Hi I’m Desiree. I set up A,D8 UK Limited in Winchester in 2005 with our first property in Cannon Street and our second in St. John Street a year later. Our first guest was so impressed with what we were doing she decided to buy two flats in Belgarum Place while her sons were at Winchester College and asked me to manage them as holiday lets.
2008 when the credit crunch hit we realised we had overextended ourselves so decided to sell our own properties. We were still managing other people's properties as we have been approached many times from owners asking us to take on their properties.
2011 we acquired another property on Tower Street and in 2012 Mews Cottage both on a management basis and from there we went on.
2013 I had to relocate from Winchester to Cowes on the Isle of Wight due to my husband's job and I really wondered if I would be able to manage these Winchester holiday homes from a remote location.
We're still here - so it's working!
I could not run this business without the help of our team. The WInchester team consists of our wonderful head housekeeper Marta who is constantly complimented on the standard of cleans that she delivers in our properties. Sandra who makes sure that the guests are all happy and get into the properties without any hassle. Luisa who is our admin lady and bookkeeper and our other housekeeper Morgan who helps us out at the weekends and during the holidays. Without these people we would struggle.
2020 the pandemic... a work in progress