One of the fun things about buying a vacation rental (besides getting to use it occasionally) is giving it a name. Everything else is branded these days - why not your vacation home?
Having a name for your vacation home gives it an identity and makes it stand out among the thousands of other rentals in your area. This is especially important in areas that have high rental listing density. Just try scrolling through all the HomeAway listings in a dense rental area like Destin, and see how they all run together after awhile. A unique name will give your property a better chance to stand out among all the others. Think about it, when renting a Beach house would you rather stay in “Just Beachy” or #111 Ridgewood way?
When we purchased our first Vacation Rental 7 years ago in Austin, Texas we immediately gave it an identity naming it El Sueño, which translates to “the dream”. We had always dreamed about owning something in the Texas Hill Country, so for us, this name represented the joy of finally owning a little piece of it (even if it was just a small condo). Our second rental property was named “Vista Azul” (Blue View) because it had a fantastic view of beautiful crystal blue Lake Travis (we no longer own Vista Azul but you can see we had a theme going here). Our dream of owning a little bigger piece of the Hill Country was realized recently when we purchased 140 acres near Fredericksburg, TX. It’s a beautiful piece of property with rolling hills and several dry creek beds, hence the name - “Dry Creek Ranch”.
After coming up with the name for our rental, we made sure to have a sign made for the condo entrance to greet guests to “El Sueño” when they check in. The sign is the first thing they see when they walk through the door and lets them know that their vacation has started!
Over the years, our guests have come to know and love our brand too. We get many repeat guests who always request to book our condo by its name. They would never remember my listing number, but they do remember the name. It represents a getaway to them with many wonderful memories.
How to come up with a name - You can let many things guide you when choosing a name for your home. Maybe you want to use a name that has meaning to your family or incorporates your family name. Another option is to use something catchy and fun. Where is your rental located? Is it a Beach Bungalow, Mountain Ski condo, Lake House or Urban Retreat? There are so many different directions you can go - you really can’t go wrong. Just as long as it is meaningful to you!
Now that you have decided to name your home, its time to brainstorm ideas. Thinking about what type of home you have is a good place to start - then you can choose other descriptive terms to pair with it. Here are some ideas: Casita, Cottage, Den, Acres, Nest, Farm, Gulch, Gardens, Grove, Hill, Bungalow, Villa, Casa, Oasis, Retreat, Lodge, Barn, Hideaway, Haven, Sanctuary, Shack, Hollow, Vista and the list goes on and on…….
BEACH HOME NAME IDEAS:
|Absolute Beach||Anchors Away||All Decked Out|
|After Dune Delight||Barefoot Bungalow||Baydream Believer|
|Beachy Keen||Beach Blessing||Calypso Cottage|
|Changes in Attitude||Cliff Cottage||Cliff Haven|
|Coconut Cottage||Dock Holiday||Driftwood Cottage|
|Dune our Thing||Fanta Sea||Family Tides|
|5 O'Clock Somewhere||Flip Flop Inn||Fiddler on the Reef|
|Gone Coastal||Hip Nautic||Hook Wine & Sinker|
|Island Time||Just Beachy||Keeping it Reel|
|Lattitude Adjustment||One Oar Missing||Once Upon A Tide|
|Playing Hooky||Reel Paradise||Salty Dog|
|Sandy Bottoms||Sandy feet Retreat||Sol Mate|
|Southern Exposure||Sea Duced||Sea Pointe|
|Sea La Vie||Shore Enuff||Shore Fun|
|Seas the Day||Seabatical||Seascape|
|Seaclusion||Sea Gem||Sea Esta|
|Sea Renity||Sea Glass Cottage||Second Wind|
|Shore Thing||Shore House||Starfish Shack|
|Stella Maris||Sugar Shores||Sunny Daze|
|Sunnyside Up||The Lookout||The Lost Lobster|
