Meet the team

Find out more about the Crabtree & Crabtree team

About Us

Emma Crabtree Founder Email Emma
Emma Crabtree

Responsible for: Founding Crabtree & Crabtree and of course providing our name! Handpicking the holiday homes for our portfolio and possessing endless knowledge on all aspects of holidaying in our area.

Lives: Near Berwick-upon-Tweed

Described by the rest of us as: Passionate, a skilled multitasker and a serious dog lover.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: Going for long walks along the banks of the Tweed with Mrs Brown in tow. This is usually followed by a trip to our local butcher RG Foreman & Son and along to the Berwick Shellfish Company to pick up supplies for the rest of the weekend - I'd particularly recommend the dressed crab. On Sundays I often take a trip to the coast to enjoy beach walks and afternoon tea on Northumberland’s Heritage Coast.

Flora Nicholson Marketing Manager Email Flora
Flora Nicholson

Responsible for: Keeping you up-to-date with all things Crabtree & Crabtree!

Lives: Near the Pentland Hills

Described by the rest of us as: Creative, friendly and positive

My ideal in weekend in our local area would be spent: On long walks in the Pentland Hills Regional Park with my black Labrador Thistle. There is so much to explore and the incredible views over Edinburgh and East Lothian are always worth the steep ascent! A walk is usually followed by a cup of coffee somewhere. The Secret Herb Garden, which lies at the foothills of the Pentlands, is a particular favourite — it has an amazing garden, café serving homegrown dishes and gin distillery on-site. On Sundays, if the weather is good, I will head to Gullane or Yellowcraig beach for a picnic and a stroll with friends. Sometimes, on the way there, we will stop at Longniddry to eat delicious fish and chips — or a battered sausage! — on the beach from the Alandas hut which is perched on the seafront.

Sue Fairgrieve Property Manager - Northumberland and Scotland Email Sue
Sue Fairgrieve

Responsible for: Bringing new properties on board; property management and owner liaison.

Lives: Near Kelso

Described by the rest of us as: Friendly, positive, diligent and prone to creative bursts.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: Time in the brilliant outdoors... with the occasional spot of shopping and good glass of wine! Happy days - walking on the riverside, forest and beach or taking my Dutch bike out for a spin! Top spots - watching the sunset over Floors Castle from Friars Haugh; the breath-taking panoramic views across the Cheviot Hills from Dere Street or from the Waterloo Monument atop Peniel Heugh; the Cornhill Village Shop for yummy picnic lunches; the Collingwood Arms Restaurant for......everything really, and lazy weekend wanders along the stunning coastline.

Lauraine Jones Business Development and Property Manager - Yorkshire and County Durham Email Lauraine
Lauraine Jones

Responsible for: Bringing new properties on board, property management and owner liaison in Yorkshire and County Durham.

Lives: near York

Described by the rest of us as: Organised, enthusiastic, cheerful.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: With a long walk through the stunning grounds and gardens at the wonderful Castle Howard followed by a trip into Malton, the food capital of Yorkshire, to sample all the delicious fare at the monthly farmers market. On Sundays we would take a trip to explore the magnificent Yorkshire coastline at Hunmanby Gap or Robin Hoods Bay and then have lunch at the Pipe & Glass in South Dalton. On a nice sunny afternoon, it is always a pleasure to head into the city of York and wander around the medieval cobbled streets of the Shambles before meeting up with friends on the riverside terrace of the Star Inn The City and enjoying some local Yorkshire beer or gin!

Imogen Aitchison Assistant Property Manager Email Imogen
Imogen Aitchison

Responsible for: Ensuring our property owners get the very best experience from Crabtree & Crabtree.

Lives: Near Berwick-upon-Tweed

Described by the rest of us as: Artistic, reliable and a true country girl at heart!

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: Along the banks of the River Tweed with my old pony and a picnic made up of goodies bought from the Cornhill Village Shop or Border Baguette in Duns. Or, I'll head out with friends to explore the local area and to spot some wildlife. My favourite places are Budle Bay for birdwatching, St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve for spotting seals and Harthope Valley which gives great access to the Cheviot Hills where you might be lucky enough to see a wild goat or two! After working up an appetite, we like to round off the day by stopping for a wood-fired pizza at the Glendale Food Court in Wooler.

Angie Herdman Property Team Support Email Angie
Angie  Herdman

Responsible for: Ensuring our property owners get the very best experience from Crabtree & Crabtree.

Lives: Near Berwick-upon-Tweed

Described by the rest of us as: Lively, dependable, the owner of an infectious laugh.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: Throughout the summer months you'll find me at Border Berries picking fruity treats to use in my home baking, or treating myself to ice cream and fish and chips from Eyemouth. I highly recommend trying out Giacopazzi's if you're over that way - best eaten whilst taking in the view on Coldingham Bay. I love to explore and take my energetic dogs for long walks along the beautiful Tweed and nearby beaches or to explore the numerous castles in the area!

