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Meet the Thinking Traveller team

Once you've found out a bit more about us (see below), take a look at what our clients say about us. (Reviews of our villas can be found on each individual villa page).

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Recognition at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards

Dear Thinking Traveller,

When we started The Thinking Traveller and Think Sicily in 2002 it was just the two of us! After a Eureka moment while staying on Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands, we decided to give up our respective careers (Sicilian-born Rossella was a PhD cell biologist, Londoner Huw, a Marketing Manager for an American multinational) and open up Sicily to the luxury villa market.

Since the beginning, and as we added Think Puglia (2009) and Think Ionian Islands (2013), we have always focused our attentions not only on the quality and exclusivity of our properties (including the very best luxury villas, seafront houses with pools, masserie, romantic hideaways and trulli) but also on the depth of our knowledge and the expertise of our young, dynamic team, which now numbers over 30! Those working in our central London offices spend several weeks a year visiting and staying in our villas in Sicily, Puglia and the Ionian Islands and exploring the regions. Their contagious passion for all things Mediterranean, supported by these research and training trips, makes them eminently qualified to offer specialist, transparent and tailored advice.

This same passion is also a defining feature also of our Local Support Teams. Their dedication to the needs of our clients and their unbeatable local knowledge are fundamental to the fulfilment of our mission: to hear our clients say, “That was the best holiday we’ve ever had, we’ll be back”.

We read the overwhelmingly positive reviews our team receives with great pride, and feel very lucky to work alongside such a committed, professional and enthusiastic group. We are confident that they will offer you the very best levels of service, so please don't hesitate to contact them... or why not pop into our London offices and meet them in person?

Rossella and Huw

The Thinking Traveller Ltd is a limited company, registered in England and Wales. Registration number: 4421653 VAT number: 801931750


Rossella Beaugie 

Rossella Beaugié

Founder & Director

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 Huw Beaugie

Huw Beaugié

Founder & Director

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 Sian Chadwick

Sian Chadwick

Finance & HR Director

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Debbie Marshall
 

Debbie Marshall

Director

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Katy Lake 

Katy Lake

Operations Manager

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 Vicky Whalley 

Vicky Whalley

Sales Manager

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Ruth Power   

Ruth Power

Senior Client Manager

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  Poppy Goodbrand

Poppy Goodbrand

Client Manager

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Eve Templeton

Eve Templeton

Client Manager

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Isabelle Breher  

Isabelle Breher

Client Manager

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 Vanessa Harding 

Vanessa Harding

Operations Assistant

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Michela Trentin

Michela Trentin

Pre-Departure
Manager

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 Rosanna Lagana 

Rosanna Lagana

Villa Contracts and
Pre-Departure
Operations Manager

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Barbara Meli

Barbara Meli

Pre-Departure
Co-ordinator

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Claudia Foscaro 

Claudia Foscaro

Pre-Departure
Co-ordinator

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Melissa De Siena 

Melissa De Siena

Pre-Departure Coordinator

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Cecilia Zen 

Cecilia Zen

Pre-Departure Coordinator

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Joe Legate  

Joe Legate

Marketing Manager

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Adrian James-Morse

Adrian James-Morse

Web and IT Executive

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Dhavish Puddoo 

Dhavish Puddoo

Finance

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Naeema Patel 

Naeema Patel

Finance 

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Our Local Support Teams

Local Support Teams | The Thinking TravellerThe Thinking Traveller's Local Support Teams in Sicily, Puglia and the Ionian Islands form a fundamental part of our service. Equipped with an enormous passion for their destinations, years of experience and an unparalleled depth of local knowledge, they are either natives or have lived in their regions for many years. Their dedication and desire to assist our clients has resulted in The Thinking Traveller's on-the-ground support twice being voted the best of any villa rental company in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Awards (including the 2013 edition).

Much of their time is spent out on the road meeting people, visiting and auditing properties and exploring their surrounding areas, and cultivating a large and growing network of specialist suppliers to provide you with access to Sicily and Puglia and the Ionian Islands that other operators just can’t match!

Part concierges, our Local Managers are always happy to recommend and book the best restaurants, suggest things to see and do, arrange memorable activities (such as our Think Experiences) and generally act as a resource of local knowledge to help you get the very best out of your holiday and the destination you are staying in.

And when, very rarely, things don't go entirely according to plan, you are just a phone call away from a solution. Whether you have a delayed flight, lost luggage, trouble finding your villa, power cuts, concerns with your accommodation, linguistic incomprehension or anything else, the assistance of our Local Support Teams will be immediate, sympathetic and decisive.

Over the years our Local Managers have helped prepare villas for (successful!) romantic marriage proposals, arranged a midnight rescue of a client's dogs from a cave, sourced tickets in the Presidential Box at the theatre, driven 100s of km to deliver a special birthday cake, spent a day searching for a client's lost wedding ring, assisted holidaying animal lovers adopt a local cat and much more besides... Is there anything they cannot do? That's not a challenge (!), just an assurance that you will be very well looked after during your stay at our villas in Sicily, Puglia or the Ionian Islands!