Dream Escape Magazine | Spring 2024

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Spring 2024 | Issue 12





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Discover the best spring festivals and events across the UK and Ireland – a guide to the top cultural celebrations of the season.



From the newly refurbished Castle Spa at Dromoland Castle to the 40th anniversary celebration of Le Manoir Magic with Raymond Blanc, discover our highlights with relaxation, fine dining, and cultural exploration.




Experience the breathtaking beauty of Wales' coastline, home to some of the world's most stunning beaches.

Discover the spectacular Alladale Reserve in the Scottish Highlands – a natural paradise spanning over 23,000 acres, offering unforgettable experiences for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.





Meet the founder of GROUND Wellbeing, a sustainable wellness brand that empowers individuals to take better care of themselves both at home and in spas.



Tread lightly with a thrilling off-road adventure in an electric Land Rover, exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside while still being ecofriendly.









Embark on a thrilling culinary journey with Edinburgh chef Paul Wedgwood, as he takes you on an unforgettable foraging experience along the scenic coast of East Lothian.


From boat charters and watersports to island-hopping, distillery visits, and more, discover the wonders of Scotland's North Coast 500 route with Dream Escape.


Explore magnificent landscapes and unique destinations while supporting environmentally responsible practices, from luxurious wild swimming to sustainable seafood adventures.



From the famous Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye to the pretty village of Littlebredy, read about some of the most beautiful waterfalls and their benefits to our wellbeing.

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Discover the world-famous restaurants of Simon Rogan in the Lake District, where ecofriendly, farm-to-table dining experiences combine with sustainability, seasonality, and culinary innovation in delicious harmony.





Discover the charm and beauty of the Cotswolds: picturesque villages, rich history, cultural offerings, outdoor activities, culinary delights, and luxurious accommodation.

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the breathtakingly beautiful Skellig Michael to the unique geological formation of Giant's Causeway and the ancient wonders of Brú na Bóinne and Newgrange.

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he upward trend in ecotourism and sustainable travel which gathered pace throughout 2023 is set to continue in 2024. We have all become increasingly aware of our impact on the planet but also still yearn for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. At Dream Escape we are constantly on the search for engaging and educating experiences. More than ever these experiences offer an authentic insight into our destinations, reduce our footprint and benefit the many communities in which we work. With this in mind, it is a pleasure to start the year with a sustainable-themed edition of Dream Escape magazine. Whether you wish for a wellness getaway along the North Coast 500, a tour of the Cotswolds, a visit to one of our ecofriendly stays or simply want to escape to The Highlands for a rewilding experience, Dream Escape has you covered. Luxury experiences that have a positive impact is the future. Happy reading!


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HOLLY MACKIE OWNER & DIRECTOR – Holly started her career at Carlson Marketing in Singapore after completing her Business & Psychology MA in Edinburgh. After a few years in London working at various advertising agencies, including TBWA, she moved to Edinburgh. Holly is passionate about travel and has a wealth of knowledge, having travelled extensively, including overlanding from India and Nepal back to England. As well as enjoying as much time as she can with her family, Holly would love to complete more charity challenges and get to some of the far-flung places on the map that have always been on her list to visit. holly@dreamescape.co.uk

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From Cornwall’s southern tip to the Shetland islands and across Ireland to Inishbofin, explore spring’s most exciting events. Discover the debuts – like Perth’s museum, Manchester’s garden show and Somerset’s foodie fest Words | Melanie Abrams M A R C H


19 March 2024 It’s 20 years since Compton Verney, an 18th-century manor in Warwickshire became an art gallery, showcasing an impressive permanent collection and regular exhibitions. Now its 120-acre parkland is turning into a sculpture park with new commissions and iconic works, including a seven-foot bronze spider by Louise Bourgeois. Other highlights include YBA Sarah Lucas’s monumental bronze horse and cart carrying oversized marrows, and French artist Nicholas Deshayes’ fountain-like aluminium coiled knots.







1 March 2024

23 March 2024 – 24 March 2024 A new food festival arrives in Somerset, mashing local gourmet produce with a dollop of sound advice. Get there early to try a chunk of the handmade cheeses from nearby Park Farm in Kelston, like the nutty, creamy Wyfe of Bath. Or taste a slice of the local dried beef bresaola from Exeter’s Good Game Charcuterie, based in Topsham restaurant Pig and Pallet. Experts on tap include The Great British Bake Off star, Briony May Williams.

For an exuberant and historic community experience, head to Bressay; the Shetland island marks the end of the Yule season with its annual Viking fire festival, Up Helly Aa. Look for the marches throughout the day of squads dressed as Vikings. Then join the noisy torchlit procession at Bressay Hall that follows the galley (built and painted by locals) to where it is burned, before heading back for all-night music and dancing. Be at the hall early. Out of the 12 various Up Helly Aa events held across the Scottish isles, Bressay's is the only one where visitors can hold a torch in the procession. Torchbearers are allowed on a first-come firstserved basis.

12 March 2024 – 15 March 2024 Make the most of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, as it’s the Gold Cup’s centenary. Arrive in style by helicopter and plan the day as smartly as you dress. Bookend the Gold Cup and other races at the Club Enclosure, mixing with the jockeys, trainers and their horses in the Parade Ring and bag the best winning view. Finedine at Clare Smythe’s Core on Course restaurant with its six tasting courses.






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1 March 2024 – 3 November 2024

1 March 2024 – 3 March 2024 It’s a first for Scotland as Glasgow’s Emirates Arena hosts the World Athletics Indoor Championships. Check out the runners and riders for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris as top athletes from over 130 countries compete in 26 events, from hurdles, high jump to shot put. Revisit some heroes and heroic moments too, as kit, medals and more from champions and record-breakers are exhibited at the nearby St Enoch Centre from the online Museum of World Athletics.






Head to the River Thames as the fiercely fought 4.2-mile boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities rows from Putney Embankment to Chiswick Bridge. Find a hotspot along the route to watch the action; one that has plenty of outdoor space, such as the Duke's Head pub. Located at the starting line, it's the neighbourhood social magnet and the place to meet well-heeled locals as well as try hearty British fare (think: braised rabbit hotpot). For a more chic experience, Putney’s London Rowing Club is throwing a VIP party. Just don’t forget the blazer.

Nestling behind Buckingham Palace lies the Royal Mews, home to the royal carriages, cars and horses. There’s the gleaming Gold State Coach (pictured above), last used for the King’s coronation, the 1902 State Landau that ferried the Prince and Princess of Wales (then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) to the palace after their wedding ceremony, as well as the State Rolls-Royce Phantom, with oversized windows so the royals can be seen. The Royal Mews is set around a stately quadrangle, offering close-ups of iconic vehicles and a chance to sit in replicas.



21 March 2024 – 16 June 2024 London’s National Portrait Gallery is going rogue. In our colour-drenched, Instagramfiltered age, the gallery is going back to basics with an ethereal black-and-white photo show. They're pitting two iconic portrait artists against each other for the first time: Margaret Cameron (1815–79), who pioneered the medium in the late 19th century; and 1970s innovator Francesca Woodman (1958–81), known for her haunting, often blurry self portraits. See how they approach the dream state in their work.



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29 March 2024

Delve into Scottish history as Perth’s £27 million museum opens. Some significant national treasures will be on display. The most prominent one being the Stone of Destiny, an oblong block of pinkish sandstone that has sat underneath the Coronation Chair at every English coronation since 1308, including for Charles III. Artefacts from Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Rebellion are also on show, including a sword made by a Perth artisan. Discover local stories too – like those of the suffragettes.

Ever since Bridgerton hit the small screen, Queen Charlotte has catapulted into superstar status. Now there’s a chance to explore a more intimate – and authentic – side of her life. Within Kew Gardens, the stylish Kew Palace houses the rustic cottage and kitchens where she and George III retreated from court dramas. It's open to 29 September. For more royal revelations from 24 May, head south to Hampton Court Palace, as Cardinal Wolsey’s six rooms have had a makeover. Through art, fashion, jewellery and other objects, the display tells the story of Henry VIII’s early reign. Major works to watch out for include The Field of the Cloth of Gold.




THE BIBA STORY: 1964 – 1975 —

To 8 September 2024 Many fashionistas like Twiggy remember visiting the seven-storey Biba store along London’s Kensington High Street, with its exciting trove of leopard-print coats, trouser suits, puffed-sleeve A-line minidresses, floppy hats, and more. Now this epicentre of the Swinging Sixties is back in the spotlight, with an exhibition of its history under founder Barbara Hulanicki at Bermondsey’s Fashion and Textile Museum. A purplecord coat with faux-fur cuffs and collar is a highlight.




27 April 2024 A 19th-century tradition comes alive in the medieval town of Cardigan, West Wales on the last Saturday in April. Harking back to its farming traditions, Barley Saturday commemorates the local farmers who came to town to hire workers and inspect stallions for breeding. Horses still are the event’s focus, with morning competitions and a 2pm parade around the town (where horses pass landmarks like Cardigan Castle), followed by vintage cars, tractors, carriages, motorbikes and more. Go for afternoon tea at 1176 in the Norman castle grounds.





2 April 2024 – 6 April 2024

25 April 2024 – 20 October 2024 Bold, colourful art is what to expect at Tate Modern’s Expressionists show, as it explores the work of Wassily Kandinsky, his lover, Gabriele Munter, and their illustrious friends like Paul Klee who made up Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider in English) group in Munich in the early 20th century. Highlights include Kandinsky’s early pre- and early abstract work, and the work of many women artists who were ahead of the times – like Marianne von Werefkin’s 1909 dancer.

— Busking, open-mic sessions and a performance by the oldest Céili band in Ireland (Kilfenora), are just some of the ways to celebrate Celtic culture this month. Set in the tiny town of Carlow, South East Ireland, the festival marks 50 years of lively music and competitions. And it’s not just the Irish Celtic traditions to enjoy; discover those of Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Brittany too. Consider learning some traditional Breton steps or listening to a lunchtime choral concert. Make time to visit local landmarks too, like the prehistoric Celtic stone monument, Brownshill Dolmen.






8 April 2024 – 13 April 2024

26 April 2024 – 28 April 2024

26 April 2024 – 28 April 2024

Among the many music festivals, the biennial Sonorities Festival throughout Belfast stands out as arguably the most experimental – bringing together international musicians, composers and sound artists to make as well as present their avant-garde work. Take the sound walk in Belvoir Forest Park (south of the city centre), an experience by local cellist Tom Hughes that encourages groups of walkers to improvise, while a choreographer incorporates skips and shuffles to the marching steps.



Head to the harbour at Porthleven on the Cornish coast, as this picturesque fishing port town hosts a top-notch food festival. Glean some tips from local and Michelin-starred chefs at demos and bite into the local food at the many stalls or banquets. There’s even a tent celebrating the fabled Cornish pasty: a shortcrust pastry with crimped edges filled with vegetables and beef. Live bands add to the festival vibe. Local restaurants worth sampling including Kota: set in an historic building on the harbour head, its tasty international dishes include caviar, potato oyster fritters and Peking duck.

Party to live Scottish bands at this annual music festival on the Hebridean Isle of Mull. Up-and-coming folk-rock duo The Laurettes are on the lineup, and so is the family trad trio Atlantic Reel, as well as popand-rock cover-band The Fold. Performances are staged across the island’s 18th-century port town Tobermory, where you can enjoy hotspots like the 17thcentury Bellachroy Inn. Don't miss the Mishnish: the yellow part of the colourful buildings set in a row on the seafront. And for langoustine lovers, head to the harbour for Macgochans, where they also have king scallops and other locally caught food.





18 April 2024 – 21 April 2024

To 27 October 2024

11 April 2024 – 13 April 2024

Unlike Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, royal servants usually stay behind the scenes. Now Kensington Palace’s latest exhibition is placing them centre stage, exploring the lives of royal servants and what they did. Consider the 1770s keeper of the ice and snow, who cut ice for drinks. Servants who feature in famous artworks are uncovered too; such as George I’s keeper of the privy purse, Mehmet von Könsigstreu – painted in his blue coat along the King’s Staircase.

It’s the smart steeplechase at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, North West England, where 34 horses and their riders jump over 16 fences, ditches and water; where the style stakes are high as the racing. The cuisine is also finely tuned; try The Art School restaurant, which serves a sixcourse tasting menu and fine Charles Heidsieck Champagne throughout the afternoon. Although don’t miss the start of the Grand National race, held at 5.15pm sharp. Top tip: be there early for a walking tour of the tough 4.2-mile course.

Discover new parts of Manchester as the RHS opens a new horticultural show in the Depot Mayfield. There will be no sprauncy show garden here, instead, the focus will be on small-space urban gardening and houseplants. Buy the next hanging houseplant or orchid from one of the exhibiting plant nurseries. Practical workshops will also help beef up gardening skills. Other inspiring local gardens include the Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury, with its rare trees and birds (like the ancient cormorant species with their vibrant plumage); and the RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, which includes England's largest Victorian walled garden.





