The Roseland Retreats team is headed up by Elowen Gray-Roberts [left], who brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge.
“I returned from a trip to South Africa at the age of 18 with no real direction, other than a love of Cornwall, specifically the Roseland, and the knowledge that I didn’t want to move away. My Grandma had serviced National Trust properties on the Roseland for years and working alongside her taught me how to look after and nurture luxury, historic properties,” explains Elowen.
This led Elowen to set up her own private concierge and cleaning business based on the Roseland. “An advertisement in a local magazine saw me inundated with calls, and initially my diary was completely full with weekly domestic cleans, week in week out. I built up excellent working relationships with my clients, many of them treating me like family. I prided myself on being the most trustworthy I could be and offering the best service possible.”
As the business grew, Elowen knew that she could no longer remain as a ‘one-man-band’: “I tried and tried over a number of years to find a business that I could collaborate with; one that would fit with my ethos, work ethic, and passion for property on the Roseland. Then, Covid-19 hit. I quickly realised how difficult life can be for everyone, let alone a self-employed business owner who relies on going into people’s houses every day. I was unable to work for almost half a year.”
Not one to rest on her laurels, Elowen made good use of her time by studying for an online Level 3 Diploma in Estate Agency. “It was always something I had had an interest in. I love property and knew this could be a good career option.”
In September 2020, a meeting with Sean Johnston and James Harvey, partners in Philip Martin Estate Agents, was to prove a turning point for Elowen: “Who would have thought that a drink in a Probus pub garden wold open so many doors for me. We immediately hit it off and I started training with the Philip Martin team as an estate agent in Autumn 2020. As restrictions started to lift, we soon realised that we could create something quite special from the St Mawes office – combining my concierge business with the existing, much-respected estate agency, Philip Martin. Our morals and philosophy matched perfectly and we are now able to bring a unique offering to the Roseland area.”
Born in the market town of Helston and grew up in the nearby fishing village of Porthleven, his parents owned and ran the family butchers as well as a small Bed & Breakfast over the shop. Sean joined the firm as a trainee in 2006 and quickly progressed to a sales negotiator a year later before joining the partnership in 2011. He became a member of the National Association of Estate Agents in 2008 after studying from St Austell College and earned a National Diploma in Surveying Practice in 2012 from Reading University.
Established in 1986 Philip Martin is an independent firm of Estate & Letting Agents, Chartered Surveyors, Valuers and Auctioneers covering the mid and west Cornwall areas dealing with a wide variety of properties in all price ranges. The firm has four partners headed up by Senior Partner Philip Martin together with Steven Jenkin, James Harvey and Sean Johnston.
We specialise in selling residential property in Cornwall and we have been doing so for over 30 years.
PHILIP MARTIN LETTINGS LIMITED
Philip Martin Lettings Limited is a sister company owned and run by the four partners within Philip Martin. We currently look after in the region of 640 residential properties for a variety of landlords ranging from single investors to portfolio holders from within the UK and overseas. We offer a wide variety of services to suit individual clients’ needs from setting up tenancies to full management.
Philip Martin can provide a wide range of advice and services such as professional valuations for probate, insurance, taxation, divorce and litigation, as well as general advice on planning, development potential and legal matters. We are not, however, building surveyors and are unable to carry out structural surveys etc. Philip Martin and Steven Jenkin are both members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.