January 2015 - CHS Rentals
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Month: January 2015

29
Jan
The London Marathon
by Gill Chris

April 26 – The London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the great sporting events of the year. The 26-mile race through the streets of London attracts competitive runners from all over the world, as well as those running for fun or charities.

If you’ve never joined the hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the streets of London to cheer on the runners in the London Marathon before, you’re in for a treat!  It is a wonderful experience with live bands along the route and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and a drink.

There are lots of vantage points from which to watch the action whilst taking in some of London’s greatest sights including the The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.  The race finishes on The Mall with Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch at either end.

You can find lots more spectator information here.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay when visiting for the London Marathon please take at a look at our website where we have some 60 hand-picked London vacation rental properties at prices to suit most pockets.

 

26
Jan
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
by Gill Chris

2015 Season at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

The 2015 Season at The Globe Theatre kicks off on April 23 with The Merchant Of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock.  The Season continues through the summer with As You Like It, King John, Measure for Measure, Richard II, Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, amongst others, before finishing off with a production of Nell Gwynn which closes on October 17.  Public booking opens 9 February 2015.

Sam Wanamaker’s faithful reconstruction of the Globe Theatre was opened by HM the Queen in June 1997. Here you experience Shakespeare’s plays in the round and in the open air – just as it was over 500 years ago – a unique experience!

More information about The Globe Theatre can be found here.

Details of many other events in London can be found at https://www.chsrentals.com/london/plan-your-stay/

23
Jan
Springtime in New York
by Erin Mara

Springtime in New York

There’s nothing like spring in New York! It will soon be that time of year again – the very best time to visit New York and to see the lovely cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Hanami is the Japanese name for cherry-blossom viewing, and the Japanese have long-established customs surrounding this tradition, including picnicking under the boughs of cherry trees and trapping fallen petals in cups of sake. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s peerless collection of cherry trees – the largest and most diverse outside Japan – creates a canopy of blossoms in the spring worthy of celebration. You won’t want to miss it.

Central Park is also at its best in the spring. The park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers by providing 843 acres of paths, lakes and open spaces for escaping the din and chaos of the surrounding city. Visitors to New York City are often impressed with its beauty and size, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a bit of relaxation and get a better sense of what it’s like to live in New York City.

And while we’re talking about outdoor space, don’t forget the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues and it’s well worth a visit.

You’ll need somewhere to stay, and rather than using a hotel, why not try one of our short stay rentals – much better value, much more space and you get to “live like a local”.

We recommend these excellent one bedroom apartments: YWestSide23 – Spacious Chelsea apartment, simple modern comfort with a storied past; YMidtownWest1 – Stylish luxury and space in the heart of Manhattan; and YEastSide27 – Chic modern alcove studio in lovely Grammercy location. You’ll find full details of these and our other 1, 2 and 3+ bedroom rentals at our New York web site.

 

22
Jan
The Boat Race
by Gill Chris

April 11, The Boat Race

The Boat Race is an annual contest between two rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities. This world famous sporting event was first held in 1829 and is as British a sporting occasion as you will ever see as the two university crews battle it out to the roars of the crowds lining the river banks. The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world; this year will be the 161st contest.  Cambridge lead the series with 81 victories to Oxford’s 79, with one dead-heat in 1877.

The Boat Race is one of the biggest free sporting events in London. See it from one of the many vantage points along the riverbank such as Putney, Hammersmith, Barnes or Chiswick.

The event is broadcast live on big screens in Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith.  In the UK, the Races are shown live on BBC1.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay when visiting London for the Boat Race, these properties are all within walking distance of the Thames and the Boat Race course:  BKV, BSH, PRX, RTV2, LAT and TMR .

Details of many other events in London can be found at https://www.chsrentals.com/london/plan-your-stay/

 

19
Jan
Chelsea Flower Show
by Gill Chris

May 19, Chelsea Flower Show

This is one of the events of the year – not just for garden enthusiasts but for socialites and anyone who loves beautiful things. See the very best in modern garden design, themed gardens, extravagant plantings, plus outdoor furniture and greenhouses. On the last day, there’s the opportunity to buy some of the magnificent exhibits.

The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Once Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it is still the most prestigious.

Details of many other events in London can be found at https://www.chsrentals.com/london/plan-your-stay/

19
Jan
Chinese New Year in London
by Harley Nott

Sunday February 22nd. Chinese New Year in London.

Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital last year.

This year, the Year of the Sheep, Chinese New Year falls on 19 February and the London celebrations take place on the Sunday following, the 22 February.

Highlights of the event include a lively parade and a main stage in Trafalgar Square on 22 February from 12pm until 6pm, featuring visiting artists from China. Lion teams, performances from local artists and traditional food and craft stalls can be found in various locations. Join the throng in a stall-covered Chinatown for fun and firecrackers on and around Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and Shaftesbury Avenue where there are impromptu parties, food stalls and lion dancing.

Details of this and events in London throughout the summer can be found at https://www.chsrentals.com/london/plan-your-stay/

9
Jan
A vacation rental scam story
by Harley Nott

A vacation rental scam story

A sorry vacation rental scam story.

In February 2014 my daughter Joanna booked a ski chalet over the 2014/2015 New Year in Val d’Isere for her young family (husband + 2 children under 3) and another similar family coming over from Australia.

She found the ideal chalet on HomeAway, entered into an email dialogue with “the owner”, spoke to him on his mobile phone and eventually booked, making an on-line payment of some £3,500 to a UK bank account, details of which were provided by “the owner”.

For the following 11 months both families excitedly anticipated their skiing holiday.

A week before the 27 December start of their rental Joanna emailed “the owner” to arrange check-in details. The email bounced. She tried again with the same result. She then called the mobile phone number – it did not exist any more. Furthermore the ski chalet was no longer listed on the HomeAway site.

In desperation she called HomeAway. Yes the accommodation and the owner were genuine, it had been listed for some years but now was not.

It appears that the owner’s email account had been hacked. “The owner” Joanna thought she was dealing with was a fraudster who was intercepting the emails and impersonation the owner. Charming and plausible, but a thief.

On reporting this vacation rental scam and saying that they should have a good lead to catch the culprit though the bank account details, she was told that it’s common practice for these people to open an account with a false identity and then close it after they’ve taken the money and it’s served it’s purpose.

A happy ending? Yes reasonably….. After a lot of stress, they did manage to find alternative accommodation and had a great holiday (apart from the children catching chicken pox!) but they were still out of pocket by some £3,500.

The moral – while most ads are genuine, the sad fact remains that there are many fraudsters out there and these sites are an ideal environment for them. See what Forbes says.

If you’re looking for a vacation rental, play it safe and book with a reputable company. Coach House Rentals has been in business since 2001 and we have had several thousand happy, satisfied guests.

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