About Us

Simply Sea Views was launched in 2013 with the ambition of becoming the go-to place for coastal holiday accommodation in the UK. Fast forward a few years and we like to think that we’ve achieved our fledgling goal, offering our users the choice of thousands of cottages, many with great sea views and beach locations. We’ve also expanded to include properties in Ireland. Below are a few FAQs about Simply Sea Views.

Who runs Simply Sea Views?

I (Josh Williams) own and run Simply Sea Views with the help of my rather wonderful wife, Hannah.
I grew up in the most idyllic of coastal counties that is Cornwall. As a child I spent my school holidays and weekends with my friends either camping on the beach at Praa Sands or kayaking up and down the Helford River.
Always creatively minded, I went on to study Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University. After graduating, I taught myself to build websites, which helped raise some funds for a long trip around Australia. Despite ending up living there on what was essentially a desert island near the Great Barrier Reef, without a care I the world, I began to miss home. So I left my hammock and beach bum lifestyle, jumped on a plane home and joined the family business, a small but successful letting agency based in Porthleven where I learned the ins and outs of the self catering industry.
In 2013 I went my own way with Simply Sea Views, my attempt to tie together a love of the sea and the creative and admittedly nerdy skills I’d acquired. I designed and built the website and run the business day to day.
When I’m not on my laptop, I love running along the coast and football (watching rather than playing these days!).
Hannah now runs the social media side of things and is extremely good at making everything look pretty. She grew up 28 fields away from me (yep, we counted) and enjoyed a similarly joyful childhood skipping along Cornish coast paths and, in more recent years, travelling around Africa and Asia. When she’s not Instagramming, Hannah is studying to be a nurse.
We live in Falmouth, Cornwall and try to make the very most of life by the sea in this magical part of the country.

Are you an agency?

No. We list properties from many different independent property owners as well as letting agencies from all over the UK and Ireland. We provide the tools for you to search through thousands of properties and easily communicate with their respective owners or agents.

Who is my booking held with?

Your booking is with the respective owner or agent for the property. Each property profile will have a You’re Booking With… section detailing who that is. Once you’ve made a booking, it will be fully managed by them and all further correspondence will be from them.

Is there a booking fee?

We do not currently charge any additional fees for booking via our site. All prices come direct from the property owner or agent so you won’t get a cheaper price anywhere. An owner or agent may have their own booking fee but we always include these in prices shown on our site so there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises.

Can I add my property?

Yes, absolutely! As long as your property is within 1 mile of the coast (estuaries and sea lochs do count!), we’d love to have you on board. In addition, if you have clear sea views from inside the property or are within 200 metres of a beach, a special badge/stamp will appear wherever your listing is shown.
A listing costs just £100 (plus VAT) for 12 months. If you’re an agency or have more than 3 properties, please get in touch for a bulk rate. We do not charge a fee per enquiry or booking we bring you. Adding your property is easy. Just start by registering here and following the steps to add details, photos, guest comments, pricing and availability. We’ll show your phone number, a link to your own website and an email contact form.