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Cordilleras House Bed & Breakfast

We have been at Cordilleras House since June 2012 when we bought the property and developed it to provide top quality bed and breakfast accommodation.

In our early married life we lived for 3 years in Mexico and then 2 years in The Yemen before settling in South Oxfordshire where we lived for 21 years and raised our family. Liz trained as an adult nurse and after being at home with the children, returned to nursing and developed a keen interest in palliative care.  She enjoyed studying this speciality and worked at a hospice for young adults in Oxford for 9 years before moving to Richmond.  Until recently Liz worked part-time for Marie Curie.

Gez spent the first 23 years of his working-life employed in various aspects of irrigated agriculture and water management; work which led him to travel quite widely in Asia, parts of Africa and beyond. Following this, he retrained as a primary school teacher and spent 6 years teaching in a small primary school in rural Oxfordshire.  On moving to Richmond, he worked as a supply teacher for two years before changing direction again, to take on a role with a local building company, based in Richmond, that specialises in sympathetic building restoration and some new builds.

Both of us greatly enjoy walking and Gez is a keen cyclist and has recently embraced running. Liz has recently started to explore the local area on her ebike which makes climbing up the hills a doddle! We chose to move to Richmond because we love the quality of life that we find here; the pace is less frenetic and there is mile after mile of beautiful scenery and quiet lanes to explore. We walked the Coast to Coast path in 2016 and found it to be as rewarding as the pundits claim.  Whilst our travelling and working in the developing world has drawn to a close, we continue to support charities such as Five Talents, which provides micro finance and business training to small entrepreneurs in several countries in East Africa.This support comes through asking guests to make a financial contribution for their laundry as they walk the Coast to Coast. Over a season, this can amount to as much as £800. We have also twinned our guest room toilets with toilets in Guatemala, Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, through the organisation Toilet Twinning. This agency uses the funds it raises to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education. During the last few years we have spent time supporting newly-arrived refugees to the area. Over the last year Liz has become a volunteer at the local foodbank, which has been busier than ever.

Since receiving our first guests in September 2012, we have welcomed many people from various parts of the world and we continue to find real pleasure in offering hospitality to all who come to us.  It is important to us that our business has as positive an impact on as many people as possible, and we hope to include you in that number, when you come and stay with us.