I am writing to thoroughly recommend the services of Rick French and Bowes & Cocks, who helped us find our dream cottage on Chandos Lake. Rick was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the process, which helped us out immensely as first time cottage owners. Not only that, Rick was extremely hands on, going above and beyond – including such things as wiring some electronics and assembling a grill for us! Rick also provided several local referral contractors who have gone on to do excellent work for us. Would definitely recommend Rick!


Last year I contacted Rick French for an Opinion Of Value. After discussing everything, Rick advised to give it more time as he sensed that I really was undecided. I really appreciated his knowledge and compassion as compared to other real estate agents.

A year later, I made up my mind to sell.

I cannot say enough about the professional team of Rick and Sarah. Their presentation from pictures and open house resulted in a very quick sale for over selling. Rick and Sarah were there from beginning to end. Their knowledge and moral support in a truly emotional time in my life was really appreciated. 43 years is a long time of memories. I would highly recommend the team of Rick and Sarah to anyone. I consider them not only real estate agents but most importantly, I consider them friends.

Sam and Leslie

Hi Rick,

We would like to thank you for all the time and attention to detail you gave us during our searching, purchasing and selling of properties in the Apsley area. Your honesty and commitment to us during these times was exceptional and if you were unavailable you were sure to have your assistant complete the task at hand.

Many thanks,

John and Inge

Rick was referred to us by another realtor when we decided that North Kawartha was the right area for our cottage search. Rick listened to our wish/want/need list. He showed us several properties. This helped both of us to focus in on what we were truly looking for and was patient with our questions. We are first time cottage purchasers and we asked a lot. The property we purchased has surpassed our expectations. Beautiful waterfront, sunset and wide lake views, lovely quiet clean spring fed lake, gorgeous granite outcroppings and yet still close enough to town for all our needs. We had looked for a long time but it took Rick who listened to us to find our lovely retreat. He helped us settle in and gave us a vision of what the cottage could be. And now is. Thank you Rick. Our family loves it.

Adam and Dawn Hillen

For anyone who is currently looking to purchase or sell, land homes or cottages, I would definitely give my recommendation. Rick and his assistant recently helped my wife and I purchase a vacant building lot, the transaction went smoothly and closed on time. The experience and guidance made the purchase process enjoyable and stress free. I have also sold property with Rick in the past and have had nothing but a professional, honest and enjoyable experience from start to finish!

We look forward to working together in the future.

Kind regards,

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