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The Problem

Julie Bennett Ballantyne, the owner of the old cafe gite & holiday cottage approached me to design her a fresh website to replace her existing site that was much in need of retirement. Her site was hosted on an aging & inflexible platform while simultaneously suffering from a suite of issues, including a lack of responsive design for mobile devices.

The Plan

Julie wanted a clean, elegant & uncluttered website that could be a base for renewed social media marketing activity planned to drive bookings. In detailed consultation, Julie resonated with a specialist holiday lettings WordPress theme that I curated for her called Hemma. In addition, we agreed that using a premium WordPress theme afforded us a quick development time while keeping the project costs down.


Being in possession of a set of professional photos made of her gite was a real asset for Julie. Content from the old website was repurposed, enhanced and added upon. Julie was kept up to date with the evolving shape of her new site by way of live link. A new logo was created to revitalize overall branding.


Homepage top section key features:

  • Minimal & mobile friendly top navigation
  • Attention-grabbing image header with a clear call to action
  • Elegant fonts
  • Clean & crisp flowing design

Feature page key features:

  • Image gallery slider
  • Facebook messenger chat box
  • Facebook business page widget
  • Footer menu + branding

Room page key features:

  • At a glance room information
  • Mobile friendly image slider

Family fun page


The Old Cafe Website was deployed with the following features:

  • For security & speed – SSL certificate
  • For fast page load times – CDN delivery
  • Aditional site speed optimization
  • Hosting installation
  • Backups, security & updates
  • SEO optimization – Keyword research & on-page SEO
  • Responsive design testing across mobile & tablet devices
  • Ongoing support


The fully deployed live website can be viewed here. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me from the chat button on the bottom left of the screen or via my contact form if you would talk about having a brand new holiday website created for your rental business.