Welcome to our new website!
May 10, 2019
We are so excited about the launch of our new website which has been some time in the making. We are delighted that it has such amazing functionality, making it easier than ever for you to find the perfect villa.
It has made us a little bit nostalgic about the early days of The Villa Agency, back in the 1980’s. When we started it was all about the address and we were lucky enough to rent a very dark and dingy basement on the prestigious Sloane Street in London’s Chelsea. In those distant days we had just one electric typewriter and a very temperamental photocopier.
We started with just eight villas in The Algarve and two or three in the Balearic Islands. Back then, if someone enquired about a villa, we would consult the stickers on our wall charts and if it was available, peel the backing off the tiny printed photographs we had mass produced, stick the photo onto a villa description, put them in an envelope, stick the stamp on and hot foot it to the post box.
Eventually we grew and it became necessary to print proper brochures – the brochure production was painstaking. There was no room for error and once it was printed mistakes couldn’t be rectified. The details and prices were checked time after time until we were as certain as we could be that everything was 100% perfect. When “Brochure Day” arrived it was all hands on deck, with friends and families drafted in to help us unload the boxes – at one point we were printing 20,000 brochures so that was a lot of boxes! The brochures would be packed into transparent envelopes which resembled a shoal of slippery fish but at least we didn’t have to stick stamps on them! At the end of the very, very long day we would retreat to the pub and congratulate ourselves on a job well done, then sit back and wait for the phones to ring.
Were they the good old days? In some respects perhaps they were – we certainly got to chat to more of our clients than we do now – and we like nothing more than a chat but it certainly was labour intensive! The ethos of The Villa Agency has not changed at all, we realise that a holiday is one of the most important purchases most people make and will go the extra mile to ensure everything is perfect. We are still available at the end of the phone should you wish to discuss finding your dream holiday and the attention to detail is still there too so you can find as much information as you need about each individual villa, plus we can update it constantly, meaning that you always have the most up to date information.
We certainly don’t miss stuffing brochures so, on balance, we think we are happier with our new,all singing, all dancing website and really hope you love it as much as we do. Let us know what you think! We made it with our clients in mind so we would love to hear your feedback.