Guy van der Westhuizen
|Guy established Ivy Lettings in June 2009 following a career in the City, working first as a finance lawyer at London law firm Linklaters then at US investment bank Morgan Stanley. He moved into real estate purely by chance following his experience short letting his own apartment. He hugely enjoys growing Ivy Lettings and his current day-to-day job is managing his talented team (see below) and ensuring Ivy strives to deliver impeccable service to both its hosts and guests.|
Alice read History at Exeter University, which she put to excellent use as a kite-surfing instructor in the wind mecca of Tarifa and then as a brand management at the Extreme Sports Company. Inspired by the niche that Ivy fills, Alice brings her boundless energy and enthusiasm to the Ivy enquiries team, helping as many people as possible experience London as a home away from home.
Favourite vacation rental: "I love Justice Walk for its idyllic grass roof terrace which is covered in flowers in summer. And it's very close to Battersea Park where I go running."
London travel tip: "Make sure you walk around the streets before sunrise, when London is wonderfully quiet. And take my recommended walk by Regents Canal, it'll be the best thing you do in London!"
A recent graduate from Worcester College, Oxford University, where she read French and Italian, Beatrice went on to on to work for a tutoring agency and as a freelance translator. Excited by the prospect of acquiring new skills whilst exercising her creative capabilities, Beatrice brings her multilingual talents and general enthusiasm to the Ivy Lettings enquiries team.
Favourite vacation rental: "Holland Park 2 - the bedroom door opens out onto the Notting Hill communal garden (just like the film!) and there's a fabulous Versailles-style four poster bed."
Top tip for London: "Always take a taxi from the airport, it's so much more convenient. Attempting to navigate the London underground when you've just landed is too much!"
Eleanor read French and English literature at the University of Edinburgh, where she had the opportunity to travel widely and meet some fantastic people from every corner of the globe. She subsequently worked in the financial technology sector as an international market insight intern at TransferWise. Passionate about technology’s role in new markets, Eleanor is thrilled to be a part of the travel and accommodation marketplace, and bring her international outlook to Ivy’s team.
Favourite Vacation Rental: "The owner of Sinclair Gardens is a furniture designer, so each piece is unique and lovingly made. It's also located near Holland Park, where I grew up climbing in the trees and sneaking off to Portobello Market on Saturdays to buy fresh pain au chocolat and costume jewellery!"
Top tip for London: "Make use of London buses - now that the original London 'Routemaster' buses have been brought back, you can nod to the bus conductor and hop on and off at any time!"
Beth brings an Australian accent to the Ivy Lettings team. Having studied marketing and entrepreneurship and worked travelling internationally within the education industry Beth is familiar with planning travel and accommodation. She loves to manage the bookings and help all guests with their arrivals.
Favourite vacation rental: "Cheniston Gardens, because I've had some the best guest reviews from this home. It's a very pretty home so it's easy to see why!"
Top tip for London: "It's definitely worth picking up a Time Out at a London station, or going on their website. It's a fantastic site and lists a variety of things to do, see and eat in London!"
Linda is our wonderful Housekeeping Manager, who grew up and studied Business Management in Latvia before working as a User Support Specialist in an IT company. She then moved to London for a taste of big city life and to exercise her passion for hiking in the English countryside. She brings constant cheerfulness and energy to the Ivy Lettings team, where she organises the all-important cleaning schedule and manages our team of cleaners.
Favourite vacation rental: "Shawfield Street, with it's two elegant living rooms, big bedrooms and a garden on two levels."
Top tip for London: "Skip expensive bus tours and walk around London for free! Or - top tip - take the no. 11 bus which crosses London East to West, from Liverpool Street Station all the way to Fulham Broadway via Trafalgar Square, the City and St Pauls. It's just a standard bus but sometimes the bus driver announces iconic landmarks like a guide in a tourist bus!"
Marge is of Latvian and Russian decent and studied as a Lawyer at the University of Latvia. She speaks multiple languages and particularly loves to read in Russian. Having spent time in Italy working with marble, Marge is very familiar with home interiors. She is an expert on all of the Ivy Lettings homes and takes care of them as if they are her own.
Favourite vacation rental: "Onslow Square - those huge windows overlooking the private communcal garden are amazing. I'vd never been in a London home that's so airy and bright."