The English Surgeon

A surgeon’s eye for detail and the ability to make critical decisions have paid off well for Zach Dovey. The British surgeon, who is currently working in Belgium, has bought a three-bedroom villa at L’Amandier, having originally set his sight on purchasing in South Africa. “My goal ...

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A surgeon’s eye for detail and the ability to make critical decisions have paid off well for Zach Dovey. The British surgeon, who is currently working in Belgium, has bought a three-bedroom villa at L’Amandier, having originally set his sight on purchasing in South Africa.

“My goal was to buy a plot and build a house in South Africa,” he said. “Then, I saw an advert for L’Amandier in the Financial Times weekend. Initially, I thought “no” as Morocco is not somewhere I had been to or even thought about. It had no reference points for me, but when I got onto the L’Amandier plateau, it changed everything”.

“For me it’s all about the Atlas Mountains. The air is amazing, like in the Alps, but you’ve got the warmth too. And then you’ve got biking, hiking, skiing, messing about on the reservoir. It has massive potential, and it’s really not at all exploited.”

Dovey recognises the appeal of Marrakech, but for him he can’t wait to jump off the plane and head into the Atlas Mountains. “It’s great overall to have the diversity because the more there is the more the appeal to lots of different people, which will make L’Amandier an even better investment and greater success.”

“It’s such good value for money,” he says. “It’s a really differentiated property product – what you get for your money is so unique compared to other parts of the world where your property is one of thousands the same – which means it should retain and even grow its value really well.”

Dovey believes when L’Amandier’s boutique hotel opens this year it will give the already established retreat a big boost. “It has massive potential, and it will definitely give an investment uplift as long as everything is just right – which I have every reason to believe it will be.

“My plan now is to finish my garden, then I want to enjoy it, and for the place to wash its face from rental income. I’ll definitely put it in the managed rental pool. I’m not looking to flip. I’ve not got a lot of time on my hands, but I’m going to get over as often as I can and make the most of this amazing place.”

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