MANY holiday home owners will help each other out so, for example, if one property is full they will pass on the potential customer to another owner nearby.
And naturally this offer of a helping hand is returned in a variety of different, but one village in France has taken it a step further.
The Dordogne Break website has been created by a Brit living in the small village of St Meard de Gurcon, and is much more than just a list of holiday properties.
The site’s creator Andrew Rose has written an extensive feature in the Observer newspaper about how he got people to support the site and ultimately Madame le Maire to back the plan.
I can imagine a real stumbling block for such a project could be finding someone to build the site and do the HTML programming, but that is where the power of the group comes in and hopefully someone will be know a person who can help.
One of the points Andrew highlights is the rising cost of advertising online as you look to hook into competitive keywords, soon eating into any budget you had put aside for the job, so writing useful articles and appearing in search engines is now the preferred option.
If this is something that appeals then Andrew’s article is a great plan to follow, and a few points I would add are to keep the site very simple, with easy to update sections.
A website hosting company is mentioned in the article, but a couple of others I have found very reliable, and importantly cheap, are GoDaddy for the domain name and Dayanahost to host your actual website.
The Dordogne Break site has some very good articles and useful information pages, such as where the nearest supermarket is and what’s on in the local village over the coming year.
But most importantly, as Andrew writes towards the end of the article, it is the community that has built up outside of the website that is one of the most satisfying things of the project.
If this is something that appeals to you please feel free to post a question below and I’ll try to offer some pointers and simple advice.