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Villa rentals in Cyprus – a new travel guide
Feb 22nd, 2013 by Tom Kerswill

Latchi Harbour in Cyprus - the ideal location for a villa rental

Cyprus – Latchi Harbour

We’d love to get some feedback from readers on our new guide to villa rentals in Cyprus. We’ve been doing loads of improvements on both the Villaseek main site, and this blog, over the last few weeks — and we’re looking forward to rolling out more and more of that over the next few months. We’ll also be pulling these into the main site, so it’s easier for people to find the ideal location for their holiday.

Villa rentals in Cyprus – a guide

One thing we’re really focusing on is our travel guides. These highlight the main areas where we list holiday villa rentals, and we will be adding more of these soon.

The latest addition is our guide to Cyprus villa rentals. Cyprus is the third-largest of the Mediterranean islands, and its warm, balmy weather make it the ideal location for a villa holiday. One thing that I did not know until reading Sam’s article, is that Mount Olympus actually has a small ski slope, with four pistes!

Northern Cyprus

We’ve also included a little bit about Northern Cyprus. If you are looking for a quieter break, then this area is really worth taking a look at. The Karpas Peninsula (the “pointy” bit at the North West of the island) is a fantastic spot for nature and is home to its own species of wild donkeys (the Karpass donkey).

We’d really love to know what you think about the Cyprus guide… And especially useful would be to have feedback from villa owners in Cyprus. One of the things we are passionate about is linking holidaymakers direct to the owners, and so harnessing local knowledge is key to that. So we’d love to hear any comments that you have.

Which holiday destination should we write about next? Let us know!

Tom

Updating the villa guides
Jan 14th, 2013 by Tom Kerswill

Villaseek regional guides

We’re going through and refreshing our villa destination guides over the coming weeks. First up is the Spain guide. We’d love to hear any comments you have on these guides. We’re aiming for a short-and-snappy overview, which makes it easy to click through and view holiday villa rentals in the region you’re interested in. Happy browsing!

A few minor updates to the management system
Dec 19th, 2012 by Tom Kerswill

Hi villa owners

We’ve made a few minor updates to your villa management interface and availability calendar today. Nothing major — mainly behind-the-scenes updates, ready for more new features and improvements in early 2013. If you have any problems or questions at all, just let us know.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2013!

Tom and the Villaseek team

List of accessible villas in the Canary Islands
Nov 28th, 2012 by Tom Kerswill

I just got a call from somebody looking for accessible villas in the Canary Islands. Each of the holiday villas on Villaseek has an accessible icon, which villa owners can switch to “on”, to indicate that their villa is wheelchair-accessible and suitable for disabled access. But it occurred to me that there’s actually no easy way to search for these at the moment on the site. I’ll begin work on fixing that: we’ll add a “search for accessible villas” tick box on the site. But for now, here is a list of the villas we have in the Canary islands which give disabled access.

Although this will give a good idea of which villas to look at first, it’s always important to contact the villa owner and double-check that the villa is accessible. Nearly all the people letting villas on Villaseek are individual owners, so they should be able to give you lots of info about the holiday property and the area before you travel:

In terms of individual villas we list, try:

We also list quite a few small agencies on Villaseek, and here are the ones which offer accessible villas:

Happy searching! We’ll update this as soon as we’ve added the facility to search for accessible villas directly on Villaseek…

Blog updates
Mar 13th, 2012 by Tom Kerswill

Dear villa owners,

If you ever have bits of news and info about the area your holiday villa is in, do let us know – we’re always interested in including stories and articles about your areas. Drop us a comment on this blog post, or get in touch with the site via the contact page.

Thanks!

Tom

Holiday Villas and Cottages magazine warn of an online phone scam
Feb 3rd, 2012 by Tom Kerswill

Warning – credit card losses from impersonation

We’ve received the following email from the editors of Holiday Villas and Cottages magazine, which is relevant to all people who advertise their property on villaseek.com and any other web site or magazine:

Please be aware that a number of advertisers in our publication Holiday Villas & Cottages have recently received calls from sales people improperly claiming to work for, or on behalf of, the magazine.

In a number of cases individuals have been persuaded to hand over credit card details after being offered renewal of their advertisement booking at a low price, subject to immediate acceptance of the offer and payment by credit card. Their card is then debited in that amount, often several times.

No written or email confirmation is supplied until after payment has been taken.

Any advertising supplied as a result appears to be in a freesheet style publication, not in a bona fide magazine.
These calls are not in any way connected with Holiday Villas & Cottages, Merricks Publishing Ltd, holidaycottages.cc.

Calls to our advertisers are almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg. Anyone advertising in any publication or on any website could be called by these people.

If you receive an advertising sales call seeking a repeat booking in any publication/website and you have any doubts at all as to whether it is genuine, ask the caller for his/her name and the name of the company and publication, then call that publication (making sure you call the genuine number, not one that you are given on the pretext that ‘the switchboard is always busy.’) In our case, the number to call is 01458 274447.

Allegations of improper sales activity of this sort have been covered by the BBC and discussed online, for example:
here and here.

If this has already happened to you, call me, Hamish Watson-Grey, or e-mail info@merrickspublishing.com and we will advise what steps you can take to recover your funds.

With kind regards

Hamish Watson-Grey
Managing Director
Merricks Publishing Ltd

An easier way to login to your VillaSeek customer area to administer your Holiday Villa
Mar 13th, 2011 by Tom Kerswill

A few of you have been asking us for the ability to login to your admin area using your VillaSeek / Holiday Villas reference number, rather than having to type out your email address each time. We’ve now implemented this… it will save some of you a bit of typing!

Let us know if you have any feedback / issues with signing in to your VillaSeek customer area….

Tom
VillaSeek website team

Ryanair passengers stage sit-in on plane after flight cancelled
Dec 19th, 2010 by Tom Kerswill

We’ve just heard that angry Ryanair passengers are refusing to get off a flight that was finally cancelled after a five hour wait on the tarmac for de-icing. The flight was waiting at Birmingham International, bound for Tenerife. More news and pics when we have them…

Round the world flights
Oct 15th, 2010 by Tom Kerswill

We spotted quite an in-depth and useful article on planning round-the-world trips here. It gets pretty detailed and geeky, but makes a valid point — for planning a trip with lots of stops, getting a round the world ticket can work out much better value. It also allows you to visit places which would normally be very expensive to get to. And most round the world tickets allow you to spread your flights over a year.

VillaSeek – new feature icons for villa information pages
Sep 27th, 2010 by Tom Kerswill

Hi everyone

We’ve added a few more feature icons to the Villaseek Villa search pages. We’ve added icons for villas with barbecues, for whether the villa has air conditioning, and for whether there are bikes available at the holiday property.

Owners can turn these icons on for their holiday properties, by logging into the villa management area of VillaSeek, clicking the holiday property they’d like to edit, then pressing the edit villa link.

If you have any other ideas for icons you’d like us to add to VillaSeek, or for any other features you’d like us to add to the villa info pages, just let us know in the comments!

Tom K

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