Holiday Cottage Letting Website

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Are your bookings down?
Do you need to increase your rental income?
Are you using a local or national booking agent?
Are you considering starting a holiday cottage business?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then have you considered running your own holiday cottage website?

With your own holiday cottage website you can present your property, its facilities, the local amenities and visitor attractions in the area in a way that prospective guests will find attractive.

Does this sound a lot better than being one of a crowd, in competition with others in your area, and having to conform to a strict presentation style that doesn’t show off your property to best effect?

Why run your own Holiday Cottage Letting Website?

Prospective guests increasingly research the area and available properties using internet searches; just as you do when you look for holiday cottage lettings.

They are looking for its condition and facilities, the area, amenities, testimonials and how popular the property is. They will be delighted when they arrive on your website and find these questions answered.

Your holiday cottage website allows you to present this information together with your wealth of local knowledge in an attractive way supporting an informed decision to book with you.

The old adage is true; people buy from people and with your own holiday cottage website guests communicate directly with you rather than through a 3rd party. This allows you to add that personal touch, build rapport and answer any questions they may have either before or after booking.

Taking Payments

Guests like to pay in different ways so payment flexibility is key. Whilst on-line payment of deposit and balance are popular options some guests prefer to use cheques or direct payment. Your holiday cottage letting website should support all options.

Taking credit/debit card payments doesn’t always require the trouble and expense of having an internet merchant account and paying the monthly fee that involves. It is quite possible to have an e-commerce payment solution that works on a small percentage of any payment made and supports all major credit and debit cards.

So, if your guest pays the deposit on a card and the balance by cheque the only charges you pay are on the card deposit.

In Summary - Your Holiday Cottage Booking Website

For your guests

    • More information about your holiday cottage to make an informed decision.
    • Property calendar showing availability and pricing.
    • Direct contact with the owners for that personal touch.
    • Book on-line to reserve their holiday dates.
    • No additional, and sometimes compulsory, 3rd party costs covering holiday insurance and cancellation fees making your holiday let more expensive.
    • Variety of payment options for deposit and balance.

For you

    • Present your holiday cottage in the best possible way.
    • No more commission payments to 3rd party booking agents.
    • No 3rd party commission payments for weeks you sell.
    • Ability to offer competitive pricing and generate higher rental returns.
    • Complete control over pricing enabling ‘special offers’ to fill booking gaps.
    • Availability calendar encourages early booking if weeks are being sold out.

Want to find out more?

For more information on holiday cottage letting websites please contact us.