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ellerhow



Joined: 08 Apr 2014
Posts: 174

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:51 pm    Post subject: A Booking from The Guardian Reply with quote

We've just had a booking for the last summer high season week we had left from a feature in the Guardian.
We don't know if it's online only but it's come as a complete surprise!
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/apr/16/best-uk-holiday-cottages-summer-2016
We are an 'Architectural Wonder', next but one below the Landmark Trust's Gothic Temple at Stowe. Very Happy
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FelicityA



Joined: 05 Nov 2010
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Location: Cotswolds

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great! Did you have a 'secret shopper' I wonder? I had a journalist from a walking magazine once and she wrote two articles on walks, mentioning where she stayed but I never got any booking from it and she got a discounted stay (but for a period in November that I don't normally seek to let).

What struck me looking at all those places was the wildly different pricings. An isolated cottage in the Lake District where you have to bring your own sheets and which has NO bathroom (yikes!) and a loo in the basement is 642/week high season for 4 people and a nice little cottage for four people in the grounds of Blenheim Palace (so both good on location in their own ways) is 450/week high season. It makes me think how incredibly difficult it is to know what to charge.
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ellerhow



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think we had a 'Secret Shopper' as I don't think they would have linked to HL. We have had a couple of journalists in the past but it's such a long time ago now.
The isolated cottage in the Lakes is a National Trust holiday let who charge well over the going rate. The Blenheim Palace cottage does seem remarkably cheap- I wonder if they have missed off a 1 at the beginning?
We are in with some highly esteemed company!
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rosebud



Joined: 14 Mar 2012
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Location: Steyning, West Sussex

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done!!
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