Perfect Experiences carefully curates quality vacation rental properties and local experiences to help you get the most out of your dream vacation.
For over 20 years, Perfect Experiences has been recognized as leaders in guest hospitality. We offer a portfolio of beautiful vacation rental properties in France, London and Italy. For those who want to purchase a home in their dream destination, we offer a selection of luxurious properties for both fractional co-ownership and whole home ownership.
Our rigorous standards, along with the years of experience, means that our guests enjoy memorable vacations. For owners, we offer worry-free property management, allowing them enjoy the investment upside with rental income.
Our goal isn’t to be the biggest, but to be the best. Every property is carefully chosen; we personally visit each one, ensuring it meets our standards for quality, location, cleanliness, comfort and features.
In the late 1990s, Madelyn Byrne and Philippe Willems founded Paris Perfect and London Perfect, which began with a single apartment they owned in Paris. The couple was transferred to London and were busy with two toddlers, so that property was underused. Madelyn often let friends, colleagues and family use their apartment free of charge, until she realized that people would actually pay to stay there. A business was born!
Madelyn saw an opportunity to raise the bar on Paris apartment rentals, purchasing and fixing up properties with potential, many with stunning views. She realized the value of investing in welcome features that few properties offered at that time, including Egyptian cotton linens, luxury toiletries, high-end appliances and beautiful professional décor.
After a couple of years, Italy Perfect was founded by Madelyn’s sister Lisa, who then recruited sister Pat to join the management team. The company was created from the Byrne sisters’ love of travel. Growing up in a large Air Force family, with frequent overseas assignments, a love of overseas travel was cultivated.
Along with a wonderful staff, many of which have been with the company for more than 10 years, showcases the experience and expertise the company provides.
Chief Visionary, Serial Entrepreneur, Trailblazer
Born in Antigo, Wisconsin
There is no challenge insurmountable for Madelyn, a former investment banker with a Stanford MBA. Whether remodeling a centuries-old hotel on Île de la Cité or stuffing a bulging carry-on bag into a plane’s overhead compartment, Madelyn is the spirited creative force of Perfect Experiences. She also is the leader for our real estate development, having restored more than 80 apartments in Paris. Madelyn’s guilty pleasure is browsing French auction house websites for quirky or whimsical antiques.
Travel tip: “In case of emergency, always pack a bar of chocolate.”
Valiant Leader, Wine Connoisseur, Opera Fanatic
Born in Normandy, France
Growing up in Normandy, in the small town of Mers-les-Bains, Philippe made his parents proud by attending the prestigious medical school in Paris and becoming Chief Resident of the most famous cardiovascular team in France. Drawn by the excitement and remuneration of business startups, while observing Madelyn’s career, at age 39, Philippe put aside heart surgery and began consulting with medical device startups, helping Madelyn with the vacation rentals on the side. With the growth of the rental business, Philippe became chief accountant, chief legal expert and chief of taming Madelyn’s unbridled ambitions to attainable goals. Philippe’s obsession is Wagner, having seen The Ring more than 30 times. In true French fashion, the weighty question daily is: “Qu’est ce qu’on va manger?” (What’s for lunch?)
General Manager, Yin to Madelyn’s Yang, Brings Order to Chaos
Born in Naples, Italy
Lisa serves as the General Manager of Perfect Experiences, overseeing Marketing, Reservations, Finance and Technology. Previously, Lisa was a Director at Apple Computer, heading up Apple Corporate Public Relations and Worldwide Employee Communications, prior to launching Italy Perfect in 2003. The intense experience at Apple prepped her for the fast pace of the ever-changing vacation rental industry. She is the youngest of the six (yes, six) Byrne sisters, so learned at an early age how to manipulate cajole her big sisters into doing stuff for her, which helps her harness the management team’s energy. When navigating the backroads of Tuscany, Lisa is hopeless, but she remembers the exact location of almost any retail store or restaurant she has visited.
Favorite restaurant: La Reggia degli Etruschi in Fiesole, Italy.
Obsession: Trying to get Madelyn to color within the lines.
Loves Guest's Unique Stories, Finds Strange & Wonderful Historical Fascinations
Born on Luzon, Philippines
A history geek at heart, Pat has a technology marketing executive by background. She is the brains behind setting up systems and processes to automate tasks and organize information. In 2006, Lisa persuaded Pat to leave high tech behind to join Italy Perfect. Learning about guest interests and travels; going the extra step to make things work for her clients; explaining to an owner a requirement that seems very strange to Italians; chattering in her second language; and traveling around Italy on inspection adventures gives Pat tremendous satisfaction. With interests in topics like Etruscans and Mithras, she enjoys pursuing fascinating back alleys of history. Pat has uncovered and seen every Caravaggio painting and obelisk in Rome.
Newest hobby: paleoanthropology