Beaux Villages' Team
You’ll hear us talk about being a ‘people business’. ‘Family’ get a regular mention.
Words are easy and talk is cheap. We really do work as a team.
The whole team at BVI undergoes regular training above and beyond the minimum standards now prescribed by French law. Compulsory elements include applicable law and ethics, and we have added extra modules that we feel are of particular benefit to our clients.
Have a look at our testimonials.
Lynn Longley, managing director and founder of Beaux Villages Immobilier grew up and was educated across several European countries including France, Holland and Spain. She is a multi-lingual business and language graduate and has raised her son and daughter and several donkeys here in France. She holds the necessary French qualification of Carte Professionelle for our business.
Rob Longley, CEO of BVI, has a background in property, retail sales, and latterly HR and training. He’s been resident in France for 15 years.‘This is a people business first and foremost. Property is the product, however relationships, trust and mutual respect are the key elements to matching buyer and seller. We’ll treat you the way we want to be treated’.
Personal passions include architecture, local history and photography.
Julie Savill is Group Marketing Director for BVI and its sister companies in Spain and the UK.Following a career editing property magazines for the BBC, she arrived in France for a holiday in the early 2000’s, and bought a house on a whim…..
‘I am an ex-journalist with a passion for property. Fancy a chat about architecture, furnishings, colour, white goods? I'm your girl. I LOVE moving house and would happily pack up and move on every couple of years. Estate agency is about the worst career choice for me…’
Julie’s serious head brings the clients of BVI a rare blend of technical internet expertise, creative writing and aesthetic prowess. If it works and it’s beautiful, Julie made it.
Tim Williams is Group Finance Director for BVI and its sister companies in Spain and the UK. Tim’s background as a marketing consultant for blue-chip companies in the UK, as a business owner in France, and as a published author on the heady science of business process improvement. Tim arrived in France on holiday and bought a house on a spreadsheet.
‘I’m as happy guiding a client around European mortgage options as I am analysing market trends and writing about currency exchange rates’, he says..
Tim’s responsibilities include paying everyone on time everytime, and analysing the results we derive from the complex world of Google.
Born in the UK, Ali has studied and worked in Paris, lived in Geneva and is now settled near Eymet in the Dordogne. ‘I’ve spent more of my life in French-speaking countries than English,’ she says.A two-year stint in Stockholm where she experienced the two worst winters for 100 years brought her back to France on holiday, searching for much-needed sun. ‘After 24 hours we just thought, this is it, we need to buy a house here.’ She bought through Guyenne Immobilier, now part of the Beaux Villages group, and got a job into the bargain. ‘4 international moves in 10 years mean I’m well-placed to put myself in the shoes of people thinking of moving to France,’ she says. ‘I love helping people to find the right place for them.
Angie brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the team. Whilst based in Montaigu, she works largely in the Lot-et-Garonne with a focus on Nérac; a stunning medieval town that Angie loves promoting to her clients!
Anne has been with BVI since 2015 and works mainly in the area south of Verteillac.
Antony and his wife, Jane, brought their company Guyenne Immobilier into Beaux Villages early in 2018. He brings unbeatable local knowledge of this justifiably popular and stunningly pretty bastide town.
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Beth manages to balance her sense of fun with her head for hard work at the Monségur office. She’s likely to be the voice you hear on the phone.
Bruno left Belgium in 2016 to change life for the better, and he reckons it has all turned out well!He’s based near La Rochefoucauld, to the east of Angouleme. ‘Each time I come home, I always smile thinking this is the best place. With easy access to Angoulème, the Dordogne close by, we have completely different views and landscapes within 15 min of home.’
Caroline Oliver joined BVI in late 2011 and helped found our third office, on the banks of the Dordogne river. Since that time her intuitive people skills and unrivalled local knowledge have lead to many a testimonial from delighted buyer and seller alike.
See if you can manage not to be captivated by her twinkly-eyed smile.
Bright and bubbly, Claire is in our English call team and is the first voice that many people hear when they start their search for their Dream French home.
Corinne Pernes was ‘the’ local Immobilier for more years than she likes to admit, before joining the BVI family. She’s since embraced the vagaries of our multi-cultural team and the dynamic of working as a team.
Corinne specialises in writing sale contracts for us, helping to ensure a smooth transition from agreed deal to the notaire and beyond.
David Crews has been a fixture on the local estate agency scene for some 15 years, joining us in 2009.
As our business has grown he has assumed the role of heading up our team of sales managers and senior negotiators. He’s a skilled diplomat and has agreed deals where many others have failed before him.
If you are in the Tarn et Garonne and see a black and yellow 2CV go by, give it a wave; chances are it will be driven by Beaux Villages sales consultant, Edite Hill. Talking of being driven, based in our Montaigu de Quercy office, Edite brings energy and fun to any property search. Born in Latvia and having lived in the UK before moving to France Edite understands very well the challenges and excitement of changing country. ‘Having made the move myself, I love being able to make the process fear-free for other people,’ she says.
Ellie came to France and did her schooling here in France and so is another of our bilingual, bi-cultural call team members. You might find yourself in contact with Ellie if you use Live Chat.
A keen member of the Montmorillon sales team, Emma has the magical knack of expanding time to cope with full time sales, a young family and her much loved horses.
Fabienne's legal education puts her squarely in charge of legal compliance for the Beaux Villages group. She has 15 years of experience in real estate and 10 years as a bailiff. Beaux Villages is a professional, caring and efficient environment, which is recognized and appreciated by our customers. Fabienne's excellent English language skills also puts her at the disposal of the sales team.
Fred is an expert net-worker and brings a wealth of local knowledge and a passion for the Lot et Garonne to the Tournon Sales team.
