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Meet the Pebbles Team–Readying Your Apartment in Nice and the French Riviera!

When you book your Riviera Pebbles apartment, you get a Nice rental apartment that will far surpass your expectations of what a Nice rental could be. Because along with your apartment, you also get the assistance of the Riviera Pebbles team. Our greeters and other team members appear to be psychic in the way they will anticipate your questions and have all answers at the ready. They’ve been there, done that and know people who know people, which of course, makes you feel like an immediate local resident with an all-access passeport to what’s hip, haute and fun. In short, our greeters facilitate the Nice holiday of your dreams. They’ve got your key to the front door. And the key to your most memorable Nice holiday.—Matt and Gayle Roberts

nice apartmentsMatthew Roberts - Director. Matt can often be found hidden under accounting paperwork, maintenance reports and Gayle’s “helpful” to-do list. Matt has a background in renovating property in the UK (just for fun!) and over in France and knows his numbers. As well as keeping the rentals on the straight and narrow, Matt helps our investment sales clients snap up those investment bargains. He just wishes he had the funds to buy them himself! His old life in the UK as a microbiologist now seems like a distant memory—though he still remembers the rain of course. Along with Gayle, he founded the Nice Pebbles in 2006 and Riviera Pebbles in 2007.

rent nice apartmentGayle Roberts - Director. Gayle will tell everyone that Matthew dragged her kicking and screaming from her old job as a solicitor in Manchester to the French Riviera, but really she just wanted Matthew to carry the responsibility if it all went wrong. Happily the change of career and lifestyle seems to suit her as much as Matthew. Now juggling being a mum with managing the rentals, she handles everything from guest relations, new client relations, website improvements and keeps an eye on how we can improve our service to our guests and clients. Gayle holds the carte professionelle, carte 11284 from the Prefecture des Alpes Maritimes.

rent nice apartmentMaggie Collins - Office Manager. Leaving England before her twenties, Maggie spent close to 40 years in the South of France before returning home. Prior to coming back to the UK, Maggie got to know our Nice team. One thing led to another and a few months after returning to the UK, we were able to persuade Maggie to come and head up our UK office. In her time in France Maggie worked in the yacht and luxury villa industry and has a wealth of experience of the hospitality industry. She also speaks fluent French.

rent nice apartmentNeil Brereton - Reservations. Neil joined the Pebbles team in late summer as our Bookings Manager. He brought with him almost 30 years of international experience in hospitality management. Originally from the UK, he has also worked in Bermuda, Australia, the Caribbean and the US. His experience includes management of independent hotels and resorts, condominiums, villas and holiday home rentals, including 4-diamond and 5-star properties. When not working he likes spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors.

rent nice apartmentShona McFarlane - Reservations.Shona was a Pebbles guest – she booked a holiday in Nice for her family little realising that a year later she would be working for us!

She has always had a passion for travel and learning languages and speaks Spanish and French. After studying European Studies at University, she worked for VisitBritain promoting the UK as the perfect holiday destination. After fifteen years living in London, her family relocated to the Northwest and Shona developed her expertise in Customer Care working in the banking & education sectors before joining the Nice Pebbles team.

rent nice apartmentTom Whitehead - ReservationsTom has years of experience of the travel industry starting first at TUI as an overseas holiday rep. After several years in Lanzarote, he returned to Manchester UK to work in TUI pre-travel department, doing his best to make sure all guests holiday dreams come true. He then moved to Etihad Airways making flight reservations, and then Jet2holidays as a holiday consultant booking package holidays to all their destinations. Along the way, Tom’s held positions in business travel and specialist holidays for children with disabilities.

When Tom isn’t working, he’s being a dad to his young daughter, and supporting Manchester United.

rent nice apartmentSophie Langton - ReservationsRecently graduated from Newcastle University (BA honours in Sociology), Sophie has spent those long student holidays interrailing across Europe and travelling to Asia. She has spent time in our Nice office as well as now being based in our UK office in guest reservations.

In her spare time, she seeks out adrenaline sports and is an active community volunteer, especially with working with the homeless.

apartments niceKatie Barnes – Store Manager / Pebbles Representative. Katie joined our reservations team in February 2014. After completing her A-Levels in French, philosophy and fine art, she pursued her creative talents in gaining an art degree from the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Upon graduating she moved to Southampton and worked for fashion company Arcadia in an administration and customer service role for 16 months. Now back in her hometown of Glossop, she enjoys keeping arty and crafty knitting and stitching gifts for friends and family as well as drawing and painting the Derbyshire landscape.

apartments niceKatie Ann –Pebbles Representative/Reservations. After studying business studies and IT at A level, Katie took a year out working for local businesses. During this time Katie decided that she preferred full-time work and joined Pebbles at the end of 2015. Katie fell in love with the south of France when she first visited in 2010 and has been returning ever since. She enjoys going on long walks with her dog in the country side as well as going to gigs, shopping and catching up on the latest TV programmes.

Our Owners We choose our owners carefully. All of them are pro-active, pleasant to deal with and responsive to any problems that occur in the apartments. We all appreciate how they are continually open to suggestions by way of improvements. Without them there would be no Nice Pebbles or Riviera Pebbles and we wouldn’t be able to offer you the services we strive to give our guests.

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