21 May 2024 – 25 May 2024


Going rad this year is the Chelsea Flower Show; its show gardens include a skate park, edible plants and one with 313 tropical species. See how plants can mimic art at the Boodles Garden as it celebrates the National Gallery’s bicentenary too. Set in the Royal Hospital London – home of retired soldiers, known as Chelsea Pensioners – the A-list show includes tents for tips or buys, sanctuaries and a popup restaurant to taste Skye Gyngell’s Michelin-starred food.



3 May 2024 – 22 September 2024 After its starring role on Bridgerton’s first series as the Duke of Hastings’ country home Clyvedon Castle, Castle Howard near York is back in the spotlight this month. This time the art-drenched stately home is opening its rooms and gardens to the twisted stacked sculptures of British artist Tony Cragg. Stay overnight at a nearby cottage like the stone-clad Chanting Hill Farmhouse in Welburn to visit historic York with its majestic Gothic cathedral and medieval shopping street.





18 May 2024 – 5 January 2025 Rummage through Sir Elton John’s photos at the V&A from this month. He has been collecting photos with his husband David Furnish since 1991, and they have amassed over 7,000 works. Many of the pieces are iconic: Elton John's February sale at Christie’s included a Cindy Sherman Film Still. Now the V&A is showcasing over 300 pictures from the couple's haul, covering fashion; reportage; celebrity; and the male body, including Eve Arnold’s taut profile of civil rights’ activist Malcolm X.


4 May 2024 – 6 May 2024 Join the throng on the streets of Belfast for this outdoor festival of circus acts and street theatre from around the world. Last year there was a trapeze act, a puppet show and a juggling unicyclist, so expect similar to this and more. All the action is concentrated in the artsy Cathedral Quarter and busy city centre, so stay local. The Merchant Hotel has deluxe suites, Le Corbusier furniture, a jazz bar and easy access to the country’s top golf courses, such as Royal Portrush. And as Belfast is becoming a foodie haven, you can dine in style. Try Blank’s mysterious culinary experience where ingredients are presented before dishes are revealed at the table.






3 May 2024 – 5 May 2024

24 May 2024 – 26 May 2024

Head to Inishbofin island off Connemara on the west coast of Ireland for this bold Irish arts festival, which mixes legendary Irish names with new ones. The Commitments’ actor-turnedwriter Mikel Murfi performs his spellbinding one-man play I Hear You and Rejoice, which is about a soccer coach Kitsy Rainey and her cobbler husband. There'll also be music from contemporary folk trio Amble, hot on the heels of this year’s debut album and sold-out gigs. Irish folk legends Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny are also among the headliners.

See two of Ireland’s most prestigious horse races at the Irish Guineas Festival this May. Based at the Curragh Racecourse in East Ireland’s Co. Kildare, this festival kick-starts Ireland’s Classic racing season, including the Irish Derby. Visit on Saturday for the famous 2000 Guineas Stakes flat race of three-year-old thoroughbreds, while Ladies Day on Sunday features the Thousand Guineas fillies’ race and the Guineas Gold Cup. Picnic by the Champagne bar for a laid-back parade-ring view.



23 May 2024 – 26 May 2024 Deep in the southwest Scottish hills of Dumfries and Galloway lies the multistage world music festival Knockengorroch. Dance from noon to sunrise to this year’s sounds, ranging from Scottish ska to African funk and reggae. But it’s not all about music; there’s theatre workshops, exhibitions and even a sauna. For a luxe stay, book a yurt. Or decamp afterwards to the nearby Trigony Country House Hotel, with its relaxing wood-fired Swedish hot tub and spa.



12 May 2024

10 May 2024

3 May 2024 – 12 May 2024

Buckle up for an afternoon of adventure, as spitfires and other vintage aircraft fly past –most are from the vast Shuttleworth Collection. Expect extra drama this year, as the aerodrome celebrates 60 years of its airshows. Join in the derringdo by testing your own skills in cockpit simulators; or, for another retro experience, hop on the vintage bus through the gardens to the Victorian house. Other air shows to return for this season include the Proms Weekend in August.

Trafalgar Square in London is the place to be during the weekend of 10 May as the National Gallery celebrates its 200th birthday. The collection started with 38 paintings including a Rembrandt self-portrait and now has over 2,300 works. Iconic paintings on display range from Titian’s mythological Bacchus and Ariadne to Van Gogh’s bright yellow Sunflowers. While there, see the current exhibition, 'The Last Caravaggio', dissecting the artist's last painting; moody and dramatic, it’s in London for the first time in 20 years.

Foraging for wild food along the River Wye bank, decorating a clay pot and making a puppet for Monmouth’s parade are some unusual activities of this biennial festival. As the programme follows this long winding river from southeastern to central Wales (think Chepstow to Hereford), pick events to explore different locations. Don’t miss the landmarks, either, such as Tintern Abbey and its equally medieval neighbour the Anchor Inn, where the steak and ale pie is worth tucking into.







What's new in the UK and Ireland this spring Le Manoir Magic


The Castle Spa at Dromoland Castle

IRELAND’S NEWEST WELLNESS RETREAT Deep within the historic walls of County Clare’s iconic Dromoland Castle Resort you'll discover serenity, history and luxury combined. The Castle Spa at Dromoland, having undergone a recent refurbishment, promises restful therapies, soothing treatments and invigorating beauty rituals, all inspired by one of Dromoland Castle’s most revered guardians, Lady Ethel. The world-class offering includes six treatment rooms, an Amber & Quartz Crystal Bed, and a sublime relaxation space, The Whisper Room. Featuring premier spa brands exclusive in Ireland to Dromoland Castle – Dr Barbara Sturm, Seabody and OSKIA – treatments leave weary travellers rested and revived. The original exposed 16th-century castle walls combined with a natural decor palette creates an atmosphere of calm from the moment you enter; it truly is an experience not to be missed during a visit to Dromoland Castle. Natural ingredients and botanicals sourced from Dromoland’s 500-acre estate and freshly drawn infusions from the trio of noteworthy spa brands create a sustainable yet luxurious experience.




The year 2024 marks a great anniversary for Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and chef Raymond Blanc: 40 continuous years of two Michelin stars.To celebrate Dream Escape will arrange an evening of Le Manoir magic with the man behind it all, Raymond Blanc. Meet Raymond and enjoy stories of the past as you sip Champagne and tuck into canapes. Then, savour a delicious leisurely lunch with friends before a chance to explore the gardens and grounds.





Opening this spring, Perth Museum will showcase fascinating stories and objects from Perth and Kinross, including the Stone of Destiny, following a £26.5 million redevelopment project. The museum will also display Recognised Collections of National Significance from Perth and Kinross, along with celebrated exhibitions from across the UK and abroad. The historic Edwardian building will house the museum, which features a cafe, a shop, a learning and events space, and a major temporary exhibition programme throughout the year.




Highland Coast Hotels has unveiled Newton Lodge in Unapool, featuring seven en-suite bedrooms, a small library, table tennis and pool table, and a 16inch record player. Surrounded by stunning views of the Quinag mountain, Assynt range, and Loch Glencoul, the lodge offers Dream Escape guests a chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, secluded beach walks, woodland trails, and wildlife spotting.

Unique Foodie Experience

INDULGE IN A TASTING EXPERIENCE AT IRELAND'S ONLY AUTHENTIC SMOKEHOUSE There's a unique foodie experience in Ireland, thanks to the new tasting room at Hederman Belvelly Smokehouse in Co Cork. As Ireland's only authentic smokehouse, its bespoke tasting experience is a treat for all your senses. Dream Escape will arrange for small groups to enjoy a private tour and tasting experience in the Tasting Room, which includes a threecourse set lunch with coffee and drinks. The menu features freshly baked traditional brown soda bread, homemade blini with a smoked-fish platter, deliciously rich smoked-haddock pie with seasonal veg, and rosemary nut-butter apple cake. During the meal, hear anecdotes from Frank, the owner, and if you're interested in more immersive experiences, together with the Hederman team we will arrange boat rides in the harbour, and private experiences with wild salmon fishers.


THE LEINSTER, OPENS IN DUBLIN WITH JEAN-GEORGES ROOFTOP RESTAURANT – Enjoy authentic Irish hospitality, local cultural and culinary experiences at Dublin's newest luxury lifestyle hotel, The Leinster – located on the edge of Merrion Square. Dining is made easy at the Jean-Georges rooftop restaurant, offering a blend of Irish, French, and Southeast Asian flavours. The hotel's design fuses old with new: art adorns the walls, there's a stylish bar and supper club, a luxury boutique gym, and a thermal suite experience.







One of the most spectacular natural wonders in Wales is its coastline, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Head to Wales with Dream Escape in 2024 to discover its glistening ocean and alluring beaches... Words | Jessica Way





ales is home to some truly stunning beaches that offer a mix of rugged coastal scenery, soft golden sands, and crystal-clear waters. More than 40 beaches in Wales have been awarded Blue Flag status, which is a testament to their cleanliness - yet with over 750 miles of coastline surrounded by wild natural beauty to choose from, it can be difficult to know which beach to visit. Starting south to north along the west Welsh coast, here are just a few of Dream Escape's favourite beaches to visit, from tranquil secluded spots to adventure-filled locations in pretty coastal towns: South Wales Swansea and The Gower Peninsula Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea Best for Hiking and Wildlife Watching Three Cliffs Bay is an extraordinary beach located on the Gower Peninsula, bordered by towering cliffs, perfect 26


for those who love hiking and wildlife watching. There are several walking trails that you can enjoy on a guided tour to explore the area, and along the way you can spot a variety of birds, including kestrels and peregrine falcons. The beach is also home to a variety of marine wildlife, including seals and dolphins. Dream Escape will arrange a private boat trip where you can spot seals, harbour porpoises, common dolphins, and a number of different nesting and fishing sea birds. You will also see lots of jellyfish species, sometimes sunfish, and on occasion even leatherback turtles. Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula Best for Sunsets and Adventure Rhossili is located at the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula and is one of the most popular beaches in Wales. It's also in one of the best spots for watching beautiful sunsets. But first, an exhilarating walk to Worm's Head is a must-do on your Dream Escape Welsh adventure, and once across, you will find a peaceful haven PICTURED ABOVE

'Barafundle Bay is one of the hidden gems of Wales... Its golden sands and crystal-clear waters have been likened to those of the Caribbean, and the beach is surrounded by beautiful cliffs.' where seals are often found basking on the rocks. From Worm's Head and the village it is a short walk down some steps to Rhossili Beach to see the Wreck of the Helvetia, or you can head in the opposite direction along the coast to discover Fall Bay and Mewslade Bay two wonderfully secluded unspoilt beaches. After a day of rambling, kick back and relax with a sundowner or two at the traditional local village pub. South West Wales Pembrokeshire Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire Best for Watersports Newgale Beach is a two-mile long beach that has become

a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts. The beach is known for its strong waves that make it perfect for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. If you are looking for a more leisurely activity, you can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the attractive scenery. Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire Best for Tranquility Barafundle Bay is one of the hidden gems of Wales, and is the perfect place to escape – take our word for it, you will not want to leave this charming secluded slice of Welsh heaven. Its golden sands and crystal-clear waters have been likened to those of the Caribbean, and the beach is surrounded by magnificent cliffs. PICTURED ABOVE



Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire Best for Family-Friendly Surfing Whitesands Bay is a family-friendly beach that's great for trying your hand at surfing. The beach has consistent waves that are perfect for beginners and experienced surfers alike, and Dream Escape can arrange a private family lesson. The beach is backed by towering cliffs, and there are several walking trails that you can take to explore the area with a local expert and one of our Dream Escape guides. Ceredigion PICTURED ABOVE

Llangrannog, Ceredigion

Best for Surfing Llangrannog is a small village, home to one of the best surfing beaches in Wales. The beach is perfect for both beginners and experienced surfers. Dream Escape can arrange a private surf experience followed by a picnic lunch on the clifftop above the beach. Additionally, there is a statue of St Carannog to visit that casts a timeless gaze over the beach and the horizon. 28


PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT Traeth Llanddwyn Most Picturesque If you are looking for a beach that is surrounded by natural beauty, then Traeth Llanddwyn is a must visit. Part of a nature reserve that includes Llanddwyn Island and nearby forest, there are many great footpaths and trails. Dream Escape will arrange for you to see the best of the local area, where red squirrels can be seen scampering through the pine trees. The beach itself is a long stretch of sand that is surrounded by shimmering blue waters and the island also features the ruins of St Dwynwen's Church, a lighthouse, and views of Snowdonia.

Carmarthenshire Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire Best for Long Walks and Equestrians Cefn Sidan is a seven-mile long beach that is perfect for those who love long walks. The beach is located in Pembrey Country Park and offers stunning views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay.


