Last week, we welcomed a very special Cotswolds tourist to Secret Cottage.
Jessica took the Secret Cottage Tour and she loved it. So much so she couldn’t wait to email her colleagues and tell them all about her day with us.
We asked her if we could share her email on the site and Jessica didn’t hesitate to say yes. But first let’s find out more about her:
Tell us more about yourself, Jessica:
I’m a 25 year old French lady and I’ve been in Oxford since May. I came here to improve my English and do work experience in the Visitor Information Centre.
I was supposed to finish last August but I couldn’t bear to leave!
In fact, 15 days after arriving, I said to my manager “Do you have something for me after my work experience?”
You see, I’d fallen in love with Oxford – “The City of Dreaming Spires” – fortunately, everything fell into place and I’m happy to say that in November, my manager offered me a permanent contract as a Customer Assistant.
You say you’ve fallen in love with Oxford. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m training to be a Language Tour Guide in Oxford for the French school groups who come to visit the city, so I’m currently studying hard for my exams.
But when I’m not working I like walking and catching up with friends. We regularly meet in my favourite coffee shop ‘The Golden Cross Café’ where they have a great hot chocolate – just the thing for this time of year!
I played theatre in France for 11 years which I loved, and theatre remains a great passion of mine.
What prompted you to take the Secret Cottage Tour?
First impressions count and I was really impressed by your leaflet! On the front is an image of the gorgeous house and great description of the tour which whets your appetite. On the back of the leaflet you see three enticing pictures which sum up the tour perfectly and really makes you want to be there.
I loved the image of the bone china with its lovely decoration. I could feel myself drinking my tea, relaxing by the log fire so couldn’t wait to book.
What did you love most about the tour?
A good day out for me is all about escaping from reality for a while. I look for magical things which transport my heart and mind miles away. With the Secret Cottage tour you can just relax – it’s time for yourself and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to say that during the tour I felt like a princess welcomed by lovely hosts!
Where can we find out more about you?
I have a blog, most of it is in French (except my review for Secret Cottage tour, it’s half in French, half in English)
Here is the link.
Here’s Jessica enjoying the Secret Cottage Tour
And here’s the email Jessica circulated amongst her colleagues:
I just wanted to tell you all about my WONDERFUL experience of the Secret Cottage Tour yesterday…
It was really a good experience ! Before I had never been to the Cotswolds… And I really want to say that it was absolutely brilliant ! I recommend you all to try this tour with Becky and Robin, two lovely people ! She explained to us some details about how they had the idea to create this tour…
If you join this tour, you will discover many small hidden villages that are unable to access by public transport because the coaches cannot stop there…
During one day, I felt like if I was in another time, another world… For one day, I felt so happy to have this opportunity to join them… Now I can say I discovered The Cotswolds, but not only the villages well known and crowded in the summer by tourists… But I discovered the LIFE in the Cotswolds, because with this tour, you get the opportunity to go inside Becky and Robin s cottage… The atmosphere is warm, you can relax with your pastries, scones, with a tea just next to the chimney…
It is just extraordinary ! And I promise you, you will not want to leave after that.. I wanted to stay for the night !!!
The food was so good, the landscapes so magical, the welcoming of them was so great and there are so many secrets that are part of the tour and I cannot spoil… I cannot tell you everything, it is part of the secret ! That is why I don’t add pictures as well… I want to give you the desire to go… and after you will do like me, you will promote as much as you can this tour…
I will remember this day… I will encourage everyone to take part of it… !
Enjoy ! Sshhhh it is a SECRET !