Is it possible to hire a villa/apartment in Europe for £500 in August?

(78 Posts)
ihatethecold Sat 14-Dec-13 20:22:21

Want to have a week in Europe next August, am open to where.
Not too lively, family friendly.
For four of us. Me ,DH,DS 14 and DD10.

I had a look at porta pollensa but it was ££££

Which countries offer the best value?
France, Spain Italy etc.

Needs to be close to a beach and a pool.

I'm asking for too much aren't I?

derektheladyhamster Sat 14-Dec-13 20:25:07

yes, look at holiday lettings. we're going to Neja in Spain for less than £500 (flights are another £900 though!)

Mintyy Sat 14-Dec-13 20:28:56

£500 a week? I doubt it.

RupertTheBear Sat 14-Dec-13 20:32:23

Look at the Atlantic coast of Portugal - highly recommend foz do arelho - very cheap.

ihatethecold Sat 14-Dec-13 21:16:16

I've been to the algarve about 10 years ago and loved the beaches.
Don't know Spain very well, only really know Barcelona.

Been to loads of places in Italy but only on caravan sites. I know they will be heaving in August.
I will look at the 2 recommendations on here.

Felix90 Sat 14-Dec-13 21:24:52

Not sure if it's a bit far but we rented a villa for a week in Lanzarote, first week of September for around £500. It was beautiful! Had its own private pool and two rooms - one double and a twin. Big wrap around balcony with views of the sea and mountains upstairs and huge living area and kitchen. Look up Villas del Mar in Puerto Calero grin

I'd definitely go back! It's very cheap when you get there for food from the supermarket and loads to do for kids. We also hired a car for the week for £90 and petrol was so so cheap.

ihatethecold Sat 14-Dec-13 21:43:12

Wouldn't it be mega hot in august in lanzarote?

SwedishEdith Sat 14-Dec-13 21:43:51

Try HomeAway. I think you'll find loads if you're ready to book now

You might be better to check the flights first as depending how many is in your party - that's what really adds to the cost. Canaries might be a reasonable option Summers not peak season so I don't think prices go up as much.

Jackthebodiless Sat 14-Dec-13 22:00:17

We did extensive research on this earlier this year and the cheapest places we found are Menorca and Lanzarote. I would agree Lanza will be too hot so would recommend Menorca. We usually book via Owners Direct.

Felix90 Sat 14-Dec-13 22:11:09

Actually it might be quite hot. Didn't think of that! We went the first week of September and I hate the heat usually but as it's a windy island it doesn't actually feel as hot as it actually is, if that makes sense? One day it got up to 39 degrees but it certainly didn't feel like it. I agree though, check the price of flights as we booked late and it was quite expensive.

Most places are too hot for us and we go in July - Scottish school hols. We normally end up in France as we love it,but also because Majorca,Tuscany,Portugal have all proved to be too hot. Not a beach holiday though unless you fly to Nice - you might be able to do that and find a private caravan to rent within budget.

mousmous Sun 15-Dec-13 09:15:48

baltic sea of poland.
around gedansk or sobot.
beautiful country, the most amazing sandy beaches.

Janek Sun 15-Dec-13 09:16:37

what about somewhere like croatia? we went to dubrovnik a few years ago and it was lovely, no beaches but right by the sea and it wasn't very expensive. the whole country is coast!

Theincidental Sun 15-Dec-13 09:18:00

I did last year. Beautiful place near La Rochelle. £500 a week in August.

Check homelidays website and abritel as there was quite a bit of choice in that price bracket.

Janek Sun 15-Dec-13 09:19:27
Artandco Sun 15-Dec-13 09:23:40

Go to cheaper countries. Romania/ Bulgaria/ Ukraine/ Poland. All have lovely coasts and great weather in august. Food/ eating out and excursions will all be cheaper also

specialsubject Sun 15-Dec-13 11:08:13

if heat is a problem don't go to the Med or southern Europe in August.

Spain seems to be cheaper than France & Italy to live in (food etc) & car hire is very cheap but agree that you wouldn't want to be in S Spain in August!

