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Where we have been! January 2019

23rd January 2019

 

The Dream Escape team is constantly travelling in search of new experiences. Here is what we have discovered in January

We have hit the ground running in 2019 and have already been out and about meeting travel advisors and suppliers, attending new openings and sharing our expertise.

Holly and David Tobin –  Owners and Directors

Holly and David were honoured to be invited to the opening of the Fife Arms and to Gleneagles for a VIP stay hosted by Hidden Doorways, Travel Collection and the respective hotels. They started an epic few days with a tour of the new Braemar Highland Games Centre followed by dinner at the newly opened hotel. The Fife Arms was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, HRH Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Holly and David attended this very special opening visit and were then taken on a tour of Royal Lochnagar Distillery for a whisky tasting.

Time spent at Gleneagles included country sports and exploring the property’s outstanding facilities. They enjoyed an amazing seafood and BBQ lunch in the lodge followed by clay pigeon shooting and show round in the Equestrian Centre. Drinks followed in the iconic Century Bar and the group enjoyed a very exclusive, private dinner in the wine cellar with Conor O’Leary, Gleneagles General Manager and Jane McGee, Commercial Director.

 

Rosie Peattie – Head of Guiding

Rosie was delighted to co-present two workshops and sit on a panel of experts at the Guided to Growth Conference at Cohen Quad, Exeter College, University of Oxford organised by the British Guild of Tourist Guides.  This 2-day educational conference was designed to inspire forward-looking Blue Badge guides with ideas and techniques based on ‘best practice’. We are very proud of Rosie, our very own Mary Poppins!

Rosie also visited the Divinity School and Duke Humfrey’s Library at Bodleian Library and Tower Tour, University Church of St Mary’s, Oxford and Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Wiltshire.

 

 

Emer Mortell – Head of Sales

Emer has just returned from a week on the road in Texas. With partners, The Hotel Merrion, Dublin and The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, they covered the state from Dallas to Fort Worth to San Antonio, Austin and Houston. A great week catching up with acquaintances and meeting new advisors.

 

 

Sue Morris – Head of Marketing

Sue met with Alexandra Tollman, Director of Sales at Red Carnation Hotels, in London and enjoyed visits to Rubens at the Palace, 41 Hotel followed by lunch in their BBar.

 

Louise Murray – Creative Planner

Lou visited Heckfield Place in Hampshire. A lovingly restored Georgian Family home, it exudes comfort. elegance and country seclusion and benefits from proximity to London and the major airports.

 

Michael Davis – Creative planner

Michael visited Badminton Estate and Badminton House in the South Cotswold’s. This is the home of the Duke of Beaufort, and famous for the 3-day equestrian event in early May. He followed this with tea at nearby Castle Combe Manor, a historic luxury hotel with a golf course in England’s ultimate chocolate box village.

 

  • "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