ONE OF THE FAMILY
It’s the personal, local touch that makes a stay at Original Cottages so unique
SPECIALIST local knowledge so often provides the most memorable moments of a holiday, whether it’s an evening pint in a sun-dappled pub garden or a picnic in a beauty spot undiscovered by the tourist trail.
Original Cottages is the nationwide holiday lettings company that provides the local touch – with local people on the ground in every region where it operates. This allows you to benefit from the type of expertise that can only be gained by actually living in an area. This unique arrangement connects holidaymakers to the communities where they stay, and creates an authentic experience that truly justifies the name ‘original’.
THINKING OF A BREAK?
Richard and Lesley Ellis set up what was then called Norfolk Country Cottages from their kitchen table in January 1992; today, Original Cottages manages more than 5,800 holiday cottages across England and Wales.
The Ellis family is still very much involved in running Original Cottages. Being family owned and having a wealth of local knowledge influences every aspect of how the company operates. It’s the largest independent holiday cottage provider in the country. With properties in some of the most scenic parts of England and Wales, there are plenty of options to suit all requirements.
You could find yourself enjoying the green pastures of Swaledale, the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, magnificent Bamburgh Beach, with its looming medieval fortress, or exploring one of Wales’ 600 castles.
Do you want to be thrilled by a new adventure, or do you enjoy the comforting familiarity that comes with returning to your favourite place? The choice is yours.
As a holidaymaker, you’ll be met by friendly, reliable local agents, who can give advice or help solve any issues you may have. That can be done either by popping into their office near your cottage or by chatting to them on the phone. Just talk to one of the team – they are always on hand to point you in the right direction.
With their help you’ll be able to discover unspoilt beaches, the perfect log-fire pub to relax in after a long country walk or a tucked-away harbour where you can buy a fresh fish-and-chip supper.
As well as our teams on the ground letting you into the secret spots only they know, you can find further guides on our website which are packed with invaluable information. This means you can experience the best of the great outdoors with specialist insider knowledge.
And to ensure that you always have the best possible experience when you stay with Original Cottages, each year its quality assessors grade properties. So, by booking with Original Cottages, you can relax in a high-quality, safe environment.
THINKING OF LETTING?
Original Cottages also welcomes enquiries from homeowners wanting to let their properties. You’ll find a supportive team on hand to provide the industry savvy needed to maximise your home’s potential and ensure a hassle-free experience.
As a national company with a network of regional offices, Original Cottages offers the best of both worlds. From the beginning, you’ll be looked after by a local team member for the best personal service tailored to your requirements. They know the local marketplace and will be able to help you make the best of your property – from pricing and facilities to décor. Plus, you’ll benefit from the IT systems and marketing resources you’d expect from a national business.
Original Cottages works directly with you and offers everything from advice on converting your property for holiday lets to hiring cleaning and maintenance staff. Local assessors will visit your property before listing, and yearly thereafter, so that they can advise on how to achieve the highest possible grade for your property.
Reflecting its local character, the company throws itself into the life of the communities where it operates, supporting services such as a choir and music club that helps vulnerable people in Yorkshire. It also partners with local wildlife trusts and supports environmental initiatives, such as sponsoring wooden body boards in Devon to reduce plastic pollution.
At Original Cottages, you’ll find local knowledge and support underpinned by national reach and expertise.
For more information visit originalcottages.co.uk