MEET THE TEAM

What started out as husband and wife in the South of France is now a dedicated working team in three countries supporting and expanding the STAY YNA brand! Meet the people behind the scenes and in front of house who make your stay so much more…

 

UK Head Office                             Nice                        Dingle Peninsula                  Ibiza

Head Office, UK

Amanda Walker… Co Founder and Director STAY YNA

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Passion Travel anywhere new! Interior design – I’m a houzz app addict. My husband and 2 boys Fox and Flynn, they all have a mischievous streak but make me grin every day.

Guilty Pleasure I’m a magazine addict. Fashion, interior design, travel, I can’t get enough.

Favourite STAY YNA home Wild Atlantic View in DIngle, Ireland – the hot tub overlooking the Blasket island is sensational. La Croix in Nice Old Town, the owners have great taste!

Favourite destination I went to Tuscany recently and stayed in a traditional farmhouse. The beauty is second to none and if you think Ireland is green then think again.

Best 'Smart Service' Hotpot on arrival in Dingle and champagne on arrival in Nice. It’s rude not to!

Simon Walker… Co Founder and Director STAY YNA

Passion Movies and Travel – I got to combine both my passions recently visiting the Blasket islands on the Dingle Peninsula where filming was taking place for the latest Star Wars Trilogy, absolutely brilliant.

Favourite destination I don’t think you can beat lunch on the quayside of Villefranche sur Mer it really is stunning.

Favourite STAY YNA home Villa Boron, chilling in the whirlpool is unbeatable, Tigin an Bear, for the breath taking views, and I love staying at Carmencita, great pool!

Guilty Pleasure Any excuse for fancy dress. Don't tell anyone though! 

Best Smart Service My favourite service is knowing that I have a relaxing transport from the airport to my chosen property waiting for me when i arrive in Nice so there is no hassle or waiting around on arrival.

Favourite time of day 5pm seems to be wine or beer o’clock wherever I am!

Grace Brooks… Administration Manager

Passion Music and travelling and to combine the both is my favourite thing, a few years ago I travelled to Germany for a music festival and it was an amazing experience

Guilty Pleasure Shopping and lunching with friends

Favourite STAY YNA home Francoise – Its stunningly renovated with a perfect little balcony for two. Its in the heart of the Old Town so very easy to get around and see all of what Nice has to offer.

Favourite destination New York I visited as a child and have dreamed of going back ever since to experience it as an adult.

Best Smart Service Champagne on arrival make you feel like a celebrity, I would also like to go on the Italian Tour as this is an area I have never visited.

Favourite time of day Dinner time, I do love food and feel satisfied and ready to relax after a good meal.

3 words that describe you most Happy, Enthusiastic and Compassionate

Laura Wilkes… Bookings Manager

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Guilty Pleasure Sean Paul

Favourite STAY YNA Home I love the luxury and views at Villa Boron in Nice! Morningside in Dingle is a great place to enjoy the town from, great location in the town centre, bedrooms for all your friends and family and an open plan socialising space.

Favourite Destination Anywhere with some sun to relax in! I really enjoyed my time in Ibiza, what a beautiful island, with everything you could want on any type of holiday!

Most Loved Smart Service Champagne on arrival is just a must in Nice to enjoy on arrival on the balcony while people watching! If in Dingle you must go to the distillery tour, what a great experience!

Favourite time of day 9am with a morning coffee and sorting through all of your emails!

3 Words that describe me Fun, Thorough and Interested!

Favourite time of day Dinner time, I do love food and feel satisfied and ready to relax after a good meal.

3 words that describe you most Happy, Enthusiastic and Compassionate

Lauren White… Bookings and Marketing Assistant

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Guilty Pleasure Celine Dion
 
Favourite STAY YNA Home  I Love Brigitte's homely and cosy feel, fantastic location in the Old town!  Opus is just super chic, modern and gorgeous! A place to gather with friends for drinks and nibbles or cosy up on the sofa!
 
Favourite Destination  Morocco, I could spend all my day walking around the markets eating all different foods and soaking up the culture. Hoping to travel to Canada to visit the parks and lakes, and i really want to see a Moose!!
 
Favourite time of the day I'm a night owl so anytime after 9pm, I get creative at night!
 
3 words to describe me  Fun, Fierce and Fabulous! 

