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Getting to know the character

By Lizzy Drewett - 10 December 2021

Jane Mann is Regional Manager of the Beresfords Country and Village team specialising in some of the most exceptional properties across the county. From large estates with acreage to equestrian and everything in between. We caught up with Jane to find out what she loves about working within the Country and Village division.

Jane, tell us a little bit about your role?

The Country & Village market is very specialised and focussed on client-specifics. It’s all about the people. Meeting new clients means focussing on their story so we can tailor our marketing around the needs of their move. We like to know the property inside out so we can answer any questions to potential buyers which we accompany to every property. 

How did you get into property?

Having had sales roles in senior management in and around London, I found myself in a property-based role in Chigwell and loved working with clients at the upper level – in fact they seemed to come to me directly once I had built a good client base. I then moved to cover country homes and prestigious properties in Hertfordshire and then central Essex where I am now based.

What’s the best part of the job?

The people without a doubt – seeing beautiful properties is a wonderful part of the job but the satisfaction of helping maybe an elderly couple in a large country home, downsize to be nearer their children and help ease the stresses of moving, that’s the best part for me.

What’s your favourite country home style/feature?

I’d say a barn conversion, the open-plan feel, exposed beams and beauty of the rural architecture.  Second favourite would be Victorian or Georgian styles. The tiled floors, the large windows, although these tend to be village locations and I do love a rural view.

What’s the most unusual property you have seen?

There’s been so many unusual homes, haunted houses and architectural gems, however one historic Tudor house in mid Essex, who’s occupant was a hoarder was memorable!

What type of property do you live in?

Me and my husband downsized a couple of years ago to an apartment in a Grade II Listed manor house c.1847 in a local village, converted in the 1980’s with high ceilings and large windows. I love the surrounding grounds and the history connected to my home.

What is one of the most memorable moments you have had?

Clients recently who bought a house on the first day we were marketing – they had always said if that house came to market, they would buy it, and they did, in excess of £3.5 million.

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