Colin and Tracy recently joined August with their handsome furry pal - Seamus
"The whole family is very excited about Seamus being able to come along on holidays. He attracts a lot of attention with his looks and personality so we can't wait to share the August homes with him. We may need to look into a passport for him..."
Meet Colin who recently joined the Signature Collection with his family.
When we created August with families in mind, we also recognised that your family may also include your pets so it was important that we factored this in. Holidays are always more fun with the whole family so why should the little furry pals be left behind?
We're thrilled to welcome Colin and Tracys' family including their medium-sized furry Tibetan Terrier crossed Border Collie - Seamus to the August Collection.
Welcome, Colin! We can't wait for you to start enjoying your homes. Could you please tell us a little about your family?
I am 57, former Sales & Marketing Director, now part-time investor in early stage companies. My wife Tracy works for the NHS as an Operating Theatre Technician at Salisbury Hospital. We have 2 grown up daughters and a wonderful dog, Seamus.
What is most important to you and your family when you go on holidays?
For me it is rest and relaxation around the pool, having BBQ's and alfresco meals. For my wife it is about shopping particularly local markets and for both of us, it is about sampling the best restaurants the locals use to sample the food and wine. An added bonus is that we can share it with friends or family and bring our family dog!
Can you tell us why August is the right fit for your family?
It gives us 12 weeks a year occupancy which is the highest we came across when searching different providers, it gives us a choice of 5 properties across just 21 families, so the chance of getting the weeks we want in the places we want are really high. The properties are in locations we really like, particularly Tuscany where we have holidayed for many years. Finally, it is an equity purchase which will go up in value and something I can pass on to my children without them incurring inheritance tax.
Are there certain August properties and locations you're most looking forward to?
Without doubt Tuscany, we fell in love it 10 years ago, and would love to spend more time there, particularly the area north of Lucca.
Have you previously considered buying a holiday home and were there any challenges or hesitations that prevented you from buying?
Yes, in fact we are looking at purchasing a holiday/retirement home in Cornwall/Devon right now. Over the past couple of years I have looked at various holiday ownership schemes but either the annual fees were too high, the booking period was too short or the annual holiday allowance was too short. I also looked into purchasing land in Italy and building my own property (having done this previously in Scotland), however the logistics, uncertainty over Brexit and dealing with Italian authorities put me off.
What appeals most to your family about August?
It isn't one thing but a combination of having the right properties in the right locations, with a good ratio of properties to families, and a scheme that allows an equity purchase which I've not been able to come across.
When and how will you be using the homes?
We will be using Tuscany for long stays along with Mallorca and the Cotswolds for short stays/mini-breaks out of season. We may use Provence as a stopping point on the way to Tuscany and if we have any weeks left we will donate a weeks ski-ing in Chamonix to our daughters!
It makes us proud and excited to know that August is helping more and more families make holiday home dreams come true. So with more people discovering and joining August, it won't be long till we welcome our Signature Collection families through the doors!
So if you're still dreaming, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make your dreams a reality.