I booked a villa in Portugal, for a group of friends in July, through owners direct. It makes absolute sense to me to book directly with the owner. The prices were very reasonable, but I suppose you don't have a travel company taking their percentage and forcing up the price booking in this way.
We had a wonderful time. The owner (Eleanor) was a pleasure to do business with, friendly, helpful and so welcoming. We were contacted after our stay to check we had everything we needed and to take any suggestions for future guests.
I will definitely book with owners direct again.
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