Book Direct and Love Lake District Locals, Like Us
You know the adverts. Those names are nailed into your brain. Tri-Va-Go. Travel Supermarket. Go CompareEE! They save you time and money, right? It’s the ONLY way to book accommodation in the 21st century, surely?!
Well, not any more it seems.
A growing number of tourists are turning down the convenience that travel platforms offer. And you may well wonder why – what is it that they’re gaining in return? Well, these four things are what…
- By Booking Direct they get to breakaway for less
We’re told over and over that holiday comparison websites save us money – it’s practically ingrained into us as savvy consumers. But what you’ve been told isn’t quite the whole story. Because the commission for EVERY booking made through such websites includes a pretty hefty chunk for the travel platform.
On Booking.com it’s 15%.
Trivago also 15%.
Expedia 20 – 25%.
Needless to say, these ransoms have pushed up the average cost of getting away from it all.
By Booking Direct, you cut out the multi-millionaire middlemen like Booking.com, which are usually based in another country or hidden away in a tax haven. Speaking of which…
- By Booking Direct travellers LOVE the local knowledge
Behind the pixels of Trivago is a marketing team based in Düsseldorf. They know their Bratwurst from their Berg Brauerei. But ask them about Bassenthwaite Lake or Blea Water, and they’ll probably be stumped. That also goes for Expedia, based in the US of A. Or Booking.com, in Amsterdam.
When you Book Direct, you deal with locals, like us – Wayne and Jo, who have walked (and loved) the Lakes since childhood.
I was brought up on a farm and my wife, as a trained nurse, now teaches resuscitation all around the county. We know a scant amount about Amsterdam café culture or little-known facts about the Statue of Liberty, but what we don’t know about the peaks and lakes of Lakeland isn’t worth knowing.
When you Book Direct, you get people like us telling you about the best walks for two + your furry friend (we offer dog friendly accommodation); you can ask about the local history, and get advice on the must-visit attractions for your little ones.
- By Booking Direct, you can grab special offers with both hands
With loftily high commission rates paid to each holiday platform, it should come as little surprise that accommodation owners can put together special offers that benefit you – the traveller, rather than the boardroom and shareholders of some company halfway around the world.
Take our latest Booking Direct deal as the perfect example… BOOK A MIDWEEK BREAK BETWEEN NOW AND THE 31st MARCH TO GET 15% OFF
***Sometimes, especially off-peak, we can also offer free upgrades when you choose to book direct.
- And finally… THIS warm and fuzzy feeling is all yours
We LOVE what we do, despite the elbow grease, late nights and early mornings. We’ve been running our holiday lets for couples since July 2011. And today more than one-third of our business is repeat guests; many of whom have been 20 to 30 times before.
Needless to say, it’s SO important for us to keep our reputation growing. And we do this by ensuring guests choose the best cottage for them, and make the most of their visit while they’re with us. Ultimately Booking Direct is the only way we’re able to deliver this level of experience from beginning to end.
And when you DO Book Direct, you become an eco-tourist – a traveller who holidays while leaving a positive impact behind them. In our case, we endeavour to ensure that as much as possible goes straight back into our local economy – helping the Lake District to thrive, so this special part of the UK continues to be a place that’s just as you remember it when you next return.
Holiday websites rip the guts out of the tourist industry. Sky-high commissions have left everyone out of pocket (not only when it comes to money, but also the extra advice and local insight).
Now, with Book Direct, the tides are finally turning, and not a minute too soon.
Click below to BOOK DIRECT now
Lake District Holiday Cottages for Two Testimonials from Happy Couples –
13 – 16th July ’21. Glad to be back – sorry to leave! A little piece of heaven in our ‘happy place’. Hope to return soon. Many thanks.
28th June – 2nd July 2021. Fantastic stay in every respect. Hope to come again before long. Thank you for everything, especially the weather! 🙂
Thank you so much for having us! We’ve had a lovely time. Everything was super clean…..the cottage is lovely. Scenery here is beautiful and we really liked the hot tub. Definitely worth the nine hour trip from the South East Coast!
21.6.21 – 23.6.21. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to come again in the future. See you then. P.s. Wayne and Jo were very friendly and helpful. A great place to stay.
16th June – 21st June 2021. Thank you for a restful break. It was nice to be back after an absence of 16 years – we will be back. Especially enjoyed the hot tub- very relaxing! Thanks Jo for being so welcoming and helpful. Look forward to our return.
07.06.21 to 09/06/21. Loved it, was great, definitely want to come again. It’s all really beautiful……..incredible value for money.
28/5/21 – 30/5/21. Really enjoyed our stay, so peaceful and relaxing. Would definitely return, cottage was lovely.
25th May 2021. Thank you for a lovely stay to celebrate my 50th! Had a great time, thank you guys!
21/05/2021. Lovely stay at Ellen Hall as always. The weather was especially kind this visit but just to be back at Gilcrux and in the Lakes with Jo and Wayne was the highlight. A reassuring feeling of normality!! Thank you.
17th May – 21st May 2021. Had an amazing time. Our first proper holiday together at last. It was perfect fo a young couple, we would recommend to family and friends and will defo be back. Lovely stay if your looking for a relaxing getaway, somewhere quiet.