'If you are looking for a beach that is surrounded by natural beauty, then Traeth Llanddwyn is a must visit... shimmering blue waters... a lighthouse, and views of Snowdonia.' The beach is backed by sand dunes, and there are several walking trails that you can take to explore the area. If you are looking for a more active adventure, Dream Escape will arrange for you to go horse and pony trekking on the beach and through the forest. With 2000 acres of forestry and eight miles of golden sandy beach to explore. this area is an equestrians' paradise. North West Wales Gwynedd Aberdaron Beach, Gwynedd Best for Family Fun and Fishing Aberdaron Beach is a sheltered bay that is perfect for families with young children. The beach is located on the

Llŷn Peninsula and is known for its calm waters and soft sands. There are several rock pools to explore, and the beach is also a great spot for fishing enthusiasts. Dream Escape will arrange sea fishing from the beach or perhaps a boat charter and expert fisher to guide you. Porth Iago, Gwynedd Best for Secluded Relaxation and Snorkeling Porth Iago is a beautiful, secluded beach located on the Llyn Peninsula, and perfect for escaping the crowds and relaxing in peace. The beach is surrounded by rolling hills and stunning scenery, and there are several walking trails. The waters are crystal-clear, and the beach is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and paddleboarding. dreamescapemagazine.com



'Take time to wander around the harbour, which is where Amelia Earhart landed after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.' Burry Port Beaches, Burry Port Best for Four-legged Friends and Village Life If you are travelling with your furry friend, then Dream Escape reccommends Burry Port Beaches. The beaches lie on either side of the marina, which was originally used for the transportation of coal. The easterly beach is a mile long and is backed by dunes, while the westerly beach comprises open sands before becoming a long inlet. There is plenty of scope for exploring, and the centre of the village is just a short stroll from the beach. Take time to wander around the harbour, which is where Amelia Earhart landed after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. PICTURED ABOVE



Anglesey Porth Wen, Anglesey Best for Ruins & Snorkelling Porth Wen is an ancient island steeped in antiquity, with lush farmlands ringed by golden beaches, islands, and coves. The beach itself is a superb hidden bay with iridescent white-quartz sand. The dramatic ruins of an old brickworks overlook the bay, and there is an old harbour and dome-shaped beehive kilns to explore. Dream Escape will also arrange a guided snorkelling experience through the great white rock arch. Or step on board a private reserved RIB adventure boat and set off to explore the gorgeous coastline, keeping a close eye out for comical puffins, playful dolphins or even a whale.


WITH OUR INTRODUCTION TO WALES ITINERARY Wales is ‘the hidden gem’ of the United Kingdom – home to a plethora of majestic castles, towering mountains, verdant countryside and a coastline that is widely recognised as one of the world’s finest. Dream Escape’s recommended once-ina-lifetime journey exploring this extraordinary country commences in the heart of North Wales and follows an incredible trip of discovery, from playing with puffins on the Pembrokeshire coast to exploring a famous local farm in the company of a best-selling author. Take an in-depth look at the Welsh way of life and fall under the spell of this enchanting and captivating country. Stay in accommodation handpicked especially for you, visit the smallest city in Britain, as well as Wales’s capital city Cardiff, and so much more. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

North Wales Conwy

Llandudno Beach, Conwy Best for Victorian Charm Llandudno Beach is a beautiful beach located in Conwy, perfect for experiencing the Victorian charm of the town. The beach is surrounded by stunning architecture, including the famous Victorian pier, and there are several cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. The beach itself is a long stretch of sand and a great spot for relaxing in the sun and taking a refreshing dip in the sea. But if you're in the mood for something more adventurous, there are also several walking trails that you can explore with the help of a local expert and one of our experienced Dream Escape guides. These trails will take you through remarkable scenery and offer a unique perspective on the town and its surroundings. PICTURED ABOVE

MICHAEL DAVIES TRAVEL DESIGN MANAGER – With over 1,500 miles of coast, Wales is fortunate to be blessed with many beaches framed by stunning scenery, picturesque harbours and historic monuments. From the popular holiday sands on the north and south coasts, to the quieter coves of Britain’s only coast-centred national park, there is a variety of different beaches to be discovered. On your journey, stop to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant at Oxwich Bay; or spend time at Pendine Sands where land speed records were set in the 1920s. The more energetic may wish to try water sports like coasteering, which had its origins in Pembrokeshire! michael@dreamescape.co.uk




Peigin Crowley

We all know the importance of self-care, but how many of us actually practice it? Dream Escape meets the founder of GROUND Wellbeing – the sustainable wellness brand empowering more of us to take better care of ourselves, in spas and at home Words | Amy Bonifas


ith issues like stress, anxiety and burnout on the rise, it’s never been more important to take time out and tune into what’s going on in your mind and body. Someone who understands that all too well is Peigin Cowley. The award-winning spa consultant and aromatherapist is based in Cork, Ireland and has spent the last 30 years creating holistic wellness products and treatments that work to calm the nervous system and leave you feeling transformed. GROUND Wellbeing experiences are now available in five-star luxury 32


hotels across the globe – including Dream Escape preferred partner hotels: Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria, The Lanesborough, The Shelbourne, Lime Wood, The K Club, and Sheen Falls Lodge. It was in 2020 when Peigin’s attention shifted to at-home rituals that bring a little more focus and positivity to your day. Peigin’s own experience of burnout marked a significant turning point in her life. “It’s different for everyone but after feeling fatigued and low on motivation myself, I tried to isolate what the triggers were. “I found that it’s usually when we’re giving too much of ourselves,”




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longer-term and positive impact on mind and body.” More recently, Peigin is turning her focus to women – especially their experience with menopause. “My motivation is selfish, as I was inspired by my own menopausal journey. I realised that my education around it was so poor. “Through my learning, it became apparent to me that women could and should celebrate their midlife. Equipping myself with the knowledge to move with the change and make friends with it rather than struggling privately is hugely empowering.” Everything from aromatherapy sleep rituals to grounding gift sets make up the special Menopause Collection. Powered by natural and vegan oils and designed to help women prioritise joyful moments and reconnect with themselves, it’s a unique offering that you don’t see often.

"If lockdown taught us anything, it’s that we need to do far less than we think."


she explains. “In this fast-paced world, we burn ourselves out trying to be everything to everyone. Slowing down is so important – if lockdown taught us anything, it’s that we need to do far less than we think.” This realisation inspired her to craft treatments to help other people going through similar experiences. “Our passion at GROUND is to deliver carefully developed massage rituals to bring a little relief from things like insomnia, anxiety, menopausal and pregnancy symptoms and digestive issues,” she says. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, each of their spa treatments is skillfully created to support the body’s functions naturally. “Our mission is to train therapists in advanced massage so that they have the right support, knowledge and expertise. They’re empowered to meet each client where they’re at on their wellbeing journey.” It’s what Peigin calls a ‘thinking’ therapist – developing the ability to listen to the body and identify what’s needed using a toolkit of solutions. “With all GROUND treatments, it’s not just about locally tending to aches and pains in the muscles – though they will also do that – but rather the focus is on soothing the nervous system and the body as a whole to provide a

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Peigin and her team also developed a family of products for people experiencing cancer and cancer treatment. The Barróg Collection (which means ‘the hug’ in Irish) aims to bring comfort and specific relief to compromised skin – think calming scalp-relief oils for those who have lost their hair, and nourishing body oils to encourage skin recovery. “Our journey began with Christine Clinton, founder and CEO of Christine Clinton Cancer Care. Her education company specialises in teaching therapists how to safely and effectively work with clients living with cancer. “As a therapist-led brand, we’d seen firsthand the number of people going through cancer or – posttreatment – being refused hands-on massage therapy in spas. For a long time, misinformation and fear prevented a lot of therapists from working with these clients.

“And yet, in recent years, more research and education from industry leaders has shown that massage is hugely beneficial for people’s emotional and mental wellbeing when they’re going through cancer.”⁠ Another of Peigin’s passions is sustainability. As a selfcare brand devoted to sustaining people, it makes sense that the brand practices what it preaches and is as kind as possible to the planet, too. “We’ve reduced plastic to an absolute minimum,” says Peigin. “We avoid all harmful chemicals and toxins in the products and use only 100% natural plant-based ingredients. GROUND also supports local businesses like Little Kneaders in County Wexford – Peigin partnered with the sensory play brand to develop a range of calming therapy playdoughs for children.

'Another of Peigin’s passions is sustainability. As a self-care brand... it makes sense that the brand practices what it preaches and is as kind as possible to the planet, too.'



It’s clear that her work is helping people through the toughest of times. But, her approach has also enabled her to realise the importance of finding better ways to take care of herself. Her favourite product from the GROUND range is the Deep Sleep Body Balm. “I put it on my feet with a pair of socks, on my chest, hands and wrists before I go to bed. It’s just so comforting and sedative. When you move in the middle of the night, the scent releases even more and lulls you back to sleep.” She also has a couple of rituals that help her switch off and recharge. “I like to take about two baths a week – one always on a Sunday as a ritual. I take an hour to myself and I lock the door.” Breathwork is also central to her routine. This is the term for specific breathing practices that help to calm and settle your body and mind. “It’s how I wake up every morning and how I go to sleep at night. I’ve had to train myself to breathe into the day with gratitude and breathe out of the day setting intentions to sleep deeply and restore my body.” So, with such a strong ethos rooted in empathy, sustainability and compassion, what’s next for GROUND Wellbeing? “We’re growing worldwide,” says Peigin. “We’ve moved into the US and Canadian market, Europe is starting to grow as well and we’ll be moving into the Middle East and Southeast Asia over the next year. “The brand was built during lockdown to help me provide for my family, so it’s crazy to think it’s become something cult that therapists and clients are loving. We’re really at the cutting edge of hands-on therapy and we’re so looking forward to taking it to the next level.”

Peigin's Picks...


This wine bar and cafe is a local gem championing organic, seasonal food – from fresh oysters to foraged mushrooms – and artisan wines.


Set in a stunning old building in the Victorian Quarter, Cask

is well-known for its unique and innovative cocktails, spiked with botanicals.

HAYFIELD MANOR, CORK CITY The hotel’s spa is GROUND’s flagship and offers a warm and comforting sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

DREAM ESCAPE In need of a spa break?


Wellness is all around you, and a walk on the cliffs or one of the wide beaches to blow the cobwebs away is sometimes just as enjoyable as a luxury spa visit, although a combination of the two is just perfect! Did you know? Seaweed baths have long been popular in Ireland, where in Edwardian times you used to be able to find a bath in most large seaside towns. Seaweed baths are just like normal baths, a single tub filled with warm water except instead of a bath bomb or some luxury oil, you put seaweed in them. The minerals released by the seaweed in the warm water are said to be an effective treatment for conditions like rheumatism and arthritis, although the bath itself is not famed for its inviting appearance. So whether you're seeking a memorable experience or simply looking to indulge in luxury, we will create a one-of-a-kind experience perfectly suited to you. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

SALLY STRANGE CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER – Peigin's journey from a spa to a holistic wellness curator's story is inspiring. It shows that even from the smallest of beginnings, great things can arise. In the winter months, we all need a BARROG and should take some time to care for ourselves. GROUND's range of sustainable products are a great way to create a haven for yourself and bring balance and restoration. Although we cannot change our circumstances, we can control and create a serene environment. Investing in a few of GROUND's products can help you find inner calm and remind us that self-care is essential to our wellbeing. With a little help, we can improve our sense of happiness. sally@dreamescape.co.uk





REWILDING the Highlands

The ultimate rewilding and overall Scottish Highland experience Words | Geoff Moore




estled in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands lies the Alladale Wilderness Reserve, a stunning natural paradise spanning over 23,000 acres. The result of over two decades of tireless conservational efforts, this once-Victorian estate has been transformed into a thriving ecosystem that provides a safe haven for various native species. In addition to the opportunity to bask in the peaceful tranquillity of the reserve and partake in wild outdoor pursuits, visitors can also witness firsthand the incredible impact of conservation efforts on preserving the natural world. With over one million trees planted since the estate was purchased by Paul Lister 20 years ago (funded by the fortunes from his multimillion-pound furniture business MFI), this monumental effort has allowed back the actual native trees like Scots Pine and fulfilled Paul’s longing desire to recreate the ‘Caledonian Forest’ that once covered this whole area. The reserve is set amid epic landscapes, surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, and rivers. During spring, guests can indulge in the spectacular view of the bright-yellow fields of gorse and Scotch broom. By autumn, the misty clouds cascade down the steep cliffs of the glen, accompanied by the vibrant



purple heather that flourishes on the valley floor and hills. The reserve is home to various native species, and visitors can expect to see iconic golden eagles hunting high over the mountain ridges, along with red squirrels and pine martens clambering about the trees. Paul has even partnered with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) to save the Scottish wildcat - with several enclosures for the species on the reserve. Kittens are transferred from the reserve to RZSS’s breed-andrelease centre at Kincraig, where the population is bolstered, ready for liberation into the wild. Sitting proudly in the heart of Alladale Wilderness Reserve is the elegantly restored Victorian lodge and private residence, sleeping up to 14 guests, and located at the end of a 12-mile singletrack road along the Carron River. Offering the ultimate privacy and relaxation, its surrounded by birch and Scots pines. The River Alladale meanders its way through the reserve and to the first of Alladale’s exclusive-use luxury lodges: Ghillie’s Rest, a remote two-bedroom hideaway with underfloor heating. A little further along you reach Eagle’s Crag, a private cottage for up to eight guests, where firewood and underfloor heating await. Deeper into the heart of the reserve, seven miles from Alladale Lodge, and only accessible by a 4WD vehicle is Deanich Lodge. This former





hunting lodge is one of the most remote places to stay in Britain – located in a place where Alladale’s red deer gather and close to where the golden eagles nest, making it possible to be genuinely ‘off-grid’ and wholly connected with nature. You may like exclusive use of the entire estate (available for private hire of up to 26 guests). No matter how or where you choose to stay, Dream Escape will arrange unforgettable experiences for you in the local area and at the reserve, guided by Alladale’s highly knowledgeable rangers. Activities range from a guided nature walk of the reserve to a spot of fishing in the rivers and lochs for brown trout, or perhaps an afternoon spent foraging, plucking mushrooms, herbs and berries from the estate. Get hands-on at clay pigeon shooting, or learn about the plants and wildlife from the nature experts who live and work at Alladale. For cycle enthusiasts, there are 15 miles of tracks to enjoy on the reserve's mountain bikes, or you might prefer to opt for

four wheels on a Land Rover guided experience around the estate. Expect to witness wild Atlantic salmon returning to spawn in the River Carron and jumping clear of the water at Glencalvie waterfall. You might even get the chance for a close-up encounter with an iconic long-haired Highland Cow. To get over the day’s exertion, Dream Escape's Travel Designers will arrange some pampering by Alladale’s beauty therapists – specialising in various massages and beauty treatments, including Swedish full-body massages, facials, microdermabrasion treatments, waxing, eye and nail treatments. If you want to make the most of the beautiful surrounding area, Dream Escape will arrange an itinerary that covers the local highlights. Less than an hour’s drive from Alladale, you can play a round of golf at The Dornoch Royal Golf Club, one of the leading courses in Scotland, with its Championship Course or the Struie Course; Visit Dunrobin Castle, an impressive French-