Northern Spain, maybe - this place is €459 a week high season

Dunno how easy or cheap it would be to get there though

ihatethecold Sun 15-Dec-13 12:57:15

The Spanish one is 100 km from the airport and 16 km to the beach.
The Croatian one scares me!
I'm sure Dubrovnik is beautiful but I don't fancy the let.
We definately need a pool.
We don't mind heat, just not lanzarote boiling heat in mid summer.
Thanks everyone for your comments so far.

Does it have to be coastal? If it has a pool it could be inland?

ihatethecold Sun 15-Dec-13 13:04:14

Yes it needs to be near a beach,
Our hol will probably consist of eating swimming and beaching.
All my kids want out of a hol is to swim and mess about on a beach.

ihatethecold Sun 15-Dec-13 13:05:24

The alternative is going to Cornwall , which I love but every year it rains and then rains some more.
Every frigging august!

Near a beach with a pool for £500 in August is a big ask!

What about inland near a lake (with beach)?

Onykahonie Sun 15-Dec-13 13:41:12

How much are you looking at spending in total including flights?
We've booked Ryanair flights to Crete for under £1000 for 4 of us in the school hols (my kids count as adults as they're over 12). Accommodation out there can be pretty cheap, if you are happy with a basic apartment.
Try Travel Republic.

Bloodyteenagers Sun 15-Dec-13 13:51:22

Yes of course it is. Have a look on villarenters. I get an apartment every year in Spain, comes with a pool, 15 minutes from the beach, and comes at less that £250 a week in August. Have a look at the Costa Blanca..

diabolo Sun 15-Dec-13 17:45:38

Try GW Villa Rentals - do loads of apartments as well as villas around Menorca - got some around £575 for end August.

AuntySib Sun 15-Dec-13 17:55:38

We went to Barneville in Normandy this summer - beautiful beaches ( fab for swimming and kite-flying), nice walks, pretty small towns and lots of history. Had a fab time. August, £500 for house sleeping 5, 200 yards from beach, think it was Owners Abraod. Got the car ferry to Cherbourg, half an hour drive form there. Ferry was also about £500. No pool though.

Branleuse Sun 15-Dec-13 18:02:08

id go for a mobile home chalet maybe

Yes you can, if you're prepared to share a pool and hire a car. We love puerto Pollensa but can't justify the prices anymore. This year we've booked a fortnight in Moraira in Spain in own villa with pool for same price as one week (equivalent villa type) in Puerto Pollensa.

Our villa is 770 per week. Own pool and very spacious. If you look at and look at properties in Moraira then you will definitely find somewhere with a shared pool for 500 per week.

Flights have gone up hugely this year though. We paid about 650 for return flights for 4 last year to majorca. This year it's nearer 1000! (Similar price for both Spain and Majorca - I checked!)

So Cornwall for us in 2015! Can't afford to spend that (or more, probably) on flights (well, I refuse to, I mean)

Anyfuckerisnotguilty Sun 15-Dec-13 18:31:18

here puerto pollensa

right near the beach

GinOnTwoWheels Sun 15-Dec-13 18:34:12

I would have thought that the Canary Islands would not be as hot as the Mediterraen coasts in August. The climate is just 'nice' for most of the year link

Lots of choice too, so hopefully you can meet your budget, although flights are a little more expensive than to Malaga etc.

Costa del Sol average highs are about the same as the Canaries

but averages disguise wide variations & we've experienced well over 30 in May, June & September!

claretandamberforever Sun 15-Dec-13 18:50:10

We stayed here last year (google Villa Athena, Kos)

I think it was £350 plus £50 for air con.

It's also on the owner's direct website with more photos. Small but nice. Lovely resort, small and quiet but as the island is so small you can get a taxi reasonably priced to any other town. Plenty of bars and restaurants. Gorgeous place.

If you like it and have any questions just ask.

