About Us

Hunter French was founded in 2005 by Stephen Hunter and Karen Dumine.

With a real passion for people and property, we have been selling houses in cities, towns and villages across Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire since 2005 with strategically placed branches in Bath, Corsham, Devizes, Frome, Tetbury, Bruton and most recently Wincanton. Stephen Hunter in Bath, Karen Dumine in Bruton and Wincanton, Billy Olley in Frome, Sam Kidner in Tetbury, John Robinson in Devizes and Jacob Heatley – Adams & Daniel Jones in Corsham are committed to simplifying the process of buying and selling houses – ensuring a seamless experience across the business – traditional values, face to face in prime locations.

Bath Team

Stephen Hunter

Director

Stephen has extensive experience in selling property across Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. As one of the founding directors of Hunter French, he thrives on keeping our clients and team happy.

Out of work Stephen is kept busy with two young sons and is a real family man. When he gets the chance, you will find him sat by a river with a fishing rod, or walking the family (and office) dog Bernie.

Jake Brooks

Sales Manager

Jake has a strong sales background and sensible head on his shoulders. He grew up in Bath so is a real advocate of the local area.

In his spare time he enjoys spending as much time outdoors in the countryside as possible, and also plays football for a local 5-aside team.

Polly Evans

Senior Sales Negotiator

Polly is a passionate and personable Negotiator. She has always lived in Bath, and her knowledge and love of the City shine through. As a mother of 3 young children she is extremely organised and used to multitasking.

Outside of work she spends her time with her family enjoying the beautiful City surrounds, she also indulges in a daily battle with her never ending laundry pile!

Joshua Stagg

Sales Negotiator

Josh is our newest addition to the Bath office and brings with him the enthusiasm of youth but he also has a very mature head on his shoulders. When he is not dashing between appointments Josh is a marshal and mentor for an under 17 driving club which is a huge responsibility but something he feels very passionately about giving him the opportunity to help young people to go through the same training to become a safer driver. He already holds an advanced driving qualification.

Corsham Team

Jacob Heatley-Adams

Director

Jacob opened the Corsham office in August of 2007, having worked previously for a corporate agent. Jacob is passionate about providing a personal service, and his immense property knowledge makes him the best port of call for advice.

Whether it’s an evening spent at home, a weekend on the coast, or an adventure to an exciting new destination, Jacob loves spending time with his wife and two young children.

Daniel Jones

Director

As a local agent who has spent the last 13 years in the property industry, Dan has accrued a wealth of knowledge and experience that now proves an invaluable service to clients. Offering a considered approach partnered with an in-depth knowledge of property and the technicalities of the sales process, Dan provides the dynamic and tailored service needed to deal with a range of different residential property, farm and land sales. Having sold properties in some of the most prestigious addresses in the area, Dan enjoys the day-to-day of looking after the office and listing properties in this historic town that he loves to serve!

In the moments away from work, Dan enjoys playing competitive football and exploring the countryside, both of which are often rounded off with a lovely pub lunch!

Simon Chun

Senior Sales Negotiator

Simon began his career with Hunter French in Bath before moving to our Corsham office in 2017. He has a welcoming and an approachable character, meeting clients and finding them their dream home is a particular highlight of his.

In his spare time, Simon is a keen skier and cyclist and he can also be found exploring Corsham countryside on dog walks.

Alongside working with Hunter French, Simon is also a Retained Firefighter at Corsham Fire Station.

Sam Long

Sales Negotiator

A youthful and vibrant addition to the Hunter French team, Sam grew up in the neighbouring town of Bradford on Avon since graduating from school, and is sure now keen to pursue a successful career in the industry he loves! With a warm and friendly demeanour, Sam takes pride in agreeing sales and seeing the transactions through to completion, ensuring that all parties are frequently updated and looked after with great care.

When Sam isn’t on the phone talking property, he can be found climbing boulders and rock walls, often followed by a rewarding pint in the local!

Patrick Kapelka

Sales Negotiator

I changed career paths several years ago and I haven’t looked back since. I enjoy the challenges and opportunities that my negotiator role presents me with each day, and you will often see me working closely alongside the office sidekick, Poppy the Pomeranian! Having grown up near Corsham and played for the local football teams I relish working in the town that I love and know so well, and speaking a second language has helped me serve a wide range of purchasers and Vendors whose sales I’ve successfully handled through my career.

Poppy

Customer Relations

Devizes Team

John Robinson

Director

John is the business owner and had been an estate agent for over forty years. With thirty of those working in the Devizes market. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge and has probably been inside most houses in the town and the surrounding villages. John lives locally and in his spare time he enjoys performing in the annual Potterne pantomime and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is also a self-confessed petrol head and owns a classic Sports car.

Claire Buckberry

Sales Manager

Claire came to work for Hunter French after popping in to buy a house, it must have been fate. She started work in August 2013 as a Sales Negotiator and after taking to it like a duck to water quickly progressed to Senior Sales Negotiator in March 2015, and then Sales Manager in April 2016, and has fully embraced each role and has successfully completed her Level 3 qualification in Estate Agency. Claire can be found chatting with Buyers, sellers, solicitors, and everyone in between keeping your sale on track. When not at work Claire enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and always makes time for a trip to the mountains with her board.

