www.theoldcoachhousecottage.co.uk was one of the first commercial websites I undertook and this was mainly because I’m a friend of the family, infact as well as being the dad of one of my best mates Paddy was also one of my Teachers!
Paddy and Sue worked for many years as Teachers in Yorkshire, but dreamed of settling down in the beautiful Welsh valleys and running their very own Bed and Breakfast. After finding the perfect place at Dolcorsllwyn in the Dyfi valley, they set about making it one of the best places to stay in the local area.
They have all the awards that you would expect of a 4 star B&B and their whole operation is setup to be as eco conscious as they can be.
In 2007 they got in touch about helping to make them an online presence for their fledgling business. Of course I said yes and so began the beginnings of Rutland Web. At the time I was more inclined to build sites like my Toychief.co.uk site so this was a new experience for me too.
The website I originally constructed for them was built in dreamweaver in HTML and CSS and worked out well. Due to some good links that Paddy and Sue got from Welsh Tourist Board websites, their website ranked really well and customers started to get in-touch.
A few years later we integrated an online booking form and an availability calendar that really helped potential visitors to see clearly when the cottage or the B&B rooms were available.
In 2011 we transferred and refreshed the site while transporting it all over to a self hosted WordPress CMS platform which enabled Paddy and Sue to start blogging about their life in Wales and what is going on at the Coach House.
At this stage we introduced slide shows for many of the pages so more images of the rooms and local area could be shown. Not much changed design wise at this stage but I was involved in a lot of technical behind-the-scenes work.
In 2013 Paddy and Sue decided that their site needed a bit of a refresh so we turned to the excellent Genesis Framework to change the look of the website and take advantage of the very best in modern web design. We also increased the size of all the images and included a large video on the homepage. The site works perfectly in all smartphones and tablet computers so they can reach a bigger audience.
Simon is a super web designer and manager. He put together our site and is always available to tweek and amend at the drop of a hat. Check out www.theoldcoachhousecottage.co.uk for a super example of his skills as a designer. I can not recommend Simon highly enough.