London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
First time founder
Founder and CEO of The Villa Collective, the first marketplace for the luxury villa market.
Launched in September 2016, we have achieved market validation and are now seeking a co-founding CTO to develop the platform and help scale the business.
Prior to founding The Villa Collective I worked in prime central London real estate, buying and selling properties on behalf of international clients in the capital's most prominent boroughs.
The idea for The Villa Collective came to me when I was managing our family villa in Corfu. My parents founded a villa rental company back in 1972 which was our family business until its sale in 2002. With villas in my blood I had always harboured ambitions to utilise the knowledge and contacts I had to start my own agency.
I realised however that there was a gap in the market for a distribution platform at the higher end of the rental sector which would allow us to market our villa directly to clients.
In January 2016 I said goodbye to London real estate and committed full time to TVC.
18 months on we have signed up over 240 villas ranging from €4,000 to €100,000 per week with a portfolio featuring some of the finest villas in the Mediterranean. We work with selected villa owners, property managers and agents helping them source new clients for less.
We have also had a great reaction from the UK press, securing pages in The Times and The Evening Standard amongst others.
Based in South West London, we have an exciting 12 months ahead refining the platform and are currently raising the funds to take the business to the next level.
Founder & CEO
The Villa Collective
January 2016 - Today
The Villa Collective is a curated booking platform exclusively for luxury villas. We enable discerning travellers to search and compare luxury villas across multiple destinations on one website and carry out the booking directly with approved owners, property managers and agents. By consolidating all the best villas on one website and offering professional support via the in-house referrals team, we simplify the time consuming process of searching for a luxury villa online while ensuring travellers always connect with the most knowledgeable source for making the booking and receive the lowest price.
Charles McDowell Property Consultants
May 2005 - January 2016
Property consultant for a boutique central London real estate agency, buying and selling properties on behalf of international clients in the capital's most prominent boroughs.
May 2003 - May 2005
Brokering asset backed finance solutions for SME's, specialising in the film and post production sector.