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‘Where we have been’ August 2019

3rd September 2019


The Summer months have flown by and the team have been busy celebrating the wonderful weather with visits to events, properties, suppliers and trade shows to keep our fingers on the pulse on all that’s new and exciting in the UK and Ireland.


Virtuoso Travel Week, 2019

Holly, David, Emer and Louise had a very successful and fun Travel Week in Las Vegas meeting old friends and new and travel advisors from around the world to enhance their knowledge of Dream Escape and what we do.



Holly and David Tobin – Owners and Directors

Holly and David visited the beautiful Ardmaddy estate in Oban, West Scotland. They also were in Northern Ireland, in Belfast where they visited the Crown Bar and the Belfast Grand Opera House and Castle Espie Wetlands Centre on the banks of Strangford Lough, County Down.

As well as the above, David has been out and about camping and exploring the islands of Shetland and Orkney. The Tobin’s also enjoyed stays in the Lake District at the Gilpin Hotel, Broughton Hall in Yorkshire and Castle Combe in The Cotswolds.



Claire Stone – Managing Director

Claire and Head of Creative Planning, Lesley enjoyed a wonderful week in Ireland, out and about visiting properties old and new and discovering new experiences for clients along the way. They were treated to show rounds of The Park Hotel at Kenmare, Killarney Park, The Europe, Killarney Royal, Mustard See at Echo Lodge, Adare Manor and Dromoland Castle. Activities included Macroom Buffalo Cheese Farm and Killarney Falconry Hawk Walk (pictured below) with overnight stays at Sheen Falls and the Great Southern Hotel.

Back in Scotland, they were joined by Head of Operations, Nicola on a great visit to Kinloch Anderson Kiltmakers to learn more about their VIP tours and their Royal Warrant. Read about Nicola’s Sweatember Challenge for Cancer Research below.

Claire has had meetings with Cameron House to update Dream Escape on the progression of the property restoration. She also attended the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Developing Edinburgh Event at Edinburgh Castle.



Rosie Peattie – Head of Guiding

Rosie has been travelling far and wide hosting groups and keeping up to date the latest goings on.

In England, Rosie has been to Browns Hotel, a private tour with the Sub Dean at St James Palace, Banquetting House, Whitehall, Drapers Hall, The Globe. Lunch in Little Banqueting House at Hampton Court Palace, Private visit to the Royal Library and Moat Garden at Windsor Castle, Private dinner and tour at Kensisngton Palace, Westminster Abbey and the ancient Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

In Scotland she visited Traquair House and Gardens and Abbotsford House and Gardens in the Borders region.


Sally Strange – London Blue Badge Guide

Sally attended Ascot (pictured below) and Glyndebourne with visits to Buckingham Palace, the Mary Quant Exhibition at the V & A Museum in London and the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at London’s Design Museum.




Nicola Barbour – Head of Operations

Our wonderful Head of Operations, Nicola has decided to take on her own challenge in September and take part in Sweatember for Cancer Research UK.  That means 30 days straight of doing some exercise, as Nic, herself says ‘routine for some in this office but not for me…’

This is a cause close to all of our hearts so please donate if you can 😉



Sue Morris – Head of Marketing

Sue has been busy flying the Dream Escape flag at The Henley Festival and in North Devon at a ‘hard hat’ tour of a new and exciting property. She has also spent some special time in the Lake District in Keswick, Derwentwater and Lake Windermere with Family. A highlight was a Family Fell Pony Adventure with a traditional Lakeland Pack Pony following part of an ancient pack horse route through beautiful meadows, woods and fell.



Georgia Beith – Creative Planning Assistant

As well as site visits to Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College, Dream Escape’s newest recruit has been out and about attending the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone!


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    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"

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    Max Levy, Direct client

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    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

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    Cindy Evans, Travel Consultant

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    Carole McFarland, Universal Travel

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    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