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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.
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! 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.
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.
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.
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 and Hampshire. 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!
I moved to the Isle of Wight 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.
Born and bred in Cornwall, I used to own a holiday let cleaning company managing over 80 properties between St Agnes and Sennen – it was my baby! I was then headhunted by West Cornwall Cottage Holidays (now part of the Classic group) as Head of Client Services and was responsible and first point of call for our owners. I even got to help with interior design and I loved every minute of it, making valuable friends.
In 2013 West Cornwall Cottage Holidays was acquired by Aspects Holidays and I began my role as Property Manager managing a very large portfolio of stunning properties in West Cornwall. I love the fact that every day is different and I get to make a difference doing what I enjoy most, meeting people and seeing lots of properties.
I’m passionate about Cornwall and my job which is why I am so excited to be a part of Classic and managing the north Cornwall coast. Many happy weekends were spent as a family cycling the Camel Trail and I love spending quality time with my husband, three boys and Shih Tzu, Coco. We all love the beach and the sea and most weekends you’ll find me on the sideline of a football pitch or chilling by the sea.
I joined Classic Cottages in February 2018 (on Valentine’s Day in fact) and I am delighted to be living and working in such a wonderful part of Cornwall. I was born and brought up on a family farm near Falmouth so I know the area very well.
I was previously at Hamptons International in Sloane Square doing residential lettings for eight years until the sea called me back. During this time I learned many valuable skills which have been paramount to my role here at Classic. I am delighted that I am continuing to view beautiful properties and work closely with property owners in another stunning and unique part of the country.
I really enjoy finding the perfect place that will make an idyllic holiday home and give the true Cornish experience. Living in this area as a child and adult has given me a great knowledge of places to visit and things to do, and has equipped me to answer any questions asked. I love to explore different areas of Cornwall and the thrill of finding that hidden gem. There is so much to enjoy in this part of the county, whether it's walking my dogs, eating cream teas or just generally living the Cornish dream.
Having lived in Dorset for the majority of my life, I know the area very well and despite being fortunate enough to have travelled far and wide across the world, I am always drawn back to the sunny south coast. There is nothing I love more than a windy walk on the Jurassic Coast with my dog Barney, followed by a late lunch of local seafood and Dorset apple cake! I think Dorset is the perfect county as it has the mix of stunning beaches, rolling hills and bustling market towns. More recently, I have also spent time living in rural Hampshire and have very much enjoyed the diversity of the county; from the rich history of Winchester, to the depths of the New Forest!
Since graduating from university in Bournemouth (even when studying I couldn’t leave the sea!), I have been working in property management, within residential lettings which has developed valuable skills for my role here at Classic Cottages. Property has always been something that excites me and I am very much looking forward to visiting the beautiful and varied properties across Dorset and Hampshire.