A SELF-catering holiday specialist has appointed a new regional manager to cover Ryedale.

Debbie Wibberley, of Ebberston, will manage the 250 cottages4u properties currently available for holiday letting in the area, with a view to growing the portfolio to meet the ever increasing demand from holidaymakers.

Debbie said: “I’m a real countryside lover and believe forming strong relationships with owners and understanding their situation is fundamental to promoting properties successfully.

“I know this beautiful part of the world well as living in the region and having spent most of my childhood holidays here, and now I can share my market knowledge to provide tailored advice and support.”

Debbie brings to the role a wealth of experience in the property and tourism sectors. Coming from a farming family herself, Debbie knows first-hand about the additional income farmers can potentially secure through holiday letting.

During a career spent almost entirely within the tourism industry, Debbie has performed various roles ranging from tour guide operator to travel agency manager.

Wendy Halliday, property operations director at cottages4you, said: “We’re very excited to have Debbie joining our team.

“We’re eager to add additional properties in the area to meet the demand from holidaymakers looking to sample everything this wonderful region has to offer.”

Cottages4you is part of the Wyndham Vacation Rentals group and operate across a range of brands, including English Country Cottages, Welcome Cottages and Yorkshire Cottages.

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