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Hello, it’s Edmund. I started Landed Houses in 2008 after finding it hard to find a house for an event. It took many hours and was incredibly frustrating – I’d search for a house to sleep 20 and find it was either a bunkhouse or 5 separate cottages.
None of the existing platforms specialised in large houses and I didn’t want to use an agency either.
I wanted to see approximate prices before deciding whether to enquire, and to then liaise with house owners directly.
I started Landed Houses to solve these challenges for others. The first website was built by me from scratch but has long since been replaced by the work of more skilled developers!
Commission is expensive for houses and many owners avoid it entirely. A flat fee allows the bookings to come direct to you and removes the need to anonymise house names, which gives your guests a better experience.
Our competitors generally have tiered pricing and it’s messy. With Landed Houses it’s one fee for everything.
There will be times when everything is brilliant and others when you need help. Just contact drop us a line if you need a hand, whether it’s to help fill spare weekends or see whether we can help solve a challenge that you face.
Comments from other owners
Thank you again for the way you look after us on Landed Houses. It is a superb website and without exception one of the best run and indeed personally run sites for country houses. For many of us house owners passionate about our family homes it is so comforting to have that back up aside from your very positive and proactive support.
Alasdair, owner of Northfields - 2018
As a relatively new business we decided to pick just two websites to advertise Ringshall Grange on to boost our bookings. Having spoken to every big site out there we felt Edmund’s approach was more personal, focused and we were really impressed by his knowledge and advice. Largely thanks to Landed Houses we are now a hugely successful business booked well into the future. The guests are always highly respectable and we couldn’t be happier customers. Thank you.
Laura, owner of Ringshall Grange - 2019
Thank you again for all your efforts for us. I know we pay you and you're just doing your job, but we are registered with several large country house sites and I honestly think we get the best representation from you.
Tony, owner of The Old Rectory - 2018
We are extremely impressed by the level of service Edmund has provided and even more impressed with the business Landed Houses has brought to us - over £17,000 worth of bookings in less than two months! Listing on Landed Houses has been exceptional value.
Kate, owner of Colehayes Park - 2018
Listing in all relevant categories (parties, weddings, holidays, regions etc.)
Free listing rewrite into ‘house style’
Auto import reviews from Google
Add your own special offers without charge
Free mentions in mailshots
Free calendar functionality or auto-import via iCal file from other platforms
Help and advice
Freely available, whenever you need it
Add up to 35 photos
Occasional awards for winners to use in their own marketing
Other things to know
All payments are collected via direct debit. This reduces admin so we can spend more time marketing. However, you’ll receive a notification in advance of any payments being collected and you’ll be able to get in touch if you’re unhappy – but hopefully that won’t be case.
Bookings will come direct to you which is a blessing but can also be a challenge. If you want to know how each marketing channel is working for you, it’s always best to ask guests how they heard about you. You might also need to make suggestions to avoid hearing ‘the internet’.
It’s extremely rare for a house to leave Landed Houses and many have been on the site for over a decade. One even gave a substantial tip one year! However, if you think it’s not working at any time then drop Edmund a line and we’ll work together to find a happy solution.
All sorts have been tried and tested, but right now it’s mainly Google organic and PPC (ads) – with more and more spent on ads to compete with the agencies that try to buy up traffic. There’s also an occasional mention in the papers.