The Holiday Home Awards were instigated in 2015 by the European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) as a means to showcase the diversity and quality of holiday homes available for short term rental.

The Awards are given to individual Holiday Homes that provide for a unique and high-quality holiday experience for the average holiday guest. The Holiday Home must be freely available for rent for a significant period of the year.


Categories and criteria


Best Unique Spot Holiday Home
The Holiday Home is unique placed, and integrates the setting in the experience of living in the home
Best Holiday Home Beach House
The Holiday Home is located on the coast, near the waterfront, and provide an opportunity to enjoy the seaside, the water, beach life etc.
Best Holiday Home in European Capital
The Holiday Home is located in a regional or national capital. It should enable the visitor to enjoy city life and the special ambience and characteristics of the city where it is located.
Best Family Friendly Holiday Home
The Holiday Home and the surroundings provide high quality facilities and opportunities especially suited for families with children
Best Green Holiday Home
The Holiday Home is sustainable in terms of a low impact on the environment
Best Accessible Holiday Home
The Holiday Home provides high quality facilities and opportunities for persons with disabilities
Best Pet Holiday Home
The Holiday Home provides high quality facilities and opportunities for families with pets
Best Health and Wellness Holiday Home
The Holiday Home provide high quality facilities and opportunities for health and wellness
Best Unique House Holiday Home
The Holiday Home is extraordinary and unusual in a manner that makes staying there a unique and unforgettable experience
Best Winter Holiday Home
The Holiday Home provides the ideal setting for a winter vacation for a family
Best Architecture & Design Holiday Home
The Holiday Home is unique designed – either externally, internally or both – making living in the home a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Best Budget Holiday Home
The Holiday Home provides an opportunity for a less affluent family to enjoy a fantastic vacation. This entails that the price for renting the house (4 people for 7 days) should not exceed € 1.000 in peak season (including all fees, taxes and charges)
Best Nature Experience Holiday Home
The Holiday Home is unique placed in a nature setting and provides an opportunity to experience the outdoors. The house does not necessarily include all amenities.
Best Romantic Escape Holiday Home
The Holiday Home provides the ideal setting for a couple’s retreat.

General criteria


Our expert jury

Niki Christian Nutsch

Niki Christian Nutsch (MBA) has earned international recognition as an expert in tourism and hospitality, and as an experienced business leader with a strong background in developing high-performing marketing and sales teams in the resort and vacation home industry. As a Founding Partner at Take Five Homes, Niki is passionate about providing the smarter way to own holiday homes. In addition, Niki lectures in tourism and hospitality marketing at universities and business schools throughout Europe and is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches, presentations, and seminars at industry conferences. Together with his wife, he owns and operates vacation rentals in Spain and Italy.

Jacob R. Kirkegaard Larsen, PhD

Jacob is Manager for the Destination Development Team at The Danish Coastal and Nature Tourism Foundation, a national organization recentlig established with the purpose to promote economic growth within a tourism industry highly dominated by holiday home renters. As part of his PhD study, Jacob did research within family holiday experiences in relation to short-term rented holiday homes and examined the opportunities for developing the holiday home and the holiday home destinations accordingly. Finally, Jacob is external examiner at the MA-study in Tourism at Aalborg University.

Elena Lacasa

Elena Lacasa graduated in Law and has a Master in Legal science from ESADE University (Barcelona).

She has worked in the public administration of the Catalan Government since 2008, focusing on the field of tourism.

From the Tourism department she has specialized in the field of comparative law and international benchmarking and in the study of the collaborative economy for a better regulation in the accommodation sector. She is a technical member of the Interdepartmental Commission for the development of the collaborative economy created by the Catalan Government that addresses  this phenomenon  from all perspectives and aims to reach a global understanding and joint to create conditions for the development of confidence and sustainable growth.

Elena Lacasa asumes the leadership of the Working Group on digital platforms of NECSTouR, the Network of European Regions for a sustainable and competitive tourism, representing the member regions of the network before the European institutions, organizing workshops on issues related to the digitalization of tourism, driving  pilot actions to exchange and analyze good practice between regions.