HouseTrip, the Lausanne based holiday rentals company, recently raised $2.7 million from Index Ventures. The second news about HouseTrip is the complete relaunch of their website wich happend today. The young company was founded in 2009 and its rental platform is available in English, German, French and Spanish. The holiday lettings marketplace has offices in Lausanne, London and Lisbon. Unlike other holiday rentals websites, HouseTrip lets its users register their properties (guestrooms, flats, castles, etc) for free.
HouseTrip operates on an easy-to-use and interactive social interface allowing hosts to list their properties, post photos, answer questions, view the profiles of potential guests and take bookings through the direct booking model. About 8,000 properties were listed on HouseTrip in 2010 and over 50,000 nights were booked.