Jacky brings her years of experience to the admin team. Local vendors will be well used to being in her careful hands as their properties go on market.
Jacqui Reddin-Williams ‘retired’ from a life on stage and screen to slow down in France and pursue a second passion showing and breeding dogs.‘Since joining BVI I’ve never worked so hard in my LIFE!’, she declares.‘But I absolutely LOVE finding the perfect home for a new arrival, and equally helping a seller move on with their life’.And she’s very good at it. Consistently a top performer amongst our team, nationwide.
Since qualifying in 1981, James has always been involved with the sale of property and chattels. He had his own practice located in a UK World Heritage Site. This involved the marketing and sales of many listed buildings which was both interesting and challenging.He tells us the job in France entails greater interaction with the buyer and sale process from initial enquiry to the date of completion and in many cases well beyond!France is now James' forever home now and his children live here, too.
Jane, and her husband Antony, brought their company Guyenne Immobilier into Beaux Villages early in 2018. She brings unbeatable local knowledge of this justifiably popular and stunningly pretty bastide town.
After a career in the sky as cabin-crew for a world famous airline, Jenny settled in Monsegur to raise her family, where she joined BVI at its inception in 2008 and is now Contracts Manager for the whole of BVI.
Judith Whitlow BEd (Hons) heads up HR and training for BVI.
This teaching background offers just what we need in promoting the BVI ethos of soft-sales and customer service.
Judith has one chicken and a spaniel. And Kevin.
Karen Fritchley coordinates the sales dossiers for a large part of our northern area, as well as being a consummate office manager and sales support to the local team. There is a lot of work to do from agreed deal to key handover. She is the stuff of business legend.But don’t tell her we said so. She’s modest and would hate this...
Karen Mathers joined BVI from a smaller local competitor and has settled into the family dynamic.It is likely to be her or one of her team calling to arrange a viewing for you, or responding to you on LiveChat. She’ll make sure your request to list a property for sale is handled quickly and efficiently…
Katherine is our digital marketing manager and her role spans a variety of tasks that take day-to-day care of Beaux Villages' online presence across all our brands. She could be in planning meetings with the Marketing Director and Website Developer, setting up and monitoring Google Ad campaigns, supporting the Finance Director with marketing analysis, posting to social media platforms or getting involved with new feeds for new advertising portals. Katherine also helps monitor and contribute to improving the user experience on our 7 websites, assists in resolvings issues and works in the background making sure Google ranks our sites well.
She'll often be found with her beloved border collie Jack walking, running or exploring rural France.
Laura Croxford holds the BTS Professions Immobilières, a recognised industry standard and runs the BVI office in the foothills of this amazing town.She has been matching property buyer and seller for some 8 years now and is well known, liked and respected across swathes of the Tarn and neighbouring Aveyron.
Lauren started her BVH career at the siérge at Monsegur before moving on to join the lively Eymet team. She deals with mandates and the myriad other things that make up the day in the life of admin.
Lee has forged ahead and made Montmorillon one of THE places to buy in the south west of France. A good listener, Lee is an expert at matching the right property with the right person.
Lisa brings a lot of property experience to the Montmorillon team and is a firm favourite with buyers and sellers alike.
Marion Beschet qualified in cinematography.and worked in the French film industry for a number of years.Passionate about all things marketing, you’ll see her out and about videoing local events and writing blogs.In-office she supports our consultants with written translations and hints and tips to improve photography.
Marion trained as a notaire and joined the BVI family to run sales dossiers. She is the link between the BVI sales team and the notaires working on each sale. She is the friendly face of the Verteillac office.
Marion came to France when her 2 children were young and has been here for over 15 years. Marion followed the path that many want to take: buying an old project to renovate. She now helps others achieve the dream.
Nicky plays a role linking the sales team to marketing helping find new properties for sale and checking the quality of properties before they’re published online.
The routes to being a sales agent are many and varied. ‘I moved to France from Belgium in 1996 and, with my parents and siblings started an ostrich farm,’ explains Nico. ‘We sold eggs, feathers, meat, ostrich leather. We did open days and attended markets almost every day.’After several years Nico decided to try a new career and branched into immobilier. Now, with 11 years experience, he combines selling property from the Eymet office with running ongoing sales for the local team as the liaison between Beaux Villages and the notaires.‘I still love meeting lots of people and the variety of the work - if you can say one this about this job is that it is never boring.’
Samantha Perruchaud is Customer Services Manager for BVI, based on the borders of Charente and Dordogne in the Verteillac centre. Sam, resident in France from a very early age, was educated here and, like many of our team, married into the local community.
Nothing is too much bother for Sam.
Sarah Dyer-Bernet runs the office and liaises with all parties - buyer, seller, notaire - from agreed deal through signings, key handover, and beyond. She lives close to the office and is active in the local community. Seventeen years of success, and counting.
Soraya Randal is Training Manager for the north of our patch and ensures that what we set out in our dusty old mission statements and policies comes to pass when you experience one of the team in the flesh.If patience is a virtue…
Stéph is the friendly face you’ll meet coming into the Aubeterre office. She runs a large number of sales dossiers on behalf of the local sales team. Stéph is French with excellent English.
Tracey is our bilingual training assistant helping new agents get off to a flying start.
Tracy Faulkner receives every enquiry from a potential property purchaser and, with our call team, ensures personal attention from a named consultant from start to finish.
Vanessa is a keen member of our French call team dealing with enquiries via email, phone and live-chat.
Vic has been in the Vienne since 2014. She says the rollings hills are reminiscent of Wiltshire and Dorset, with the added advantage of gorgeous climate and glorious summer sunshine! An avid observer of the world around her, Vic will share the best parts of the Vienne that she loves - the nature and wandering the pretty towns and villages.