Villa Rentals: Listings decoder
Know how to read the fine print before signing on the dotted line—and be mindful of key differences between European and American property descriptions.
First floor vs. Ground floor
In a multistory property, remember the first floor is the same as the second floor in the United States.
Ask for the total number of actual bedrooms. When a listing says “sleeps eight,” this may include foldout couches in common areas.
American distinctions of twin, full, queen, and king beds don’t always apply in Europe. Ask for the size in centimeters and compare it with U.S. sizes (a king measures 198 by 203 cm).
Clarify whether the bathrooms are half baths (sometimes called “WC”) or full baths with a shower and a tub.
Get the specifics. Particularly in older properties, bedrooms are sometimes reachable only through other bedrooms.
If your heart’s set on seclusion, ask whether you’ll be sharing amenities such as the pool with other guests on the grounds.