Giveaway: win one of two £200 Wimdu accommodation vouchers!

WimduEvery so often someone comes up with an idea that’s just so brilliant, I’m amazed I haven’t heard of it before.  Wimdu is one of those things.  It’s a website (or ‘accommodation platform’ to use the technical term)  that brings travellers together with people around the world who have accommodation.  It’s not small, either.  They currently list over 150,000 properties in over 50 countries around the world.

So what do they offer?  I asked Wimdu’s lovely Joshua Goodwin to tell us more about it:

‘We offer a range of accommodation. Anything from a small private room in a Berliner’s flat to a villa in rural Spain.   We list many unusual properties too but the vast majority of our business comes through city breaks and beach holidays. We are the number one alternative to hotels.’

So why choose Wimdu?

‘People stay with us because they prefer the comfort and authenticity of a home over a faceless hotel chain which they can stay at anywhere in the world.’

And what are the benefits of choosing Wimdu to book your accommodation?

‘People can decide to take a room in an apartment or the whole property which means we can suit almost all budgets.  We want people to take a classic villa by the sea over an overpriced and over subscribed hotel you get with a package holiday. We want to show people that the extra comfort and authenticity does not come at extra cost and the average family will save money through us.’

I LOVE this idea. And presumably local people in these resorts benefit too?

‘Absolutely.  I like how it takes a lot of tourism money away from the multinational hotels and puts the money back into  local hands.  It encourages people to mix with locals more, as you can often find yourself just surrrounded by fellow natives and it can really water down the culture which is a shame.’

So who are your hosts?  Are they posh people with grand villas by the sea, or just ordinary folk?

‘You don’t have to own a second home to make a bit of money, just a spare room in the house or perhaps your child is away at uni or moved out and its a great way to make a bit of income.’

And to celebrate this absolutely FABULOUS idea, Wimdu have given me two £200 vouchers to give away.

As usual, there are a few ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment saying which accommodation you would choose  on the Wimdu website (I would choose the stunningly beautiful modern apartment overlooking Lake d’Orta pictured above)

Then for an extra entry:
And for another chance to win:
3. Tweet ‘I want to win holiday vouchers with @wimdu and @englishmum’.

Usual English Mum competition rules apply.  Competition ends Saturday 23rd February at midnight.



244 replies
  1. tilly clery
    tilly clery says:

    - studio apartment in Notting Hill would probably be on my list, – my mum used to live round that way back in the day…

  2. caroline mccabe
    caroline mccabe says:

    I would love to stay in the Beautiful 2 Bedroom Flat in Earls Court
    Apartment – Kempsford Gardens, sw5 9la London, United Kingdom as it is nice and central yet quiet and would give us the chance to show our 9 year old daughter around London. I have also liked and tweeted as @wittymacs

  3. vauna beauvais
    vauna beauvais says:

    check out this fab grecian place – Bright and comfortable 3-room villa – its got a pool and lovely accomodation for £124 per night – your own private paradise! Got a 5 star review as well. Villa – 15125 Athens, Greece

  4. Lindy Hine
    Lindy Hine says:

    What a great idea and some really good prices. I’d go for the Loft Apartment in Barcelona – sounds fabulous and I’ve always wanted to go there.

  5. olivia kirby
    olivia kirby says:

    I would choose somewhere in the Uk, so I like this one ‘LUXURY GARDEN STUDIO FLAT – CENTRAL LONDON, 15 mins by tube to West End’ Looks safe, cosy and convenient for the Capital’s attractions.

  6. Kerry Kilmister
    Kerry Kilmister says:

    I have liked the Wimdy page.

    I would choose the 4S Fantastic Small Luxury Chic Studio with En-suite Bathroom in Commercial Road London – it looks lovely for my little family.

  7. Theresa
    Theresa says:

    I would choose the fantastic James Square apartment (Property ID: 975HDKS3) because it is perfect for the Edinburgh Fringe festival, I could take my best (four legged) friend as pets are welcome, AND if the festival festivities became too tiring I could rest and unwind with a sauna or a dip in the pool. What more could anyone ask for? Internet so that I could visit this site … that’s covered too :0)

  8. Christina Schofield
    Christina Schofield says:

    Amazing Villa Surrounded by Nature (022)
    Villa – Carrer de Pere Amorós, 07570 Artà, Spain

    Absolutely gorgeous. What a dream holiday destination.

    SUSAN L HALL says:

    I would choose the Exceptional Apartment in Centrel Paris – or any of the nice ones i cant wait to have a proper visit to Paris.

  10. Michal Mops
    Michal Mops says:

    I would choose Chic 7-room villa in Dubrovnik, perfect place for vacation with friends. Liked on FB and tweeted @mimo852.

  11. Sarah Redfern
    Sarah Redfern says:

    We would chose the: Spacious and Elegant Double Room with Four Poster Bed
    Private room – Lake Road, LA23 2EQ Windermere, United Kingdom

    Perfect for a romantic break away x

  12. Raymond Fletcher
    Raymond Fletcher says:

    I would chose a two bed apartment in Greenwich. There are lots of places in and around that I would love to visit. Does a Greenwich have plenty of salad on it? :)

  13. Karl Foxley
    Karl Foxley says:

    I couldn’t find anything as nice as what you already shared so going with the ‘stunningly beautiful modern apartment overlooking Lake d’Orta’ too!

  14. Jessica M
    Jessica M says:

    I would choose the luxurious looking Private Room, Rothesay Terrace, EH3 Edinburgh, United Kingdom for my family to stay in. We’d use the vouchers towards a week’s stay in this beautiful and historic city, making the most of the whisky this time (last time I was pregnant and couldn’t savour the best bits! :)

  15. mrs sharron page
    mrs sharron page says:

    I would also choose the Luxury 3 Bed apartment in the prestigious Bay area of Cardiff. It looks heavenly and a great place to recuperate from work.

  16. Michelle N.
    Michelle N. says:

    Most definitely the “Deluxe room in Monkey Forest” in Indonesia. Surrounded by green in a beautiful luxurious place!

  17. Greig spencer
    Greig spencer says:

    i think that i would like to choose Luxury 3 Bed apartment in the prestigious Bay area of Cardiff, it looks fabulous and really nice place to stay

  18. Nicci McIntyre
    Nicci McIntyre says:

    I would choose Pretty house in the south of Gran canaria – I went there in october and it rained all week so would love to go back when the sun is shining!! x

  19. Shauna Ferguson
    Shauna Ferguson says:

    Courtyard Townhouses in Garlow Cross – Townhouse / Type 3
    House – XXXX Navan, County Meath, Ireland


  20. George Spedding
    George Spedding says:

    Home Île-de-France Paris .Centre Le Marais Add to favourites
    Paris .Centre Le Marais
    Apartment – rue pernelle, 75004 Paris, France

  21. michelle kane
    michelle kane says:

    I would choose cute and cosy MidKinleith Farm Garden Flat in Edinburgh. The best of both worlds. Looks fab and I haven’t been to Edinburgh yet.

  22. Sharon Coleman
    Sharon Coleman says:

    I would chose a two bed apartment in Greenwich for a lovely short break in London taking in the Royal Observatory, Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark, and maybe a concert at the O2 :)

  23. Tess
    Tess says:

    I have known about Wimdu for a while but I did not have the money to get although I always wanted to try it.The idea is great.

    I would love to stay at the “Cozy apartment in heart of Venice” with channel view :)


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