|The Reel World||Victoria's Sea-Cret||Vitamin Sea|
|Sea Forever||Ocean Pearl||Fun in the Sun|
|Reel 'em inn||Looney Dunes||Knot 4 Reel|
|Footprints in the Sand||Deja Blue||Feelin tip'sea|
|Good times & Tan lines||Blue Chill||The blue pearl|
|Beach a holic||A wave from it all||Big Kahuna|
|Wait n Sea||Cake by the Ocean||Isle be Back|
|Bikini Bottom||The Beach Hive||Shore Beats Work|
|Bikini's & Martini's||Sea Forever||Purple Pelican|
|Krusty Krab||Flipping Flounder||Endless Summer|
|Luna Sea||Salt Life||Sand Ranch|
|Porpoise of Life||Whispering Palms||Beach Daze|
|Looney Dunes||Blue Heaven||7 Palms|
|Coral Paradise||Lost Shaker of Salt||Conch Cottage|
|Shore to Please||Serenity by the Sea||Flirty Flamingo|
|Beach Haven||Bahama Breeze|
MOUNTAIN HOME NAME IDEAS:
|A Walk in the Clouds||A-Frame of Mind||Above it All|
|Adventure Lodge||Aspen Glow||Bear Cave Haus|
|Bears Eye View||Bear Pause||Bearadise|
|Bluebird Day||Changes in Attitude||Eagles Nest|
|Eagles Watch||Day Dreamer||Deer Ridge|
|Dreams & Streams||Fireside Retreat||Flyin' High|
|Forrest Creek||Grandview||Happy Hollow|
|Hickory Ridge||Hidden Haven||Hillside Hideaway|
|Heavenly Daze||Heavens View||Lookout Lodge|
|Knotty & Nice||Lazy Bear Lodge||Misty Mountain Hideaway|
|Moonlight Ridge||Moonlight View||Moose Tracks|
|Mountain Majesty||Pine Hollow||Redwood Retreat|
|Riversong||Rocky Top Retreat||Scenic Sollitude|
|Serenity Creek||Sleepy Hollow||Sky High|
|Squirrels Leap||Snow Pine||Smokies Outlook|
|Smoky Mountain High||Stairway to Heaven||Stix-N-Stones|
|Whispering Creek||Whitetail Hollow||Whispering Pines|
|Woodland Chalet||Woodhaven||Snow White|
MORE HOME NAME IDEAS:
|7th Heaven||Borrowed Time||Bottoms Up|
|Casa Blanca||California Dreamin||Chateau Relaxo|
|Casa Del Sol||Copa Cabana||Cozy Cottage|
|Daze Off||Desert Ridge||Dolce Vita Villa|
|Dream Weaver||El Rancho Del Sol||El Sueño|
|Endless Summer||Empty Nest||Family Ties|
|Firefly Cottage||Good Vibrations||Great Escape|
|Happy Daze||Happy Ours||Heavenly Hideaway|
|Hilltop Haven||Joint Venture||Journeys End|
|Lazy Daze||License to Chill||Livin' the Dream|
|Makin' Memories||No Regrets||No Worries|
|Off Course||Permanent Vacation||Playing Hooky|
|Rancho Mirage||Relax Inn||Serendipity|
|Serenity Now||Southern Comfort||Sunrise Cottage|
|Sunset Shack||Sweet Retreat||Tequilla Sunrise|
|The Big chill||The Last Resort||Time Out|
|Tranquil Times||Vacation Station||Villa Costalotta|
|Vista Azul||Wine Down||Whitsend|
|My Happy Place||Catch the Breeze||Pop-a-Top|
|Bella Vista||Paradise Found||House of Views|
|Next Chapter||Sunset Hideaway||Suits Us|
|Casa Chillotta||Tequilla Sunrise||Leave of Absence|
For more name and sign ideas see our Pinterest board of Vacation Home Names.
As you can see, branding your home goes a long way into getting your guests to feel like they are truly staying in a unique place. Some of the other things you can do to brand your property is to decorate in a style that complements your homes location. You can also have inexpensive gifts printed with your name or logo, like cooler bags to use at the Beach or monogramed caps and visors. One of the things we have made for our guests is coozies with our logo that we leave for them to use and take. We also provide our guests with custom bath amenities from our online store, Vacation Home Amenities, that have a "vacation inspired" theme. We use the Retreat line of bath toiletries which is a simple classic design that complements many types of decor. What are some of the things you do for your guests?
It has been so much fun researching the names for this blog! I especially enjoyed finding out the meaning behind some of them. If you had a vacation home, what would you name it and why? Leave a comment below and let us know your favorites. If you have any great home name ideas we would love to add them to our list!
~ Happy Renting ~
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