Web design for business and holiday property websites in the UK and Europe

Offers & Prices

Handcrafted Websites offers a personal web design service aimed especially at holiday property businesses in the UK and Europe. For a website to succeed, it needs to be set up in the right way first, and then it needs to be promoted. Handcrafted Websites will ensure that your online business is set up in the right way so that it gets off to the best possible start. Or if you have an older, under-performing website, Handcrafted Websites can advise where the weaknesses are and then rebuild it from scratch so that it begins to perform better.

In employing Handcrafted Websites, you are not just getting a low-cost website. You are also getting a personal service to guide through the whole process. We can advise you on matters such as choosing a domain name, organising the website content, selecting the most appropriate booking engine, registering your business with Google, signing up with Google Analytics to keep an eye on visitor stats, and promoting your business via the social media.

The design process for the low-cost offer below involves choosing an initial design (see our portfolio page for a wide range of designs, or if you have seen a design elsewhere, ask us if we can do something similar for the same price). the process of customising that design continues until you are happy with the result.

To keep the whole process as risk-free for you as possible, no downpayment is usually requested, and you are invoiced only on successful completion of the project. And for the sake of transparency, prior to work commencing a contract is drawn up with a detailed project description, costings, and full terms and conditions for you to read and agree to, so there are no surprises.

Mobile-friendly designs

For some time now Google has been penalising websites that don't have what is called a responsive design, which is a design that automatically adapts to the width of the visitor's screen. All our current web designs are responsive, and therefore mobile-friendly. To see a responsive design in action pull in one side of the browser to make the window narrower.

Website design offer

A user-updatable small-business brochure website using our hosting to promote a single property (if it's a holiday accommodation website) with a layout and look based on an existing design chosen from the designs seen in our web design portfolio and then customised to your requirements. The website will be set up using text, photos and links that you provide, which you can later change yourself using the website's content management system (CMS). The design will be mobile-friendly) and carefully optimised to work well with search engines (very good on-site SEO). The offer includes the personal care, attention, and assistance from your dedicated designer.

The offer includes...

  • A design of your choice
  • Colours, fonts and page layouts set to your preferences
  • Slick slideshow on any page of your choice
  • Stylish lightbox for one or more photo galleries
  • Availability calendar at no extra charge
  • Integration of a third-party booking engine, if desired
  • Up to 12 pages with up to 4 page layouts
  • Up to 30 photographs resized and carefully presented
  • Creation of all necessary pages using content you provide
  • Text-based business name graphic
  • Installation of an interactive Google map
  • Contact form and/or booking request form with spam-prevention
  • Encryption of your email address
  • Social media integration (including Facebook Open Graph tags)
  • Other widgets installed (e.g. TripAdvisor) as required
  • Excellent on-site search engine optimisation
  • Integration of Google Analytics (for visitor stats)
  • Set of favicons using your logo, business initials or photo
  • Increased security with a hardened installation of the CMS software plus the correct HTTP headers
  • Features to make the website comply with prevailing cookie laws
  • Guidance compiling a GDPR-compliant privacy policy
  • Addition of downloadable PDF docs (e.g. terms & conds, access statement)
  • Help setting up your business email
  • Creation of a sitemap and submission to Google
  • Testing the site with Google's diagnostic tools after it goes live
  • Guidance and assistance using the CMS so you can know how to edit the website content yourself
  • Assistance with any other issues you face getting your business online and running successfully
  • Nothing to pay until the site is live and you are happy with it.

Cost: £590.00

Premium Hosting Plus

Reliable UK website hosting with regular maintenance of the website software so that the website remains as secure as possible. Handcrafted Websites remains responsible for the good working of the site for the duration of the hosting.

The hosting package includes a FREE SSL certificate, enabling your website to use the now obligatory HTTPS protocol (avoiding the worrying security warnings flashed by some browsers that detect an insecure site).

Our comprehensive web hosting, maintenance and security package also includes:

  • Hosting on reliable UK servers
  • Up to 2 gb disc space and 10 gb bandwidth per month
  • FREE SSL certificate
  • Regular website maintenance to keep the CMS software up-to-date and secure*
  • Annual check with Google's diagnostic tools that there are no search engine issues
  • Rescue service in the event that the website goes offline**
  • Friendly and helpful support via email for any website-related queries
  • Business email address and mailbox
  • Optional configuration of a larger Gmail account to work with your business email address
  • Email forwarding and email auto-responders
  • Your personal hosting control panel (CPanel)
  • Free MySQL databases, e.g. for the CMS & calendars, etc.
  • FTP access, should you need it
  • Facility to move the site elsewhere whenever you wish without needing consent or assistance from Handcrafted Websites.

* To remain secure, the CMS (content management system) software that your website is built with will require regular updating. Handcrafted Websites uses a hardened installation for each CMS, which means software updates need to be done manually. With our hosting, we do that for you.

** In the very rare event that the website is damaged, we will endeavour to repair the damage and get the website back online at no further cost. A charge would be negotiated with you only if part of the website needs to be manually rebuilt.


Cost: £178.00 per annum

Custom-built websites

Want something different for your website? Tell us what you have in mind, what you want to promote, send us the URLs of websites that you like the look of, plus the URLs of your strongest competitors, and we will give you a quote to build a site completely from scratch along those lines, tailored to your specifications. It will have a content management system (CMS) so you can control the content, and have our usual excellent SEO features built in.


Cost: Ask for a quote

Interested in having Handcrafted Websites create a new website for you? Click below to get in touch.

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Professional service at a fair price. What you see is what you get - no hidden extras and lots of flexibility.

Penywaun House

Professional, affordable and fast, with exceptional support and impressive knowledge. Any queries are answered and dealt with quickly and solutions always found. Our website was up and running within days - it looks great and generates lots of enquiries! We are so pleased we found them and highly recommend them.

Teal Cottage

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