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

Affordable business websites you can update

The web design offer below is for a brochure website for any type of small business promoting its services in the UK or Europe. Keep the website up-to-date yourself, changing the photos and the text in a content managment system (CMS). We set up each page initially with your text, photos, links. Excellent optimisation of key web pages (so they work well with search engines) is included as standard. You are free to request alterations to suggested designs after seeing them uploaded.

If you need a larger website, more functionality, or a bespoke design, email us your details and we will gladly send you a quote.

Mobile ready designs

We recommend having a responsive design for your business website so the layout will automatically adapt to the width of the visitor's screen down to an agreed width. We will make the design of your website responsive (and therefore mobile-friendly) providing the design you wish is suitable (note: designs need to be fairly simple and clean in order to work well in a responsive framework). Want to see a responsive design in action? The design of this website is responsive, and to see it respond, pull in one side of the browser to make the window narrower.

If you need further advice about mobile-friendly websites, just get in touch.

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 website design (individualised with your colour scheme and fonts). 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 made responsive (and so mobile-friendly). Optimised to work well with search engines. Offer includes the personal care, attention, and assistance from your dedicated designer, who will upload a design based on your original preferences for you to comment on, and then revise the design, and continue doing so until you are happy with the result.

In addition, the offer includes...

  • Fonts and typography set to your preferences
  • Slick slideshow for the homepage
  • Stylish lightbox for a photo gallery
  • Up to 800 words per page
  • Up to 10 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 a Google map
  • Contact form with spam-prevention
  • Encryption of your email address
  • Social media links and/or widgets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Other widgets installed (e.g. Tripadvisor)
  • Excellent on-site search engine optimisation of key web pages
  • Integration of Google Analytics (for visitor stats)
  • NEW: Free set of favicons using your logo, business initials or photo
  • NEW: Free addition of features to make the website comply with UK and EU cookie laws
  • 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
  • Nothing to pay until the site is live and you are happy with it.

Click to see some live websites (some are multi-property): Villa Striano, Moor Grange Farm, Little Pidford Farm Cottages, La Maison de Maitre, and New Leaf Farm .

Browse our range of website designs.


Premium Hosting Plus

Reliable UK website hosting

Website hosting on reliable UK servers for sites built by us, plus the regular maintenance of the software for the website in addition to a rescue service, so Handcrafted Websites remains responsible for the good working of the site.

As an extra plus for 2018, we are offering a FREE SSL certificate, which enables it to use the HTTPS protocol, and makes browsers display a green padlock to the left of the web address. Not only does this add to the website's security, but it also means you avoid being penalised in the search engine ranking (Google has been penalising sites without an SSL certificate since 2014).

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

Further details...

  • Hosting on reliable UK servers
  • Up to 1 gb disc space and 5 gb bandwidth per month
  • FREE SSL certificate
  • Regular website maintenance to keep the software up-to-date and secure*
  • Rescue service in the event that the website goes offline**
  • Friendly and helpful support via email
  • Free MySQL databases, e.g. for the CMS & calendars, etc.
  • Business email address and mailbox (400 mb)
  • 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)
  • FTP access, should you need it
  • Facility to move the site elsewhere whenever you wish.

* 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 can 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.

£168.00 (charged annually in advance)

SSL Certificates

SSL certificates

An SSL certificate is what enables your website to use what is called the HTTPS protocol, so the web address begins https:// instead of http:// and a green padlock appears to the left of the address in the browser address bar. This adds a level of security to the website which used to be important only for websites handling very sensitive credit card details, but since 2014 Google has been penalising websites that don't have an SSL certificate regardless of whether they really need one or not. Hence, if search engine ranking is one of your priorities, it is now necessary to get a certificate installed and switch the website over to the HTTPS protocol.

A range of certificates are available. Handcrafted Websites can advise which is the most suitable, then obtain it and install it for you. The fee is an annual one, and the certificate needs to be renewed annually.

Prices from £48.00


SEO & website promotion
  • Availability calendar - an easy-to-update calendar to indicate the availability of a property.
    See an example here. It can be accompanied by a table of prices. Single availability calendar installed for a one-off fee of £79
  • Online booking system - add online booking to your calendar (you will need to give us your specifications - booking periods, surcharges, extras, payment gateway, etc.)
  • Customised enquiry/booking forms
  • Favicons & mobile icons
  • Blog - either with or without visitor comments
  • Mailing list registration - open an account with Mail Chimp and we will integrate that into your site
  • Commercial photographs - if needed, we will research and purchase commercial photos for your site
  • Copywriting - the design package above assumes you will write the text for the site. If you need us to research and write new material, we will gladly undertake that for a reasonable extra charge.

If you have other requirements for your website, drop us a line and we will give you a quote for incorporating the necessary components.

Custom-built websites

Custom website design UK

Want something a bit different for your website? Tell us what you have in mind, what you want to promote, send us the URLs of websites that set the standard for you or have design features you want your website to incorporate, and we will give you a quote to build a site completely from scratch. It will have a content management system (CMS) so you can control the content, and have our usual excellent SEO features built in.

Website promotion

SEO & website promotion

A short intensive promotional service for new websites to make sure your website gets off to the best possible start with Google and the other search engines so that potential clients can begin to find your website when searching for relevant products/services in your area. This is in addition to the careful optimisation of individual pages that is included as standard in all our website design packages.

Further details...

The website promotion service includes initial advice about realistic goals and assessment of the competition for given key phrases. Then it includes:

  • Installation of .htaccess and robots files to assist efficient crawling of the site by the search engines.
  • Creation of an XML sitemap
  • Submission of the website to Google, Bing
  • Registration with Google Webmaster Tools
  • Registration with Bing Webmaster Tools
  • Testing the site for search engine indexing issues
  • Manual creation of a network of high quality incoming links
  • Extensive use of our social media pages to promote your site
  • Promotion of your website on our websites and blogs
  • Advice about listing your website with business directories
  • Assistance creating and optimising your social media pages
  • Advice on your further promotion of the website.

The cost will depend upon your goals and the level of competition for the chosen key phrases.

from £198.00

Mobile-friendly rebuild

Mobile friendly responsive web design UK

Have a website with a fixed-width design that isn't at all friendly to visitors using tablet and mobile devices? What you need is a design upgrade to make the layout respond automatically to the width of the visitor's screen. This involves recoding the pages for the website and installing scripts that do things like serve smaller images to people using smaller devices (to help overcome the problem of slow page load times on poorer mobile connections).

This offer involves making the design responsive while leaving the rest of the look of the website unchanged. If you want a completely new design, see our offer above for a new responsive website with CMS and excellent search engine optimisation.

Click to see a sample Responsive Mobile-Friendly Website. Pull in the side of the browser to make it narrower and see how the layout adapts to the new width.

from £259.00

Note: All prices are inclusive. Usually, no downpayment is required, and clients are invoiced only on successful completion of the project. Prior to work commencing, a written proposal with full terms and conditions will be drawn up for both parties to agree to. Any extra work will be discussed first and the cost agreed before anything further is done. Our aim is to keep the process as transparent as possible, enabling you to work with a remote design agency without losing your peace of mind.


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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