Founded in 1991, as Homesaway, the business operated out of a single villa in the Burgundy region of France and catered solely to groups of cycling enthusiasts. In 1995, the business was sold with the new owner looking to expand the destination and villa offering.
Following expansion into neighbouring Italy, the business – while still focused primarily on cycling tours – started to diversify into villa vacations with custom trip planning and bespoke activities. With a focus on providing guests a much more authentic local experience, the business grew to be one of the more successful European villa travel companies. The introduction of the Local Host concept gave rise to a name change and HostedVillas was born.
The widespread adoption of the internet led to a number of new entrants in the villa rental space and created a number of new competing accommodation models. Almost without exception, each of these businesses are basically listing services competing largely on price. At HV, we have continued to differentiate ourselves and stay true to our principles of hand selecting our featured properties, providing exceptional pre-trip planning and personally hosting our guests in each destination to ensure unparalleled vacation experiences.
In 2018, we have embarked on a significant expansion program adding 7 new destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean featuring over 125 new hand-selected properties all of which meet our exacting standards. We are continuing to develop new and existing destinations with the addition of further properties to better service our guests. Subscribe to our Newsletter to be the first to see these exciting developments...............