Cottage Offers Roundup

July 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Holiday Cottage Offers

Here are some of our best holiday cottage offers over the next couple of weeks:-

Luxury cottages North Yorkshire Moors

Save £200 – 5 people – Yorkshire

Part of a one hundred year old stables and granary just outside of the village of Snainton, in the North York Moors, The Stables holiday cottage has been recently renovated to a high standard and sleeps up to 5 people in 2 bedrooms. You can save £200 on a 1 week break from Saturday 16th July, now just £595 down from £795. Details

Holiday Cottage Deals July 2016

Save £200 – 6 people – West Wales

Beudy Gwyn is a three-bedroom cottage in stunning position on the St Davids Peninsula in West Wales, with extensive sea views. Sleeping 2 to 6, it is ideal for families, but also great for couples, and if you can go for 1 week commencing Sat 16th July, you’ll save yourselves a cool £200, with 7 nights now costing just £699. Details

Vintage Airstream Cornwall

Save 15% – 4 people – Cornwall

If you fancy something a bit more off the wall, how about this beautifully restored American “silver bullet” caravan, near Newquay on the Cornwall coast? Sleeping 4 people in true retro style, this vintage Airstream has been reduced by 15% for all remaining July dates, such as 7 nights from Friday 22nd July now just £760, reduced from £895. Details

This was just a selection of our cottage rental offers over the next 2 weeks, for more, please visit our Late Availability Cottages page.

Amazing Deal – Go this weekend!

June 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Cha;et Deals Summer 2016 Samoens
Very quick post to let you know about this quite amazing deal in the French Alps if you can drop everything and go this weekend!

Chalet Moccand is in the picturesque historic town of Samoens – officially recognised as one of the prettiest villages in France, set in the heart of the Grand Massif mountain region, just one hour from Geneva. Just 5 minutes from the centre of the town, the chalet sleeps 10/12 people, and 1 week commencing Saturday 11th June is now on offer for €1138 – a saving of over 40% on the usual price of €2027. For more details and to book, visit Chalet Moccand Samoens

Offers Roundup – June Half Term Cottage Deals

May 22, 2016 at 9:40 am

Looking like the weather might be good for Half Term, so here’s our pick of June Half Term cottage deals:-

Half Term Cottage Offers June 2016

Yorkshire, near Richmond SAVE 10% Sat 28th May 7 nights – Was £515, now £460 (£66 / night)

The Curlews, near Richmond, is a beautiful character cottage nestling in the peaceful village of Langthwaite in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Sleeping 4 people, it’s the perfect spot for walker and cyclists – and has a fantastic wood burner to come back to at the end of the day!! More details

Half Term Cottages 2016

Cotswolds, Admington SAVE 50% Sat 28th May 7 nights – Was £395 now £199 (£28 / night)

This delightful detached property is situated in a very quiet location with lovely views across the open fields to Ilmington Downs. Admington is a convenient spot for Stratford upon Avon, The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. With many peaceful walks on your doorstep this cottage is great for peace, quiet and relaxation, yet with local pubs and shops just 2 miles away. Sleeps 3 people. More details

Half Term Cottage Deals Cornwall

Cornwall, near Bude SAVE £100 Sat 28 May 7 nights – Was £750 Reduced to £650

Set just a mile from the sea and encircled by rolling countryside, Mole’s Burrow is a two-bedroom cottage at Houndapitt Cottages – a non-working farm close to Bude, on the North Cornwall Coast. With a games room, play area, fishing lake and a beach all on the doorstep, it offers the perfect base for your holiday in Cornwall. More details

For more Half Term cottage deals, visit our Late Availability page.

