Caroline Newling-Ward landed a business loan with Fleximize to cover the cost of essential maintenance at Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges, which she has been running since 2013
Trading for: 3 years
Reason for funding
- Unsecured business loan
- Fixed repayments
- £10,000 over 12 months
- New boiler installed
- Renovations to accommodation
A weakened pound has made the ‘staycation’ an increasingly popular holiday option for British families, while slashing the cost of a trip to the UK for overseas visitors. On the surface, this is great news for the UK tourism industry, but with thousands of people offering up their properties on Airbnb, it’s never been more challenging for traditional holiday companies to attract customers.
Escape to the country
Set in the heart of the stunning Dorset countryside, and only a short drive from the Jurassic Coast, Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges relies on first-class customer service to stand out from the crowd. The complex of cottages, lodges and luxury shepherd huts was opened in December 2013 by Caroline Newling-Ward, who’d previously spent 20 years working in the financial services sector.
When Caroline first acquired the site for Lancombe Country Cottages, the majority of the buildings were in desperate need of renovation. She has since transformed them into a collection of beautifully presented holiday homes, which suit the requirements of small and large families alike, with additional facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool, games room and outdoor play area.
Lancombe has also created its very own fairy trail in the surrounding woodland, offering children the chance to search for fairies and leave letters in their homes, in the hope of receiving a response.