This article is sponsored by Plum Guide to introduce you to their service
With the first of the Covid-19 vaccines administered this week, there is growing optimism about the ability to take a proper holiday in 2021. I for one am starting to plan out several long-awaited trips.
Many people, however, will have concerns over staying in hotels for some time yet. For this reason, 2021 may be the year that many people try out renting a holiday home for the first time.
If this sounds like you, Plum Guide may be able to help.
What makes home rentals via Plum Guide different?
Whilst I love to earn and redeem points for stays at the big hotel chains, there is something special about staying in an unusual private home.
From a turreted folly in the New Forest, to a cabin in the Catskill mountains and a luxurious farm in the Australian outback, home rentals have meant I’ve been able to experience some pretty special stays.
One downside of booking a holiday rental is that it requires considerably more legwork. Reviews need to be read and evaluated for both realism and authenticity, and you can end up losing hours to finding the perfect stay. You can’t even be certain that reviews are not manipulated.
Enter Plum Guide.
Plum Guides has responded to this problem by introducing what is effectively the ‘best of Airbnb’.
It offers interesting and unique home rentals in a range of locations – but handpicked and assessed to ensure the standard of accommodation is reliably high.
Plum Guide claim that their team personally review every single home in a destination, and conduct ‘the world’s most gruelling vetting process’, only accepting the very best onto their site. It guarantees that any property listed on the Plum Guide website is a quality home and that it looks exactly as it does in the pictures.
Where can I stay?
Judging by the website, there are indeed some impressive homes available. Here are a few that took my fancy:
Fancy a stay in a ‘geodosic dome home’? No, I didn’t know what this was either, but it’s a giant pop-up portable home. This one comes complete with a 4 metre home cinema, hot tub (yay!) and stunning Devon location. Click here for more details.
If you fancy a city break like no other, this quirky home in central London will certainly provide you with a unique stay. With a great location by Exmouth Market and fascinating art and ceramics, this home is remarkable.
If corona restrictions call for a staycation, you don’t need to compromise on luxury. This stunning property near Woolacombe Bay in Devon has jaw-dropping views, sleek interiors and four bedrooms, so plenty of room for an ultra-stylish family holiday. Oh, and it comes with a fully stocked bar…
Private Pool? Check. Understated chic interiors? Check. Moments from achingly hip Elia Beach? Check. This Mykonos rental looks hugely attractive on a dull December day in South London:
A lovely Puglia villa that combines style with comfort, The Cactus Garden looks like the perfect place to unwind in the Italian sunshine.
If you get the chance to take a city break in 2021, you could go all out with this Barcelona home that directly overlooks the Sagrada Familia:
Plum Guide are now guaranteeing a full refund on bookings if your trip is halted due to COVID restrictions, regardless of the individual cancellation policy of the home.
If you can’t travel due to either contracting COVID or travel restrictions you will receive 100% refund.
Some of the properties above are particularly spectacular and – to be honest – come with an appropriate price tag.
However, Plum Guide offer a range of price points. For example, several homes came up in my Barcelona search for under £100 a night. If the quality threshold is as high as they promise, this looks very reasonable.
The Plum Guide website is very straightforward to navigate. I found the map function much better than some of the other home rental sites I have used in the past, making it easier to identify exactly where the home was located.
If you think that a home rental may be the best way to holiday in 2021, and you don’t want the hassle of wading through hundreds of reviews, it’s worth taking a look at Plum Guide. You can visit their website here.