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Blue Sky

Ideas / criticism on this please

Would be very grateful for any criticism on our new front page (not yet live).

http://www.self-sufficiency.co.uk/accom.htm

Cheers folks!

S
Guest

It looks lovely Simon but I will leave the more constructive criticism to others.
Cathryn

I didn't know you could leave messages as a guest -that was me by the way!
Blue Sky

Thanks Ruby

As far as I am aware "guest posting" has been disabled. Shocked

JemAAAAAAAAH. What's happening?
moongoddess

Hi Simon,

Congrats on your website.
My comments are as follows:

LOVE the piccie of the outside of your cottage. I get a sense of privacy and open country from the photograph. I like your banner as well and the wording on it.

Near the top of your page I would tell people clearly how many adults / children the accommodation can take. Looking solely at your home page i would assume two adults and a baby. it's only when I visit the prices pages that I see you can accommodate 5.

I would gently suggest that the photo of the bedroom could be better - it looks a little out of focus to me.

the kitchen photo is a little uninspiring; I might go for something that 'sells' more - maybe back to the outside for the seating area and views or a mention and photo of a lounge area instead?

I can see what you have gone for with the brick background, but I really don't like it - I feel hemmed in by it and I might suggest looking at creating a feeling of space, freedom, countryside, lazy holidays rather than army barracks.

Probably reading too much into it, but subliminal messages are what sells or not Rolling Eyes

I hope this is useful and you don't feel 'got at'

Is the banner an actual picture of your house and land?

Ok, now I'm *really* confused. I just hit on the 'self sufficiency in france' link and I saw a piccie of your house which then changed by itself to a page describing your holiday let and then changed, before I had chance to read it, to the 'why are we here' page.

Then again, it doesn't take much to confuse me LOL!

best of luck with everything........

mg x
Blue Sky

Thanks MG

All comments taken on board and will be duly noted. I asked for criticism and I am happy that you have taken the time to oblige. The photos were done in a bit of a rush when decorating was completed. I will try to get some better ones tomorrow. The banner is our House (in the centre) and our land to the left. I see what you mean about the "barracks" Embarassed I am rather attached to the stonewall as I have been using it for some time but as you pointed out it may well be time for a rethink.

Very much appreciated.

Simon
jema

I think people might worry about a link saying:

"Our Commune"
Blue Sky

OK, so the "bricks" have gone as has "our commune".

Will keep working on the rest.
2steps

look great Smile but I didn't think it was very clear how many people could stay in the cottage. At first I thought just 2 adults and a baby but then another page said there was a sofa bed so it'd be fine for more
Cathryn

I would have to agree about the photos - so take some more time - and alter the angles a bit - they were a bit straight on in the bedroom and not clear what aspect you were selling int he kitchen. Useful space or cosy space you know the sort of thing.

Re: the guest bit - I went straight to add a message when I came on line but I had to log on - funny that - I might try it again in a minute.
Bernie66

ruby wrote:


Re: the guest bit - I went straight to add a message when I came on line but I had to log on - funny that - I might try it again in a minute.


Sometimes the hamsters on the wheel supplying the electrics for the site are on a break so it malfuncions a bit Laughing
Blue Sky

ruby wrote:
... take some more time - and alter the angles a bit - they were a bit straight on in the bedroom and not clear what aspect you were selling int he kitchen.


OK, I'll try Confused Don't want to get caught perching on top of the wardrobe with my digi-cam Embarassed

I see your point though so will try for better angles int' morning.

Thanks for your input folks.

S

(& nite nite)
Nick

Hawthorne doesn't have an e.
Commune still occurs on the price list page.
How about putting prices in Sterling as well as Euro, even if only approximate.
Blue Sky

Cheers Nick

Keep 'em coming Smile

Not got much done on it today as our next guests are here. Confused
sean

simon wrote:


Not got much done on it today as our next guests are here. Confused


Bloody customers eh? I bet you'd have it all looking lovely if people didn't keep using it. Wink
nettie

OY!!!! Wink
Blue Sky

Well, I meant the website actually. Not the cottage itself. That is far too physical Embarassed

Anyhow ...
sean

The traditional stone built cottage is located to the rear of the house with privacy provided by conifers and a hawthorne hedge. It has undergone a complete redecoration programme both internally and externally for this season. A spacious outdoor seating area is provided adjacent to the cottage for private use by our guests. In addition to this we have a large front garden with picnic benches and a barbeque which can also be made available.

'Our traditional stone-built cottage is at the rear of the main house. It has its own private hedged garden. We can also offer barbecue facilities and the use of our garden if needed.'

Might be better I think. I wouldn't mention the redecoration meself, but if you want to then maybe: 'Recently refurbished, our traditional...'
Blue Sky

Thanks Sean

I'll have another look in the morning. It is gone midnight here and way past my bedtime. Much appreciated all the same.

S
Blue Sky

... and thanks Nettie for the charming review. S&Z
nettie

Hi Sean, it hasn't got a private garden. It's got a garden area that has privacy afforded by the conifers and hawthorn hedges.

Thanks S&Z!!! (You haven't got the colorados yet, have you???)

Need to sleep on this too, will have a go after yoga class tomorrow nite. Very Happy
sean

ahh. It has a secluded garden area surrounded by hawthorn and fir-trees. then.
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