It’s no fun staying in a gorgeous Italian farmhouse and worrying all week that your one year old is going to topple headfirst down a stone staircase. We know because we’ve done it.
The villas we rent are selected because they are good for small and bigger kids. We include details to help keep the kids safe – from stair gates to sterilisers and fenced areas to play away from pools – so that the rest of the family can relax.
We also include lots of toys and books and DVDs because kids love nothing better than something new to play with.
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from running this business for six years, it’s that people choose their holiday for the location and the house. They review it based on how they were treated while they were there.
So we put a lot of effort into either providing our own manager (in Cyprus we have Rosie a former nanny to welcome our guests and ensure they have everything they need) or choosing houses that are well-run by dedicated people. In Italy we work with the owners or local managers to ensure they provide the best possible service to our guests.
Holidays with small children have quite predictable moments when things can get stressful. Airport pick ups can be that moment. So, we help with them.
In Cyprus we can recommend a great personal taxi / transfer service (also a family company) who will meet you in arrivals and see you through the front door of your house. Not drop you on a pavement outside! If you’re driving we take pride in providing the best possible directions to the house, with a photograph of every sign on the journey. It’s one of the things we are most complimented on.
In Italy we ask all our owners to help ensure the smoothest possible journey from the airport to the house.
So much talk of the children, but the grown ups need a holiday too. Don’t worry, we know!
From verandas for wine, to good collections of DVDs and books, to lovely BBQs, we provide everything we can to help the adults enjoy themselves too.
If you want a babysitter, we’ll find one and recommend the best local restaurant for a date. Go on, it’s your holiday too!
We don’t just list villas suitable for kids. We also directly manage them.
In Cyprus, Rosie, our manager has worked with us for a few years and lived in Cyprus for a decade. Our guests absolutely love her.
She carefully sets up each house based on the ages of the guests, so you get the right sort of toys and equipment for your family. So, for example, if your kids need stair gates you’ll get them but if your kids don’t need them anymore, you won’t. And then at the end of the season she spends the winter making sure the houses are fully refurbished and ready for the next year.
Rosie meets everyone who stays and provide advice on where you might go. She sorts out any problems or needs from where to buy suncream to where to get a deal on the local beer.