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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 - 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 apartmentNeil - 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 apartmentDarren - ReservationsAfter working in customer service for the past 7 years in the technical support and telecommunications industry, Darren discovered a passion for travel and starting working at Jet2 in the pre travel services department taking care of any customers issues and making sure they had a flawless holiday. After spending so much time in the corporate machine he decided he wanted to remain in travel but work in a smaller team and that’s how we found Darren in July 2018. And now he has hit the ground running and with his experience in customer service he has put his skills to good use assisting our guests with any questions they may have.

rent nice apartmentKirstie - ReservationsKirstie joined the reservations team in 2018. She has spent all her working life in the customer service and client care industries working for big companies including SKY. She is enjoying exploring Nice and when not working she enjoys travel, playing video games and relaxing in the evenings with her cat, Malcolm.

rent nice apartmentSneji - Maintenance ManagerBefore Pebbles, Sneji was a professional English Bulgarian Translator for nearly 9 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Bulgarian and English Phonology and a Masters in Economics. On arriving in France back in 2013, Sneji did a 12 month extensive French course in the Faculté des Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaines. She loves languages and is fluent in English, French and Bulgarian as well as competent in Russian. Needless to say, we think she’s very clever and lots of our owners do too. Sneji heads up the maintenance department and works with our owners to ensure all the properties on our portfolio are in top working order.
Sneji’s home life is as busy as at Pebbles and she enjoys spending time with her husband and pre-teen boy. When time allows, she indulges in her hobby of amateur painting. Like famous artists before her, Sneji loves the landscapes and light on offer on the French Riviera.

apartments niceEmily - Client Manager. After finishing a degree in Journalism in the UK, Emily moved to Nice in 2009 for what was supposed to be a two month holiday. Like many others, she immediately fell in love with the area, and the opportunity of a different lifestyle. As you can see, she’s still here and joined the Pebbles team in 2012 and many of our guests will meet her when they arrive. Our self-confessed adrenaline junkie, she now regular found hanging from rock cliffs and wants to learn Kite-Surfing this year. In our down time, Emily likes to travel the world but feels she will always come home to Nice.

rent nice apartmentLenka - IT ManagerAll things IT is Lenka’s domain. She swooshes about in her red cape fixing connections, cables and all things tech for our guests. She replaces, upgrades and sorts out all replacement gadgets for our owners. She listens to our whines and moans when our computers are on the blink, and she’s our very own coder improving our websites and indulging the whims of our improvement requests. If we could bottle her, we would.
When Lenka isn’t knee deep in code, she is nurturing and harvesting olives on her farm in Italy where she lives with her husband.

Each year, Pebbles Concierge SASU teams up with UK universities to provide internships for under-graduates studying French as their degree (in whole or in part). Here’s a word from our current interns, who guests may meet when they come to stay, or who help with posts for our on-line Pebbles Guide. We love our interns who work hard in a high pressure environment, learning tonnes as they go. This isn’t a job of photocopying and filing and only those of stern stuff, who can work hard and play hard, make the cut.

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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