Hi I’m Desiree. I set up A,D8 Winchester in 2005 with our first property in Cannon Street and our second in St. John Street a year later. Our first guest in Cannon Street was so impressed with what we were doing she decided to buy two properties to flats in Belgard Place while her sons were at Winchester College and asked me to manage them as holiday lets.
In 2008 when the credit crunch hit we realised we had overextended ourselves so decided to sell our own properties. We were still managing other properties as we’d been approached many times from owners asking us to take on their properties. In 2011 we acquired another property on Tower Street and in 2012 Mews Cottage both on a management basis and from there we went on.
In 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 properties from a remote location but guess what? We're still here now so it worked!
I could not run this business without the help of my team though. My WInchester team consists of our wonderful head housekeeper Marta who is constantly complimented on the standard of cleans that she delivers to our properties. Sandra who makes sure that the guests are all happy and get into the properties without any hassle. Louisa who is our admin lady and bookkeeper and our 2 new housekeepers Angela and Keira who also help us out at the weekends. Without these two we would struggle to allow our guests to check in or out at the weekends. I’m still living on the Isle of Wight as does Sara our marketing, design and website lady and our latest acquisition Noreen looks after social media for us while she's studying at Winchester University.