Meet The Team

Andy and Fran Castle

Andy and Fran Castle

Founders & Co-Directors

For years luxury summer chalet holidays in the Alps have felt like a travel secret, only known and experienced by a lucky few. As travellers increasingly look for immersive experiences and alternative options to the classic beach holiday villa however, the Alps in summer has grown massively in popularity and offering. Following the success of our sister brand, Ski In Luxury (est. 2005), we wanted to also provide the same luxury experience to visitors to the mountains in summer. To encourage our clients to try out a holiday in a summer chalet, to hike the mountain trails usually skied, and to see the amazing panoramas from a different perspective. Summer in the mountains has so much to offer for an incredible holiday experience.

Our knowledgeable team simply love the mountains; the majority of them have spent time living in the Alps, and their expert advice along with our decades of experience in the luxury chalet market, allows us to bring you the definitive collection of luxury summer chalets in the Alps. Please take a read through their bios to get to know the team behind Alps In Luxury a little better, along with their reasons that they love to holiday in the Alps in the summer months as much as, if not more than, the winter!

Management Team

Name

Gavin Buckingham

Role

Head Of Sales

Favourite Summer Resort

Morzine

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

My favourite thing about summer in the Alps is how relaxed it feels compared to the winter months. The air is fresh, the mountains and hills are awash with vibrant colours and there are so many amazing activities to enjoy. In my opinion, a summer holiday in the Alps is a great alternative to, or addition to a summer beach holiday.

Gavin Buckingham

Gavin Buckingham

Head Of Sales
Name

Lauren Clayton

Role

Operations Manager

Favourite Summer Resort

Les Gets

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

I just don't think there's anything like summer in the Alps - the weather's gorgeous, the views are incredible, and there's nothing more refreshing than a dip in a mountain lake after a long hike!

Lauren Clayton

Lauren Clayton

Operations Manager
Name

Rebecca Bradshaw

Role

Product Manager

Favourite Summer Resort

Chamonix

Favourite thing about a summer holiday to Chamonix

I just love the high surrounding peaks, skies filled with paragliders and a the lively buzz in town. It really is a mecca for appreciating all that the Alps offers in summer. In my view, the Alps are even more breath-taking in their lush summer colours than in their scenic winter blankets!

Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw

Product Manager
Name

Ellie Riches

Role

Marketing Manager

Favourite Summer Resort

Verbier

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

Summer in the Alps is so diverse and that is my favourite thing about it. I love that one day you can be relaxing in the sunshine by the lake and the next you can be throwing yourself down the glacier melt on an awesome white-water rafting trip or hiking up with a picnic to enjoy stunning viewpoints. Whatever the activity though, there is nothing quite like the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you on a summer's day in the mountains.

Ellie Riches

Ellie Riches

Marketing Manager
Name

Luke Burgess

Role

IT Manager

Favourite Summer Resort

Les Gets

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

The luscious greenery, flowers and fresh mountain air. Walking, cycling and use of all the ski lifts too!

Luke Burgess

Luke Burgess

IT Manager

Sales Team

Name

Nicole Shering

Role

Senior Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Megeve

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

As someone who cannot sit still on a holiday, a trip to the mountains in the summer is perfect combination for me. There's a wide range of activities to participate in, whilst also being surrounded by some of the best scenery and inviting fresh mountain air.

Nicole Shering

Nicole Shering

Senior Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Ant Wilks

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Tignes

Favourite thing about Tignes in summer

Ski in the morning. Paddleboard on the lake at lunchtime. Climb in the afternoon. What more could you possibly want from your summer activity holiday? Marmottes? Well it just so happens that they are there as well!! 🐻

Ant Wilks

Ant Wilks

Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Su Collins

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Chatel

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

What I love the most about summer in the Alps is the stunning scenery. You think it's beautiful in the winter with the snow but just wait until you see the stunning views in the summer and ringing of cow bells in the mountains. It is so green with piercing blue skies, dramatic scenery and deep green blue lakes. It is so fun jumping on the chairlift in walking boots and hiking off to picnic in the mountains or off to some hidden mountain restaurant.

