Meet the Property Managers
One of these friendly faces will be on the end of the phone to help you from the get-go. Each Property Manager covers a specific area of the South West and knows their territory like the back of their helpful hands so can advise you on every detail.
Far West Cornwall
I started working at Classic Cottages as a Property Manager in 2004. Prior to that I was working abroad; spending 20 years in France and then a further three in Belgium. My work abroad was varied, from Legal PA to the legal director of SODETEG Paris, where we drafted the contracts for Euro Disney, to Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Ypres Belgium.
I live in the heart of my area, the far west of Cornwall. As I grew up here, I know the best places to bathe, walk and climb and can therefore describe my properties and their areas with convincing knowledge. Another passion is gig rowing for Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club; what better thing to do on a summer’s evening than a row to Mousehole or around St Michael’s Mount.
Obviously I don’t work alone; we are a team. That’s Norman and me of course. My trusted four-legged friend dons his seat belt and off we go visiting lovely properties, helping to welcome guests before stopping for a long walk along the cliffs on our way home.
South West Cornwall
Before I joined Classic Cottages in 2013, I worked in residential lettings for three years following a career of more than 20 years in sales and marketing and the travel industry. In the early noughties I even ran my own restaurant for a couple of years, which was a great experience.
My role as Property Manager at Classic Cottages combines so many things that I enjoy, in particular meeting interesting people with the added bonus of visiting some of south west Cornwall’s most beautiful properties. Whether rain or shine and in warm and cold months, I get a real buzz and personal satisfaction from giving advice and helping my owners achieve the maximum potential for their property, whether it’s a bijou one bedroom character barn or a spacious large modern house.
I started working with Classic in November 2015, having run my own holiday letting agency, Roseland Holiday Cottages, for the past 20 years. I am fortunate to have been born and bred on the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall so know the area incredibly well and love everything it has to offer.
Finding special homes that make wonderful holidays is my passion and I enjoy developing good working relationships with my owners and visiting their lovely properties! My husband Rick and I also provide a full property management service so we are kept very busy indeed. In my spare time I love to walk and explore the invigorating coast path with my husband and spaniel, Tavy, and we also enjoy being out on the water on our boat when time allows.
North & South East Cornwall
I joined Classic in the summer of 2015, a company that I have respected for a long time having worked in the tourism industry for over 25 years. Most recently I worked for Cancer Research UK, but previously I held managerial positions for international hotel groups, golf and country clubs and was the Head of Marketing at VisitCornwall for 14 years.
My role as Property Manager gives me the chance to combine the experience I have gained in the industry with my knowledge and passion for both property and the area – Kevin McCloud would be my ideal dinner guest but please don’t tell my husband! Speaking of whom, my husband Mark and I live on the edge of Bodmin Moor with our two dogs (this seems to be a prerequisite of the job) and three cats.
South Coast Cornwall
I started at Classic in 2004 after working as a Site Manager for a construction company; previously I ran my own interior design business working for both private and corporate clients. Property is my passion: I love everything from renovation, remodelling and refurbishment, to fitting out, decorating and furnishing. I also love living by the sea, village life, locally sourced foods and cooking for friends, but dislike inflexibility, unnecessary parking restrictions and rainy weekends.
South & Mid Devon & Dartmoor
I started working in the tourism and leisure industry in 2012, and have never looked back. My time in the industry has made me extremely confident in knowing what great looks and feels like. It is this knowledge and expertise which I’m looking forward to sharing in my position as Property Manager for the South Devon and Dartmoor areas. I’m a newish member of the Classic Cottages team, however I already feel like I have been part of the team for years, for all the right reasons.
My original home town is in the beautiful countryside of Cheshire. In 2012 fate offered my partner and I the chance to relocate to Devon, which has been our family holiday destination for as long as I can remember. I instantly fell in love with Devon with its endless attractions and hidden gems at a young age, and I feel privileged to live and work in such an amazing part of the world.
Since moving to Devon my family has grown somewhat. My partner and I are the proud owners of 2 children, 2 flat coated retrievers, a cat and Haribo the Shetland pony. As a family we never cease to explore and enjoy Devon, and I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and love for my area far and wide.
Somerset, Mid, North & East Devon
I joined Classic Cottages in 2010 having started working life as an art teacher, moving to the Plymouth College of Art, followed by a role as marketing officer at Plymouth University. I then worked at Jackson Stops & Staff Estate Agents, which went hand in hand with two years of freelance interior design. Behind the scenes and really helping my role as a Property Manager, I have run my own holiday cottage for 12 years – a barn conversion that we started from scratch and that ended up winning a South West Tourism Gold Award for Accessibility.
I live in south Somerset – a great location for being on hand for my property owners from north Devon right across into Dorset. My mission is to persuade all those far south-bound holiday makers to peel off the road early and stay up here in this part of the West Country! Sorry colleagues in Cornwall, I know you have the traditional lure of the surf but so does north Devon, and on top of that an explorer’s delight of ancient landscapes and coastlines, Cathedral Cities, castles and market towns!
East Devon, Dorset & the New Forest
I am a recent addition to the team, joining Classic Cottages in November 2014. My past life includes working as a qualified ITU Nurse in London, a summer season in Switzerland followed by a ski season, and a degree course at Bath University. Then I took to the road in Medical Sales throughout the South West and South Wales. Most recently I’ve been part of the local Cardiology team as a Staff Nurse.
I grew up in Dorset and spent many happy weekends in neighbouring Hampshire and the New Forest. It is an area that I feel passionate about; rolling landscapes, village pubs, spectacular Jurassic coastline, bustling market towns and year-round festivals. I have stayed in many holiday properties and have a solid sense of what makes or spoils a well-earned rest. I now live just outside of Dorchester with my husband and two lively dogs.
Isle of Wight
I moved to the Island in 2003 from London, and have no regrets. It is a wonderful place to live, especially for children. I have a son and a daughter, both currently in their teenage years – challenging times!
During my career I have mainly worked in the retail sector, I started out learning the ropes from my father who owned his own successful picture framing business and eventually joined the management team. I did a stint at American Airlines in the PR Department which was great fun although I’m terrified of flying so couldn’t benefit from the staff perks! Since coming to the Isle of Wight I spent several years working for an estate agency, gaining experience in both the sales and lettings side of the business, giving me invaluable experience for my current role as property manager.
I have only started in this exciting position in late 2016 but have been warmly welcomed and now feel an important member of our excellent Island team and enjoying what my new job entails. We all know the island very well and take pride in promoting our home to potential guests and cottage owners.
I’m a keen sports person and enjoy tennis, swimming and running so the Island is the perfect place for me.