'Activities range from a guided nature walk of the Reserve to a spot of fishing in the rivers and lochs for brown trout, or perhaps an afternoon spent foraging, plucking mushrooms, herbs and berries...'



style castle and the most northerly major castle in Scotland, where aerial flying falconry displays are part of the entertainment in the extensive and beautiful gardens; and lose yourself in the Cairngorms National Park, known for its stunning scenery and wildlife. You might also enjoy a venture on Paul’s ‘Whisky Trail’ to tour the legendary Glenmorangie, Dalmore and Balblair distilleries. Or, on your return to Alladale, you might prefer an exclusive on-site private tasting hosted by local expert Charles Reid. Alladale is committed to sustainable tourism and conservation, and Dream Escape guests will also learn more about conservation and the environment during their visit. Paul Lister has dedicated himself to rewilding, and his vision for the reserve is to create a healthy ecosystem that allows native species to thrive. You may even enjoy a private dining experience with Paul himself. Paul can tell you more about how the reserve uses renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, to reduce its carbon footprint - and supports the local community by sourcing its food and other supplies from local farmers and producers. Alladale is a natural paradise, perfect for those who want to connect with nature and experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Paul aims for his guests to connect to nature in a calm, incredible and therapeutic setting. That is undoubtedly the effect of Alladale. 44




Alladale’s bluffs and remote Highland glens offer a wild spectacle for hikers of all skill levels. Walk through the most northerly stand of original old-growth Caledonian forest, take a stroll over to the historic Croick Church, or hike up to Alladale’s middle ridge for a once-in-a-lifetime view of both the East and West coasts of Scotland. Guided walks are available for different fitness levels.


Over the years, Alladale's rewilding programme has led to an increase in species that can be observed. Look to the skies for golden eagles, search the stony tops for ptarmigan and hares, while keeping your eye out for our native red squirrel and black grouse. This is a landscape in recovery, where nature is returning.


Alladale offers world-class brown-trout fly fishing. Try your hand along one of their two rivers with dozens of pools, or explore one of the many glacial lochs. If you are a keen fly fisher, or interested in giving it a try, Alladale is the ideal place. For the beginner, you can book an informative guided fishing session with a ranger.


In nature lies inspiration. Photographers of all skill levels will be awed by Alladale’s panoramic glens, the untamed rivers, the old-growth and recovering forests. You can capture images of red deer stags on the mountains, Atlantic salmon leaping in the waterfalls, or set out onto the reserve at first light to capture the remarkable landscape at sunrise. Away from light pollution, Alladale is one of the best places for astrophotography in the UK.


For competent cyclists, Alladale has over 15 well-maintained mountain bikes, and six e-bikes available, allowing you to enjoy miles of stunning Highland scenery. Cycle to Deanich Lodge along Glen Mhor to get a taste of the rough beauty and solitude Alladale has to offer. Explore the track along Glen Alladale and experience its majestic surroundings.


Alladale’s peaty bogs and old-growth woodlands are a cornucopia for the budding forager, and depending on the season, you can also discover a wide range of wild mushrooms. Led by Alladale’s foraging guide, this experience is a fantastic way to appreciate nature’s gifts.


Reset your mind and body with a wild swim in one of Alladale’s lochs, or dip into the Carron or Alladale River; the water really is some of the purest you will find anywhere in the UK.


DREAM ESCAPE Did you know?


Dream Escape can create a very special programme in the Highlands for all generations. It includes a handpicked selection of unique experiences and private visits en route to your very own private island, where you will be able to relax, reconnect and recharge your batteries. Gather your own clan and celebrate with a bespoke mini-Highland Games. Highland games have long been an integral part of Scottish culture and celebrated for centuries. They have evolved into a test of stamina and strength as well as dancing and music to keep Clan chiefs and Kings and Queens entertained. Enjoy tossing the Caber, Hammer hurling tug 'o' war, welly wangin' and even Haggis hurling! enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

On an expertly guided tour of the reserve, you’ll venture down both of Alladale’s reforested glens and soak up the impressive views. You’ll learn about the restoration work underway, visiting the reforestation areas and spotting native wildlife, all in the company of Alladale’s skilled and knowledgable rangers.


Dream Escape will arrange for Alladale's experienced resident beauty therapist Lorraine Anderson to visit you at Alladale on your request. She specialises in various massages and beauty treatments, such as Swedish full-body massages, facials, microdermabrasion treatments, waxing, eye and nail treatments. Make the time to pamper yourself.

LOUISE MURRAY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & HEAD OF PRODUCT – In today's fast-paced world, our clients often look for destinations that truly allow them to escape their usual tempo of life and rediscover a gentler, ‘offgrid’ style of experience where they can learn, relax and recharge. Staying at Alladale offers the unique opportunity to do exactly this and experience the Scottish Highlands at their very best. The breathtaking scenery is everything you imagine the Highlands to be, and the ability to enjoy this setting from the luxurious as well as sustainable lodge offers the perfect combination. How better to spend a few days than by exploring this magnificent estate and catching sight of the varied wildlife it has to offer. louise@dreamescape.co.uk




Explore Scotland's wilderness responsibly and with style: Land Rover Experience's 'Tread Lightly' policy


and Rover Experience is a brand that is synonymous with adventure and off-roading - offering immersive experiences across the UK. But did you know that they are also committed to preserving the environment and promoting sustainable practices? One of their flagship examples of this is Land Rover Experience Scotland’s ‘Tread Lightly’ policy, at the heart of all their activities and experiences. A prime example of their commitment to sustainability is their belief that responsible offroading can coexist with environmental conservation. “Our ‘Tread Lightly’ policy ensures that our actions minimise environmental damage by providing instruction in responsible off-road driving, "explains Will Cox, Managing Director of Land Rover Experience Scotland. Land Rover Experience Scotland has a range of experiences that allow you to enjoy their allterrain capabilities and explore the beautiful Scottish countryside while still being ecofriendly. “For the last twenty years we have been very privileged to drive and instruct in off-road driving in Highland Perthshire. We offer half- and full-day driving experiences with lunch,



where you will learn to drive off-road responsibly in wonderful scenery with the added bonus of our local wildlife. There is no better place to drive a brand new Defender in the stunning countryside! I especially love our full-day option, which will take you into a local private estate, stunning forestry, and open hilltops overlooking multifarious open lochs.” One of Land Rover Experience Scotland’s primary values is to minimise the environmental impact of their vehicles and experiences. There are now six Plug-In Electric Hybrid (PHEV) and 11 Mild Electric Hybrid (MHEV) vehicles in their lineup, which use road tyres on most of their cars to increase fuel efficiency and be in keeping with their ‘Tread Lightly’ policy. “Environmentally, turning to electric is very important to us, and we have proved that hybrid electric vehicles are very capable of being driven off-road. In fact, these vehicles, other than using more power, are completely unaffected in an off-road environment.” Experiences arranged in partnership with Dream Escape and Land Rover Experience Scotland are designed to showcase the capabilities of their vehicles and the beauty of the Scottish countryside while also

"Environmentally, turning to electric is very important to us, and we have proved that hybrid electric vehicles are very capable of being driven off-road." being mindful of the impact on the environment. Exhilarating off-road driving experiences are led by expert instructors who ensure the participants follow the Tread Lightly’ policy and leave no trace behind. Land Rover Experience Scotland also does a lot of land and track management to enable walkers and cyclists to continue to use the tracks, and they are about to embark on a tree-planting scheme within their centre at Dunkeld. “All areas that we use, walkers, cyclists and horses share the countryside codes of practice,” Will explains. “All tracks exist and are maintained using locally sourced materials; we do not develop new tracks. Many of these trails have existed since Jacobite times and have been used for both estate work and recreational use.” If done well, off-roading shouldn’t leave any trace. “We work closely with the rural sector, and electricity is

not always the answer for various reasons. Still, there will be other means to overcome these issues, which will help protect our environmental future,” explains Will. Land Rover Experience Scotland focus on minimising the environmental impact of their vehicles and experiences by promoting responsible off-roading practices. With a Land Rover Experience as part of your Dream Escape experience, you can enjoy the thrill of off-roading while being mindful of your impact on the environment too. And, if you own an electric vehicle and would like to learn more about how it works both on and off-road then there is no better place to come than Land Rover Experience Scotland. Will encourages you to “bring your own Land Rover to one of our organised Trek days or Under The Stars Camping weekend... here you will really find out what your vehicle can do!”




WITH PAUL WEDGWOOD Dream Escape joins the Edinburgh chef, whose restaurant on the Royal Mile has been a stalwart on the fine-dining scene for over 17 years, for a foraging experience along the rugged coastline of East Lothian Words | Suzy Pope


mell that?” Chef Paul Wedgwood stops along a farm track in the middle of the East Lothian countryside. “I love the smell of nettles. It says the time for foraging has begun.” Breathing in deep, there’s a crisp sweet smell in the air and nothing but birdsong in the trees. An hour outside of Edinburgh, on a Dream Escape foraging experience with chef Paul Wedgwood, we first learn how to harvest the smallest, sweetest leaves at the tip of a nettle without getting stung. “There are so many herbs, roots, mushrooms and edible plants in this area,” he says, gesturing to the



open fields and thick woodlands. “But nettles are my favourite. Nettles pair perfectly with lamb.” Twelve years ago, Paul added a foraged salad to the menu at his namesake restaurant on the Royal Mile, piquing the interest of many customers. “They wanted to know where everything came from. So I thought, hey, people are interested in foraging, it’s not just me.” Now, at the weekend, he leads foraging walks through the countryside just outside Edinburgh. A foraging experience through Dream Escape includes a ramble across some of Scotland’s striking coastal scenery with chef Paul identifying the wild ingredients he







uses in the kitchen. It culminates in a 7-course foraged lunch back at Wedgwood Restaurant. “In this small area, you’ve got ancient woods, disturbed grounds, meadow, salt marshes, sand dunes and rock pools,” Paul says. “It’s like a microcosm of the Scottish Lowlands and the variety of wild herbs and plant life reflects that. Look, here!” He pauses to admire a little plant with a yellow, bulb-like head growing on the dusty farm track. “Pineapple chamomile.” There are around 50 samples to taste during the walk. Pineapple chamomile has a surprisingly tropical taste for Scotland, sweet and fruity with a hint of coconut. Another treasure of the disturbed ground terrain is the

greater plantain – a sprawling weed that blights the patio cracks of most gardens in the UK. “It goes beautifully with spinach,” Paul says. As we approach a gnarled old tree, Paul removes a piece of drainpipe from his rucksack. A pheasant back mushroom the size of a dinner plate sticks out of the bark at the top, and Paul uses the drainpipe as a boost up to harvest it – it will be the star of the foraging tasting menu later. Emerging from the farm track, we pick our way across the salt marshes near the shore. It’s a landscape of lush green and sandy patches where scurvy grass and sea coriander grow. “It’s all about taking only what you need and leaving enough for nature to rewild itself and enough

"In this small area, you’ve got ancient woods, disturbed grounds, meadow, salt marshes, sand dunes and rock pools... It’s like a microcosm of the Scottish Lowlands and the variety of wild herbs and plant life reflects that."



for everyone else. We don’t want to strip this landscape.” Paul carefully picks a few stalks of scurvy grass, we sample the peppery stems and move on. Tyninghame Beach might be one of lowland Scotland’s best-kept secrets. The long stretch of sand is quiet, even on a sunny Saturday. Paul bounds between the rock pools, Bass Rock shimmering on the horizon behind him. “Just wait for this. This will blow your mind,” he says. “Aha! Here!” Holding up a bedraggled, red piece of seaweed, he grins. “Pepper dulse tastes just like bacon.” After the gentle walk through the countryside, we return to Wedgwood Restaurant. It’s an intimate space in a historic building on one of Edinburgh’s busiest streets. “I’d been looking for a restaurant down south, but there

was a For Sale sign on this little place on the Royal Mile. I spotted it on a night out in Edinburgh and it was just perfect.” Sixteen years later, Paul Wedgwood is still considered one of the top fine-dining chefs in the city, with a litany of awards and accolades. For the foraging tasting menu, venison carpaccio is served with the wood sorrel we picked earlier. “They served venison carpaccio with green ants at Noma when I went, so I thought the sharp citrussy taste of sorrel would work just as well without looking beyond the Scottish countryside,” Paul says. The citrus zap from the sorrel cuts nicely through the iron tang of venison. “The menu isn’t just seasonal,” Paul says. “It’s microseasonal. For example, you won’t see anything on the


"The menu isn’t just seasonal... It’s micro-seasonal. For example, you won’t see anything on the menu in May that was there in February or March. At least one dish is switched out each week because the wild ingredients change in taste so fast."



menu in May that was there in February or March. At least one dish is switched out each week because the wild ingredients change in taste so fast. Sweet cicely might be like an aniseed ball one week and then sugary sweet the next. Dried hogweed seeds change from bitter orange to cardamom flavoured practically overnight.” The pièce de résistance is the pheasant back mushroom, harvested straight from the tree that morning and served with a light splash of Scots pine oil and celeriac to let the earthy taste of the mushroom shine through. And, tucking into the flaky cod topped with crisped pepper dulse confirms it – the sustainable seaweed from the rock pools of Tyninghame Beach tastes just like bacon. When asked if he is considering branching out beyond Wedgwood Restaurant, Paul says, “Maybe. But I’m happy where I am. Why would I move on when I’ve got an entire wild larder to play with right on my doorstep?”