Trust Pilot Reviews Rate Owners Direct 1 Star

January 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Trust Pilot Reviews Owners Direct

More disgruntled owners at Owners Direct

Owners Direct facing increasing alienation from property owners

The Champagne corks are still probably popping for the owners and shareholders of Owners Direct / HomeAway following their big-money sale to Expedia, though the picture is somewhat less rosy for property owners, according to reviews of the site posted on ratings site Trust Pilot. Out of 262 reviews, Owners Direct managed to get the minimum 1/5 rating from almost 80% of reviewers – or when calculated based out of ten, a stunning 0.6 / 10!! And if you care to delve deeper into how these figures break down, you’ll find that the majority of recent reviews are firmly in the 1 star bracket.

So why is this happening – and do they care?

There are a number of reasons for Owners Direct’s demise – negative publicity of scams operating via the site, advertising fees that have just gone up and up, slow response times to service requests, penalties for not responding to enquiries promptly or not keeping your calendar up-to-date…the list goes on. The biggest factor emerging from the reviews on TrustPilot though are that it’s no longer really “direct”!

In the very early days you had a direct email link, then a form to fill in – both of which went directly to the owner, showing the sender’s email address, which the owner could then reply to via their email software. Fast-forward to today, and all that has changed – yes, the customer does still fill in a form, but the owner never sees their email address, as this is disguised, forcing correspondence to take place through the Owners Direct Dashboard; if the owner does respond by replying to the email, their email address is also disguised, so all communication is taking place in this sort of Owners Direct virtual reality. And woe betide you if you do want to give the customer your phone number or email address to contact you directly (pertinent word that) – the system will strip that out, as you’re ‘being naughty’.

Since a fair number of their advertisers advertise on a commission-only basis, it’s fairly easy to see why Owners Direct do it this way – they want their cash! Which does seem fair enough, except when it puts barriers in the way of making or taking a booking.

Do they really care? Well, I suspect not, yet. Everyone in the HomeAway group will have made their money (for a second time!), so they’re probably not unduly worried about declining visitor numbers and declining revenues, but one would expect Expedia will care somewhat more. They are in a bit of a sticky position though, as financial projections for the HomeAway business did allegedly assume a continuation of both the subscription-based and commission-only models, so it would be difficult for them to abandon either. And if the rumours are correct about them imposing a booking fee in 2016 on the person booking a property (which will presumably alienate the other side of their customer base, the rental customer), their bookings are likely to fall, putting further pressure on revenues.

Internet-Cottages – THE Alternative to Owners Direct

OK, so we’re not saying we’re the only alternative to Owners Direct, but we are, and always will be, resolutely about direct advertising. We also firmly believe in good, friendly, personal service – we like to get to know our owners, the majority of whom have advertised with us for many years. And we also won’t change you anything unless you feel that the advertising is working for you – we offer a free 3 month trial, at the end of which we’ll send you stats showing how well it’s gone, and if it’s not up to scratch, we’ll give you another 3 months for free.

We will

  • Allow you to communicate directly with your potential customers;
  • Provide a link to your website
  • Respond quickly when you contact us
  • Keep our prices at a cost-effective level
  • Treat you as a person, not a number
  • We will not

  • Insist on you communicating with customers via a closed messaging system;
  • Charge you a commission on any bookings;
  • Force you to take bookings through ‘our system’;
  • Insist upon you having 50 photos on your listing (though you might want to have more than one!)
  • Penalise you for not updating your calendar every minute
  • Ever charge you if the advertising is not generating results
  • Interested? Sign up for our free 3 month trial here

    French Snow Report w/c 5 Jan 16

    January 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Snow Reports France
    Christmas and New Year might have been a bit of a wash-out for many resorts this year, but the great news is that it’s now snowing BIGTIME in the French Alps! Unfortunately in a lot of cases this new snow is falling on a pretty thin base, so the above summary of snow depths from J2Ski should prove useful if you’re trying to decide where to go.

    Having just returned from Sainte Foy Tarentaise ourselves, where we also skied Les Arcs, we can confirm that the conditions are now pretty good, as they seem to be generally in the Tarentaise.

    Chamonix however remains firmly at the top of the pile, as in fact it was over Christmas and New Year, reporting a very welcome 3m snow depth currently, with another 9cms on the way soon.

    Long may it continue!!!!