Airbnb is a huge and rapidly growing database where apartments and rooms can be rented worldwide. The slick interface includes previews of most properties. It has over 800,000 listings in over 30,000 cities and over 190 countries.
Cuendet has the largest offer of individual villas for rent in Tuscany and Italy. The also offers villas and vacation homes in France, Spain, and Portugal.
Dream Villa Rentals is a website offering a great range of vacation properties to rent direct with the owners.
EuroGites (Country holidays in Europe). Gite organizations in 28 countries across Eastern and Western Europe have banded together and created an association for rural tourism. Their website is an easy portal to country-specific gite rentals.
Havens and Hideaways allows owners to advertise holiday home rentals and vacation rentals in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, South Africa, New Zealand, America and worldwide. Book through the owner and benefit from their local knowledge.
HomeAway is a database that lists over one million private apartments and homes worldwide, most with photos, full details, and prices.
Interhome is website where all listings are examined, scored, and quality-rated. The U.S. reservations office connects to a main-office computer in Switzerland for instant, accurate information on availability. Examples include Chalets and holiday apartments in ski resorts.
Novasol is one of Europe’s larger home rental companies with thousands of homes in over 20 countries.
Rent Villas has been in the business of renting apartments, villas, farmhouses, cottages, and castles in Europe since 1984. It obviously is biased towards the upscale customer, but does provide an enormous selection.
Stay Rentals is a multlingual site specializing in holiday home rentals, villas and apartments in Europe. Direct from the owners.
Slow Travelers is a site for those who wish to stay in vacation rentals around the world—apartments, villas, houses, cottages, cabins that you rent by the week. This is conducive to a more immersive, slower, type of vacation. You stay longer in one place and get to know one area in depth.
Sunseekers.com is a site that helps you locate a villa holiday rental from the comfort of your own home.
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