The Real Algarve
Luxury properties in the heart of the Algarve’s golden triangle
Story behind the Real Algarve
The Real Algarve is an independent family business with over twenty years’ experience creating the perfect luxury villa and apartment holidays throughout the Algarve.
We have a loyal base of customers that return to us year on year and we strongly believe that it’s our team that makes people book with us.
The Real Algarve was established back in 1995 by experienced travel specialists Lynne and Simon Bunting. They holidayed on The Algarve for many years with their family and realised the potential for renting property out there when friends of theirs asked Lynne to do this on their behalf, following her continued love for the region and her desire to spend as much time there as she could.
Over the years Simon and Lynne have built up an incredibly strong portfolio of properties, with access to over 1500 (and counting) properties across the region, ensuring that we simply do have something for everyone.
In 2015 Simon’s two daughters, Katie and Vicky joined the company to take over the property rentals side of the business, so that Simon and Lynne could focus their time more on the property sales, an area that they have been growing considerably for many years. Katie and Vicky are both every bit as knowledgeable and passionate as our founders were before them, having holidayed on The Algarve for many years and been involved in the business since 2013 in anticipation of taking over.
01.Vicky Reeves 02.Katie Hale 03.Simon Bunting 04.Lynne Bunting 05.Bo Hutchinson 06.Ruth Grinstead 07.Lucie Platt 08.Helen Cozens 09.Dawn Patterson 010.Fiona Peck 011.Catherine Dickinson 012.Ozzy
Vicky Reeves – Director / Property Specialist
Having loved her job for many years working as an Account Manager for one of the world’s largest healthcare organisations, Vicky’s dream of taking over The Real Algarve from her father Simon and Step Mother Lynne became a reality in 2015. Holidaying in The Algarve for as long as she can remember and being heavily interested in the business for many years, Vicky was delighted to take over the business with her sister Katie when the opportunity finally arose.
Vicky has an excellent track record in sales and customer service, and her tenacity has been invaluable to The Real Algarve. She is completely committed to always finding people exactly what they need and searching until she has found it.
Katie and Vicky are close sisters, so to have the opportunity to work together was a dream come true and they really do make the perfect team. Both have a natural flair for working with people and are incredibly hard working and passionate about their company – the perfect recipe for success.
Vicky’s number one priority in life is her family, husband Joe and twins Max and Amelie. They too love The Algarve and this has meant that Vicky has a really clear handle on what is most important for parents travelling with children. Creating lasting memories is Vicky’s top priority and she is able to achieve this on behalf of our clients time and time again, thanks to her knowledge, commitment and dedication to The Real Algarve.
Katie Hale – Director / Property Specialist
Katie has a wealth of previous experience within customer focused and sales environments. After leaving Manchester University she worked for Simon and Lynne for several years where her love and experience of The Real Algarve business began.
She then moved back to Manchester and worked for over 13 years for a leading recruitment firm as a Senior Business Manager. In this role she gained invaluable commercial exposure and business acumen that has provided the perfect platform for the leap back into The Real Algarve rental business. Katie now heads up the business with her sister Vicky and their close working relationship and passion for delivering exceptional holidays has seen The Real Algarve grow from strength to strength.
Katie’s strengths lie predominantly around the day to day running of the business, whilst providing the best customer experience for our clients. She always develops an excellent rapport and relationships with clients as a trusted partner. These qualities have proved successful in both the recruitment arena and now with the owners and clients at The Real Algarve. She is immensely passionate about the Algarve and also about making her clients’ holidays the best they can possibly be.
Katie’s family, husband Bruce and two children Sophie and Alex are her other every day passion. Like Vicky she knows what’s important to parents planning a holiday, but also has fond memories of the girl’s annual holidays and romantic breaks to The Algarve, so is able to help create the perfect getaway for all types of holidaymakers.
