children under 16 years may not travel unless accompanied by
an adult. Holders of non-European passports should check visa
regulations with the Italian Consulate.
After your balance is paid you will receive a leaflet of Introductory
Notes, telling you about driving, telephones, shop hours and other
useful tips to help you feel at home in Italy. Please read these notes
carefully. Since very few shops are open on Sundays, you will need to do
at least basic shopping before arrival. Details of local shops for each
property are included with your directions. Credit cards are not so
widely used in Italy as in other countries. In particular it is rare
that petrol stations and food shops will accept credit cards or cheques.
The easiest and cheapest way to withdraw cash is with your bank debit card from any ATM. Most towns and villages have them.
And finally –
Have a wonderful holiday!