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Clodagh Edwards… Franchise Director STAY YNA Dingle

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Passion Gardening & Sketching/Painting

Guilty Pleasure Waterparks, Margaritas & collecting Lego Minifigures

Favourite STAY YNA home Tigin An Bear - that veranda ... that view.

Most loves destination Equador for its lush hills around Banos and Derrynane in Kerry, Ireland for camping by the mature woodland on the beach.

Perfect time of day Between 12am and 1am when everyone else is asleep... Its my quality me time.

Best thing about where you live Its a creative town surrounded by incredible scenery & full of fun people! What more could you ask for?

Shelley Getgate… Dingle Local Manager

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Passion I'm inspired by wild and natural things, being on safari in Africa surrounded by wild life.

Guilty pleasure Cocktails on the beach after a long swim.

Favourite STAY YNA home Writers lodge.. Love the feel of a traditional Irish home..its quirky and cosy.

Most loved destination Cape town with its stretches of coastline and different cultures. Thailand people are amazing and island hopping was spectacular.

Best thing about where you live Dingle is a friendly colourful town with a great buzz with traditional Irish culture and music. I love the contrast of endless green and the ocean coastline.

Perfect time of the day 8.30 in the evening when I cuddle up to my two children before they go to sleep and then a movie and time for myself.

Mary Jane Verniere…Local Manager

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Passion Regeneration, all of the ways in which life renews itself.  It’s why I garden, why I make sculpture and why I love creating a warm, inspirational home environment.

Guilty Pleasure Spa days: sauna, hot tub, facial, massage, the works.

Favourite STAY YNA home The Green House in Brandon because it’s so alive with creativity and inspiration inside and out.  It’s just steps from the beach and one of the best pubs in Ireland.

Favourite destination Venice, Italy because of the mystery and the human scale of the place.

Perfect time of day Early morning, from dawn to the start of the work day.  It’s when I do my best thinking, writing, yoga and set my intentions for the day.

Best thing about where you live The stunning beauty of the place where the mountains meet the wild North Atlantic Ocean and the genuine warmth and strength of the community here.

 

Emma Harte… Local Manager

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Passion Travel, photography and outdoor activities

Guilty Pleasure Food! I would love if every day could start with a hot bath followed by a brunch of fresh roasted coffee and pancakes with a selection of sumptuous fillings!

Favourite STAY YNA home Feohanagh Sands is a great place for a family get-together or for enjoying a break with friends, and is pet friendly.

Most loved destination Cuba.. it’s like my 2nd home. Cubans love of music and dance is infectious and to join in a game of dominoes is a great way to make new friends.

Perfect time of day Sunset.I love that moment when the light changes and it casts a magical glow on all its surrounds.

Best thing about where you live The scenery without contest, but a close second is meeting and chatting with locals and travellers alike!

sleep and then a movie and time for myself.

Laura Walker… Local Manager

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Passion Cooking with fish.

Guilty pleasure Cadburys chocolate.

Favourite STAY YNA home Sonas i just love the decor and location

Perfect time of day Very early in the morning before the kids get up and the smell of fresh coffee.

Favourite destination Austrialia ayers rock and the great barrier reef is awesome.

Best thing about where you live The people and the fact there is always something going on.

Lisa Macleod… Local Manager

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Passion Galloping on horse back across Brandon Bay

Guilty Pleasure Dingle Gin!!

FavouriteSTAY YNA home The Green House in Brandon - Stylish and so very comfortable! 

Favourite destination Donegal, for the beaches, the accent and the familiarity of my home country of Scotland. 

Favourite time of day Evening time for the quietness and the ever changing night sky over Brandon Bay

Favourite thing about where you live The crazy wonderful people, the wild and dramatic landscape and the warmth of the fire in winter.

 

Fiona Sheehy… Local Manager

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Passion Hill walking on the Dingle Peninsula.

Guilty Pleasure Sneaking out of the house just before sunrise for a run or a walk on Ventry beach. (OK, maybe this is a bit virtuous to be called ‘guilty’ but it’s my favourite indulgence - even beats dark chocolate!)

Favourite STAY YNA home  ‘The Lookout’ of course. The location is so peaceful and the views across Smerwick Harbour are splendid. It’s the perfect spot for storm watching.

Favourite destination I love to go camping on Derrynane beach in Cahirdaniel on the ring of Kerry, but two night’s is as much roughing it as I can handle. 

