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Barbets was established in 1936, and since that date it has built a reputation based on trust and integrity.

We specialise in residential and commercial property matters throughout the Torbay area, with the company expanding into residential and commercial management over the past decade. We are now looking after the interests of a very large and established client base and portfolio within our local and surrounding areas.

As Barbets expanded its services, we became an incorporated company in 2003 and are still offering the high levels of professionalism and personal service on which the company was founded, with exceptionally high levels of customer service and satisfaction. We also enjoy particularly high repeat business, with many clients entrusting their house sales and purchases through different generations of a family.

The two Directors of the company have been at the forefront of the business since 1978 and between them have a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning over 77 years.

We are very passionate about all aspects of property and all our sales team are fully qualified and highly motivated individuals, dedicated to achieving as smooth a transaction as possible. In 2016, the company will be celebrating its 80th year in business, a track record that speaks for itself. We look forward to the future and the challenges that may present.


Our office showrooms are situated in a prominent location within Paignton town centre. We are close to the bus, train stations and car parks alike, so if you are in town, call in to see our extensive display of properties or alternatively browse through our website to see what we have to offer.

  • Prominent town centre show room
  • Large window display
  • Professionally produced photo sales details
  • EPC and colour floor plans
  • Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location web advertising
  • Feed back, updates & recommendations
  • Accompanied viewings
  • Colour sales particulars sent via email & post
  • Advertising within the herald express newspaper
  • No withdrawal fees

Meet The Team


Bryan D Bowden

Started in Estate Agency as a sales negotiator in 1973 with a long established independent company, with offices in Torquay, Newton Abbot and Gloucestershire. Bryan progressed to Barbets Estate Agents in 1978, becoming office manager of the Brixham branch and then moved back to the Paignton office, becoming a partner in the business in 1982. With a continuous 43 years’ experience around the Torbay area, he has built a solid reputation with many local and regional clients and contacts over a sustained period.


Robert G Spooner, FRICS

Commenced his career in Plymouth and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1975, later working in Cornwall, before moving to Paignton in 1981. He became a partner of Barbets in 1984 and, together with Bryan Bowden, a director in 2003. His experience extends to residential and commercial valuations and acts on behalf of parties in connection with disputes relating to building and valuation matters. He also oversees the Commercial and Residential Lettings Department. Robert is a keen squash player, fly fisherman and scuba diver.


Kim M J Clunie, BSc. MRICS
Lettings Manager

Obtained a Higher TEC Diploma at Leicester (1983) and a BSc Degree at Birmingham (1985), both in Estate Management. Full qualification as a Chartered Surveyor followed in 1988 whilst working in Plymouth, West Devon and Cornwall. Kim has worked throughout Devon undertaking Surveys and Valuations and was Area Surveyor for Gribble Booth and Taylor before joining Barbets as Manager of the Letting Department, just before Christmas 1998.


Paul E Watson, BSc

Paul joined Barbets in 2013. Since that time he has completed his nationally recognised Estate Agents awards and continues to develop his skills and further his knowledge. As a local boy, Paul has a passion for the Torbay area he has called home for over 30 years. Growing up, Paul was captivated with technology and went on to attain a degree in Software Programming from Plymouth University. Combining his knowledge with a flair for sales, he joined a company as a trainer and sales manager, splitting his time between home, London and New Jersey, New York


Justina M Stanway, DEA
(Negotiator/ Energy Assessor)

Began her career in the property industry working at PSG, a local Property Search Group. With the introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate in 2007 Justina trained as a Domestic Energy Assessor and started to produce EPC for local Estate Agents. In 2010 Justina joined Barbets as a Sales Negotiator and is now a Member of the National Association of Estate Agents, valuing property and negotiating sales.


Margaret E Vanes

Has worked in Estate Agency since the mid 1980’s, previously with David Baker and for the past 20 years with Barbets. During this time Margaret has seen many changes and has gained valuable experience in both residential and commercial sales. She believes that Independent Estate Agents offer a more personal friendly service and therefore know their clients exact requirements.


Jacqueline E Bissell, FILS

Jackie joined the Barbets Team 18 years ago after a 25 year career as a Legal Secretary/PA to the Senior Partner of Vernon & Shakespeare, Solicitors, and moved to Paignton from the heart of the West Midlands when he retired. She now enjoys the Devon life, meeting customers and helping them to find their new homes. In her spare time she enjoys teaching both Obedience and Ringcraft at the local Dog Training School and for many years was an active fund raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind.


Susan Skidmore
(Letting Dept. Accounts)

Sue joined us in April 2004 as our Accountant in the Lettings Dept. She has worked in accountancy for most of her career and moved with her husband and two sons to Paignton in 2003. In her spare time Sue enjoys gardening and walking the family Doberman Zak.

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