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Who We Are

red apple on transparent tinyThe quality of The Gite Doctor's service rests upon the expertise and experience of a group of professional advisors. Many people give advice, but few have the credentials of our experts. It is important to remember that it is their experience in France that is one of the most valuable assets that our experts offer you. 

Our aim is to save you the time and hassle of searching for the right person to help you.  Let's meet the team that you'll find here in our surgery.  


Sally Stone - Practice Manager

sally48x48Sally Stone is the property manager who founded 'Les Bons Voisins' (LBV) in 2002 after she bought a property in central Brittany and had difficulty finding a local caretaker. You can see more about Sally's story, and the ethos behind LBV, here. With over ten years' experience of property management in France, Sally has become known as a 'no-nonsense' source of solid advice for property owners. Always happy to help, and on a mission to give property owners access to the same trusted professionals that she uses herself, Sally can be reached via email for an initial chat. 

Find Sally here.

Christa Doody - Accounting Consultant 

Christa-Doody48x48Christa Doody is a UK qualified Accountant and now runs a Les Bons Voisins area in the Poitou-Charentes region of France with her husband. During her time in France she has helped a number of French property owners with their accounting and taxation needs and is here to offer you practical advice on your accounting requirements in France and the UK, including budgeting, cashflow forecasting, accounting and tax liabilities. 

Find Christa here

Arthur Cutler - Planning Consultant

Arthur-CutlerArthur has over twenty years' experience of solving French building conundrums. He now runs 'French Plans', a fully bi-lingual nationwide architectural and planning service. His long apprenticeship in the building industry in France, coupled with his experience and knowledge of handling French bureaucracy, make him an indispensible part of the team. Approach Arthur for information about planning issues, feasibility studies, new builds, renovations, conversions,  swimming pool installations and any building-related query. 

Find Arthur here

Lena Eaton - Insurance Consultant 

lena eaton48x48Lena has worked with Sally Stone ever since she came up trumps by supplying the professional insurance for the 'LBV' (Les Bons Voisins) network. Other insurers had stated that the cover Sally was looking for was either unnecessary or impossible to provide but Lena disagreed, confirmed the necessity and then sourced the product. Results like this confer confidence on Lena and her team, who are all fully bi-lingual. Hers is one of the very few French businesses that actually DOES return 'phone calls and does answer emails! Approach Lena with questions about all insurance matters (business insurance, indemnity insurance, buildings and contents insurance, health and accident insurance, travel insurance, vehicle insurance and all other matters relating to letting property.) 

Find Lena here.

Barbara Heslop - Legal Consultant 

barbara48x48Barbara qualified as a solicitor in 1988, having supplemented her legal training in the UK by studying French law at the University of Grenoble in France. In 2008 she set up the niche firm of Heslop & Platt, French Law Specialists, to provide a wide range of French legal advice and assistance to English-speaking clients. Approach Barbara with questions about property sales and purchases, wills and inheritance, family and domestic queries, and advice on your legal responsibilities if you rent property for income. 

Find Barbara here.

Amanda Johnson - Financial Planning Consultant

AMJ48x48Amanda is a partner within The Spectrum IFA Group, a firm of regulated Financial Planning Advisers specialising in helping expatriates understand the benefits and obligations of living within the French system. Bilingual, and with 20 years of financial experience in the UK, she is authorised through Orias in France, and The Spectrum IFA Group itself is registered with the AMF. Approach Amanda to ask about tax planning, financial planning, mortgages, loans, investments and financial questions in general. 

Find Amanda here.

Pippa Maile - Currency Consultant

Pippa-MailePippa runs the French Office of Currencies Direct and is based on the south coast of France. She has extensive experience with currency exchange and will be happy to discuss any requirements you have for large or small transactions. Whether you need to make a one-off payment immediately, or require regular transfers to a bank abroad, Pippa can guide you through the process. She can also advise you on saving transaction costs when collecting rental payments. Approach Pippa about all matters connected with money transfers and currency exchanges.

Find Pippa here.

Practice Members

The members of our practice are the friendly, experienced professionals with whom Sally Stone has worked during her time in France. 

All of them are qualified and experienced in their chosen fields. Talk to the relevant specialist for diagnosis and treatment of any problems you face with your property in France. A 'contact' link for each is shown here.

We are friendly and approachable and here to take away the pain of operating a successful gite!  

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