What we love about private rentals is the charm of the local experience and that feeling of being “as though you were at home” in distinctive private addresses. And paradoxically, sometimes the downside is precisely because of the feeling of not being at home. Because of having to play umpteen rounds of rock-paper-scissors to decide who has to sleep on the sofa bed; trying to forget while you're asleep about that terrifying portrait of some old uncle hanging in pride of place above the double bed; having dinner by candlelight, not so as to add a touch of charm but because every other lightbulb is dud; washing your hair with household soap because you forgot your shampoo; and coming back from the beach or the museum early to tidy up, put things away and wash the dishes.
If you've ever experienced one of these situations, then shut your eyes. Now imagine a private property where you'd feel at home. And forget about the rock-paper-scissors bit, the old uncle's picture, the candles, rough hair and dirty dishes. Imagine the perfect stay, where everything's in its place, all to hand. Now open them again: you're at onefinestay.
The reason we've made this acquisition is precisely because this business has succeeded in combining two features that are fairly unlikely to be found together: the sharing economy and a refined hotel service.
What makes the difference, apart from the rigorous selection of exceptional addresses[i] , is the teams of professionals who are there to carefully prepare the private homes ready to put everything back in its place as soon as the guests depart. And everyone benefits. For the owners, it is the guarantee of finding their property in good condition. For the travellers, it’s the comfort of a made to measure service, from the personalised welcome to the availability of a local team 24/24 and 7/7.
[i] Only one house in ten is selected
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