This winter, live like a local...who lives in the sun!

Self-catering stays from Egypt to Australia with holiday rentals specialist
Sept. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- As chilly days and dark evenings close in across the UK, it’s definitely time to start planning a warm weather escape.

Given that the summer’s not exactly been a scorcher at home, holiday rentals specialist reckons winter sun self-catering breaks will be more popular than ever with the Brits this year.

Claus Pederson, Founder of, comments: “After a disappointing spell of weather in July and August, the thought of not seeing the sun again until next spring is just too much to contemplate for many UK households, and we are seeing a real surge in interest for properties in holiday hotspots worldwide.

“Price remains an important consideration for most people, who are attracted to self-catering as a great way to keep costs under control.  Many are even pooling resources with friends and other families in order to share a larger, more impressive villa than they may have been able to afford alone.”

As UK travellers become ever more accustomed to the concept of ‘staycationing’ in their own country, the idea of swapping expensive hotel-based breaks abroad for a more reasonably-priced self-catering option has also grown in appeal. As well as offering great value for money, this type of holiday enables couples, groups of friends and families to enjoy ‘living like a local’ - renting well-appointed properties that are located conveniently close to a popular holiday spot but often in residential areas that have retained the true character of a region.

This winter, why not swap rain-lashed weekends and nights in front of the TV for a warm-weather break with Offering holiday homes across the world, rentable directly from private owners and appointed agents,’s choice of properties range from tranquil coastal villas and countryside houses to well-located city centre apartments, including winter sun options such as:

Thanks to their location off the west coast of Africa, the Canaries enjoy mild and sunny conditions throughout the year, with winter temperatures rarely dropping below 17°C. has over 220 holiday homes dotted across the islands, including:

o Great for golfers, this two-bedroom house sits directly on the Salobre Golf Course in south-west Gran Canaria. Stylishly decorated throughout, there are countryside views, shared use of a heated outdoor swimming pool and pretty gardens, plus easy access to an on-site shop, grocer’s and restaurant. A week’s stay in November costs €1,284* (approx £1,130) or £283 pp, based on four people sharing. The property is currently also available for Christmas & New Year bookings.

o A glamorous three-bedroom villa in a quiet position, less than 100 m from the beach and 1.5 km from Lanzarote’s Playa Blanca. Sleeping up to six, there’s a superb swimming pool and barbeque area outside whilst indoor amenities include a sauna as well as beautifully-appointed bedrooms, kitchen and lounge area. A week’s stay in November costs €2,731* (approx £2,403) or £400 pp, based on six people sharing. The property is currently also available for Christmas & New Year bookings.

Even in the depths of winter, the Red Sea resort of Hurghada basks in the low 20°Cs, offering year-round swimming as well as a plethora of other water sports activities. Prepare to pack very little in terms of extra layers and enjoy a week at one of’s 40+ properties in the town that include:

o A mere 50 m from the beach at Deir Um Deneis Abu Shar, north of Hurghada, lies this two-bedroom apartment with on-site supermarket, bakery, café and restaurant. There’s a terrace with panoramic views of the resort and lots of activities to try close by such as diving, golf, tennis and horse-riding. A week’s stay arriving 19 November costs €414* (approx £364) or just £91 pp, based on four people sharing.

o Set over two storeys, grab some sun-starved companions and head to this four-bedroom villa in a residential area of El Gouna. Set on a golf course, just moments from a lake, the property has its own beautiful garden and swimming pool plus private beach and is ideal for families. A week’s stay arriving 19 or 26 November costs €1,782* (approx £1,380) or just £173 pp, based on eight people sharing. The property is currently also available for Christmas & New Year.

Winter in the UK heralds the start of summer Down Under. Travel to the other side of the globe for a host of Antipodean attractions as well as guaranteed barbie enjoyed in the yard of your very own Australian home-from-home:

o Smack bang in the centre of Sydney lies this modern one-bedroom apartment that’s literally on the doorstep for visiting all that this amazing city has to offer. The ferries at Circular Quay are just 1.5 km away, offering access to all the outlying beaches and local activities, too. A week’s stay in November costs €1,038* (approx £914) or £457 pp based on two people sharing.

o Perfect as a base from which to explore Queensland & the Gold Coast, this two-bedroom apartment lies in the heart of downtown Brisbane, close to the Botanic Gardens. There are lovely views of the city, a private balcony and use of a bar, sauna, fitness room, whirlpool and heated swimming pool.   A week’s stay in November costs €2,463* (approx £2,168) or £542 pp based on four people sharing.

*Prices do not include flights (booked direct) or car hire (which can be booked at

Other winter sun destinations available at include Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand. To book, visit

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Note for Editors: offers holiday homes around the world, rentable directly from private homeowners and appointed agents. Choose from over 40,000 properties across Europe (including the UK) and further afield in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Guadeloupe & the USA.

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