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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 apartmentMaggie - 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 - 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 apartmentTom - 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 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 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.

rent nice apartmentSonia - Supplies Manager / Concierge desk Sonia started with us as a Pebbles Rep, then moved to maintenance, and now heads up our customer service desk and store. With an enviable French/ American parentage, bi-lingualise came easy to Sonia, brought up in the small village of Valbonne, in the south of France. Like many French with itchy feet, she left this beautiful part of the world for the bright lights of London, working in fancy restaurants in London’s West End as a maitre d'hotel. A decade later, she returned to the South of France having missed the good weather and more relaxing life style. During her free time, she fits in as much traveling as she can and spends time with friends and family.

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.

rent nice apartmentLydia - Intern I am 20 years old from East Sussex in the South of England. I am spending 6 months in Nice as an intern with Nice Pebbles; gaining experience in customer service and business, and hopefully improving my French at the same time! This is how I am spending half of my year abroad which is part of my degree at the University of Nottingham. I study French, Spanish and business, and I will be returning to Nottingham next year after finishing my 12 months working split between France and Spain. So far I love my time in Nice, for the people, the lifestyle and of course the great weather.

rent nice apartmentIsabelle - InternI study French and German at the University of Nottingham and am currently spending the first 6 months of my year abroad as an Intern at Pebbles gaining many invaluable skills such as customer service and time management. I had only visited Nice once before starting my time here and am loving the French Riviera culture, lifestyle and most importantly the food. During my time away from work, I spend most my days visiting the various beautiful places along the coast such as Cap d’Ail and Eze. After my internship at Pebbles is over I am moving to Germany for another 6 months where I will be interning in a Translation Company before returning to Nottingham to finish my 4th year.

rent nice apartmentPhoebe - InternI am a student of English and French at the University of Nottingham, but am currently interning at Pebbles. I first visited Nice three years ago on a school exchange, and loved it so much that I knew I wanted to come back for my year abroad. Working with Pebbles, I get to see the whole city, and Nice is quickly becoming my second home. When I’m not working at Pebbles, I enjoy reading, cooking, and exploring the many sights that Nice has to offer. I also enjoy art, and so Nice, with its vast array of galleries, is the perfect place to be!

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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