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2019 – The Best Bits!

17th December 2019

2019 has been an exceptionally busy and special year for Dream Escape. Our team has expanded with new members joining various departments including guiding, planning and finance and it is fantastic to see the growth of our London office and team. We are now the only DMC with people on the ground in all of our locations England, Scotland & Ireland.

We have continued to build and cement partnerships with key agencies and travel partners and by doing so have secured more unique opportunities ready for an exciting year ahead.



Our highlights of 2019



Receiving The Brownell Academy Most Valued Person Award for Excellence was a huge highlight and means a lot to David and the whole team, especially as it was voted for by the advisors themselves. It was a very proud moment indeed for us all.

David was selected as a 2019/20 Travel and Leisure ‘A’ list advisor, a great accolade from one of the world’s top travel brands.

We hosted exceptional Educational Trips throughout 2019, showcasing our stand-out experiences and travel planning. David and Head of Guiding, Rosie, hosted Valerie Wilson in Ireland with once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as the horse and hounds welcome at Adare Manor followed by falconry on the lawn. Joanna Heathcote and Companies also enjoyed Educational trips to Ireland and Scotland and it was a pleasure to host Virtuoso Life in Ireland for a feature that will appear in their January publication.



A definite highlight for the Marketing team was the design of our Dream Escape tweed in a collaboration with Scottish interior textile designer Araminta Campbell. Araminta was the driving force behind the outstanding interiors of the award-winning Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar last year, which was officially re-opened by HRH the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and attended by Dream Escape owners, Holly and David.



The year has ended with a fabulous festive retreat at Broughton Hall in Yorkshire. We re-energised with yoga, meditation and restorative food, reflected on the year as a team and recharged our batteries with outstanding food and hospitality for the year ahead.

On a more personal note,  we would like to wish our wonderful Managing Director, Claire Stone, all the best wishes in the world as she heads off on maternity leave with her first child.



We are forever searching for new and exciting experiences, here are some of our favourites from this year


A Private visit to Burberry

Treasure Hunts in London

Behind the scenes at Asprey

Private buyer visit to McLaren Factory

Cycling experience with Mark Beaumont

Helicopter landing on a beach in Portrush

Hiring a Supercar to drive around the Highlands

Meet the Maker’ experience in London with Sinclair & Partners

Irish Broom Dance at Lismore Castle on the Valerie Wilson Educational.

Flying over the stunning Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle in a helicopter


Where you can see us in 2020




Virtuoso Forum, Las Vegas


Virtuoso Travel Week, New York


Virtuoso Symposium and Loop, Vienna


ILTM Asia Pacific, Singapore


Virtuoso Travel Week


 PURE, Morocco


Signature Show, Las Vegas


 ILTM Cannes


Dream Escape Head of Sales, Emer Mortell will also be out and about on sales trips throughout the year.

Contact her on for more information.




  • "Dream Escape, to no one’s surprise, is the best in the business. I cannot begin to thank you for crafting a perfect vacation for these clients. They had nothing but fabulous things to say about each and every event."

    Nancy Ebel, Virtuoso Travel Advisor

  • "Couldn’t have asked for a better 1st trip to London!......The sites we saw were the best & Sally, you went above & beyond to make it memorable"

    Shannon Marie Long - Reed and Mackay

  • "Delightful to spend time and see the incredible city of London with you all. Dream Escape for a flawless job in seeing the best bespoke sites, Sally you are amazing. Thank you again as this was amazing"

    Josh Whitaker - Owner, Rudi Steele Travel

  • "Probably the best of the best in the UK and Ireland for organising amazing trips. They know their stuff, have fantastic relationships with suppliers and always go the extra mile."

    Rob Arrow, Al Tayyar Group

  • "Lovely suite. Fabulous private tours. Everything has exceeded our expectations. "

    William A Heim, Client

  • "I had the most wonderful time with you and learned so much...What you offer is rare and much needed in the truly exclusive travel world. "

    Jean Newman-Glock, Signature Travel Network

  • "You were the heart and soul of the trip….I truly admired your sunny personality, sense of humor, organization and professionalism.  You also demonstrated  that a guide’s work is never done as you were constantly researching….. Did you ever rest??? "

    Sharon Delano, Frosch

  • "We want to thank you and the team from Dream Escape.  All six of us in our group had a wonderful time, and we all agreed we owed that in large measure to the work of Dream Escape. From the onset of working with you, you demonstrated a tremendous knowledge about all the activities we wished to pursue —from playing golf to dining at excellent restaurants to seeing historical sites and the Tattoo and Fringe Festival.  And, then you executed "

    Thomas Cohen, Client

  • "THANK YOU a zillion times over for choosing/assigning Rosie to be with this family.  She MADE the trip for them – there’s no other way to put it! "

    Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

  • "Our holiday in Scotland now tops their lists of best trips…… To their growing list of amazing and memorable first-time experiences, our sons may add fishing for trout and salmon on the River Tay; steering a motor boat on Loch Ness; and taking private guided tours on Culloden Moor Of the eight full days we were in Scotland, Alex and Mattie thought each and every day was the best"

    Michael Guadarrama & Trammi Nguyen, clients of Peter Carideo. CRC Travel

  • "All six of us were deeply moved by the whole experience. Bravo Dream Escape "

    Max Levy, Direct client

  • "Thank you Karen and all of the staff and guides affiliated with Dream Escape…..the Flemings are having an awesome tour of Scotland. You all have made me look like a star! "

    Joni Gerace, The Travel Society, LLC

  • "Thanks for all your help and we can chalk this one up as a big success!   Our anniversary celebration was all we could have hoped for "

    Clients of Courtney Regan, Affiliate of Brownell Travel

  • "Rosie was MORE than outstanding – she went out of her way to help us in every regard...She was so knowledgeable – we all loved her"

    Jill A. Jergel, Frontiers International Travel

  • "I cannot thank you, Nicola and all the Dream Escape “clan” for the wonderful care & attention you have provided, and are providing for my clients"

    Cindy Evans, Travel Consultant

  • "I hope I have another opportunity to work with Dream Escape in the near future. The company is so professional, yet approachable and easy to work with. It has been a pleasure!"

    Carole McFarland, Universal Travel

  • "Dream Escape is delivering in a superb manner. Jim Johnston is a great driver and one of the best guides we've had - I wish to very much thank the Dream Escape Team for fulfilling a Dream…"

    Donald M. Davis, President, Luxury Travel, Inc.

  • "Thank you all so much it's great to have trusted friends on the ground to take care of our clients!"

    Peter Carideo, CRC Travel

  • "The trip was great.... Dream Escape is the name of the game"

    Ann Lipschitz, Worldview Travel

  • "Your level of service is just outstanding"

    Debra Fini, VWTI

  • "Dream Escape don’t just organise trips – they create adventures"

    Financial Times, How to Spend it

  • "It was, without doubt, one of the most spectacular weekends I have ever had"

    Country Life

  • "David Tobin’s an ace at getting inside private castles and estates and he’s well connected.... "

    Conde Nast Traveller Magazine

  • "The level of service they provide is outstanding. They truly care about every aspect of the trip to ensure you have a fantastic stay. Rosie is a hidden gem of a tour guide. Just fabulous."

    Yvonne Malka, Signature Travel Network, April 2018