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Do you have a holiday home and are looking to rent it out? Luckily for you, Independent Cottages offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise, making sure you get the most out of your rental property. Keep reading to find out more about what we do, and what's in it for you

List your holiday cottage with us to:

  • Increase visibility
  • Be in complete control of your pricing, availability and terms and conditions
  • Pay no commission or booking fees
  • Enjoy a fantastic and personalised customer service

If you’re looking to take the work out of marketing a rental property, we are here to help you do just that. Take a look at our frequently asked questions below and if there’s anything else you need to know, feel free to contact us directly.

List with Independent Cottages, and you'll also have the option of extending your reach by listing on additional sites:

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Holiday Home Listings FAQs

How do I join?

The fastest way to join is to email us at and tell us about your property / properties (such as where they are located and how many guests they sleep). We will then contact you regarding payment and the joining process.

Does Independent Cottages charge holiday makers a booking fee?

Absolutely not. The price the holiday maker pays is the price you advertise, with no additional fees added on top. This ensures the holiday maker gets the best possible price for booking self-catering accommodation direct with the owner. Even last minute deals are booking fee free!

Does Independent Cottages charge a commission for bookings taken?

No - as a cottage owner, you pay us a yearly advertising fee and all enquiries will come to you directly to handle and convert into bookings. You pay no commission to us for bookings taken.

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Why List your Holiday Home with Us?

If you are a self-catering property owner who wants to avoid paying agency fees and wants flexibility and control over your rental accommodation, then Independent Cottages can assist you.

Unlike many of our competitors, we don't charge booking fees to holidaymakers, nor do we charge a commission to our owners. We charge a single, annual fee to list your property. And that's it.

As the name suggests, we are an independent advertising website for self-catering holiday accommodation throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Our website provides you with the opportunity of promoting your rental to millions of potential holidaymakers worldwide.

What’s in it for You?

  • Worldwide advertising 365 days a year.
  • A full-page colour advert including details and prices of your property.
  • 40 photos of your property.
  • A link to your website, an email link and telephone contact details.
  • Inclusive use of the late availability facility to maximise bookings through the promotion of 'last minute’ offers.
  • Inclusive use of the optional online availability calendar and booking management system.
  • A 'Book Now’ button for owners that already have an online booking service.
  • Calendar integration with leading 3rd-party booking systems, including:

    • Supercontrol
    • Holiday Bookings Online
    • Bookalet, Holiday Rentals Management
    • Freetobook
    • iCal calendar feeds, such as Google Calendar

  • Unlimited minor updates per year, including photo changes.
  • Personal notice board, here you have the flexibility to display information.
  • Website statistics so you can monitor your advertisements' effectiveness.

How to List your Property

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Do I need my own website?

Not at all - if you don't have a website don't worry. Potential holiday makers using Independent Cottages should be able to get all the information that they need from your cottage advert. If you decide to have a website built at a later stage, we can put a link from your advert to your website at any time.

What if I don't have any photos yet?

You will need at least one photo of the property, preferably the outside. However, the more that you have and the better the quality, the more appealing the advert will look; and therefore the more likely it is to generate enquiries. Each advert can have up to 40 photos and we normally upload 10-15 for you when preparing your draft. You can then upload more once live. If you do not have decent photos to start with, do not worry, you can update your photos yourself at any time. You can also email us new photos and we will happily replace them for you. There is no extra charge for this service.

What is included in the price?

For a full break down see our 'add a cottage' page. Our adverting fee includes promoting your property online worldwide 365 days of the year, a link to your website, inclusive use of our booking management system, late availability / last minute offers, availability calendar (which can easily be embedded into your own website) and integration with many 3rd-party booking management systems such as Supercontrol, Holiday Bookings Online, Holiday Rentals Management, Bookalet and Freetobook.

Do you charge for updates and changes?

No - cottage owners can update a lot of information on their own adverts, such as photos, facilities, housekeepers email and, of course, booking details. We are also happy to make ad hoc changes to your advert on your behalf. In fact, we strive to work with you to make your advert as appealing as possible and this can sometimes take a number of iterations.

How do I pay for my advert?

We can take credit / debit card payments, cheque or bank transfers.

Do you handle the enquiries for me?

No - we provide the enquirer with the owner's phone number and facility to email you via a secure enquiry form. Owners handle their own enquiries. This allows owners to build rapport with guests and allows owners to 'qualify' enquirers to ensure suitability.

Do I need to be star rated?

Not at all. Some owners choose to become members of a rating scheme, but others feel that holiday makers can determine the quality of a cottage from the photos alone. We cannot over emphasize the importance of photos as these really do sell the property.

Will I receive lots of 'scam' enquiries?

No, we do our best to prevent any scam enquires. Firstly, we do not disclose your email address directly on the site. Secondly, enquiries that are made via the site are cross-referenced against a list of known scams and scammers. We also employ other methods that, for obvious reasons, we won't disclose here!

Can I display your calendar on my website ?

Yes, this is really straight forward. Just ask us and we will provide you with the HTML to do so. Or put us in contact with your web developer and we will sort it out between us. Many owners do this so that they have fewer calendars to update.

Can we integrate our calendar from another website?

Yes - We are very pleased to have relationships with a number of Booking Management System providers, including: Holiday Bookings Online, Bookalet, Holiday Rentals Management and Supercontrol, plus any other calendar system using the iCal format. We can also update your Last Minute Cottages calendar. So, if you use an online booking management system, then let us know and we will activate the calendar integration service for you.

Do you offer a discount for multiple cottages?

Yes - please email us at for details. Please provide us much information as you can such as location and number of guests.

Do I have to use your calendar system?

No - use of the calendar / booking system is optional. However, we have found that most potential holiday makers prefer to search using specific dates. For these searches your advert will appear higher up in the search results if you use the calendar.

Can you take guest payments for me?

No - unfortunately we cannot process payments for guest bookings. For guest bookings, we recommend 3rd party payment services (such as Paypal), credit/debit cards or payment via cheque. Many holiday-makers will be happy to pay via bank transfer (often needed for last minute bookings, but our least favoured option). However, due to the risks of fraud, an increasing number are opting to pay via credit card so we do recommend accepting this method. Alternatively, online booking systems (such as SuperControl or Holiday Bookings Online) may be worth considering as they offer online booking management and payment solutions.

Can holiday makers make online bookings?

Yes - If you use an online booking service (such as Supercontrol, Bookalet, Freetobook, PIMS, etc.) we can put a 'Book Now' link on your advert page. Supercontrol customers have additional benefits such as pricing import and embedded calendar widget. But you don't necessarily need to take online bookings. We put the holiday maker in direct contact with you so that you can liaise with your guests during the booking process and handle the booking in a manner which suits you both. This helps to establish that the booking is genuine, that the guests meet your criteria, and that the property is suitable for the guests prior to booking.