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We don’t normally post photos of ourselves on our website but we just wanted to let everyone know that we are genuine independent owners who love and regularly enjoy Seashells ourselves, as well as letting it out to our lovely guests. We know how lucky we are and work hard to make the apartment the best it can be, keep our prices reasonable and be as flexible as we can with our guests. We much p...

Sadly fraud happens (although relatively rarely), whether you book through an Online Travel Agent like Owners Direct or TripAdvisor, or directly with the owner.  Anyone can set up a listing on Airbnb, Owners Direct, Tripadvisor and other sites in minutes, with no checks whatsoever, or set up a basic website.  Although the perception is often that you are safer booking through an online travel agen...

We much prefer to book directly with our guests than through a large online travel agent like Airbnb, TripAdvisor or Owners Direct/HomeAway. Here’s why - these companies will charge you, the guest, a steep booking fee on top of our rental price, in most cases for doing nothing beyond being the platform through which you book your holiday. If you think paying the extra fee protects you against frau...

Increasingly online travel agents such as TripAdvisor, AirBnB and now Owners Direct/HomeAway are charging both owners and guests heavy commission and booking fees to use their sites. But there is another way. It is usually cheaper to book with the owner directly and many owners (including us!) can take credit cards, which gives you similar payment protection to that offered by the online travel ag...