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SPJ



Joined: 28 Dec 2015
Posts: 463
Location: Aquitaine

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:54 pm    Post subject: HFD demise Reply with quote

Sorry to see Holiday France Direct is throwing in the towel 30th September, though not surprised.

I used their Quickbook system and thought it was very fair. Had several good bookings through them.

With their departure I'll be left with Vrbo and my own website.
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farley



Joined: 29 May 2014
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Location: Poitou Charentes

PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, sad situation.
We’ve lost both HFD and CN . Not sure which site to use in the future as we prefer to be in direct contact with our prospective guests.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
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AndrewH



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps "Simply Owners". They encourage guest contact.
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Old Bill



Joined: 14 Nov 2014
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Location: Cessenon-sur-Orb, France

PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote for simply owners
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SPJ



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndrewH wrote:
Perhaps "Simply Owners". They encourage guest contact.


Old Bill wrote:
Another vote for simply owners


Thank you Andrew and Old Bill, looks interesting. I'll investigate further.
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farley



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, will definitely look at this.
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Cymraes



Joined: 07 Jul 2015
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Independent Cottages.

I've never had a booking from Simply Owners.
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SPJ



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cymraes wrote:
Try Independent Cottages.
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From a quick look, maybe for UK, not for France?
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oasiscouple



Joined: 31 Oct 2012
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Location: Port Leucate, France

PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use France-voyage.com from which we receive around half of our bookings. Subscription based, very reasonable (42€ one year, 78€ 2 years).

We did our advert in French but they translate into 8 other languages. we have had bookings from Dutch, German, Italian, French and recently American (from Florida). Our advert is number 112480.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2021 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this, will have a look 🙂
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shame they are closing - I've had 3 enquiries in the last couple of weeks and out of that a booking for next year. I think they are making a mistake because people like the idea of driving rather than flying and HFD do not add outrageous "service" fees.
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