Favourite time of day I love the peacefulness and stillness of the early morning.

Favourite thing about where you live Being able to walk out my door and be at the beach in five minutes.

Most loved Smart Service I love the idea of arriving at my holiday home to a delicious home cooked Irish Stew

 

Sarah Fuller… Local Manager

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Passion Music, food and gardening.

Guilty pleasure  Extra strong coffee and a cinnamon bun in Bacus Cafe, Green Street Mmmmmm.

Favourite STAY YNA home Dingle Sands because it's homely, close to beach and town, with wonderful views of Dingle and open seas from the upper lounge.

Favourite destination  West Cork, great food, scenery and kayaking to be had around every bend. Although if dreaming, India would be an amazing experience of colour, food, people and sun!

Favourite time of day  Early morning, walking my dog on the beach, the only other footprints belonging to the sea birds, no phones or computers allowed.

Favourite thing about where I live  The people, vistas and light, all stunning in Kerry. The madness of summer and tranquility of winter. 

Most Loved Smart Service Champagne n Strawberries

Teresa Jones … Local Manager

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Passion Hitting the road for an adventure to a new county/country

Guilty Pleasure Mojitos

Favourite STAY YNA home Shearwater ... amazing sea views and luxury.

Favourite destination Inishbofin, County Galway - a magical unspoilt island. Also Menton on French Riviera -  Alps, Med and fab French/Italian cuisine

Favourite time of day It has to be Sunset ... those awesome Maharees sunsets where the sun sets behind Mount Brandon. 

Favourite thing about where you live  Castlegregory's breathtaking scenery and great impromptu trad sessions in local bars

Nice, France

Marjorie Maissa… Nice Area Manager

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Passion Travel, good food & good friends

Guilty Pleasure  A glass of bubble at each tiny occasion...or creating the occasion for it!

Favourite STAY YNA Home Difficult choice but if I had to pick only 2 I would say Rossini & the hideaway for their personal touch and atmosphere.

Favourite Destination Australia as it really feels like the otherside of the world and South America

Favourite thing about where you live the weather! the heat! the sun! the sea! the beautiful coast! the beach! the smell of the sea! and of course the family

Favourite time of day The apero 🙂

3 Words that describe me Easy going, caring and passionate

Delia Dobreanu… Nice Local Manager

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Passion Greece and the greek language.

Guilty Pleasure Black chocolate in all possible ways!

Favourite STAY YNA Home Villa Boron (everyone favourite!) Dolce Vita in Villefranche for the beautiful view.

Perfect Destination Santorini, New York and Nottingham in the UK.

Most Loved Smart Service Champagne on arrival is just a must in Nice to enjoy on arrival on the balcony while people watching! If in Dingle you must go to the distillery tour, what a great experience!

Best time of day Morning, I like the smell of fresh coffee and the freshness of a new day.

What’s great about where you live The sea, I couldn’t live without it. Escargots are a plus.

Elena & Jenny Danyova… Nice Local Managers

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Passion Horses and jazz music

Guilty Pleasure Wine

Favourite  STAY YNA Home Villa Casabianca. great view of the sea and Nice, spacious, quite residential area and overall great apartment

Favourite Destination Anywhere where its warm and sunny

Favourite time of day Mornings as I wake up very positive and I love my big cup of coffee!

3 words that describe you Charming, Positive, Dreamer

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Passion Healthy lifestyle, Ethical eating,  Architecture, Design, Art, Photography, Shopping, Jogging, Yoga

Guilty Pleasure  Champagne, Wine, Tobacco and Net-a-Porter

Favourite Home Belle Sommet - the splendid view over the beautiful city of Nice that always gives me this sense of consolation, calmness and peacefulness when I gaze through the balcony

Favourite Destination Eze Village or Col D’Eze are one of my favourite spots on the Riviera whether is going for jogging or having a walk around. As well as Promenade des Anglais as it’s one of the emblematic places

Favourite time of day After work “Apero time”. The sun is setting down. The city looks beautiful. My working day is over and luckily I had the time to go jogging. A very productive and dynamic day and a well deserved glass of wine is waiting for me.

3 words that describe you  Badass Bulgarian Unicorn!

