Kate Allen (Salcombe Finest owner) has a total love for Salcombe and had an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. Above left is a photo of her selling foraged scallop shells on the sea wall in front of Victoria Quay when she was about 8 years old! Kate guarantees that every penny earned on that wall was spent in Cranch’s Sweetshop…
Salcombe has been the location for Kate’s family holidays for 4 generations so she understands what people look for in a holiday. She still gets excited about those pink and white striped bags, still thinks that having a donut on the beach after a swim is a necessity and she is a purist when it comes to crabbing – all that’s needed is a hook, some bait and a separate net making you stretch over the wall to bag a crab – none of this integrated net business!
THE FERRY INN WALL
Many a good idea is formulated in the pub and Salcombe Finest’s new direction was one of them: luxury holiday homes. A simple pub conversation joined the dots between Kate’s previous work life in the luxury holiday market and digital marketing degree. We quickly found our first Salcombe holiday home, Fore Decks, to put onto the books and it was a rip-roaring success.
WHY WE THINK WE’RE DOING ALRIGHT
Our success we believe is due to a number of factors – we have holidayed in Salcombe so understand what bespoke experiences are available, the quality of holiday homes in Salcombe and what key memories and joy Salcombe is capable of creating. We have worked in Salcombe during summers so we understand the pressures of working in the tourism industry and the pressures put on the town – both an opportunity and a challenge! We live in Salcombe and are only a few minutes walk to any of our Salcombe Finest holiday homes to meet with guests/owners or to help deal with any crises. We want to share our knowledge with Salcombe Finest guests looking for a bespoke Salcombe experience and looking to create wonderful memories.
THE BUSINESS NITTY-GRITTY
Kate was brought up in the Midlands and lived and worked in London and Verbier, Switzerland, before moving to Salcombe full time in 2010. She has a degree in eCommerce & Digital Business from The University of Nottingham and has worked for Andersen Consulting and Accenture.
In the luxury chalet resort of Verbier, she ran her own business in the Alps offering home visit beauty therapy, hairdressing, and massage. The team dealt with guests who owned multi-million-pound chalets or rented them for between £50,000 and £250,000 a week!
ABOUT SALCOMBE FINEST
Salcombe Finest is an exclusive holiday letting agency that provides access to a handpicked selection of unique holiday homes in Salcombe. We have selected only the finest privately owned holiday accommodation in prime locations, with exceptional views and beautiful interior design. For the perfect stay, guests not only stay in a luxury Salcombe holiday homes, but also have access to our inclusive in-house concierge from the initial booking right up to departure date.
Salcombe Finest was born out of a passion for local seafood and the business began by selling online the freshest, best tasting handpicked Salcombe crab, Bigbury Bay oysters and locally hand dived scallops. Kate’s enthusiasm for seafood came from helping her godfather Robert Murray pull up crab pots as a youngster. Picking the cooked crab on the garden table along Victoria Quay whilst Robert sipped on cold chablis and Kate on lemonade made for some powerful memories.