People who choose to buy their own holiday home, usually do so, for their own holidays and as an investment for the future.
Their privately owned holiday home is personally selected. It's theirs and they're proud of it.
The owners and their family stay there themselves, so naturally, they want to ensure it's properly equipped and well looked after.
Having decided to offer their private holiday home for vacation rental, the owners are keen to ensure that guests thoroughly enjoy their stay and do their bit to look after everything while they're there.
When choosing your accommodation, you can make sure it suits your party, rather than being allocated whatever is available.
Some people may prefer a private swimming pool. Others may prefer access to a communal swimming pool, so the children can make new friends to play with.
Renting a private holiday home, you have the whole place to yourselves, and for the duration of your stay, it's your home from home. You may choose to eat in or out, as you prefer.
There are all the comforts and facilites of home. Laundry facilities allow you to stay on top of your washing. This means you don't need to take so many clothes away with you and you don't have a pile of washing to do when you get home.
It's much more pleasant to stay in a holiday home rather than a hotel room. You have more room, more facilities, your own space in which to park your hire car,
and you pay for the home rather than paying for each person.
Owners take pride in their private holiday home, it's a significant investment, so they keep it well maintained.
They usually have a local representative who can attend to the property on their behalf.
By booking with the owners direct, you're getting the best value for money and the owners are getting the best rental income, because there are no unnecessary overheads to be covered.
You're dealing directly with the best person to tell you about the property and its facilites, with local knowledge of the area and the surrounding region.
They should be able to give you some guidance on where to go for flights, car hire, shopping, where to eat out, places to visit, places to avoid, where to buy tickets, how to get about and approximate journey times.
When dealing with guests direct, owners are usually only too happy to help. They take a personal interest in ensuring that you enjoy your stay in their home and your holiday is a success. They're hoping that you want to go back to stay there again and recommend their holiday home to your family and friends.
If anything is missing, broken, lost or damaged during a holiday, the owners always appreciate guests telling them, primarily because it's theirs, but also so that the problem can be resolved for future guests.
By the end of your stay, the owners would like to know that you have: had a great holiday; thoroughly enjoyed the use of their holiday home; given them any ideas or improvements you may have for future guests; and hopefully, you'll recommend them to your family, friends and colleagues. With your permission, they'll probably want to publish your feedback as a reference for future guests.
Honestly, why would you consider doing anything else?