Holiday cottages in the Isle of Man

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Our Team

Our locally based team are lucky enough to live and work on the beautiful Isle of Man. We love to share our passion for the Isle of Man with our guests and are happy to help with any queries you may have when planning your trip to the Isle of Man

Island Escapes is a privately owned business where the Directors, office staff, housekeepers and maintenance technicians are all involved to help to ensure our guests and homeowners are well looked after.

John

John Keggin - Managing Director

John has grown up in a tourism family with his parents and grandparents welcoming guests to Port Erin in the south of the island for many years.

John established Island Escapes in 2018, bringing a wide range of experience from a variety of marketing and operational roles, having worked within both financial services and tourism businesses in the Isle of Man and in Cornwall, including a spell working for a national holiday cottage lettings agency.

John is also a Non-Executive Board member of Visit Isle of Man and is passionate and committed to using his experiences to help develop the Isle of Man visitor economy.

In his spare time you'll find John enjoying the great Manx outdoors, sea kayaking, mountain biking or on duty as a local Coastguard!

Jamie

Jamie Stott - Director

Jamie has a varied background including offshore trust and corporate finance, military service as well as working in the tourism and hospitality sector in Cornwall with John. 

Jamie has been involved with Island Escapes since its formation and operated ‘Island Cottage Care’, a housekeeping company until March 2022 when the two businesses were merged together.

In his spare time you’ll find Jamie sailing, playing tennis, enjoying photography or training as a crew member with the RNLI on Port St Mary’s Lifeboat.

Nick

Nick Venables - Property Management Co-ordinator

Nick joined our team in 2020 following graduating with a degree in Marketing from Liverpool John Moores University.

Nick supports the day to day operations of the business, helping guests who are staying with us with any queries they have. In addition to this Nick continuously ensures the information on our properties presented to our guests via our website and third party booking systems is as accurate and up to date as possble. 

You can often find Nick walking his dog, playing football or in the gym. He's also tried his hand at sea kayaking, but spends more time in the sea than the kayak!

Grainne

Gráinne Joughin - Customer Experience Co-ordinator

Gráinne joined the team in April 2022 as our Customer Experience Coordinator and is a passionate ambassador for the island and all things Manx! She regards the island as a unique and special place where you can relax and enjoy life, she admits to taking full advantage of this special way of life! Gráinne helps to make sure both our property owners and our guests are well looked after, and also has taken charge of a new ‘What’s On’ section of our website (coming soon), to ensure guests have access to everything there is to enjoy on the island.

 Gráinne enjoys being involved in many Manx cultural events across the island with her family. She has been involved in Manx music, song and dance her whole life and is the founder of a successful Manx Dancing team based in Peel. 

james

James Walker - Property Maintenance Technician

James became a team member in mid-2021 after making a career direction change.

James coordinates and rectifies the maintenance issues brought up from the property portfolio. Years of experience from property developing mean he has a good knowledge base of all trades and how to identify and fix a fault. James also assists the rest of the team with admin-based duties and call outs accordingly.

Outside of work James is a father of three and enjoys racing his yacht around the Island and further afield.

Charlotte Miller - HR & Office Manager

Having many years’ experience in both HR and Operations, Charlotte is responsible for recruitment, HR, payroll, work scheduling for our housekeeping team, and general management of the back office ensuring all our staff are kept happy :)

Outside of work Charlotte is a mum of 5 (3 of the canine variety) and spends her spare time walking dogs, enjoying the outdoors, crafting and upcycling.

Customer Services

At Island Escapes we work closely with our travel partners Isle of Man Travel Services who are based in Onchan. They handle the majority of our customer queries in advance of a stay with us, so it is highly likely you will speak to the team when calling to make a booking, pay your balance or enquiring about one of our properties. 

Courtney, Sally, Melissa

Courtney Hinge, Sally Helwich and Melissa Bull - Bookings and Travel team

You can also visit Sally and her team at their office in Onchan, where they will also be pleased to assist you with any queries you may have, from tourist information through to a question about your booking or a new enquiry.  

Housekeeping

We are lucky to have a fantastic team of over 30 housekeepers who work hard to ensure our properties are in perfect condition for our guests. They are often not seen by our customers and very much the unsung heroes of our operation, but are all valued members of our team.

If you are interested in working with us please email housekeeping@islandescapes.im 

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