Our clients say:

La Clusaz, 2011

“Annabelle is simply the most professional, dedicated, honest and outright
decent person I have had the pleasure to deal with for a very long time. She
knows her market inside out and will help any “newbie” purchaser like me
through the whole process of finding a house, liaising with lawyers, finding
you a builder and even a chalet girl when it is all done - so much more than
you are paying for! She knows the market intimately and, I think, knows what
you are looking for even more than you do yourself! Annabelle could not have
made the whole process any easier.”

Jeremy Salvesen, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Samoens, 2010

“Annabelle and Julian provided us with a first class service from start to finish. Initially, they took time to explain the intricacies and pitfalls of purchasing a property in France and then to fully understand our requirements. They then sourced a number of properties within our budget that were both interesting investments and wonderful chalets and houses. Once we had decided on the property, they provided invaluable support and advice throughout the negotiations with the vendors, which culminated in the successful purchase of a fantastic house in the centre of Samoens. Annabelle and Julian are highly experienced and professional people with a great network of contacts, they can source some really amazing properties througout the region.”

Christopher Scott MRICS, Dubai

La Clusaz, 2009

“Reliable, professional, hugely knowledgeable, charming, and found us precisely the chalet we wanted: it saved us time and money and stress.”

Marc Rowlands, Keating Chambers London, England.

La Clusaz, 2008

“Thanks you so much for everything you and Julian have done to help in our purchase. We are all really thrilled with the Chalet and its location. You have been indispensable, taking all the stress out of both choosing the right chalet for our family needs, and the daunting legal process, especially having to do most of this initially by phone and e-mail from Australia. Without your help and support, particularly with translation and communicating with the notaires, I’m sure we would have never been able to see the transaction through to completion. Not to mention later dealing with plumbers, electricians and chimney sweeps. Your patience, as we struggled with our poor French and swamping you with numerous visits from all our family, was way beyond expectations. We were also extremely pleased that you introduced us to Jean-Yves to undertake renovations and to arrange for us to see the quality of his work in another chalet.”

Gregor Dixon, Shenton Park, Western Australia

Flumet, 2007

“Annabelle Ormond found our first chalet five years ago and we recently approached her again to find a larger chalet for our expanding family. Although we had looked extensively on the internet on both occasions, it was Annabelle through her local knowledge who found the perfect chalet both times. From the beginning there was a mutual understanding and she had a good feeling for what we were looking for. She is very professional and her expertise throughout the buying process gave us constant support. I recommend her to anyone looking to buy a property in the Alps.”

Dr. Paul R.M. Hekking, M.D. Rotterdam, Netherlands

St Gervais, 2006

“We just wanted to thank you for the superb service you provide. You made a process which would have been exceptionally difficult, if not impossible for us, remarkably smooth and straight forward. Your help and advice throughout has been very clear and attentive. Thank you.”

Peter Phippen, Managing Director of BBC Magazines

Meribel, 2005

“Thank you so much for helping us to find and negotiate the purchase of our Chalet. Its been a pleasure working with you and we have appreciated the value of your local knowledge at all stages, including the completion meeting in Moutiers. Many Thanks again.”

Christopher and Melony Collins

La Clusaz, 2004

“I have known Annabelle Ormond professionally for the past ten years from the time when I approached her to help me find land for building in Haute Savoie. She not only negotiated the deal over the land but also introduced me to a local agent and helped me through the purchase, plans and construction of my house. …I find her efficient and meticulous in her work and will happily recommend her to anyone requiring her services.”

Mr A.H.A.J.M. Nouwen, Senior Partner, Hoeberechts Property Solicitor, Weert, Holland

Chamonix, 2003

“Annabelle was absolutely indispensible in helping us find our house in the Alps, and head-and-shoulders above all the others we contacted for help.From the outset Annabelle exhibited exceptional intuitive judgement for the type of chalet we needed and would like — in fact she had a better grasp of what we needed than we did ourselves. As a result, she ensured we saw only real prospects rather than everything on offer. After an initial conversation, she visited about 10 properties that met our needs on paper, but narrowed it to 3 for us visit, and each was a gem.Once we had decided on one,Anabelle navigated us unerringly through the offer and purchase process, making it all very straightforward and simple for us.She was flexible, responsive and patient to a fault throughout. Critically, she built a relationship on our behalf with the vendor, which ensured we were not gazumped, despite determined efforts from other potential purchasers.At the end of the day of course, nothing speaks like results: We contacted Annabelle on May 13th, having worked with others for several weeks with little success; within a week or so we had seen three ideal properties, and by June 10th we had exchanged contracts on a much bigger chalet in a better location than we had ever thought possible; we completed on July 12th.”

Pat Butler Surrey

Samoens, 2002

“If you are looking to buy property in the French Alps, I am delighted to recommend Annabelle Ormond. …The day I came home I saw Annabelle’s advert in The Times and duly sent off my deposit.It was a sound investment. What I bought was Annabelle’s extensive knowledge. Her polite insistence that I specify exactly what I was looking for — price, on the slopes or not, summer use, distance from Geneva, etc, sharpened my thinking. She then applied my criteria to her knowledge of the market and came up with a whole range of flats for me to view.As a result my next trip was totally organised as we sped round the different resorts and quickly settled on the apartment we wanted and it was not in Tignes.But Annabelle’s service didn’t end there. In fact, it was just beginning. French property law is a nightmare of bureaucracy. Annabelle finds the way through. She understands the mortgage set up, the notary’s function, the demands of developers. Without her help I would have given up halfway through. In addition, she helped negotiate on the price, which went towards offsetting her fee.”

Michael Kelly CBE, Former Lord Provost of Glasgow and Rector of the University of Glasgow

Les Carroz, 2001

“Early in the year, we engaged Annabelle Ormond to find us a farm to renovate in the Alps, with a view to making our home here permanently. She rapidly came up with a selection over a wide area. Unfortunately, the one we decided to buy was bought up by the local commune just before we completed (a right which every commune has but is very seldom exercised, unless it seems the property is a really good price). Annabelle restarted the search and we also started going into local agents ourselves, but found she had sent emails to every agent in every village, already alerting them to our plight and quickly came up with an even better propostion than the one we had lost.”

Richard and Liz Owens

Les Contamines, 2000

“…I have had to stop and thank you for all your assistance which I may say far exceeds anything I thought we were signing you up for. It was great to have you there for the signing ceremony …Seriously though for one minute, the service you offer is extremely professional — you seemed to understand exactly what we wanted, and you certainly found it!That alone was fantastic,but the assistance from there to the meeting with the notaire is equally beneficial in the overall service you offer. Louise was very worried about dealing with the legalities of a foreign country and you seemed to make it all so simple, even assisting with bank accounts and my inability to fill forms out correctly!”

Jamie Watson, Bicester

Meribel, 1999

“We had failed in our attempts the previous year to find something on our own. …This year Annabelle Ormond of A.L.P.S. made careful arrangements for us to see properties in three different areas over one weekend. No time was wasted because she herself had already seen the properties, and knew what we were looking for.Not only have we succeeded in buying, through A.L.P.S., a property which exactly suits us, but we also thoroughly enjoyed dealing with them. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone trying to find property in the Alps.”

Christopher Floyd QC, 11 South Square, London, England