Paul's Recipe...

WEDGWOOD’S STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING I started making sticky toffee pudding 30 years ago in an English Lake District Hotel.

DREAM ESCAPE Unleash your inner forager


The UK and Ireland boast some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes, making them the perfect places for foraging. From the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands to the rugged coastlines of Ireland, there are countless opportunities to discover the bounty of wild ingredients. In addition to joining a foraging expedition with renowned chef Paul Wedgwood, Dream Escape will arrange outdoor foraging adventures in the ancient woodlands of the New Forest, gathering seaweed on the beaches of Anglesey, and discovering medicinal herbs in the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Whether you're a seasoned forager or a newcomer, foraging is a unique and unforgettable experience that allows you to appreciate the bounty of nature and the culinary arts, and the rewards of finding, cooking, and eating wild ingredients are endless. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

It’s a recipe that has evolved with me over the years, and when we opened Wedgwood The Restaurant in 2007, it was our first dessert on the menu and has remained unchanged ever since. Here's our most popular and revered sticky toffee pudding recipe to enjoy at home... • Serves 4 • Prep time: 30 minutes • Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients • 35g unsalted butter • 115g soft dark-brown sugar • 2 whole eggs • pinch of baking powder • pinch of bicarbonate of soda • 140g self-raising flour

• 1/2 tsp espresso • 100g dates, pitted, chopped • 120ml boiling water Method 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 2. Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs and combine. 3. Sift baking powder, pinch of Bicarbonate of soda and flour into egg mix, add espresso. 4. Add dates and water to bowl and mix thoroughly until flour completely mixed. 5. Bake in oven for 45 minutes.

KAREN MURRAY HEAD OF EVENTS – From beautiful beaches and seafood to sublime Scottish countryside, East Lothian has so much to offer. Another must-see visit is the lowland home of Johnnie Walker – Glenkinchie Distillery. Sustainability is at the heart of what they do. As well as receiving a Gold Award for Green Tourism they have also been working on a nature-sustainability strategy to encourage pollination and protect wildlife in the area. Glenkinchie is also known as ‘The Garden Distillery’, as it's heavily influenced by the incredible land and green surroundings. From the food on your plate to the whisky you sip, we love these sustainable options. karen@dreamescape.co.uk



THE NORTH COAST 500 Highlights

Discover the natural wonders, thrilling activities, historical sites, and cultural gems of Scotland's North Coast 500 route with Dream Escape's knowledgeable expert travel designers. Words | Jessica Way


he North Coast 500 route, a Scottish gem, is not just about the miles; it's about the unique experiences that await you. Imagine immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of stunning coastal scenery, or discovering unforgettable adventures that last a lifetime. Boat charters and watersports, island-hopping, visits to natural landmarks and castles, gardens, distilleries, and national nature reserves; with Dream Escape, these experiences are not just imagined, but brought to life with magical touches that make your journey even more special. Dream Escape's team of travel designers provide a diverse selection of thrilling watersports and outdoor activities, ranging from mountain guiding and sea kayaking to archery and gorge scrambling. Additionally, in the region that is rich in both history and natural beauty, there are museums, attractions, and charming villages to explore, as well as a luxurious hotel to unwind in at night. Here's a look at just some of our guests' favourite experiences when journeying with us on the awe-inspiring North Coast 500 route through the Scottish Highlands:



On the water Private charter on Loch Ewe

On a wildlife-sailing experience with local scallop diver Jamie Elder, you'll witness the beauty of wildlife as he lifts up fishing creels to reveal velvet, green, edible brown crabs, lobsters, octopus, sea stars, and various types of fish. You may also spot northern European otters, seals, golden eagles, white-tailed sea eagles, and many seabirds.

Watersports on Dunnet Beach

Based near Thurso, the cold-water surfing hub of the world, Dunnet Beach is where Dream Escape will arrange for you to have a private surfing lesson with Iona McLachlan (a Scottish surfing champion), a private RIB tour or a stand-up paddleboarding experience.

Sea Kayaking on Loch Torridon

Upper Loch Torridon is surrounded by beautifully wild mountains, including Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Ben Damph. Explore by sea kayak and these great views are met with a wide variety of wildlife, such as otters, eagles and seals.

'After a long ride, reaching the Suidhe Viewpoint rewards you with an awe-inspiring view of the famous Loch Ness and the surrounding hills.'



Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting puffins and other seabirds on a boat ride to the Orkney Isles' many attractive beaches. The Summer Isles are reached from Ullapool or Achiltibuie; and Handa Island (a nature reserve off the west coast near Scourie) is accessed via a short boat ride from Tarbet.


Cycling to Suidhe Viewpoint

Cycling to Suidhe Viewpoint in Fort Augustus, near Loch Ness, is a great adventure for those who love to explore the beauty of nature. The route can be challenging, but the remarkable views along the way make it worth the effort. After a long ride, reaching the Suidhe Viewpoint rewards you with an awe-inspiring view of the famous Loch Ness and the surrounding hills.

Visiting Duncansby Stacks and Lighthouse

A wonder to behold, the towering stacks, which rise up from the sea, are a sight to see in and of themselves. But when you combine them with the extraordinary scenery that surrounds them, it's truly a magical experience. Take a leisurely stroll along the coast, taking in the astounding views of the cliffs and sea. And the lighthouse itself, with its bright red-and-white stripes, is a charming addition to the landscape.

Private tasting experiences at a whisky distillery

The North Coast 500 route boasts several renowned distilleries, such as Old Pulteney, Brora, Clynelish, and Glenmorangie. Each distillery offers a unique tour, where you can learn about the history and production process of their whisky, as well as enjoy tastings of their finest blends.



PICTURED ABOVE Pony trekking on the beautiful Red Point beaches

Riding a pony along the beach is a unique and enjoyable experience with the added bonus of being able to take in the magnificent views at a leisurely pace. Explore the stunning scenery surrounding the Red Point beaches, with picturesque hills and mountains in the distance. The gentle sound of waves crashing on the shore adds to the tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal place to relax and unwind.

Electric Land Rover tour of the Bealach na Bà

Dream Escape will arrange an Electric Land Rover tour of the the road to Applecross, looking over toward Applecross Bay with breathtaking views of the surrounding Scottish Highlands. The tour takes you through winding roads, steep climbs and beautiful valleys, and the electric Land Rover guarantees a smooth and quiet ride. You can sit back, relax, and take in the incredible scenery as your knowledgeable guide provides you with interesting information about the area. 56


The tour is a perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Scotland in a sustainable and ecofriendly way.

Wildlife spotting at Beinn Eighe

With a cluster of mountain peaks, ancient pinewoods, secretive crossbills and soaring golden eagles, it's no wonder that Beinn Eighe was chosen as Britain's first National Nature Reserve. From a distance, the pale scree slopes on the mountainside look like barren fields of snow, but get up close and you'll be amazed by the diversity of wildlife that thrives on this reserve. The mountains, seas and lochs in this part of Scotland are some of the finest in the world.

Hiking Scotland’s most northerly ‘Munro’

There are many mountains to summit on the North Coast 500, however an exhilarating hike of Ben Hope with a height of over 3,000 feet is an experience of endurance that stays with you for a lifetime. Our expert guide is on hand to lead you for a day’s trek in this most wild of landscapes.

Scotland’s most remote dining experience

We want you to get the most out of walking in the Highlands - and our guides have the local knowledge to take you to lesser-known spots with the best views. One of our favourite North Coast 500 hiking experiences is in Kinloch’s remote mountains, with a stunning bothy lunch in front of the open fire for you to relax and enjoy the vast vista of hill and moor all to yourself.

History and Culture

The North Coast 500 region has a long and fascinating history, with evidence of human settlement dating back thousands of years, and is home to a diverse range of cultural traditions, including Gaelic language, music, and dance. Here are a few of our favourite days out and attractions to visit while in the Scottish Highlands PICTURED LEFT


The Culloden

Culloden Battlefield is a historic site that is well-known for the Battle of Culloden that took place in 1746. One of the most prominent features of the site is the large memorial cairn that stands in the centre of the battlefield. The cairn was erected in memory of the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the battle. Visitors can pay their respects to those who perished by visiting the cairn and taking a moment to reflect on the events that took place on this historic site.




Mary Ann’s

Dream Escape guests love this unique experience of stepping back in time to explore a traditional Caithness crofter's cottage near the village of Dunnet. Built in 1850 by Mary Ann's father, the cottage has been meticulously preserved and converted into a museum, complete with period furnishings and artifacts. The cottage offers a rare glimpse into the daily life of a crofter in Caithness and provides an opportunity to learn about the region's rich cultural dreamescapemagazine.com


'The crystal-clear water and the soft sand with the Wester Ross Hills in the background provides a stunning backdrop.' heritage. The surrounding countryside is also outstanding, with views of the nearby village of Dunnet and the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands beyond.

Spending the day at Gairloch Beach PICTURED RIGHT

The breathtaking scenery of Gairloch Beach and the Wester Ross Hills beyond is the reason this location has made our NC500 experiences list, not to mention awe-inspiring Scottish sunsets from its westerly position. The crystal-clear water and the soft sand with the Wester Ross Hills in the background provides a stunning backdrop, and so remember to take your camera. It's a must-visit spot for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Scotland's natural landscape.

Ullapool Harbour has plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes to explore. The harbour is a hub for fishing boats and ferries, making it a great place to watch the ships come and go. Additionally, Dream Escape will arrange a boat trip for you to explore the nearby islands of the Outer Hebrides.

Visiting castles and gardens

Castles are a big part of the North Coast 500 experience. The Castle of Mey, Dunrobin Castle, and Castle Leod are just a few examples of impressive castles to visit. Gardens are also remarkable in this beautiful region, and Attadale and Inverewe are two excellent spots where Dream Escape will arrange a private garden tour.




PICTURED RIGHT Ullapool Harbour and the surrounding mountains


Visiting natural beauty spots

There are so many beautiful and untouched wild places to visit on the North Coast 500, but to name just a few: Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach, Bealach na Bà and Applecross Peninsula and Smoo Cave (with a small river running through it and a waterfall) and Duncansby Stacks (pictured above) are among our Dream Escape favourites.

Where to stay The Torridon

Explore the 58-acre parkland estate, home to a two-acre kitchen garden and farm providing mouthwatering produce with a fieldto-fork ethos, where roaring log fires welcome you. Let Dream Escape and the Torridon team curate Highland adventures, from whisky tasting in a classical whisky and gin bar to outdoor adventure in Loch Torridon or the surrounding Munros. Rest, knowing this hotel is ecologically sound and recognised for a commitment to sustainability. At day’s end, step outside and look to the stars in some of the country’s darkest skies.

Kinloch Lodge Wildlands

Nestled in a serene and tranquil setting between a mountain and the shores of Loch na Dal, with views of the spectacular Cuillin mountains in the distance, Kinloch Lodge is a very special place. The exclusive-use lodge is tucked away amid the trees and offers spectacular views from every window. The food is a standout feature, with locally-sourced ingredients used to prepare delicious dishes. Every meal at Kinloch promises to bring the island and its rich larder of seasonal ingredients to life: from shore to moor, mountain to sea. The family spirit of Kinloch remains with Isabella Macdonald now at the helm, welcoming guests from around the world into not just a hotel, but her ancestral, family home. Here you will find true Highland hospitality: roaring fires, an extensive whisky collection, giant beds and some of the best food Scotland has to offer.

