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Meet Andrew Morgan

from Cheshire, who moved to the

Alps to manage a hotel for the

winter season 29 years ago, and

has never looked back...

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WORDS: LIZ ROWLINSON

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AGENT

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AVING LIVED AND WORKED IN THE ALPS SINCE

1987, it was an easy decision for Andrew and

Emma Morgan to move to the town of St Gervais

in 2000. Before becoming an independent agent,

Andrew worked as an area manager for hotel and

travel companies and then managed properties for their

owners. The transition to property sales for Leggett was a

simple sideways move.

WHY ST GERVAIS?

St Gervais-les-Bains is a genuine French market and spa

town as well as a ski resort at the heart of the Evasion Mont

Blanc ski area, the third largest in France. It's a vibrant, yearround

town with history and character. The easy access to

Geneva (45 minutes) and Italy is part of the appeal.

HOW DID YOU LEARN THE LEGGETT ROPES?

I was very customer focused and had good knowledge of

French contract law because I'd worked in hospitality and

property management. So the move to becoming an agent

was straightforward. Great training and support at both a local and head office

level helped a lot too.

THE BEST BITS?

It's very rewarding to help clients find their dream home and

provide them with useful contacts to get them on their way.

Also, we're surrounded by stunning scenery - sun-drenched

pastures, colourful autumn slopes or snowy peaks - so

what's not to like?

ANY CHALLENGES?

2015 was such a busy year sales wise that finding enough

great properties to meet the demand was indeed a challenge.

On a personal level, getting to the top of Mont Blanc

is still on the list having turned back short of the top a few

years ago. And juggling the children's timetables with mine

can be tricky too.

WHAT IS HOME IN FRANCE?

After 30 years of working in hotels it might not surprise you

to learn that our house is a former hotel. We have five bedrooms,

so when family and friends come to visit it still feels

like a hotel.

AND WHAT HOME WOULD YOU LOVE TO BUY?

A cosy chalet with views of Mont Blanc is many people's

dream. But there's a fantastic mix of properties here, from

old farmhouses to gorgeous listed apartments, modern chalets, cabins lost in the forest

- even mini châteaux.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Anything in the mountains. They still have great appeal, from

a couple of hours on the slopes in the winter to a walk or

climbing with the family or friends in the summer and autumn.

YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?

Osteria Luchin in Chiavari on the Italian Liguria coast , a 100

year old restaurant in the old town. Worth a visit to the town

just to eat there.

WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL CUSTOMER?

There is no typical in the Alps: that's part of the fun!

Some want a one-bedroom holiday apartment, others an

eight-bedroom chalet. They're all looking for that yearround

appeal that St Gervais offers.

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