We've had a very exciting start to 2019 with the opening of a new office in Windermere village!
Our first office, on St. John's Street in Keswick, was opened in January 2011, and we now have a second premises on Victoria Street in Windermere. We love Keswick and have a fabulous relationship with visitors, owners, and local business in the North Lakes and, although we already have a number of lovely cottages in in the South Lakes, we wanted to be able to offer the same kind of support to their owners.
Sally Fielding set up Sally's Cottages 15 years ago in Eskdale with just one holiday cottage. It has since grown from a home-based business with just Sally and her husband, Rob, to a nationally-competitive organisation with two Lake District offices, over 480 holiday cottages, and employing 23 members of staff, as well as using the services of local freelancers.
Sally has also begun the year on the shortlist for the Northern Power Women Awards for the second time. The mum-of-three has been highly commended as an outstanding entrepreneur in the 2016 awards, which celebrates achievements of women in business. Watch this space for the outcome of the awards later this year!
In 2018, we partnered with local business including Keswick Film Festival, the World of Beatrix Potter and Go Ape! Whinlatter. We are especially excited to once again be supporting the Keswick Film Festival in 2019, its 20th anniversary, and hope to partner with other local organisations and groups over the coming year to help promote the best of the Lake District. If you're here for the Keswick Film Festival in (28th February - 3rd March), don't forget that you can get a discount on tickets when you book with Sally's Cottages!
Last year also saw us making large investments with a £250,000 website upgrade to ensure that our website is easy and quick to use so that you can find what you want when you want it! Other achievements have included reaching half a million followers on our Facebook page, 1 million annual website users, over 1,000 Google reviews, and thousands of pounds worth of prizes given to support numerous charities.
Overall, we are thrilled with how our 2018 has gone. Despite competition from multi-million pound organisations, we are proud to continue going from strength to strength as the largest independent holiday cottage letting company in Cumbria.
We have an interesting year ahead with fresh challenges and exciting ventures. But with a wonderful team, lots of hard work, and the support of our amazing guests and owners, we just can't wait!
Thank you for being part of this journey and here's to the next 15 years!