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 –
17/07/20 – 24/07/20. The cottage is beautiful and a lovely place to have a break away. Our dog loved it too, so many places to go for walks and the local pub is amazing. Definitely worth the money and will be coming back 🙂 Thank you.
14th July – 20th July 2020. We have loved our stay in Gilcrux. The locals are very friendly and the Mason’s Arms welcomed us like part of the community. The cottage is beautiful and we loved our stay. Brody loved it too 🐾 so thank you. We will definitely recommend and come back. I bet it’s lovely in the winter.
20/07/2020. Pleasant stay, very idyllic setting. All in all a very enjoyable weekend. Would highly recommend.
12/7/2020. We have really enjoyed our stay here. The cottage was lovely and fitted our needs perfectly. The people were warm and welcoming throughout the stay. Great surrounding area, by being right in the middle of the coast and the Lakes. It made the perfect weekend!
9 – 11th July 2020. Just what we needed! A welcome rest and couple of days relaxation enjoying the local amenities (socially distanced of course) with the dogs. Thank you Jo & Wayne. See you again soon!
5th July – 9th July 2020. An amazing relaxing stay, this place is a real gem, we will be back.
16th March 2020, 3 nights. Thank you for a lovely visit, we would love to come back. Fantastic honeymoon! Would 100% recommend this place to all my family and friends. Thank you for a lovely honeymoon get away. x
6th – 8th March. Had a wonderful couple of days away from it all. Weather wasn’t wonderful but didn’t put a damper on it at all. Accommodation was lovely & cosy & we were made to feel welcome. Had a lovely meal at the Masons Arms & looking forward to coming back. Hot tub was amazing.
6th – 8th March 2020. We both had a great time! Cottage is very comfortable and the fire is perfect for this time of year. Finding somewhere we could take our dog and enjoy nature was what we were looking for and this cottage and area are perfect for that! Many thanks and……we will be back! 🙂
23 Feb’ 2020. 3 night stay. Thank you for a lovely peaceful stay away. Great route recommendations and very friendly. Hot tub was amazing, topped off with relaxing surrounds and stream. Such a beautiful area – we will definitely be returning in the future.