LONDON

* In the English Manner (800-422-0799, www.english-manner.com). Wales-based agency is 25 years old. Represents nearly 50 London properties, some country houses and cottages in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Minimum weekly rental; rates for London flats from $1,385 to $3,910, with most in the $1,300 to $3,000 range.

* As You Like It (415-380-9848, www.asyoulikeitrentals.com). San Francisco area-based business is about 12 years old. More than 150 London properties; also rentals in English countryside, Paris, Ireland, Wales, Scotland. Minimum weekly rental; rates for London flats from $1,000 to $3,400-plus, with most in the $1,800 to $2,700 range.

* Farnum & Christ Travel (800-366-2048, www.farnum-christ.com). Tennessee-based company is 20 years old. About 25 London flats and a handful of cottages in the Cotswolds. Minimum weekly rental; rates for London flats from $1,275 to $3,000, with most in the $1,500 to $2,000 range.

PARIS

* Panache (781-383-6006, www.panacherental.com). Massachusetts- based agency is seven years old. More than 200 Paris properties; many rentals also throughout France and in London, Venice and Scotland. Minimum five-day rental for 70 percent of Paris apartments, seven-day rental for others. Weekly rates for Paris apartments from $1,120 to $6,000, with more than half in the $1,120 to $2,000 range.

* France for Rent (866-437-2623, www.franceforrent.com). San Francisco-based agency is 12 years old. About 45 Paris properties. Minimum weekly rental; rates from $990 to $10,000, with most in the $2,000 range.

* France: Homestyle (206-325-0132, www.francehome style.com). Seattle-based agency is 12 years old. About 40 Paris properties, and houses throughout France. Minimum weekly rental; rates for Paris apartments from $850 to $6,800, with more than half in the $1,100 to $1,800 range.

-- Elise Hartman Ford