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Mark Hillmer

Hello! We are a team made up of two husband-and-wife couples, Andy and Shelby Dougherty as well as Mark and Paget Hillmer from America’s Midwest, dedicated to providing luxury vacation dream homes in great places for rejuvenating experiences.

We’ve owned and operated vacation homes as well as residential rental units for many years. We like to say we’ve got a “sixth sense” when it comes to finding “not cookie-cutter” homes, that is, those with unique architectural features and space to breathe.

Our goal is to allow our guests to relax and rejuvenate. We do this by providing beautiful luxury homes awash in stylized professional interior design, surrounded by professional landscapes rooted in native plants, and supported through personal, on-call guest services.

The rental management portion is handled by both Andy and Mark, both of whom previously worked in the financial industry and now work full time managing the short-term rental properties. Our passion is exceeding guest expectations; all our homes consistently receive five-star ratings from our guests, many of whom return each year. We are available 24/7 via phone, text, or email and will always respond quickly.

The interior design and landscaping are handled by Paget, a professional interior designer with commercial and residential clients across the country. Her passion is finding local artisan furnishings and artwork. Our guests have told us they appreciate her talent for sharing these “finds” in our relaxing, peaceful vacation homes designed first and foremost for comfort.

We are serious about the guest experience. We want our guests to leave our vacation homes rejuvenated. To us, that’s what vacation is about: rejuvenation. We run our vacation homes just like five-star luxury vacation homes we would want to stay in, and then we go several steps further just to make the experience one our guests will never forget, and more importantly, will want to return to and recommend to their friends.

When Andy and Shelby are not working managing the rentals, they are spending time at home in Des Moines, Iowa with their family including their four children – Roman, Charley, Braxton, and Grayson, all of which are 6 years and younger and keep them quite busy. Andy, Shelby, and their family also enjoy travelling to their desert oasis in Tucson to get away from the cold Iowa winters.
When Mark and Paget are not traveling the country with their two dogs and cat searching for their next vacation dream home, they’re either on their family farm in Rochester, MN or in their desert abode in Tucson, AZ.

No Booking Fees

Why Book with Us?

Over the last few years, National Booking sites have implemented Guest fees for the ability to Book a property thru their site.

Our Primary motivation to establish our own site is 2-fold.

  1.  Provide No Booking Fees.
  2.  Welcome Guests to our inventory of Designer Luxury Vacation Homes.

Our Goal:

Vacationdreamhomerentals.com is a small high-quality provider of Luxury Vacation Homes. We strive to develop a following of guests who come to our properties year after year, as well as a destination for one time visitors who are looking for a more professional and easy to navigate relationship.

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