Su Collins

Su Collins

Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Faye Jones

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Crans Montana

Favourite thing about summer in Crans Montana

As a keen golfer, there's no better place to visit in the summer than Crans Montana. Crans has the most amazing courses to play in Europe and if your timing is right, you could be in to watch The Omega European Masters.

Faye Jones

Faye Jones

Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Shaun Vinnicombe

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Morzine

Favourite thing about Summer in Morzine

Morzine is just idyllic. It feels very chilled whilst at the same time feeling busy. Plenty going on but at a nice, Shaun kind of pace!

Shaun Vinnicombe

Shaun Vinnicombe

Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Ellen Storey

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Samoens

Favourite thing about summer holidays in Samoens

Having visited over Christmas while growing up, summer holidays in Samoens are just as special. Maintaining its charm and traditional alpine village feel, the luscious green fields filled with wildflowers truly transform Samoens from a winter wonderland to a summer oasis.

Ellen Storey

Ellen Storey

Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Guy Jones

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Zermatt

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

What makes the Alps in the summer so special to me is the total change of the terrain and scenery. Paths that were inaccessible in the winter become exciting new trails to explore, making it a fresh experience even for the most seasoned winter adventurers.

Faye Jones

Guy Jones

Summer Alps Specialist
Name

Vince Johnson

Role

Summer Alps Specialist

Favourite Summer Resort

Chamonix

Favourite thing about Chamonix in Summer

I love the variety of activities on offer during the summer the Alps and the ability to explore areas not accessible in winter. Standing atop of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix is a truly incredible experience with the viewpoint overlooking Mont Blanc and the wider valley below.

Vince Johnson

Vince Johnson

Summer Alps Specialist

Behind the Scenes Team

Name

Lesley Mackin

Role

PA to Directors & Accounts Administrator

Favourite Summer Resort

Morzine

Favourite thing about Morzine summer holidays

The views are as stunning as they are in ski season. There is lots to do including cycling, the Luge (Toboggan run down the mountain), beautiful lakes and rivers. Not forgetting Aquariaz in Avoriaz, which is great for the children with heated pools, a lazy river and slides.

Lesley Mackin

Lesley Mackin

PA to Directors & Accounts Administrator
Name

Brad Upfold

Role

Product & Marketing Executive

Favourite Summer Resort

Chamonix

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

Warm weather, blue skies, mountain views, fresh air and so much to do - what's not to love about summer in the Alps!? I may be slightly biased (from overseeing Alps In Luxury's social media and being a summer boy at heart!), but summer in the Alps is my favourite time of year! ☀

Brad Upfold

Brad Upfold

Product & Marketing Executive
Name

Ollie Rickard

Role

Product Data Assistant

Favourite Summer Resort

Zermatt

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

As an avid skier I would love to say summer skiing on the glaciers, but summer in the Alps is much more. The sheer number of different activities available on a mountain summer holiday makes it much more exciting and versatile when you compare to a beach holiday. The scenery is way better too!

Ollie Rickard

Ollie Rickard

Product Data Assistant
Name

Caterina Boschi

Role

Product Data & Marketing Assistant

Favourite Summer Resort

Ortisei

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

The mountains are the perfect destination to escape the heat of the hottest months. Offering altitude and fresh mountain air, a summer holiday in the mountains delivers the best climate with some amazing activities and scenery.

Caterina Boschi

Caterina Boschi

Product Data & Marketing Assistant
Name

Thomas Fogarty

Role

IT Systems Support

Favourite Summer Resort

Val d'Isere

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

A warm summer afternoon fishing in a crystal clear lake, and a quiet evening walk gazing at the night sky.

Caterina Boschi

Thomas Fogarty

IT Systems Support
Name

Daniel Rhoades

Role

Product Data Administrator

Favourite Summer Resort

Les Gets

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

I always enjoy waking up to the warm weather and stunning scenery. A summer holiday in the Alps is an amazing way to be active and experience a range of different activities with family and friends.

Daniel Rhoades

Daniel Rhoades

Product Data Administrator
Name

Natasha Royal

Role

Social Media and Digital Marketing Assistant

Favourite Summer Resort

Cervinia

Favourite thing about summer in the Alps

The wealth of summer activities available with some of the most amazing sunny mountaintop views!

Natasha Royal

Natasha Royal

Social Media and Digital Marketing Assistant
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