Tom York

Assistant Sales Manager

Tom has been with Hunter French in Devizes since September 2014 and started working as an apprentice, successfully completing both level 2 and 3 in Estate Agency. Since then Tom has gained a wealth of local knowledge and experience and in 2020 progressed to Assistant Sales Manager. He particularly enjoys valuing all the quirky and characterful properties the historic town has to offer. At the weekends you will either find Tom having a day out with his wife and son or relaxing next to a fishing lake.

Ryan Toy

Senior Sales Negotiator

Ryan joined Hunter French in June 2018 through the apprenticeship scheme to complete and work towards his NVQ in Estate Agency. Since then he has got his level 2 and 3 qualifications as well as learning the ins and outs of day to day tasks, carrying out viewings, building relationships and even valuing which he began in 2022. After five years in the office Ryan has moved up to a Senior Sales Negotiator and has his own portfolio of properties, clients, contacts and responsibilities to manage. Out of the office you will find Ryan on the golf course, at the gym or relaxing with his friends.

Beth Lowe

Sales Negotiator

Beth thoroughly enjoys being a part of the team at Hunter French Devizes. She is currently working towards obtaining her Level 2 qualification in Estate Agency. In her spare time she enjoys meeting up with friends, reading and a little retail therapy from time to time.

Frome Team

Billy Olley

Director

Billy joined our Frome office in 2023, he has also worked in our Bath office. He spent time working for another agent which has created a wealth of knowledge about the property market. Whilst he lives in Bath he has enjoyed getting to know Frome. Away from work Billy loves to spend time with is wife, baby and their Cockapoo Jasper.

Hannah Bird

Office Manager

Hannah grew up in Devizes and joined Hunter French Bath in May 2012. She began working in our Frome office in 2018 and loves all the shops and café’s on Catherine Hill. Away from work life she is currently enjoying gardening, decorating her house with her husband and making sure their Cockapoo puppy doesn’t get into mischief.

Lily Done

Senior Sales Negotiator

Growing up between Bath and Frome, Lily has over last 20 years, seen the transformation of Frome into the creative and vibrant place it now is. Her creative streak homed in a art and design education will see the potential in most things. Lily has been with Hunter French since 2020 and her joy in matching people to the right property has made her a vital member of the team. Carrying out viewings, valuations, and sales negotiating.

Jane McEwan

Senior Sales Negotiator

Jane graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art with a degree in jewellery design and silversmithing. She continued to live and work in London before moving to Frome with her husband and young family. As the daughter of an architect, she has always had a keen interest in property and is inspired by living and working in this historic market town. Jane has been working for the Frome branch of Hunter French since January 2014.

Kayleigh Bull

Sales Negotiator

Kayleigh grew up in Frome, and studied law at Portsmouth university, having finished her degree she is now enjoying living back in the countryside and has recently brought her first home with her partner. Her father works within property, so she has always had an insight into the property world. She is currently on maternity and enjoying motherhood. We can’t wait to have her back in the office soon.

Tetbury Team

Sam Kidner

Director

Sam is a true Cotswolds local, growing up on a farm on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire borders. He initially started with Hunter French in 2010 at the Bath office where he spent just under 8 years, progressing to Sales Manager. More recently he has worked for a larger country agency in Cirencester but in June 2018, was extremely excited to be back to his roots as the most recent Director, opening the Tetbury office. Sam thoroughly enjoys building professional, yet friendly relationships with both vendors and purchasers.

Julia Chappell

Associate

With a background in sales and marketing, Julia has been an estate agent in the Cotswolds since 2015. Living close to Tetbury she has an extensive knowledge of the area and has dealt with a wide range of properties across the region. Her aim is to make buying and selling an enjoyable experience whilst offering a friendly and professional approach.

When not at work Julia loves cooking for her family and friends, going on bike rides, and walking her dachshund Monty in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Jamie Kisielewski

Senior Negotiator

Jamie started his Estate Agency career at Hunter French in Bath as an apprentice. After a small break working and travelling Australia and New Zealand, he has now been working in the Tetbury office since 2020. He has over 5 years’ experience within the industry and a great knowledge of the South Cotswolds.

As part of his position as Senior Negotiator, Jamie carries out all aspects of the job including market appraisals, viewings and sales progression, meaning he can assist with all aspects of from start to finish. He enjoys seeing the fantastic range of properties across the Cotswolds and helping clients both move in and around the area.

Away from Estate Agency, Jamie is a keen cricketer for a local team and likes to play golf at the many highly regarded golf courses in the area.

Rachel Bedford

Negotiator

Rachel has a wealth of experience from working for large Global Organisations to small family businesses over the past 25 years. She prides herself on great communication/organisational skills and enjoys working in a team environment. Rachel relocated from Surrey 10 years ago and loves living in Wiltshire. She has gained a lot of knowledge of the local towns and surrounding areas. Her passions are travel, gardening and spending time with her son.

Ruby Davies

Apprentice Negotiator

Ruby joined the Tetbury team in September 2023, as an apprentice studying via Weston College. She is eager to learn and expand her knowledge within the industry and follow in her family’s passion for property. Ruby brings a great level of customer service skills to the team after several previous years working in hospitality, alongside completing her Business Diploma qualification at Cirencester College.

When Ruby isn’t in the office she loves to bake for her family and to socialise with her friends.

Hamish

Customer Relations

Hamish joined the office in January 2021 and is in charge of keeping all our lovely customers happy. He can be found front of house most days ensuring the window displays look fresh.

Away from the office he enjoys lots of walks and lazy Sunday afternoons.