Join Us!

Are you a ‘heartful’ host?
Do you give a s**t about people & the planet, not just profit?

Hosting With Heart aims to be the No.1 online destination in the world for socially-conscious guests looking for accommodation run by hosts who value inclusivity and social and environmental responsibility.

We hope you can join our rapidly growing member community.

Please see below for listing criteria and subscription options.

Currently, you need to meet at least 5 Accessibility criteria
and at least 5 Sustainability criteria to list on the site:

ACCESSIBILITY CRITERIA

  1. Provision of a Floor / Site Plan With Measurements to Guest
  2. Photos of all Bathrooms / Toilets in Property Listings
  3. Assistance Dogs Welcome
  4. Step-Free Shower / Hand-Held Shower
  5. On-Site Parking with > 2.4m Width
  6. Grab Rails in Shower / Toilet
  7. Adjustable Bed Height / Bed Risers
  8. Mobility Aids Onsite Inc Entrance / Exit Ramps
  9. Step-Free Entry
  10. All Door Widths > 800mm
  11. Dimmable Lights
  12. Calming / Monochrome Colour Scheme
  13. Noise-Dampening Measures (not an echoey space, eg: double-glazing, carpet etc)
  14. No Synthetic Smells
  15. Sensor Lights on Arrival

SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA

  1. Recycling / Waste Sorting Facilities
  2. Composting Facilities
  3. Energy Efficient / Passive Design
  4. Off-Grid
  5. No Single-Use Plastic / Amenities
  6. EV Recharging Facilities
  7. Sustainable Furnishings (Upcycled /second-hand /handmade furniture and decorative items)
  8. Rainwater Collection
  9. Food Grown / Harvested on Site
  10. Wastewater Treatment & Reuse
  11. Use of Green Energy and/or Solar Panels
  12. All-Electric Infrastructure
  13. Green / Sustainable Cleaning / Body Products
  14. Offer Reusable Shopping Bags
  15. Amenities / Food Stocks from Local Suppliers

The only other requirements for subscribing to the Hosting With Heart website and community are that you have well lit, clear photos of your property / properties – ideally including all entrances / exits and bathrooms and toilets – in your listing (professional photos are recommended but not mandatory).

Accepting direct bookings is encouraged, purely so you retain a higher percentage of the revenue your property generates, but is absolutely not a mandatory requirement for listing on the site.

What membership includes:

  • Dedicated Listing Page For Your Property With Booking Links
  • Social Media Promotion Whenever Possible
  • Access to our Exclusive Members-Only Facebook Group / Regular Facebook LIVE and In-Person Networking Events
  • Exclusive Member-Only Discounts from Hosting With Heart Suppliers & Partners
  • FREE Attendance at all Hosting With Heart LIVE Events (normally $25/ticket) and FREE Access to Video Recordings
  • Complimentary copy of Bush Journal (and subscription discount) following sign-up
  • Exclusive Monthly Members-Only eNewsletter
  • Access to a HWH Digital Badge to Display on Your Website, Demonstrating Your Ethos
  • FREE Access to 2 x Additional HWH Podcast Episodes Per Month (Launching January, 2023)
  • 25% Discount on all Hosting With Heart Downloadable Resources (Launching early, 2023)

Subscription / Membership Options:

For hosts managing up to 5 properties, please find our 6 core subscription options and associated pricing below.

Hosts managing more than 5 properties (ie: a tiny house management business or a site with 10 eco cabins etc) will need to contact us directly to discuss a suitable custom subscription.

Single Property Membership

Best Value

$325/12 monthsSave $95.00

$175/6 monthsSave $35.00

$35/month

Multi (2-5) Property Membership

Best Value

$540/monthsSave $180.00

$300/6 monthsSave $60.00

$60/month

FAQs

  • If I sign-up, am I locked into a contract for a fixed period of time?

    In short, no. Given the fluctuating cost of living at the moment, we don’t want anyone to feel pressured to keep their membership active if they cannot afford to. However, if you’d like the most flexibility, you should consider signing up on a month-to-month basis so as to avoid the need to refund you should you decide to cancel for any reason.

  • My property has attributes not listed in the Sustainability / Accessibility criteria. How do I highlight them?

    For now, we’d recommend ensuring any special features your property offers are clearly outlined in your property description. We hope to introduce a separate field / area on each dedicated listing page for special features very soon, however.

  • What determines where my listing appears in search results?

    At the moment while we build our membership, the search results are generated completely randomly.

    Once we however reach a critical mass of 100 or more listings, we will start to index listings by the below criteria:

    1. How many accessibility / sustainability criteria a listing includes (the higher the total number, the closer to the top they will appear).
    2. Seniority date (the date the subscriber attached to a particular listing joined the site).

     

  • Do I need to have professional photos?

    No, they are not mandatory, but they are highly recommended to ensure you get the most value out of your listing. If you don’t have professional shots, well-lit, clear, accurate shots of your property should be used at all times. If you’re interested in organising a professional photo shoot via our growing network of photographers, please Get In Touch for a recommendation.

  • Is there a cancellation fee if I wish to cancel my subscription?

    No. But any subscription fees paid to date are strictly non-refundable.

  • I don't as yet accept direct bookings or have my own website. Can I still sign up?

    Of course. You are still able to add links to your Airbnb, Stayz, Riparide and other OTA (Online Travel Agent) listings via your HWH listing, however as we want to try and put more $$$ back in the bank accounts of hardworking hosts, we emphasise the ‘Book Direct’ function on listings if a subscriber has one. It is not mandatory, however.

If you have any other questions and/or need further information about joining the HWH website, please contact us.