3rd June 2019
Dream Escape were excited to host Valerie Wilson Travel advisors on an educational visit to Ireland in May.
The Valerie Wilson advisors set off on their trip with the aim of learning as much as possible about the Emerald Isle and broadening their knowledge and expertise of Ireland and what Dream Escape can offer.
The advisors were met by Head of Guiding, Rosie and owner David and whisked off into the Irish countryside for a beautiful Champagne reception and luxury private motor yacht trip on Lough Derg with Secret Ireland. Onwards to Adare Manor where the group had a spectacular Horse and Hounds welcome followed by a falconry display in front of this magnificent property. The surprises continued for the advisors as they were treated to a surprise singing recital after dinner.
The next day started with a visit to Cliff House Hotel where the group were treated to a lovely lunch, show round and also a hard hat visit to the soon to be finished Cliff Beach House. A very special day was had by all at Lismore Castle. After a wonderful tour of the beautiful gardens with Head Gardener, the Valerie Wilson advisors were treated to a delicious homemade afternoon tea while listening to stories of the castles. Evening entertainment was a huge hit with local music, song and dance at its finest all centred around the roaring open fire.
A wonderful show round at Ballyfin was next on the agenda where the advisors were able to admire the history, architecture and attention to detail of this stunning regency mansion. It was then on to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens where the group were lucky enough to see a newly born foal.
Dublin was the next stop with a stay at the elegant Merrion Hotel. The group also snuck into a local pub for their first pint of Guinness and were entertained by some impromptu local session musicians!
After sightseeing in Dublin with Rosie and Dan Calley, Dream Escape pulled all the stops out with a helicopter flight up to the dramatic and spectacular Antrim coastline and along to Crom Castle in Northern Ireland. A Visit to Dunluce Castle was included, the dramatic clifftop castle ruins may be recognised by fans of Game of Thrones as the Pyke stronghold.
The group were then warmly welcomed to Crom Castle by the Earl of Erne. He ensured a truly unforgettable stay with a show around the amazing castle grounds (part of a 19,000 acre estate run by the National Trust), a boat ride on the Lough Erne and kindly hosted the group for dinner.
Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of The Queen when she is in Northern Ireland was the destination for the next day, the group practised their curtseying in preparation! It was then onto Belfast for an introductory tour of the city and a visit to the Titanic Experience.
The last night was spent overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coast at the Culloden Estate and Spa with a private finale dinner.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful suppliers for their warm welcomes and outstanding hospitality in making this trip such a success and demonstrating the wonderful spirit of the Irish people.
"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"
"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