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Cotswold holiday firm expands with twelfth cottage

Startup holiday company Cotswold Cottage Gems is welcoming back guests for self-catering holidays now that lockdown measures have lifted and has revealed the addition of its twelfth property.

"There's been incredible demand for staycations in Cotswolds this season. Last year we had a 100 per cent occupancy rate and our newest cottage, Oakey Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water, has already started to receive bookings from June onwards," said Gemma Elizabeth Conway who was appointed company director in May.

Cotswold Cottage Gems began with just one cottage in May 2018, but now owns 12 cottages located across the Cotswolds, alongside The Lansdowne, a 14-bedroom boutique guesthouse which serves breakfast, in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Oakey Cottage joins the four other recent new properties, part of a £2 million pound investment, which were purchased over last year, including two chocolate box Cotswold cottages in Stow-on-the-Wold called Coniston House and The Crook, plus Darly Cottage in Bourton-in-the-Water and Magnolia Cottage in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Oakey Cottage is said to be steeped in local history and was formerly the site of Oakey's Butchers. The cottage is immediately adjacent to The Lansdowne guesthouse where guests staying at the cottage can enjoy a full English breakfast.

As well as the expanding property portfolio, the Cotswold Cottage Gem team has also welcomed two new managers from the local area.

Lily Jackson, has a degree in hospitality and marketing from University of Gloucestershire, and will manage guest relations. Anna Mierzejewska, joins the team from Dial House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water and will be the principal manager at the company's flagship boutique guesthouse, The Landsdowne.

Company director Gemma Elizabeth Conway added: "With our expanding team, we can deliver that extremely personal touch for all our guests - the signature of a Cotswold Cottage Gem stay."

"Whether you need us to make a reservation, collect you from the races, or even organise a personal chef to cook in one of our cottages, we are all on hand to make sure your stay is extra special.

"As part of my role as director, I'm looking forward to our 2021/22 plans which include sourcing and purchasing a larger property to accommodate up to 15 guests and also the launch of our luxury Lansdowne afternoon tea offering. We're all looking forward to a glorious British holiday season ahead."

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