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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.

22
Dec
Scam Alert
by Harley Nott

We regularly hear of people who have been scammed booking their vacation rental via Craigslist or one of the many listing sites.

Sure – you might get a bargain, but 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.

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.

21
Dec
Don’t just take our word for it!
by Harley Nott

We have been in business for over 12 years and are approaching our 4,500th rental! We have been awarded “Excellent” by Trip Advisor in 2013 and 2012, a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the Coach House team.

You will find on our web sites numerous testimonials from past guests, many of whom have kindly agreed to act as a reference for us, their e-mail addresses are available on request – you just have to ask!

10
Dec
Why vacation rentals are better than hotels.
by Harley Nott

1. With a vacation rental you get more space.

2. There’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room.

3. It’s cheaper – especially for a party of 3 or more people and for a group.

4. It’s more practical, preparing some of your own meals or getting take-aways is cheaper than always eating in restaurants, foodies can buy and sample the local specialities.

5. And to summarise – you get to “live like a local”.

3
Dec
Suggested Itineraries in London
by Harley Nott

We recommend

3 day visit

  • Open top bus tour
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the guard
  • Royal Collection
  • Royal Mews
  • State Rooms (open August & September)
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Big Ben
  • Tower of London
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Museums
    • British Museum
    • V&A
  • Galleries
    • National Gallery
    • Tate Gallery
    • Tate Modern
  • London Eye
  • Drink in a traditional London pub
  • Eat in traditional London restaurant
    • like Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
  • Tea at Fortnum’s, The Ritz or Brown’s
  • Show/theatre

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15
Nov
Unusual London bus tours
by Harley Nott

Every major city has open-top city bus tours, but here are a few unusual London bus tours.

  • See London by Night makes all the famous landmarks of London all lit up in the night sky look even more outstanding than during the day.
  • The London Time Tour Bus is London’s only alternative city sightseeing tour. Join one of Professor Quantum’s guided sightseeing tours aboard the time travelling bus as you are shown around the city sharing an amazing knowledge of the past (and the future!).
  • Harry Potter Bus Tour of London Locations is a 3 hour mini coach tour includes many of the film locations and inspirations from all 8 films in the series including Kings Cross Station which was used to film Platform 9 ¾, 12 Grimmauld Place and the sites used for the Leaky Cauldron.
  • Duck Tours. Departing from Chicheley Street SE1, which is just behind the London Eye, the amphibious vehicles drive past famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square before a dramatic launch into the River Thames from a slipway by MI6. All this on vehicles used for the D-Day landings in 1944.

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