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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.


Bedrooms


Ask for the total number of actual bedrooms. When a listing says “sleeps eight,” this may include foldout couches in common areas.


Bed size


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).


Bathrooms


Clarify whether the bathrooms are half baths (sometimes called “WC”) or full baths with a shower and a tub.


Layout


Get the specifics. Particularly in older properties, bedrooms are sometimes reachable only through other bedrooms.


Privacy


If your heart’s set on seclusion, ask whether you’ll be sharing amenities such as the pool with other guests on the grounds.

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