Skibo Castle

Skibo Castle, located in the Scottish Highlands, is a beautiful 19th-century house that was built between 1899 and 1903 by



Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest people in history. The castle was the venue of Madonna's wedding and has seen many esteemed guests, including R Kipling, King Edward VII, Elgar, Paderewski, Rockerfellers, and even Helen Keller. Carnegie himself described the castle as "Heaven on Earth," and interestingly, all mirrors and door handles were low to suit his height of only 5'2". Skibo Castle enjoys a unique microclimate, with mild weather and low rainfall due to the 'fone' - a westerly airflow that is dried and warmed in the lee of the mountains. The castle features unheated greenhouses, and food is brought to the house by a model train. In 1990, Peter de Savary bought the house and grounds and turned it into the Skibo Club, a private residential sporting club with 300 members. Guests at Skibo Castle are awoken by the sound of bagpipes, and after dinner, they are entertained by Carnegie's organ.

"[Skibo] Castle was the venue of Madonna's wedding... Guests... are awoken by the sound of bagpipes, and after dinner, they are entertained by Carnegie's organ."



Fancy a challenge?


Pictured below is our very own David Tobin and his fellow riders who cycled the 500-mile iconic touring route to raise money for Cancer Research. The team, consisting of Donald Stone, Roger Pannell, Keith Liggett, Gavin Mackie, and David Tobin, aimed to raise a meaningful amount to help improve the lives of those living with cancer. The route offered incredible scenery but also challenging topography. If you would like to find out more about an epic journey that delivers beautiful bends, wide meandering country tracks and back roads, and amazing coastal scenery please get in touch. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk


Discover Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky distilled at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, on the shores of northeastern Scotland. Their handcrafted single malt whiskies are aged next to the sea, giving them an unmistakable coastal character.


Located side-by-side, Clynelish and Brora Distilleries (pictured left) provide the opportunity for a private guided tour and to learn about the history of the distilleries and the whiskymaking process. During a tasting session you will sample some of the distilleries' renowned malts.


The Glenmorangie distillery and lighthouse is where some of the world's finest single-malt whiskies are crafted. Often referred to as the 'Willy Wonka of whisky', Glenmorangie is best visited via a private tour and tasting. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the distillers, learn about the whiskymaking process, and sample the fruity and delicate flavours that are a result of the unique combination of oak casks. Marvel at the 20-metre-high glass stillhouse and unwind in the whisky-tasting bar. For a complete experience, consider staying or dining at nearby Glenmorangie House, which offers breathtaking views of the Moray Firth.

DAVID TOBIN OWNER & CEO – Across the last 20 years I have spent a lot of time exploring the Highlands. However, it was quite extraordinary to cycle through one of the last great wilderness areas in Europe. The scenery is quite literally breathtaking and ever changing as you head out to the west and hug the coast that takes you north to Durness. There are an increasing number of wonderful local experiences for our guests to enjoy in some of the most remote parts of the Highlands. I would thoroughly recommend heading out into the Scottish wilderness to enjoy the unique scenery, incredible hospitality and the feeling that time has slowed for a short while. david@dreamescape.co.uk




Top 10 ecofriendly experiences across the UK and Ireland

luxurious Wild Swimming


Add some heat to your wild-swimming adventure by combining it with a day out hiking, foraging, fishing or a picnic in the wilderness in Braemar. Relax and rejuvenate while enjoying the stunning views of a beautiful waterfall from their hand-built woodfired sauna. Annie, who has been exploring the rivers and lochs around Braemar since childhood, is our expert guide. She can take you to her favourite natural beauty spots and introduce you to the benefits of pure Scottish water. Water shoes and changing robes are provided, while the brand new riverside sauna, if you're concerned about the cold, makes for a much more luxurious wild swimming experience.





Choosing ecofriendly stays


A luxury stay can still be green – from Britain's first zero-carbon accommodation, The Emerald boutique resort in Cornwall, to The Bracken Hide, a brand new ‘wilderness hotel’ on the Isle of Skye, Dream Escape offers a plethora of environmentally friendly hotels and private accommodation. Other ecofriendly accommodation offered by Dream Escape includes The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall, which is powered by renewable energy and has a strong commitment to sustainability; and the Treehouses at Chewton Glen in Hampshire, which are built using sustainable materials and offer a unique and luxurious ecofriendly experience.





Relax off-grid


The Isle of Eigg, located off the west coast of Scotland, is a beautiful and unique destination that has gained worldwide recognition for its commitment to sustainable living. The island is the first in the world to produce all of its own electricity from renewable energy sources, including wind, hydro, and solar power. Dream Escape will arrange for you to experience this truly ecofriendly way of life, with the island's residents living off the grid and relying on renewable energy. The island boasts stunning natural landscapes, including white sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and rolling hills, all perfect for hiking, biking, and wildlife spotting. There are many things to see and do, from exploring the island's fascinating history, to visiting its charming villages and meeting its friendly locals. The island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, dolphins, eagles, and a wide range of bird species.





Devon by Rail


The Dartmouth Steam Railway is a historic railway line that runs along the scenic coast of South Devon. The railway line offers an unforgettable journey through the stunning countryside, with breathtaking views of the River Dart and the surrounding landscape. Exploring Devon by rail is a unique way to experience the beauty of this region. The railway line runs through some of the most picturesque parts of Devon, including the Dartmoor National Park, the South Devon coast, and the quaint villages and towns that dot the countryside. The railway line features vintage steam trains that have been lovingly restored to their former glory, offering visitors a glimpse into the past and a chance to experience the golden age of travel.



Explore by bike


Exploring Ireland's Atlantic Way by bike is a wonderful ecofriendly way to experience the amazing beauty of the country's western coastline. The route stretches for over 2,500 km and takes riders through some of the most astonishing landscapes in Ireland. Along the way, you'll ride through charming seaside towns and villages, past rugged cliffs and pristine beaches, and through rolling green hills and valleys. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the scenery, enjoy the local cuisine, and learn about the rich history and culture of the region.






Step into the great outdoors




The Sail Loft is a phenomenal holiday cottage situated on the shore of Eilean Shona’s main harbour, offering unparalleled views across Loch Moidart to Castle Tioram. This cosy cottage sleeps four and features a Nordic sauna and underfloor heating, perfect for warming up after a dip in the loch. The emperor-sized bed is placed in front of the expansive French windows that offer spectacular sunrise loch-views. The open-plan living space includes a wood-burning stove, a full kitchen, a chic green-tiled shower room, and a custom-made copper roll-top bath. With skylights that flood the space with light, the living area occupies the upper level of the former working boathouse. The cantilevered balcony is perfect for enjoying the view of the castle while sipping cocktails.


Lace up your boots and get ready to explore the marvellous British countryside with Dream Escape. There are many famous walking trails to choose from, including the South West Coast Path, Pennine Way, Hadrian's Wall, and West Highland Way. Alternatively, let us take you off the beaten track to discover a new section of the England Coast Path, the longest signposted trail in the world, spanning an impressive 2,800 miles (4,500km). With Dream Escape, you can experience the thrilling scenery of the British countryside like never before, whether you opt for a well-known favourite or a lesser-known gem. Let us help you plan a walking holiday that suits your interests and fitness level, complete with luxury accommodation and expert guides to enhance your visit.

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Immerse yourself in countryside


In addition to exploring the 15 National Parks in the UK and many more Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you might enjoy a back-to-nature resort such as the Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk and a visit to nearby Elmley National Nature Reserve. Dream Escape will also arrange for you to visit the countryside of Central England, The Peak District National Park, Sherwood Forest; and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that are all nearby, including Cannock Chase, the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Malvern Hills. For a unique experience, you might enjoy spending the night in luxury canopy accommodations high up in the treetops. Dream Escape will help you plan an unforgettable trip that immerses you in the beauty of the UK's natural landscapes.





Green Star Dining


The Green Star certification is a brilliant accolade for Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa's Executive Chef Ricki Weston. With sustainability at the forefront of their minds, the team at The Dining Room has been recognised for their efforts in zero waste and local ingredient sourcing. Ricki Weston's menu is a celebration of local ingredients, which gives his team a better connection to the product. With 31 Michelinstarred restaurants in the UK holding the Green Star certification, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa stands out as a luxurious Cotswolds country-house hotel that is leading the way in sustainable eating with the future in mind.





Experience The Hide


Hosted by a private chef and sommelier, The Hide is a brand new exclusive hut, situated on top of Lindores Hill, offering a unique and unforgettable atmosphere for Dream Escape guests. Plus, new for 2024, guests now have the opportunity to see and learn about their very own Highland Cow herd! Enjoy delicious food, breathtaking views, a taste of locally distilled Lindores Whisky, and the chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent animals.



If you are after an eco-retreat in beautiful surroundings look no further than Yorkshire’s Broughton Hall, the perfect location for a whole host of sustainable and eco-conscious activities tried and tested by the Dream Escape team. Wellbeing was at the heart of our Broughton Hall retreat. Favourite activities included relaxing at the Avalon Centre, with its organically designed meditation chambers, pool suite, and yoga sessions. Taking a walk around the estate grounds with the resident forager was a fascinating insight into natural food sources, as well as the dos and don’ts of foraging. Later we were treated to foraged hors doeuvres and dinner at the Utopia bistro. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, this is set within Dan Pearson’s walled garden and is an experimental dining experience like no other, with a focus on naturopathic, restorative, plant-based foods. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk



As our awareness and appreciation of the natural world becomes more focused, it is affecting the way we travel more than ever. The trend of ecotourism is growing, as people become more aware of the importance of conservation and the benefits of reconnecting with nature. Visiting places where we can encounter nature in its purest form will enhance any travel experience, and it's certainly as good for the soul as it is for the planet. One such place is Chewton Glen, just two hours away from London, where you can find secluded and ecofriendly treehouses that offer a unique and immersive experience in nature. The city could not seem further away. kirsty@dreamescape.co.uk



THE WONDER OF Waterfalls

Beautiful to behold, the frothing, fizzing, foaming flow of a waterfall is one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. Here are some of our Dream Escape favourites…


Words | Adrienne Wyper

tanding by a waterfall, watching the endlessly falling whitewater and listening to that rushing, roaring, thundering sound, in awe of its power, is an uplifting experience. And it’s beneficial, too. The air around waterfalls has the highest concentration of negative ions found in nature. These are atmospheric molecules charged with electricity, and exposure to them can ease stress, regulate mood and even reduce depression. Watching the unceasing cascade is mesmerising, as is the ‘white noise’ sound, used in sleep apps for its soothing and relaxing properties. Although the water flow may not be at its fiercest in the summer months, it’s the best time to be spritzed with that fresh, cooling spray – and to enter the world behind the waterfall and gaze out through that misty curtain.


On the Isle of Skye beneath the Black Cuillins are the famous Fairy Pools (pictured right). This series of small falls are renowned for colour and clarity: turquoise so clear that you can pick out mossy pebbles in the depths. Some are swimmable – brrr! Further north is Mealt Falls, which cliff68


dives from Loch Mealt to the rocky coast below. From here you can also see Kilt Rock, with its pleated-effect basalt folds (pictured next page). Dream Escape will also take you off the beaten path to more peaceful falls without the crowds, such as Glen Brittle and Sligachan Waterfalls - or on a boat charter to explore the stunning coastline of the Isle of Skye from the water on a luxury sea tour. We may have poet Robert Burns to thank for the gorgeously wooded landscape at the Falls of Bruar at the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, in Perthshire. When he visited in 1787, Burns found the surroundings somewhat bare and was inspired to write, 'The Humble Petition of Bruar Water' to the landowner, the 4th Duke of Atholl. Written from the water’s viewpoint, it entreats: ‘Would then my noble master please/To grant my highest wishes/He’ll shade my banks wi’ tow’ring trees/ And bonie spreading bushes.’ The Duke took Burns’s advice and, in an innovative forerunner of modern seed bombs, he fired Scots pine and larch seeds from the opposite bank from a cannon. The lowest fall of peat-brown water through the forested rocky gorge has an arched stone bridge, and a natural rock span just downstream.



Located by the Falls of Bruar is the most famous Scottish country clothing brand, House of Bruar, which houses a fabulous food hall – perfect for picnic essentials. Around the Falls of Clyde in this species-rich wooded gorge, near New Lanark, southeast of Glasgow, you might spot kingfishers, dippers and ravens, with swooping bats, badgers and even otters. But the main attractions are the four waterfalls within four miles. At 88ft high, Corra Linn is the second one you’ll see, and the most spectacular. It was described by William Wordsworth as ‘the Clyde’s most majestic daughter’. Just upstream is Scotland’s first hydroelectric power station, harnessing the power of the falls to power textile mills in New Lanark, completed in 1927.

