we started letting out our holiday cottage in March 2018 with AirBNB and so far it's fantastic, almost fully booked since opening. Our cottage is in Calderdale in West Yorkshire, a place where nobody comes expecting good weather, so we are hoping for year round bookings. That said we are aware that bookings will slow down in Autumn and Winter, so we decided to look at listing on Booking.com as well as AirBNB.
Unfortunately the in built syncing software isn't realtime (I understand it's iCal and has a 4 hour delay, totally useless) and the guys in the Manchester Booking.com office were suggesting using a third party channel manager. Apparently there are over 500 of these and the costs vary massively.
So I'm looking for recommendations, in your experiences, which is the best? First and foremost it must be reliable. Ideally it will also be easy to use, flexible (if we decide to list on other websites in the future) and reasonably priced.
I look forward to hearing your recommendations.
Jill and Matt