Villa-Owners! ... set up a free listing for your villa in the Sporades - Pelion - N. Evia, on 'www.SkiathosGreekVillas.com' - run by Vivienne and Kevin James.
l started the SkiathosGreekVillas site because since 1998 I sucessfully used "HomeAway.co.uk' and their subsidiary 'OwnersDirect.co.uk' - but in 2016 they started charging a 10%-20% booking fee to tenants answering my adverts (and censored out my direct contact details from adverts and contact messages).
(Full details - click 'Fair Pricing').
Searches for 'Skiathos Greek Villas / Rentals' etc. and 'Owner Direct' etc are now bringing up www.SkiathosGreekVillas.com on 'Google' page 1 or 2, so now I can offer a villa advert listing to other owners (free until at least next year - and of course, without charging you any website booking fees or commissions).
To qualify, your villa needs to be classic traditional N. Aegean or Cycladic style (no 3-floor blockhouse designs please!), from the Sporades area - Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, Pelion, and Evia. It needs needs one main floor, shutters, and red-tiled roofs or Cycladic flat sun-terraces. It also needs a private pool and garden (or shared with one other villa only), a wide sea view, and if not on Skiathos, to be within 10-25 mins drive of sandy beaches, tavernas, a village and harbour, and all services.
Also, your prices must not include any amount you may have included to cover fees or commissions to owners by fee-charging sites.
For a sample listing click ⇒ 'Villas to Rent'. This shows 'Orchard Villa' and a listing of an imaginary sample 'Villa Paradigma' 'gr., 'sample')
so we can start to offer owners of villas similar to our 'Orchard Villa', the possibility to advertise free (until 2021) on the site
'Bottom-line' - see 'How it works' below ... you contact us, and we set up and maintain your advert (free) as below.
Note - we do this because our site is deliberately not 'owner editable', so we can customise the SEO* to include each villa listed.
* Search Engine Optimisation (for better results for Google etc. villa searches)
Holidaymakers searching for villas contact you directly, using either the (free) site messaging system, or contact information you ask us to display in your advert.
To request a listing now, or just find out more, click ⇒ "Enquiry" to send us a message like "Please call me about a villa listing", and we will get back to you.
... and to assure you of the site's impartiality: until it started to achieve satisfactory 'Google' results - as it now has, see below - we listed only our own 'Orchard Villa'. This has slightly influenced some of the generic 'Skiathos' content on the site, but this will be adjusted if necessary as more villas are listed.
We offer you a free villa-listing advert until the site starts to create bookings for you. You can then choose to continue with a subscription of probably €150 per year, which includes all the free website advertising services described below, and the licence fee for the site-builder software.
The only condition is - your prices must be as in your price chart, with no 'cut' or fees taken by you or us, or any other site your advert recommends to use.
How it works
Enquiries to your advert on the site can come direct to to you or be forwarded as below; and if you wish, your advert can show any of your name / tel.no. / email address / own-site URL. We and the site will not accept or arrange bookings for you - the rental contract, conditions, and payments are all made solely between yourself and the renter subject to the 'no-fee' terms below.
Set-up and Maintenance
We set up and maintain www.SkiathosGreekVillas.com using a site-builder from property-rental specialist "PromoteMyPlace.com" for a small licence fee (we pay).
We (Kevin) set up your advert on the site at no charge, according to instructions from you as villa owner or manager.
We can copy material from your advert already on another site, or use new text and photos from you (preferably as scanned/emailed attachments).
(note - you cannot access our site yourself - nor can your guests, e.g. to register unmonitored reviews!)
You can either have our site send 'Enquiries' direct to you; or we will act as a (free) 'post-box' and forward them to you to arrange bookings direct.
(but we will not accept bookings or set up rental contracts on your behalf - we do not act as a booking agent in any sense).
We revise/edit the advert free according to your instructions and info - including updating your availability/bookings/prices calendar.
* We will configure your advert's SEO* as provided by the PMP software, and offer you free advice or editing for the advert to take best advantage of it.
* Site-Engine Optimisation - for Google etc. searches