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Doorways, Ltd., has been renting vacation villas and apartments in Europe since 1994, when president and founder Kit Burns launched the company’s Italian division from the living room of her Bryn Mawr home. Since that day, Doorways has expanded its services to include rentals in France and Spain as well. Our staff, too, has grown-to 11, and counting– and the paint is just about dry on our new, more spacious office– just down the street from the original. But Doorways’ most essential and definitive characteristic remains unchanged: our staff is still committed to offering a uniquely personal touch in helping you plan your ideal independent travel vacation. We are proud of this commitment to first-rate personal service and believe it sets us apart, among rental agents.

What is “independent travel?”
Doorways caters first and foremost to travelers who are thrilled by the prospect of “living as the locals do” in a delightful European local enjoying the novelties of a foreign climate and culture, while making independent choices on a day-to-day basis about where to go and what to see or do. This is the essence of the “independent travel” tradition, also referred to as the “self-catering” vacation. (For the traveler seeking full-service accommodations, including live-in maid and kitchen staff and other luxury services, Doorways does offer a limited number of very special options; please inform us of this preference when you first contact us.) Years of experience have shown us that the most precious service anyone can offer the independent traveler is information–information about every aspect of the travel and rental experience, including the minute details of what to expect at the villa, the train station, the museum, or car rental office. We also tell you what to look forward to: the breathtaking botanical garden, tucked away and overlooked behind a crumbling wall, or that amazing gelato shop just around the corner.

But can’t I get information from a guidebook?
Yes, and no. Certainly not the kind of detailed, personally directed information our staff is qualified to provide. From your first contact with Doorways, you will find yourself in very attentive and capable hands. To begin, one of our well-trained European specialists will guide you through the important process of selecting just the right property for your trip. Whether your party is one of friends or family, or a group celebrating a special occasion or planning a professional workshop, we are eager to help you find the ideal accommodations among our exceptional selection of distinctive accommodations in Italy, France, and Spain. Because we have visited each of the properties we represent–and this is by no means the norm in the villa rental business!–we can speak to you about each one from personal experience. In addition, we will be happy to put you in touch with a client who has previously stayed in the very residence you are considering.

What else can I expect in choosing Doorways?
In addition to offering valuable one-on-one advice about flight and train reservations, rental cars, hired drivers and guides, cell phone rental, hotels and travel insurance, our staff will provide you with our own travel tips and restaurant guide, a list of books and films you might enjoy in preparing for your trip, and even special suggestions for traveling with children. All of these materials reflect our many years’ combined experience as enthusiastic travelers, as well as the wonderful feedback we continually receive from satisfied clients. Doorways’ network of valuable contacts extends to our many property owners as well. Working directly with the owners whenever possible, we seek to create an atmosphere of hospitality that will make you feel instantly at home, both while we assist with your arrangements and once you have arrived at your European destination. We are confident that this comprehensive and attentive service is the primary reason why so much of our business comes from returning customers and referrals.

We are constantly adding to the villas and apartments we offer and updating the price lists. Please ask us to mail you complete information about individual properties. Since we have seen all our properties, we are happy to talk with you about what you want and help you make your selections. It is in our interest, your interest and our owners’ interest to find the right place for you. This is the most important part of our service. We offer something different than a choice from a catalogue.

To see photos and descripitons of a villa, click on the country of your choice at the top of the page. To reserve please read the financial agreements (print a copy to keep) and then contact us.

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Important pricing information: Properties for which Doorways pays owners in Euros are subject to a currency adjustment of 10% due to the current condition of the US dollar.
For more information, please visit our homepage and click on Currency Adjustment Information.

Doorways, Ltd., 900 County Line Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2502
Tel: (610) 520-0806 or (800) 261-4460 ~ Fax: (610) 520-0807
Email Us: [email protected]