I think flights in August last year were nearly £1400 for four of us

ihatethecold Sun 15-Dec-13 19:48:15

I don't really have a budget as yet.
My car was written off this week by a uninsured driver so I have to find money to replace my car first.
I suppose 1k for flights. £500 for accommodation.
Then some for a car and spends.

I think I'm going to Cornwall!
Much more affordable.

Anyfucker: those apartments (for 4 people) are 250 Euros per day in August, so well past the 500 quid the OP has got.

Past the 500 quid for the week, I meant

Sorry , it was 210 euros per day, not 250. But still.....

Ohhelpohnoitsa Sun 15-Dec-13 19:52:31

Owners direct is a great website and haggle with the owners. we do!

Where do you live? Is driving to N/mid France out of the question?

Bloodyteenagers Sun 15-Dec-13 19:58:03

£1000 for flights might also be doable, depend really on where you are flying from and when.
For the flights look at sky scanner, but I don't think the cheap tickets are out yet.. Don't think I have ever paid more than £180 each to fly to Alicante.

OP: hope you're ok. That's terrible! Really annoying for you having to fork out for that.

Bloody teenagers: really? In August? Ours to alicante were nearly a grand for 4 with easyjet this year, and that was on day they were released. They have gone up a LOT, hope you are not disappointed by prices when it comes to booking.

HanneHolm Sun 15-Dec-13 20:03:59

we used holiday lettings happily twice

HanneHolm Sun 15-Dec-13 20:04:45

mobile home, sea view, Loire Atlantique - 530 a week on campsite with pool (& other facilities, presumably}

Mid Aug available

Not a bad drive. We've done Lancs to Med coast in the past (in one go, once, though wouldn't like to make a habit of it)

That's £1900 in August, HanneHolm!

HanneHolm Sun 15-Dec-13 20:08:25

and this is nice too
pool not as convenient

HanneHolm Sun 15-Dec-13 20:08:41

yes but you share with others - its huge - take another family

If you went to something like that mobile home, in your own car, I would take a couple of small electric fans along, for the breeze & for white noise at night

HanneHolm Sun 15-Dec-13 20:10:24

ah thats more - anyway our tip was always to take another family - plus is fun in the evenings

400 quid for the week in August.

FrameyMcFrame Sun 15-Dec-13 20:20:41

If you leave it to last minute you can get some amazing deals. We did this last 2 years and got v posh villas for low price. Book flights early to get deals though

Another one in Moraira if you could stretch to 600 for the week:

Framey: how last minute do you mean? Like a cancelation a couple of weeks before?

nannyafrica Sun 15-Dec-13 20:35:47

Just saw this with £500 week.
Villas Puerto Rubicon

SchoolMumIsPainInTheBum Sun 15-Dec-13 20:41:52

This is where we are going next year - this region of Spain has a lot to offer, just make sure you have air conditioning as it can be very hot.

ihatethecold Sun 15-Dec-13 22:22:42

Thanks assassin.
I'm fine. My car and bank balance are not.
I really don't want to go to a caravan.
Be there got the t shirt many times.
I love the sites I've been on but I know they are heaving in August.
I do like a bit of peace and quiet in the evening.
We live in cambridgeshire.
Dover is doable for France although were not keen to drive through France right down to the bottom.
I will look at all the links.
I did look at some budget airline flights and had a mini heart attack!

ihatethecold Sun 15-Dec-13 22:27:09

School mum
That villa isn't available in august.
Looks nice though.

Onykahonie Sun 15-Dec-13 22:29:09

The flights we've booked are from East Midlands, Ryanair to Crete. Most of the accommodation I'm looking at (Chania area - not as developed as the Heraklion area) is under £500 a week for an apartment with pool and near a beach. Like you, we like smaller resorts and our kids are still happy with a pool and beach.

WaitingForMe Sun 15-Dec-13 22:55:57

Another vote for Owners Direct. We paid £500 for the Costa del Sol in August this year.

Jackthebodiless Mon 16-Dec-13 01:24:00

Yes HanneHolm, the key to making an expensive villa holiday instantly affordable is to go with another family. We've always done this and have stayed in some beautiful places without breaking the bank.