Avril Marriott Operations and Office Manager Email Avril
Avril Marriott

Responsible for: Overseeing the smooth-running of everything C&C!

Lives: Near Kelso

Described by the rest of us as: Proactive, enterprising and fun.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: You’ll usually find me meandering along our wonderful local coastline or exploring new routes up in the hills with my teenagers. We head to East Lothian’s Gullane and North Berwick – firm favourites for family-based beachy fun – or down to the magical Holy Island of Lindisfarne with its excellent island produce, notably the Pilgrims Coffee and Holy Island Gin. I’ve always enjoyed walking in the Pentland Hills Regional Park – there are circular routes and trails suitable for kids of all ages with wonderful viewpoints and picnic spots along the way.

Lynn Davies Property Consultant Email Lynn
Lynn Davies

Responsible for: Bookings, guest liaison and property analysis. Available to assist with the selection of the perfect property for your next Crabtree & Crabtree holiday and answer any queries from guests and owners.

Lives: Near Kelso

Described by the rest of us as: Extremely organised, energetic, friendly.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: I love the outdoors and spend lots of time running or rambling in the nearby Cheviots as I train for my next challenge – however I always need a companion, I’ve got a notoriously bad sense of direction and get lost quite easily! This would be followed by an evening in one of my favourite local restaurants and a trip to a wine bar with my husband and friends. For a walk with a difference I highly recommend alpaca trekking in the Cheviot Hills with Beirhope Alpacas!

Nikki Parvin Property Consultant Email Nikki
Nikki Parvin

Responsible for: Bookings, guest liaison and property analysis. Available to assist with the selection of the perfect property for your next Crabtree & Crabtree holiday and answer any queries from guests and owners.

Lives: Near Kelso

Described by the rest of us as: Funny, friendly and efficient.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: Meeting friends for brunch at Apples for Jam in Melrose or Naked Sourdough in Jedburgh, followed by a good old stomp up the Eildon Hills. I love to spend time outdoors and I never run out of stunning places to walk and explore in this beautiful part of the world. In the evening, I'll either dash up the Cheviot Hills to catch a glorious sunset, or will go out for dinner and drinks. My go-to haunts are The Hoebridge — a family-run restaurant near Melrose with an amazing ever-changing seasonal menu — and the Schloss Roxburghe Hotel for delicious cocktails enjoyed beside the fire.

Jordyn Straughen Property Consultant Email Jordyn
Jordyn Straughen

Responsible for: Bookings, guest liaison and property analysis. Available to assist with the selection of the perfect property for your next Crabtree & Crabtree holiday and answer any queries from guests and owners.

Lives: Near Berwick-upon-Tweed

Described by the rest of us as: Organised, approachable and very knowledgeable about our lovely local area.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: If I’m not reading a book about local history, then I enjoy visiting the places where history took place. So for my ideal weekend I’ll often grab my camera, husband and dog and go on an adventure to find some of the area's hidden gems. I love discovering the less well-known places and learning more about them. From medieval abandoned kirks to castle ruins; Northumberland and Scottish Borders are steeped in history. We often like to stop in at The Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells for a coffee and a slice of cake, as well as calling into their bookstore and artisan deli for some treats to take home for the rest of the weekend.

Avril Herdman Bookkeeping and Accounts Email Avril
Avril Herdman

Responsible for: Accounts, accounts, fishing, accounts! In charge of all owner, guest and client accounts and payments.

Lives: Near Duns

Described by the rest of us as: Funny, a numbers whizz, green fingered.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: With as much time out in my garden as possible tending to the veg patch and collecting the eggs from our free-range chickens! In the evenings, I'll head to my favourite local eateries to enjoy some of the wonderful local produce; we have so many great companies producing food and drink in the Borders and Northumberland that it's a joy to eat in or dine out!

Amanda Ponton Property Consultant - currently on maternity leave Email Amanda
Amanda Ponton

Responsible for: Bookings, guest liaison and property analysis. Available to assist with the selection of the perfect property for your next Crabtree & Crabtree holiday and answer any queries from guests and owners.

Lives: Near Kelso

Described by the rest of us as: Bubbly, efficient, welcoming.

My ideal weekend in our local area would be spent: lunching in our local cafés and exploring the varied and friendly independent shops in our pretty market towns. I do also enjoy energetic days out in the hilltops walking along my favourite route, the Pennine Way, or long strolls along Northumberland’s beautiful beaches – my favourite being Cheswick Sands which is beautiful in every season and the perfect place to take my dog, Izzy. It also wouldn’t be a day out at the coast without stopping off at Eyemouth for fish and chips and award-winning ice cream overlooking the harbour… the perfect place to spot some cheeky seals!

Mrs Brown Office Dog
Mrs Brown

Responsible for: Ensuring office morale is at an all time high on mornings when she appears!

Lives: By Emma's side

Described by the rest of us as: a lovable spaniel with boundless energy, a cheeky personality and a love of the countryside lifestyle. A complete natural in front of the camera... and partial to a treat or two!