Simon Bunting – Property Sales Director
Simon started his own business as a grain broker at the age of 21 and grew this into an international company. He retired from broking in 2000, but soon became involved in talking to clients who were looking to buy properties in the Algarve. Simon launched The Real Algarve property sales division and he now offers a comprehensive sales and purchase facility. Simon has spent many years holidaying with his daughters in the Algarve and now with his grandchildren, they continue to make happy family memories in a destination they have all grown to love.
Lynne Bunting – Property Sales Director
Lynne came from a strong advertising/sales/administration background working for some of the country’s largest corporations before setting up The Real Algarve 21 years ago. Building up the business has been Lynne’s main goal and her passion for providing unforgettable holidays remains at the core of the business today. Lynne has watched Katie and Vicky flourish as they head up the villa rentals side of the business and now focuses her skills on property sales in the Algarve.
Bo Hutchinson –Reservations Coordinator
Bo is the newest member of the real Algarve team after joining as Office Manager in September 2016.
Bo has 10 years sales experience, working for three world leading global organisations and acquiring skills in all areas of business including advertising, sales and marketing. All Bo’s roles have been customer facing, she is a natural people person with fantastic interpersonal skills.
Bo has joined The Real Algarve following a four year career break concentrating on being a mum to her three children, seven year old twins Isla and Jacob and four year old William. With all her children now in full time school, Bo was ready and excited to relaunch her career and is loving her new role at the real Algarve. It is proving to be the perfect balance between work and family life.
Bo is eager, enthusiastic and super organised, all essential skills for an office manager. Bo is proving to be a real asset to the team and having a family herself, she is experienced and aware of what is important in organising a family holiday and is passionate about providing this for our clients.
We are delighted to welcome Bo on board as the newest member of The Real Algarve team. She couldn’t have joined at a better time as we gear up for our busiest year yet in 2017.
Ruth Grinstead – Algarve Representative
After designing porcelain flowers for an American studio, Ruth joined British Caledonian Airways as cabin crew – a job sought after by many at that time! Flying around the world for a number of years gave Ruth an insight into diverse cultures and an opportunity to visit many places either working or on holiday. Customer care featured highly on Ruth’s list of priorities to ensure her passengers had a holiday experience to remember.
In the late 80’s Ruth started her own training company which was a successful business for a number of years with one of its primary assignments being to develop a national presence for the NHS at the last Garden Festival in Wales.
Producing four children, including a set of twins put a new slant on Ruth’s life. All four children were under six at the time and the family lived on a small holding with ponies, dogs, cats, ducks and chickens and sheep! With the travel bug still in her system, Ruth still took the opportunity to travel as much as possible even with such a large family. This is where Ruth’s excellent organisational skills came in to their own!
Ruth has been living in the Algarve, for the past five years with her husband Chris, two dogs and a cat who also travelled from the UK. Together they have explored the length and breadth of the country from the coast lines and shores to the hillsides and mountains, taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way.
As part of The Real Algarve team, Ruth is the EYES of the Algarve bringing you up to date news and views from your holiday location whilst discovering the best kept secrets of the Algarve. Ruth works with Katie and Vicky to ensure you have the best holiday experience during your stay with us here in the Algarve.
Lucie Platt – Reservations Coordinator
Lucie joined the Real Algarve team as the Office Administrator in May 2017. Lucie has over 10 years’ experience working within a specialised privately-owned recruitment business which gave her invaluable experience with sales, business development and customer service. Lucie decided to take a step back from her career after starting a family so she could focus more of her time on her 2 boys Joshua & Ollie now 9 and 6. She took up a part time administration role within a leading recruitment firm, thriving in a fast paced and pressurised environment where her quick thinking yet calm approach means she can resolve problems in a composed and confident manner.
Lucie has enjoyed many holidays with her family on the Algarve so has first-hand experience of how incredible the Algarve is as a family destination.
