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Any experience with these agencies?

 
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Mike&Chrissy



Joined: 04 Sep 2017
Posts: 8
Location: Selsey, West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:31 pm    Post subject: Any experience with these agencies? Reply with quote

Hi,
We've been running for a year on the South Coast and started with Sykes. We've given them notice and are considering two regional agencies
Mulberry Cottages
Amberley House Cottages
Does anyone have any feedback on either of these? We're not ready yet to take on our own bookings.
Thanks
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rosebud



Joined: 14 Mar 2012
Posts: 543
Location: Steyning, West Sussex

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike and Chrissy

My cottage is in Steyning.

I advertised with Ambereley House Cottages during my first 2 years (2011-2013)

They were exceedingly helpful to me and if any guest had any complaint of any sort they were excellent at responding to it. I didn't have to do anything.

They offered total flexibility allowing me to book myself in at any time and advertise independently (although they then charge a slightly higher rate for bookings taken through them)

On a more negative note I found that once I started to advertise independently (with my own website and on many listing sites) I got more bookings. I had 29 weeks in my second year with Amberley Cottages but since advertising independently have averaged 39. I have also increased my prices.

Perhaps you could advertise with both agencies for a while?

Jenny
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delilah



Joined: 14 Jan 2013
Posts: 102
Location: mersea island, essex

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rosebud
Which listing sites are you on, and how are you finding them?
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rosebud



Joined: 14 Mar 2012
Posts: 543
Location: Steyning, West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Delilah
Since April this year:

My site 49% (11% of those found me on OD)
HA: 26%
TA 6%
Cottage Guide 6%
AB 3%
booking.com 3% (no longer with them)

On a few others .. but no bookings through them

What about you?
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delilah



Joined: 14 Jan 2013
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Location: mersea island, essex

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rosebud

I haven't broken it down. But just a few through my own website (having a new one created in wordpress with optimisation built in...if i continue to do this)
Very dependant on OD for all the rest though, as didn't sign up with any others (who all seem to be as bad as each other now).

This has worked very well for the last 5 years, with a good number of bookings and several who return up to 7 times.

Having a long hard think about it now though. May put it out for long term rental for a few years. Have storage on site. Also looking into cottages.com though.
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