Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Advertising on

We've just started advertising our Brittany holiday Gite on the property listing website

It's an interesting concept, you enter everything about your property, how to find it, where it's near, facilities offered, photos, availability, prices, etc, etc so that when the property is listed on the seach site, the site acts as a fully automated booking service for customers to check availability & prices and make online (credit/debit card) bookings as easily as you would do with a hotel, flight, or car hire.

For us it gives another advertising opportunity to show off our property and hopefully take a few bookings. I quite like the way that the property details we entered are automatically turned into proper descriptive sentences such:

The farm house comprises 3 bedrooms in total; 2 double, 1 twin and 1 cots . This gives room for up to 6 people.


The farm house has 2 bathrooms for your party's use. Central heating keeps you snug and warm.


The farm house has television video, satellite/cable. The music system will play radio.

eating & living :

There is room for 6 in the living room and 6 in the dining room. The open fire can be used to create a comfortable atmosphere. To prepare food you will find a cooker, an oven, a microwave, a fridge, a freezer, a kettle, a toaster. You will also find a dish washer, a washing machine, a clothes drier, an iron and ironing board. The owner has also provided cutlery, crockery, glassware, cooking utensils.

And the best bit about it is the advertising cost, £0 ! We're only charged when someone makes a booking via the site (and so as a consequence you're not allowed to include any links to your own website), and then the booking fee is a fairly reasonable 10% of the rental rate. Considering that villarenters collect the rental payment by credit card (which would normally cost about 3.5% alone), I think the fees are fairly reasonable.

In addition, we can also use villarenters to manage the booking for customers that have come to us directly and the fee is lower, 3.25%.

Here's details of our Gite on villarenters, see what you think.

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