Lucie’s other great passion is yoga and she is a fully qualified teacher, teaching classes all around Cheshire. The Real Algarve now enjoy regular yoga sessions in the office to keep them calm, composed and relaxed.
Helen Cozens – In House Accountant
Helen joined the Real Algarve team as the in-house accountant in June 2017. Helen qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 2002, working there and then at Deloitte & Touche for 4 years within the audit practice. She then subsequently moved to a finance role at an international insurance company, working there for 9 years in a variety of roles from the managing the specialist insurance reporting team, to financial control in the UK business and finally to a technical role within the Group finance function. As a result of this varied experience Helen has a sound analytical mind and is a natural at meeting demanding reporting deadlines, yet also has a real focus on attention to detail.
On a personal level, during her time at the insurance company, Helen started a family and after the arrival of her third son, she took the decision to spend some time at home looking after her young boys. Now that the boys have all started at school, Helen decided it was time to refocus and joined the team at The Real Algarve working for a dynamic yet locally run family business which is going from strength to strength.
Dawn Patterson – Operations Manager
Dawn joined The Real Algarve team as the Reservations Manager in November 2017. Having lived in Portugal for the last fifteen years, Dawn has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the Algarve and all it has to offer as a holiday destination.
Dawn’s excellent understanding and knowledge of the area is key to the success of her role when speaking with clients and sharing best practice within the team. Dawn is committed to creating a focused client experience, from initial enquiry to returning home, ensuring our clients have a holiday to remember.
Dawn has made a huge impression on The Real Algarve team. She has brought new and fresh ideas that have made a considerable impact on the business and the day to day management of taking enquiries, bookings and making reservations. With Dawn in place, Katie and Vicky are now able to focus more on business development and finding new properties, as the demand for luxury villa holidays on the Algarve continues to grow.
Dawn relocated back to the UK with her son to spend more time with her family, although she still makes sure she spends as much time as possible on the Algarve! One of her all time favourite spots is the Ria Formosa and the Lake in Quinta do Lago where she spent a lot of time going for bike rides and walking with her son.
Fiona Peck – Office Administrator
Fiona joined The Real Algarve team as the Office Administrator in June 2017. She is also Mum to Katie and Vicky and a very important part of The Real Algarve family. Fiona spent her career in Yorkshire as an Additional Needs teacher. On retiring, Fiona moved to Cheshire to spend more time with her daughters and four grandchildren.
A real asset to the team, Fiona is very organised and efficient and loves supporting her daughters with their business. She has excellent people skills and enjoys liaising with clients and suppliers, ensuring the smooth running of the office and the team.
Fiona has also spent many lovely family holidays on the Algarve with Katie and Vicky as children and now enjoys taking her grandchildren to all her favourite holiday spots.
Catherine Dickinson – Marketing Director
Catherine joined The Real Algarve team as Marketing Director in October 2017.
Bringing with her a wealth of experience from the marketing industry, Catherine has worked for blue chip agencies throughout her career. She has a track record of delivering and implementing impactful campaigns that deliver commercial results for national household brands.
Since joining the team, Catherine has implemented a new marketing strategy to effectively engage with new and existing clients. The multi-channel marketing campaign promotes The Real Algarve’s luxury offering through a dedicated advertising, PR, social and digital strategy.
Catherine has also launched the Concierge Service working closely with The Real Algarve’s partners to deliver a bespoke offering to all our clients providing clients with all the essentials you would expect as well as the little luxuries that make a villa holiday complete including a private chef and wine tasting evenings. She is also responsible for the Client Experience offering, ensuring that clients have the ultimate luxury holiday on the Algarve.
Catherine thrives on helping businesses to go from strength to strength and has a real passion for the travel industry. She has also spent many years holidaying on the Algarve with both family and friends and now enjoys sharing this experience with her husband and two daughters, Lara and Lois.
Ozzy – Office dog
A beautiful black Labrador who makes a great addition to the team. As he’s never been to Portugal, he’s still wondering what all the fuss is about!