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Boosting bookings at
West Kellow Yurts

With a six month operating season and five unique properties to fill, West Kellow Yurts in Cornwall needed a way to quickly boost visibility and boost bookings for the summer.

Owner Matt turned to TravelNest to increase exposure, reduce admin and manage his listings across top sites like Airbnb, Booking.com, and Expedia. The result is improved visibility and a busy season ahead.

About West Kellow Yurts

  • Located near the historic fishing village of Polperro in Cornwall, West Kellow Yurts is an eco-friendly campsite with five unique places to stay: three yurts, a cowboy wagon, and a bell tent. 
  • It is a family-owned business run by Matt and his partner Chez. They organise marketing and bookings for the yurts while his parents help out with general site upkeep.
  • Operating from March to October each year, West Kellow Yurts is a seasonal summer business. Owner Matt joined TravelNest in January 2019.

Eco credentials

West Kellow Yurts is the perfect spot for those looking for a truly off-grid and eco-friendly experience. Located in a natural meadow with spectacular views of the Cornish coast, the nine-acre site is powered entirely by solar panels located in the neighbouring fields, and uses natural spring water as well as ‘soak away’ drainage. Matt also encourages recycling of all materials used on-site to further minimise the environmental impact.

A magical place to stay

The three yurts sleep 2-5 people and come with a comfortable and large double bed. The larger yurts have an extra bed and all come equipped with a cooking stove or log burner as well as tea light lanterns to create a cosy feel. The beautiful bell tent sleeps four and the quirky Blue Jay Cowboy wagon sleeps two in an unforgettable and unspoiled rural setting. 

The site offers complete relaxation with spectacular views of the Cornish coastline, a wildlife pond, communal campfire and eating area with BBQ, not to mention plenty of hammocks and sun loungers. West Kellow Yurts is popular with families and people looking for a totally off-grid, eco-friendly holiday.

We encourage guests to chill out at the picnic table area, with camping chairs or even in a hammock and enjoy a relaxed campfire/BBQ with just their family or friends.
MattWest Kellow Yurts

How the business developed

Matt set up the business in 2013. Initially, he made the yurts himself with the help of a local sailmaker. As the business grew, he was able to purchase additional yurts and make improvements to the site, adding two well-equipped kitchen areas and two wet rooms with showers, toilets and hot water - sourced from a natural spring and heated using solar power.

Why TravelNest?

When the business began, Matt used Facebook and also advertised the yurts in various magazines and newspapers. He also relied on word to mouth from previous customers to get bookings. He was spending more and more time on marketing but wasn’t sure of the best ways to advertise the yurts. He first heard about TravelNest from a friend who runs a glamping site. They’d already had a successful increase in bookings and occupancy from using TravelNest and recommended he try it too.

“I decided to go with TravelNest because I needed more bookings. I needed to increase my exposure. TravelNest works with all the big booking channels such as Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Expedia and Booking.com.”

Matt - West Kellow Yurts

For Matt, TravelNest ticked all the boxes, and the increase in bookings meant he could concentrate on the day-to-day running of his site. Bookings for all the properties at West Kellow Yurts have increased since working with TravelNest.

Getting started with TravelNest

Getting his properties added to TravelNest and live on lots of new channels was quick and easy. Matt added his properties to the TravelNest platform and chose for them to be listed on Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, TUI.

They are also automatically advertised on a number of well-known affiliate websites including FlipKey, HolidayLettings, Priceline, VRBO and many more. The TravelNest team helped Matt get his properties added and provided expert advice and tips to optimise his listings to perform better on his chosen channels.

Getting started with TravelNest was easy, and it’s so easy to use. If I can do it, then most people will be fine, because I'm no IT wizard! There’s also a great team of people at the end of the phone if you need help.
MattWest Kellow Yurts

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