A little insight into who we are and how we help guests looking for a UK holiday cottage to book and owners with a UK holiday cottage to rent.
... About Us...
My Favourite Holiday Cottages website is owned and published by My Favourite Holiday Cottages Ltd., Registered Company No.11191558. The company is registered in England & Wales. Registered address: Barnfield, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4RT. Directors: Rick Bond, Ed Hall, Charlie Bond
The My Favourite Holiday cottages website contains adverts for independently owned and agency-managed holiday cottages in the UK and was first published in 2010. We aim to make it easy for site users to find and book a quality holiday cottage that meets their requirements anywhere in the UK.
Advertising on the site is by a straightforward subscription. Owners or Agencies using online booking software on their own websites can display their booking calendar in their advert. This enables them to accept online bookings from it. We do not charge a commission fee to owners or a booking fee to guests for this service. Any money a guest pays to book a cottage goes directly to the owner or agency - not to us.
For further information on any of these services, please get in touch with us or visit our Services for Cottage Owners page. My Favourite Holiday Cottages is committed to advertising quality holiday cottages in the UK. We are constantly upgrading the website to ensure it remains on page 1 of Google and the other major search engines for the main holiday cottage search phrases.
... About this Site...
When planning a holiday, sometimes you just want to get away, relax and unwind. Sometimes you need a place that is ideal for a more active break or handy for a festival. Whether you know what kind of cottage you are looking for or are simply in need of inspiration, we aim to:
- Help you find a choice of appropriate holiday cottages to rent, and
- Give you access to their owners and/or websites as quickly as possible to enable you to book.
Use the search criteria: The more criteria you tick, the more you narrow down your selection of holiday cottages that fit your requirements.
We share enough information on a cottage for you to decide whether or not it appeals. If it does, we provide a link to the owner’s website, and of course, their booking enquires link. Alternatively, telephone or e-mail them directly with your enquiry or questions. What’s more, there are no booking fees to pay when you make a reservation or online booking via My Favourite Holiday Cottages.
We also make it easy for you to phone or e-mail an enquiry or questions to a cottage owner. This way, guests booking a cottage avoid paying booking fees for cottages or prices that aren’t overly inflated by agency commissions. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to e-mail us or call us on 01598 710 631.
...and our integrity!
Every holiday cottage listed on this site displays a link to its own website. This helps to protect everyone when booking a cottage. While it may be easy to create a spoof advert, it is harder (and just too time-consuming) to create a spoof website (which is also much easier to track). That is why we include the website link. You can enquire and, sometimes, even book a cottage from the listing that appears on My Favourite Holiday Cottages. Still, we don’t allow any holiday property to advertise here unless it has a website link. This makes My Favourite Holiday Cottages a much more reassuring site for those booking a self-catering holiday.
We regularly review adverts to ensure they are accurate and not misleading.
We display a Google Map for each cottage to enable everyone to see just where a cottage is. This provides reassurance that it does have a sea view or stands in a remote corner of the countryside -if that is what it claims within its advert.
Who We Are
Rick set up My Favourite Holiday Cottages in 2010, initially as part of a company called My Holiday Marketing, but since April 2018, as an independent company. Rick has been a holiday property owner in his own right since 2003, firstly with a villa in North Cyprus and latterly with a luxury holiday cottage in North Devon. He is passionate about holiday cottages believing the best among them to be the most comfortable and satisfying way to enjoy a holiday anywhere. He loves to help and advise owners on ways to enhance the appeal of their properties to guests.
Rick is a board member of Visit Exmoor and a trustee for a sustainable energy charity called Ecolibrium, which raises thousands of pounds to invest in renewable energy schemes.
In his previous career, Before 2010, Rick worked in the arts, managing theatres, arts centres and festivals in the UK.
Ed is our technical adviser, ready and willing with the latest information on the way the world of the internet is evolving and changing. His advice helps keep My Favourite Holiday Cottages up to date with the latest trends and ensures we remain friends with Google and other search engines. Ed has his own media company, Gold Coast Media and, despite encroaching age, can still play a mean game of 5-a-side-football, even if he does need the rest of the month to recover.
Non-Exec Director and Bookkeeper
While the gender balance isn’t what we would like to be in this company, in addition to being a wise head on the board, Charlie fights the corner for equality by balancing our books, protecting our credit record and keeping subscribers happy. She ensures that our accountants can find little to charge us for at the end of each financial year through keeping meticulous records of our finances, and woe betides anyone who fails to submit a receipt!
Laurie is our web technician, responsible for building and continuing to develop the My Favourite Holiday Cottages website. He is particularly good at keeping a clear and calm mind when asked to respond to the latest proposals for changes to the site.
Duncan is our prolific copywriter whose geographic knowledge of UK towns, seaside resorts and villages is much improved, having written descriptions for around 900 and counting). When we unshackle him from his writing tablet, he generally heads for the beach, surfboard under his arm for a few hours catching waves.
While Duncan looks after content for towns and other locations, Caron beavers away on writing unique content for cottages whenever an owner asks us to create an advert, she’s written details for more than 600 properties and still manages to make each one sound as fresh and original as the ones she wrote when she came on board in 2016.
My Favourite Holiday Cottages is a member of several Self-Catering organisations and Tourism Information Groups, including