Bringing Friends And Their Homes Together

StayOne was founded by a couple of friends who were frequent travellers and passionate about their homes. They were tired of staying in soulless hotels and the disappointment of arriving at an expensive holiday home to discover it was nothing like the pictures and kitted out with Ikea furniture. All the while, their own homes sat empty for many weeks of the year, nervous of renting to total strangers. There had to be a different way.

On their next holidays, including one long trip to New Zealand, they decided to test a new concept. They would rent only from trusted people. Ahead of the trips they reconnected with friends with beautiful homes, chatted over emails, coffees and lunches and received recommendations and personal introductions.

The experience was eye opening. They were amazed by the willingness and desire to help from people who are passionate about their homes. Even speaking to strangers introduced by mutual friends was different. You had been “vouched for” and suddenly there was an implicit bond of trust. Ultimately the houses were without doubt better than they could have rented anywhere else online and they knew exactly what they were going to get when they arrived. In each location their new friends gave them a local’s guide: hotspots to eat and drink, must see sights, trusted babysitters, access to members only clubs. A guide book or an internet search would not have come close to this personal experience.

The downside of the new concept was that it took a huge amount of time and effort to arrange. So StayOne was born, allowing you to rent exceptional homes from a community of likeminded people you can trust all over the world in a matter of minutes. You can chat and discover all the local knowledge and passion for their homes that our community have to share.

I hope you enjoy the experience. There is a different way.

Best Wishes

Thomas Bennett

Co-founder

Jorge Munoz

Co-founder