Son and daughter of Cottages to Castles’ founder, Jonathan and Daniela Magoni continue their father’s legacy of introducing international holidaymakers to La Dolce Vita. Jonathan manages relations with an extensive network of property owners out of the Italian office, while Daniela is the UK’s ‘voice on the phone’. Here she reflects on the legacy of her family’s business, and shares exciting new changes…
“January is a time for new beginnings, and as we kick-start 2016, it’s certainly all change at Cottages to Castles. We’ve a brand new partnership with Simpson Travel, a specialist tour operator whose values of warm service and specialised local knowledge, mirror our own.
A new year is also time to pause and reflect. In many ways, our business today is unrecognisable from the one my father started in 1983 with a vision of running holidays for painters. This was six years before the movie Field Of Dreams, but ‘Build it and they will come’ may well have been his motto! Since then the World Wide Web has enabled pilgrims far and wide to experience La Dolce Vita courtesy of our unrivalled collection of authentic holiday properties.
Amid so much change, some things remain reassuringly permanent. Since I took over reservations and customer relations, I’ve committed to ensuring each and every client discovers the right holiday for their personal circumstances, needs and desires. It’s enormously heartening to receive emails from couples and families thanking me for saving them money, finding them the perfect child-friendly villa, or, in some cases, pushing them to think outside the box!
It’s lovely to see so many guests return again and again, though equally delightful when Tuscany and Amalfi Coast diehards can be tempted further afield, providing themselves and their loved ones with wonderful new learning experiences in the process.
But location isn’t everything; the relationships we’ve fostered – some lasting over 20 years – is another important part of what makes us truly unique. We never tire of hearing guests gush about the wonderful home-grown herbs left on their doorstep by their villa’s owner. It’s these little extras, combined with our deep knowledge, that make all the difference.”
For a chance to discover your own piece of Italy, visit our collection or for a personal recommendation, contact Daniela on 01622 775 217.