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About Finest Stays

Finest Stays’ founder and owner, Kate Allen, has a total love for South Devon and had an entrepreneurial spirit from an early age. She even used to sell foraged scallop shells on the sea wall in front of Victoria Quay when she was about 8 years old! 

Kate was brought up in the Midlands and lived and worked in London and Verbier, Switzerland, before moving to Salcombe full time in 2010. She has a degree in eCommerce & Digital Business from The University of Nottingham and has worked for Andersen Consulting and Accenture.

In the luxury chalet resort of Verbier, she ran her own business in the Alps offering home visit beauty therapy, hairdressing, and massage. The team dealt with guests who owned multi-million-pound chalets or rented them for between £50,000 and £250,000 a week! Finest Stays, then named Salcombe Finest was born out of a passion for local seafood and the business began by selling online the freshest, best tasting handpicked Salcombe crab, Bigbury Bay oysters and locally hand dived scallops.

The South Hams has been the location for Kate’s family holidays for 4 generations so she understands what people look for in a holiday. She still gets excited about those pink and white striped bags, still thinks that having a donut on the beach after a swim is a necessity and she is a purist when it comes to crabbing – all that’s needed is a hook, some bait and a separate net making you stretch over the wall to bag a crab – none of this integrated net business!


Founder & Owner

Kate created Finest Stays, then Salcombe Finest, in 2013. Her connection with South Devon is both personal and professional, and she possesses endless knowledge on all aspects of holidaying in the South Hams. Kate handpicks the holiday homes for our portfolio and crucially, it is Kate’s passion for South Devon and it’s beauty and charm, that makes Kate’s personal level of service held in such high regard amongst our property owners and guests alike.


Head of Creative

Sophia spearheads impactful marketing and PR initiatives at Finest Stays, and finds all the right avenues to ensure the world hears all about our brand. With un-compromising due diligence and a deep love for luxury homes and interiors, Sophia is dedicated to expanding and developing the Finest Stays brand and nurturing the business to help Finest Stays flourish and prosper. Connect with Sophia for inquiries related to editorial, photo-shoots, film or PR.


Guest Liaison

Hattie is a true advocate of providing a exemplary service for our guests so that they want to return to holiday in South Devon again and again and again. Here at Finest Stays, Hattie is responsible for quality control and ensures that any problems are resolved efficiently and effectively whilst maintaining great relationships with our fantastic property owners, our lovely guests and our trusty suppliers. 


Holiday Consultant

Vicky liaises with our lovely guests and valued property owners, handling bookings, queries and property enquiries and ensuring guests have a memorable stay.  Available to assist with the selection of the perfect property for your next Finest Stays holiday, Vicky is available to answer any queries however big or small and go the extra mile to ensure all of our guests receive unparalleled customer service



Accounts, accounts, sailing, accounts! Josie has been working for Finest Stays since 2019 and is in charge of keeping financial track of the company. From payments coming in, to business expenses going out – Josie is a stickler for detail! 


Marketing Consultant

There is an endless list of compelling reasons for visitors to book one of our luxury holiday homes in South Devon, and Sue works on all the location information on our website so that as many people as possible hear about our wonderful area. Sue is passionate about South Devon and loves spending time on the beach, coastal walks and enjoys the excellent seafood which is served up locally.

What Our Guests Say


Finest Stays were ridiculously good! And by that I mean in that they presented the house that we rented from them so impeccably that even my cynical ex-hotelier wife could find no fault with it's preparedness and presentation. And that they were ever present for all things, but were never intrusive, is the mark of a firm at the top of it's game. Exemplary in all things, what's not to admire?!


The contact by Finest Stays was informative and useful both ahead of and during our stay.
I would thoroughly recommend a stay at Quarry House and using Finest Stays to book your stay in the South Hams.


The staff at Finest Stays were extremely helpful. We wouldn't hesitate to book again with them. Many thanks to all of you.


The customer care was excellent and super added touches. Kate was so helpful and we would use Salcombe Finest again.


The service provided by Finest Stays was, as always, exceptionally good and any issues were dealt with promptly. We look forward to staying again next Summer.