Northern Ireland

Near Ballymena, Co Antrim, in Glenariff, largest of the nine glens of Antrim, are no fewer than nine viewing points for three waterfalls on a choice of four walking routes (Glenariff's



Ess-na-Larach waterfall pictured next page). Wooden fenced boardwalks and flights of steps allow close-up views of the falls, where white froth and foam contrasts against the dark waters, the lush foliage lining the gorge; and possibly even local wildlife, such as red squirrels, hen harriers and Irish hares. At the top of the walkable area, enjoy more expansive views down to the Irish Sea and across it to the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

North England

Thundering 65ft down a craggy rock face, Aira Force in Cumbria is formed by Aira Beck (stream) making its way down the fells to Ullswater. ‘Force’ or ‘foss’ comes from the Old Norse word for waterfall. Dream Escape will take you on a guided walk along the waterfall trail for the best view of the walls and the two stone bridges arching over the plummeting water. Around a quarter of a mile higher up is another fall, High Force. Or you might prefer to discover the hidden waterfalls of the

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'Wooden fenced boardwalks... allow close-up views of the falls, where white froth and foam contrasts against the dark waters, the lush foliage lining the gorge.' Lake District, Windermere's Stock Ghyll Force and Skelwith Force during a picnic adventure with native Lakeland Fell ponies, following part of an old packhorse route through meadows, woods and fell. Much more impressive than its more westerly namesake is County Durham’s High Force. This awe-inspiring 70ft cascade, where the River Tees plunges over a vertical cliff of blocky whinstone, is the UK’s largest volume of water falling over an unbroken drop, when in full spate. The stunning view was painted by JMW Turner in 1816. The north side is privately owned, and Dream Escape will arrange for you to enjoy its mighty power and unforgettable beauty with special out-of-hours access to the waterfall. The easy-to-follow walk to Hareshaw Linn (‘linn’ is old dialect for waterfall), near Bellingham in Northumberland National Park, passes through a formerly industrial landscape, now reclaimed by nature. The path winds up the damp, deep gorge, lush with ferns, mosses, liverworts and lichen cloaking damp boulders and branches, crossing Hareshaw Burn, a tributary of the North Tyne, via six bridges, offering beautiful views of the bubbling burn beneath. By the sixth bridge, there is a tree stump studded with coins, for good luck. Follow the sound around the bend, down stone-slab steps to the Linn, tumbling down over the 30ft sandstone cliff to the pool below. The Peak District National Park has plenty of waterfalls. Fair Brook flows down the lower slopes of Kinder Scout, the region’s highest point at 2800ft (famed for the ‘mass trespass’ dreamescapemagazine.com


'Enjoy a picnic on the expansive adjoining grassy area, then paddle in the river.'

South West England

On the North Devon coast near Hartland, and accessible on foot via the South West Coast Path, you can enjoy the rare, spectacular sight of white, tumbling waters on a coastal cliff. In a ruggedly beautiful area of hanging valleys and high cliffs, Speke’s Mill Mouth waterfall drops 157ft over a sheer cliff edge, then tumbles downward over boulders onto the rock-slabbed beach to meet the sea. At the head of the Bride Valley in Dorset lie the thatched cottages of the picturesque village of Littlebredy. (It really is little, too: population around 100.) As part of Bridehead House’s 19th-century garden redesign, the river was dammed to create a lake, and from here it flows through the grounds and then gushes noisily over a drop (pictured above). Enjoy a picnic on the expansive adjoining grassy area, then paddle in the river. Scramble up behind the fall to gaze over the lake and snap the perfect shot from the little stone footbridge behind.

South East England

The southeast of England is not renowned for its mountains, so waterfalls are, naturally, hard to find. The next best thing is the constructed Grand Cascade within the grounds of Blenheim



Palace, designed by the renownedly naturalistic landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it forms part of a complex dam structure at the western end of the lake he created across the estate, with a delicate arched bridge offering the perfect photo opportunity. Home to the Dukes of Marlborough, Blenheim is the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, who was born here.


In Bannau Brycheiniog (previously known as the Brecon Beacons) National Park is an area known as ‘waterfall country’, with Britain's greatest concentration of cascades, caves and gorgeous gorges. The Four Falls Trail takes in Sgwd (Welsh for ‘waterfall’) Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd Isaf Clun-Gwyn, Sgwd y Pannwr and Sgwd yr Eira. The last, which means ‘waterfall of snow’, is the best known, most popular, and the most photographed – not least because you can experience the thrill of walking behind the cascading curtain of water. Be prepared: you’ll almost certainly get wet on the rough and slippery path used by sheep farmers – but it’s worth it! Pistyll Rhaeadr, meaning ‘spring of the waterfall’, lies in the Berwyn Mountains, just inside Wales, in Powys, west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury at the end of a narrow singletrack road. At 240ft high, it’s often hailed as Britain’s highest singledrop waterfall, although some argue that the drop is in three stages. Either way it’s a breathtaking sight: a narrow white ribbon falling behind a water-hewn stone arch. From the top you can see Snowdonia to the west and the hills of Shropshire to the east.


of 1932, when walkers took to the hill to protest against lack of access), with several waterfalls as well as natural pools – some deep enough for a dip if you fancy a wild swim as well as a walk. Kinder Downfall is the region’s highest waterfall, at 98ft. Its flow can be temperamental, but in windy conditions, it appears to flow upwards!

Private Experiences

FIVE OF OUR FAVOURITE PRIVATE TOURS Following the thrill of standing in awe of a cascading waterfall, Dream Escape will arrange a grand private tour of a castle or stately home, steeped in centuries of history. THE BOWES MUSEUM Located in Barnard Castle, County Durham, the Bowes Museum was built in the 19th century by John Bowes and his wife Josephine, who were both art collectors. The museum is housed in a beautiful building that resembles a French château and has a stunning garden. Visit for: Its eclectic collection of antiques, curios, art, and relics. One of its most famous exhibits is the Silver Swan, a life-size automaton that is over 200 years old and still in working order. ALNWICK CASTLE Dream Escape will arrange for you to visit this historic castle located in the town of Alnwick, in Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, and has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years. Dream Escape will arrange a private visit to The Alnwick Garden with the head gardener to see their beautiful collection of gardens, fountains, and water features, followed by a delicious one-of-a-kind lunch in The Treehouse; a unique dining experience in a treehouse located in the Alnwick Garden. Visit for: A private broomstick flying lesson for children – inspired by the Harry Potter movies, which were filmed at the castle. Kids can dress up in wizard robes and learn to fly on a broomstick just like Harry Potter. BLENHEIM PALACE Dream Escape will arrange a private visit to this monumental country house located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Blenheim is one of the largest and most impressive stately homes in the country, and it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace provides a splendid backdrop to the beautiful gardens and grounds that surround it, and the Orangery (a remarkable building with large windows overlooking the Italian Garden) offers private lunch and afternoon tea experiences. Visit for: Exploring the grounds in style, during a private buggy

rides with a knowledgeable guide. During the ride, you will hear the fascinating history of the palace and its grounds – an excellent way to see the extensive parkland and gardens while enjoying a comfortable and informative ride. ATHOLL ESTATES This large estate located in the Scottish Highlands covers an area of over 145,000 acres and includes several villages, forests, mountains, and rivers. The estate is owned by the Murray family, who have been the Dukes of Atholl since the 18th century. Atholl Estates is known for its rich history, extraordinary natural beauty, and diverse wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, and hunting, and also explore the estate's many historical landmarks and buildings, including Blair Castle, which has been the ancestral home of the Murray family for over 700 years. Visit for: Private tours of Atholl Estates with a ranger, which is a wonderful way to explore the incredible scenery and wildlife that the estate has to offer. DUNLUCE CASTLE Known as Northern Ireland's most famous castle Dunluce Castle has a long history of destruction and has been the site of many battles over the centuries. Located in County Antrim the castle was built in the 13th century and has been home to many prominent families over the years. In addition to its rich history, Dunluce Castle also offers a Taste Causeway Hamper, which is a must-try for food lovers. Plus, visitors can also enjoy a 700ml Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery Edition while taking in the breathtaking views. Visit for: Private access arranged by Dream Escape, granted from Lord Antrim. Explore the castle's rich history and learn about the amazing Antrim family history at this iconic site, where Ulster was formed in 1584.

DREAM ESCAPE Did you know?


Waterfalls in the UK and Ireland have always been a popular attraction for nature lovers, hikers, and adventure seekers. But what many people don't know is that these waterfalls have also been used as filming locations for movies, TV shows, and music videos. High Force waterfall, located in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in County Durham has been used as a filming location for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and the 2015 adaptation of Macbeth. Swallow Falls in Wales featured in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and the TV series Doctor Who. The music video for the song 'Run' by Snow Patrol was filmed at the Gobbins Cliff Path in Ireland, and its impressive waterfall. 'The One' by Kodaline was filmed at Powerscourt Waterfall in Ireland; and 'No Roots' by Alice Merton was filmed at the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

ROSIE PEATTIE CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER – There’s something incredibly peaceful, relaxing and mesmerising about watching a waterfall. To reach one normally involves a hike, but the reward is great as you walk across a heather moorland to the base of a cliff, through a wood, or crest a summit to be confronted with Mother Nature at her very best. We are so lucky in the UK and Ireland to have hundreds of waterfalls. Many have fascinating names with tales to tell, from the Gaping Gill to the Wailing Widow. Step on set in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves at Hardraw Force, Yorkshire, or walk behind the Cascade Waterfall at Bowood House, Wiltshire – a great adventure for children before boarding the pirate ship. rosie@dreamescape.co.uk



ECO-FRIENDLY FOOD like no other

Dream Escape unearths extraordinary farm-to-table dining experiences at Simon Rogan’s world-famous restaurants in the Lake District, where sustainability, seasonality and world-class culinary innovation combine in delicious harmony. Words | Sophie Farrah


iving sustainably doesn’t always have to require sacrifice. In fact, when it comes to food, local and seasonal produce is often far more delicious than the alternative. There are few greater pleasures, for example, than eating fresh fish on the beach where it was caught just moments earlier, or sipping a glass of crisp English sparkling wine while overlooking the vines that produced the fruit. A similarly satisfying (and sustainable) experience can be found in the Lake District, where food lovers flock not only for the beautiful scenery, but for a taste of Simon



Rogan’s farm-to-fork philosophy. One of the most celebrated chefs in the world and recently awarded an MBE for services to the food industry in the 2024 New Year's Honours List, Rogan is deeply passionate about the relationship between food and nature and has built an epicurean empire based on this ethos in and around the unassuming Cumbrian village of Cartmel. Here, his acclaimed restaurants include the legendary L’Enclume; the only three-Michelin-star restaurant in the North of England, and one of only eight in the UK. It also holds a Michelin Green Star; a relatively new annual award that recognises





exceptional restaurants combining culinary excellence with outstanding environmental efforts. One of the many things that has earned Rogan this prestigious eco accolade is the part played by his very own 12-acre farm. Set in the Cartmel Valley, ‘Our Farm’ supplies all of his restaurants with fantastically fresh, hyperlocal produce, ensuring a fully traceable dining experience, which is something of a rarity, even in today’s eco-conscious world. During the spring and summer months, Dream Escape arrange unmissable farm tours that provide an opportunity to learn about the farm’s approach to regenerative farming and sustainability. Here, growers and chefs work side-by-side, no chemicals are used, and what is produced, according to the rhythms of the seasons, determine all of Rogan’s menus. The farm is

essentially an extension of the kitchen(s). It also features a fleet of fascinating state-of-theart composters, each one capable of consuming up to 200kg of food waste per week, and there is an emphasis on growing more unusual plants that can provide Rogan’s restaurants with exotic and interesting flavours, thus eliminating the need to import any alternatives. Exploring the rows of luscious vegetables, flourishing plants and polytunnels filled with delicate microherbs is an inspiring, back-to-nature experience that offers a unique insight into Rogan’s extraordinary gastronomic vision. Also not to be missed is A Day on Our Farm; a oneof-a-kind immersive experience limited to certain dates and just 16 people. The day starts with an informative tour with exceedingly knowledgeable farm manager John

'During the spring and summer months, Dream Escape arrange unmissable farm tours that provide an opportunity to learn about the farm’s approach to regenerative farming and sustainability.'



'Also not to be missed is A Day on Our Farm; a one-of-a-kind immersive experience... the day starts with an informative tour... an alfresco feasting lunch is then served, using the very best of what’s available, grown only metres from the dining table.' Rowland, and head chef Liam Fitzpatrick, accompanied by some freshly prepared seasonal snacks. An alfresco feasting lunch is then served, using the very best of what’s available, grown only metres from the dining table. However you choose to explore Our Farm, a visit truly enhances the experience of then eating in Rogan’s nearby restaurants, where guests can discover firsthand how his talented team of chefs transform the farm’s produce into unforgettably creative and delicious dishes. Dream Escape organise stays at local luxury country house hotel, Linthwaite House. Nestled among beautiful sculpture-dotted grounds near the small town of Bowness-on-Windermere, the hotel is home to 36 stylish



bedrooms and suites, art-filled interiors, and Henrock - an informal and elegant restaurant by Simon Rogan. The menu here is inspired by flavours and techniques discovered by Rogan and his chefs on their travels, reimagined using local ingredients, including produce from Our Farm. At the hotel’s chic Henrock bar, even the cocktail menu is led by this unwavering focus on sustainability and hyper locality. The pina colada, for example, is made using foraged gorse flowers, known for their coconutty flavour; ingenious, delicious, and with minimal air miles to boot. A picturesque 30-minute drive away lies Cartmel; a chocolate-box scene of winding streets and pretty rose-covered cottages.