Gosia Wisinska… Nice Local Manager

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Passion Reading, snowboarding, cycling, healthy food

Guilty Pleasure Sitting alone with good book in the cafe with glass of wine

Favourite  STAY YNA Home Secret Garden

Favourite Destination Snowy mountains

Favourite thing about where you live The lifestyle

Favourite time of day Mornings when I can have coffee with my friends

3 Words that describe me Optimistic, Patient, Loving life

Rommelyn Diola Pederson… Nice Local Manager

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Passion I love dancing and singing. That makes me happy everyday and keep me alive and kicking!

Guilty pleasure Ice cream in Pinochio melts me down. I love the different flavours.

Favourite STAY YNA home I love Anna it’s strategically located in the old town, recently renovated. No more than 12 steps. Very handy for a couple! I also like Hideaway in Garibaldi it’s like a hidden paradise in the middle of the city.

Most loved destination I loved Cinque Terre – the rugged portion of the Italian coast. Unbelievable houses on top of the cliffs and unique formation of rocks kissing the waves.

Perfect time of the day 8:00 am to enjoy the early sunshine on the beach or just simply walking/ strolling in the Promenade des Anglais. 6:00 pm after work meeting new faces and have a little chat while enjoying the happy hour for drinks!

Best thing about where you live I live in the old town, so I am few minutes walk away from the sea. The smell of good food around and the Boulangerie with great bread and sweets. The Cours Saleya with the everyday market of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Kate & Paul Tchorzewski… Nice Local Managers

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Passion Sailing, football, good food

Guilty Pleasure Cold beer on the sunny beach 😉

Favourite  STAY YNA Home Minuet and Poppy have a very good positive energy

Favourite Destination Everywhere where can be reached by boat like Croatia and Balearics, from island to island,from port to port

Most Loved Smart Service Cold rose on arrival

Favourite time of day  Evenings with our son

3 Words that describe us Kind, Funny, Helpful

Perfect time of the day 8:00 am to enjoy the early sunshine on the beach or just simply walking/ strolling in the Promenade des Anglais. 6:00 pm after work meeting new faces and have a little chat while enjoying the happy hour for drinks!

Best thing about where you live I live in the old town, so I am few minutes walk away from the sea. The smell of good food around and the Boulangerie with great bread and sweets. The Cours Saleya with the everyday market of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Valerie D… Nice Local Manager

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Passion Gardening and cooking

Guilty Pleasure Chips and dips (I’ve grown out of my Doritos obsession thankfully!)

Favourite STAY YNA Home Sky in Nice Old Town. It’s fresh light has high ceilings and is in a great location.

Perfect Destination Alassio just down the coast in Italy. It’s trendy and cheap and cheerful.

Most Loved Smart Service Private Airport Transfer. I hate waiting for a bus or bartering for a tax

Best time of day Sunset – so much beauty in Nice at this time of year.

What’s great about where you live The promenade, smell of salt air, the views, buzz off the locals and tourists mixing.

Ibiza, Spain

Fred Kirkby… Franchise Director STAY YNA Ibiza

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Passion Food, Rugby, Horseracing.

Guilty Pleasure Turron de Chocolate I could eat a bar a day.

Favourite  STAY YNA Home Cornerstone Cottage Dingle we liked it so much we bought it!

Favourite Destination Cambodia, from the ancient temples that leave me astounded to the coast and the simplicity of $5 a night beach shacks, not Stay YNA service or style but brilliant in its own way.

Most Loved Smart Service Boat trip to Formentera and lunch at a beachside restaurant.

Favourite time of day  Sitting on our roof terrace watching the sun go down, it happens everyday but when we get that rare chance to sit and enjoy it I am never disappointed.

3 Words that describe Punctual, Honest, Conscientious.

Pip Kirkby… Franchise Director STAY YNA Ibiza

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Passion Cooking, Skiing, Family.

Guilty Pleasure Airline Food (and The Jeremy Kyle Show)

Favourite  STAY YNA Home Casa Arcadia – just a fabulous Ibiza home – an amazing pool, and on the doorstep of so much.

Favourite Destination Sydney: a totally fabulous city: beautiful, laid back, cosmopolitan, and compact enough to walk around.

Most Loved Smart Service I’m with Fred on this: a boat trip to Formentera is pretty unbeatable.

Favourite time of day  Collecting Lil from school: she just loves her school in Ibiza and has so much to say.

3 Words that describe you Fun, passionate, adventurous.

 

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WELCOME20

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Hello Autumn...

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Dingle September prices slashed!

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Up to €150 of your Dingle booking!

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