SwedishEdith Mon 16-Dec-13 19:25:04

Does the beach have to be driveable to or walkable to?

noramum Mon 16-Dec-13 21:29:35

Have a look at the North Italian/Swiss border lakes like Lake Lugano.

French Atlantic coast? But it is high season in France so quite busy and probably pricey as well.

Bloodyteenagers Mon 16-Dec-13 21:53:51

Curlyhairedassassin... Yes I am sure of the cost. The price will drop from what it is at the moment, which for the 13th August until the 27th, it's £186 return, from Gatwick with BA per ticket. With Easyjet it's £188 and Ryanair haven't released their prices yet. So for op still well under a grand.

Bloodyteenagers: those are Wednewday to Wednesday prices - cheaper than a Saturday which the OP needs to consider if the holiday rental is a Saturday start, as most are.

ihatethecold Tue 17-Dec-13 10:25:49

We have flexibility on dates but I would imagine that the villa hire doesn't.
Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
I went on a website yesterday that I put a budget into and a country and it told me where I could fly to.

I was trying to work out the cheapest area to fly to. Then look at villas in that region.

Anyone know what the area around Malaga is like?

You probably wouldn't like Torremolinos much grin

Marbella is a nice town with a fab beach & there are various resorts between there & Malaga - that's going west - Benalmadena & Fuengirola are popular. Eastwards there are some lovely smaller places like Nerja, Salobrena, La Herradura, Almunecar.

I would have suggested looking there but Costa del Sol often hits 40 degrees in August. Also if you want to be able to walk easily to a beach it'll be more than £500 think. (there is accommodation cheaper than that in eg Nerja, but it tends to be a 15-20 minute walk away across the main road)

beachfront apt in La Herradura - no pool though was £475pw last summer

It's about 100km from Malaga airport

Villa with pool £650 - says "a few minutes' walk" to beach. It is close but again there's the main road in the way (you would walk under it there I think)

Ruthiebabes Tue 17-Dec-13 13:57:20

I would recommend Nerja, its 65km from Malaga airport.

I had a quick look at and there are options for 2 bed pts at around £500 in August.

2-bed apt on complex in Benalmadena £450 in August

Close enough to Malaga airport to get there by taxi or public transport (which is cheap & good!) & you wouldn't need a car once there

that Benalmadena one is close to Selwo Marina sea park.

Also there is a nice little zoo at Fuengirola - next resort along, again easy to get to by public transport. Mind you we went on a very hot day once & everything was wilting in the shade (including me) so we didn't see much

ihatethecold Tue 17-Dec-13 14:25:54

That name brings back some long distant memories.
It was my first trip away with 3 friends when I was 17.
Not sure I'm ready to go back grin

DameDeepRedBetty Tue 17-Dec-13 14:31:25

We were in Lanzarote this August, was just right temperature wise. Around 28 - 31 degrees.

ihatethecold Sun 29-Dec-13 14:00:39

Anyone have any idea when the flights for next august aren't so exp.
Im shocked at how much they are into europe.

We cant do cornwall now due to unforseen circumstances.
I will start looking at all the recomendations on here.
Until i can see where we can fly to reasonably its difficult to look at accomodation.

SooticaTheWitchesCat Tue 31-Dec-13 11:41:38

We went to Spain, near Granada, this August and it was £500 a week for a villa with a private pool. Last year we went to Italy, Tuscany and paid £350 a week for an apartment in a house with a private pool.

This year we are going to Turkey and we are hoping to get a villa for around £500.

It can certainly be done, you just need to look around.

dobedobedo Tue 31-Dec-13 11:45:16

I had a two bed apartment for 10 days b&b for less than £400 in a place called Mandello Del Lario, on lake Como in Italy. It was lovely - five minute walk to the lake (with beaches - not sandy but gorgeous with mountains surrounding you). Flights to Milan are v cheap also. Milan to Mandello is about 1 hour by train, direct there.
Mandello is also non touristy (but close to the touristy places) so cheaper than Bellagio, or Milan etc.

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