Are your holiday rental bookings down this year, not sure why? Your still marketing you're French holiday home on some of the main holiday rental listing companies and paying higher listing fees to be featured higher in their search results?
If you are using Homeaway or one of its sister companies this could be the reason your bookings are down. Homeaway was purchased by Exedia at the end of last year for $3.8 billion, yes that's with a B.
Since then they have been pushing they're new online booking payment system, even telling some owners that this now determining placement in search results. In the U.S they have rolled out a 4%-10% guest service fee. According to the company this is to protect guest so they can book with confidence, then why not provide the option to pay for travel insurance?
So the format that worked for many years for owners and guests is being changed to be more like Airbnb. So be aware of the changes, as in the U.S they didn't even inform the home owners, hence the First Class Action Lawsuit in U.S District Court of Texas against Homeaway.
Expedia whose business is booking rooms, our now after yours. If you want to keep control of your home,
stay in control of who stays in it and how you get paid. Start looking for smaller regional holiday listing sites to promote your accommodation.