Here, Rogan has 16 tasteful and extremely comfortable bedrooms and suites dotted around the village, each with characterful historic features. Some have beautiful exposed beamed ceilings, luxurious roll-top baths, and feature an array of soothing natural materials. At the heart of the village sits Rogan & Co, the chef’s relaxed one-Michelin-star neighbourhood restaurant. With rustic wooden floors, beamed ceilings, and comfortable, well-designed furniture, the cosy atmosphere is reflected in the comforting menu. In the summer months, expect flavour-filled dishes such as Our Farm heritage tomatoes – some fresh, others dehydrated and semi- dehydrated – with smoked egg yolk, sourdough crisp and a variety of freshly picked cress. Much like all of Rogan’s establishments, the service is impeccable, yet warm and welcoming. Just a short walk away, more fantastic farm-to-table flavours can be found at Rogan’s development kitchen,

Aulis. This unique behind-the-scenes dining experience is limited to just six guests who can enjoy a selection of innovative dishes and watch Rogan’s chefs at work, while hearing about their creative processes and how they use the ingredients from Our Farm. However, Cartmel's ultimate dining experience has to be the world-famous L’Enclume - the jewel in Rogan’s Cumbrian crown and the edible epitome of his philosophy. This multi-award winning, 50-seater restaurant opened in 2002 and is situated in an unassuming former 13th-century blacksmith workshop, with the original anvil still at its centre (L’Enclume means ‘the anvil’ in French). Dream Escape organise highly coveted tables in its rustic, low-ceilinged dining room, or out in the small conservatory, which offers views of both the pretty cottage garden and the small, busy kitchen.

'Cartmel’s ultimate dining experience has to be the world-famous L’Enclume - the jewel in Rogan’s Cumbrian crown and the edible epitome of his philosophy.'



DREAM ESCAPE Hungry for more?



The exceptional, ever-evolving dining experience here consists of multiple courses and can take up to four hours. Expertly delivered by a team of friendly, knowledgeable, and supremely efficient staff, each beautifully presented dish is a flavour-filled masterclass in creativity, impeccable precision, and mind-boggling technique. As in all of Rogan’s restaurants, the menu changes regularly to reflect what is in season and is brimming with the freshest possible ingredients from Our Farm and the local area, transformed into truly unforgettable plates of food. Breakfast is served at Rogan & Co, where an assortment of whisky-laced porridge, freshly laid eggs, smoky baked beans, and thick rashers of local bacon round off a delectable stay perfectly. In a world where there is often so much distance between what we eat and where it is grown, the experience created by Simon Rogan’s innovative menus - a product of the genuine, symbiotic relationship that he has created between farm and fork - is totally unique, not to mention extremely delicious. And it just goes to prove that eating sustainably doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice in fact, it can be quite the opposite.

Cumbria’s reputation as a food-lover’s paradise is well-earned, with an impressive 13 Michelin stars – the highest number in the UK outside London. Several well-known delicacies have originated in the Lake District too, most notably Romney's Kendal Mint Cake – a much-loved meltin-the-mouth mixture of sugar and peppermint oil; Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding – a classic and comforting British dessert; and Grasmere Gingerbread® – a unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake. Dream Escape organise trips to the market town of Kendal, home of the famous Mint Cake, and visits to the Cartmel Village Shop for a taste of the famous sticky toffee pudding that has been baked there for over 30 years. And no visit to the Lakes would be complete without a trip to the characterful Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, where Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread® in 1854. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

SUE MORRIS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & HEAD OF MARKETING – There is no doubt that Simon Rogan has spearheaded a change in the British culinary landscape like no other. He has also put the Lake District firmly on the map as hottest fine dining destination outside of London, and as a Cumbrian myself, I am a huge advocate. While visiting this very special corner of England why not walk off that Cumberland sausage and sticky toffee pudding and head for the hills. The stunning Helvellyn/ Striding Edge walk is not for the fainthearted but. if you are able, it is so worth it. The ascent has to be one of the most spectacular you may ever experience, with valleys falling away either side of the narrow ridge – a great day out while staying at Linthwaite House or Cartmel. sue@dreamescape.co.uk



Journey through

THE COTSWOLDS The Cotswolds is steeped in rural traditions and culture, its golden-hued stone buildings seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape, and its winding country roads and narrow lanes lead to hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Words | Jessica Way


estled in the heart of England, the Cotswolds is a picturesque region renowned for its rolling hills, quaint villages, and idyllic countryside. With its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and diverse cultural offerings, the Cotswolds is an ideal destination for an immersive and quintessentially British Dream Escape experience.

Quaint and Charming

The Cotswolds is home to some of the most alluring villages in England, each with its own unique character and charm. From the honey-coloured stone cottages of Bibury to the medieval market town of Burford, the Cotswolds is dotted with quaint villages that offer a glimpse into England’s rich cultural heritage. Dream Escape will arrange for you to visit these villages, including the well-known highlights such as Chipping Campden, famed for its wool trading, Stow-on-the-Wold and Lower Slaughter, and take you off the beaten track to villages such as Blockley and Hidcote Bartrim (pictured right). As you stroll down Chipping Campden High Street, you can visit Harts Silversmiths, the last operating remnant of the Guild of Handicraft, or visit the ancient Market Hall used for locals selling their goods. In the charming village of Broadway, you can 84


taste local delights at the Broadway Deli, and from here, ‘Kennel Lane’ is just a short stroll where you can meet the foxhounds kept at the back of the High Street. On a Dream Escape Cotswolds villages tour, you will discover where the monks came to worship in Hailes and in Naunton, and witness a delightful village tucked away where Lewis Carroll had the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. Explore where Father Brown was filmed, or learn where Jane Austen lived. We’ll show you the best thatched houses in the world or stop for a picnic overlooking the rolling hills. For an authentic taste of the Cotswolds, try your hand at some dry stonewalling – famous to the Cotswolds, or pick some peas in the fields and stroll across the meadows full of Cotswold sheep.

History and Culture

Using our local knowledge, Dream Escape will give you a real taste of the Cotswolds away from the major tourist spots and immerse you in local Cotswold culture. For those with interests in film, literature and history, visits of Warwick Castle, Stratford-uponAvon, and the famous Magic Alley should be on the must-see list. For the adventurous, the Tower Climb of Gloucester Cathedral offers breathtaking views of the Cotswolds (on a clear day, you can see up to 40 miles across the countryside to


'From the honey-coloured stone cottages of Bibury to the medieval market town of Burford, the Cotswolds is dotted with quaint villages that offer a glimpse into England’s rich cultural heritage.' the Malvern Hills), and one of our favourite things to do in Stratford, the birthplace of the world-famous playwright William Shakespeare, charter a rowing boat before rowing up the majestic River to Shakespeare’s church. After a visit to the town, there are many other Shakespeare-led sites to visit too, such as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm. Before heading to Warwick Castle, you might like to pop into the town of Warwick and stop for lunch in the historic town. Then immerse yourself in a thousand years of history and climb the Castle's walls, or head into the dungeons for some of the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in the Castle’s history, as live actors and special effects bring to life these gruesome tales. Harry Potter fans will wish to visit the medieval village of Lacock. Lacock Abbey in the village stood in as Hogwarts for two of the films, and the abbey’s cloisters were used in many of the

films and one of houses was used as Harry Potter's parents’ house. Metalwork and mastery combine in a smallholding in the beautiful 17th-century forge and house on the Stanway Estate in the charming village of Didbrook, where award-winning artistic blacksmith Reddog Forge is keeping the tradition alive. Learn more about the craft or try your own hand at the masterful techniques, as Reddog demonstrates his skills and shares his knowledge and passion for the craft. Meet local legend Robin Dale, a farmer and tour guide who participated in Episode 6 of Clarkson’s Farm Season 2 and had the privilege of spending time with His Majesty King Charles at a small private hedge-laying event (one of His Majesty’s favorite hobbies) on his estate last year. Dream Escape will arrange for you to partake in Robin’s brand new Clarkson-themed private tour, celebrating the rural dreamescapemagazine.com


beauty of the Cotswolds, stopping at Clarkson’s farm shop and taking a tour of Robin’s farm, where you will learn about rural British skills – including hedge-laying and stonewalling – and explore his very own private museum. The Cotswolds is also home to many beautiful gardens you can visit. Sezincote, located near Moreton-in-Marsh, features a unique blend of Indian and British architecture and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and a lake. Snowshill Manor and Garden, also near Moreton-in-Marsh, has stunning views of the countryside and features a variety of themed gardens, including a lavender garden and a water garden. Hidcote Manor Garden, located near Chipping Campden, is famous for its intricate outdoor ‘rooms’ and stunning plant collections. And of course, you can’t miss Highgrove, (pictured above) the private gardens of King Charles located near the market town of Tetbury, which feature beautiful and unique displays of flora. All of these gardens offer a wonderful opportunity to take in the beauty of the Cotswolds and its lush greenery.



Dream Escape will also arrange a private tour of Chavenage House with the owner Caroline Lowsley-Williams, who was born at the property. The estate has been the backdrop for numerous fashion shoots and was also featured in the popular BBC drama Poldark. Or you might prefer to visit Sulgrave Manor and Garden, a beautiful and historic property that was George Washington’s ancestral home. The property has a lot of documents and artifacts on display, making it a great place for Americans and history enthusiasts to visit.

Active Relaxation

For those seeking a more energetic experience, the Cotswolds offers a plethora of outdoor activities, from hiking and cycling to horse riding and fishing. The region is home to several worldclass golf courses, including Cotswold Hills in Cheltenham, Naunton Downs in Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway in Worcestershire. Dream Escape will arrange for you to experience the thrill of the catch with a tailor-made fly-fishing session, learning the

art and testing your skills catching rainbow trout in clear-water lakes at Salford Trout Lakes near Chipping Norton. Experienced fishers can practise their skills on the River Coln at Fairford, with excellent dry fly and nymph fishing for wild brown trout and grayling. Or perhaps clay pigeon shooting with a former English sporting champion is more your speed. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, our qualified instructors have you covered, with a variety of different stands that include ‘going away’, ‘crossing’, ‘driven’ and many other varying targets , depending on your skill level. Located in the heart of the Cotswold countryside, the picturesque valley overlooks a deer park, providing a remarkable backdrop to the excitement of clay pigeon shooting. For bird enthusiasts, Dream Escape will arrange a private guided Hawk Walk or Owl Encounter, or a one-of-a-kind lesson to experience flying a variety of different birds of prey. Under expert guidance, you’ll get to experience the thrill of handling these majestic creatures up close.


Culinary Delights

For foodies, the Cotswolds is a gastronomic paradise, with a thriving food scene that showcases the region’s local produce and traditional dishes. From Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint country pubs, the Cotswolds has something to offer every discerning palate. Malmesbury is a charming market town with a variety of locally owned shops, boutiques, and specialty stores including the weekly Malmesbury Farmers & Artist Market, which offers a wide range of locally sourced fresh produce, artisan bread, cheese, honey, and much more. The famous Diddly Squat Farm Shop is a must-see, with visitors coming from all over the world to view the site, following the success of Jeremy Clarkson's popular television series Clarkson’s Farm. The shop is packed full of produce from Clarkson’s farm or local suppliers. Sample some of the acclaimed ‘Cow Juice’ or ‘Gin in a Tin’. You can grab lunch at the farm shop or have dreamescapemagazine.com


a picnic in the beautiful Cotswold fields or you may fancy a country pub lunch. Whatever you choose, Dream Escape guides will be able to suggest the best spots. There’s also Daylesford Organic Farm, an ultra-trendy wellness hang-out and foodie destination with a cookery school, garden tours and floristry workshops, as well as Bamford Wellness Spa’s treatments and classes. Explore the charm and history of the English countryside on a foodie tour of Wells, Glastonbury, and Cheddar Gorge. Visit Wells Cathedral, Vicars' Close, Glastonbury Tor and Glastonbury Abbey, steeped in legend and mysticism. End the tour at the breathtaking Cheddar Gorge and Caves, where you can witness the geological formation and learn about the oldest complete skeleton ever found in Britain. Then take the chance to sample some of the celebrated cave-aged cheese, which is still carried by hand, stored, and left to mature 200ft underground, in the Wookey Hole Caves. If you have ever considered learning how to make your own cheese, we have the perfect hands-on tour with a local farmer. Not only will you be able to see the entire cheesemaking process up close, but you’ll also have the opportunity to give your cheese a unique name! And, if all this foodie excitement has left you thirsty, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste some of the finest locally produced ale at Donnington Brewery. The brewery has been in operation since 1865, and the beer is still brewed the same way today as 158 years




'The famous Diddly Squat Farm Shop is a must-see... Sample some of the acclaimed ‘Cow Juice’ or ‘Gin in a Tin’.'

ago. From here, you can visit the Rollright Stones, an ancient complex where you can hear the folklore for these stones; or head to Belas Knap for impressive views of the Cotswold Hills and Sudeley Castle. Whisky lovers should make time for a private guided tour and tasting at the Cotswolds Distillery. Here you will see the distillery’s impressive copper pot stills, learn about the distillation process, its spirits, production process, and history before tasting a variety of the distillery’s spirits, including whisky, gin, and vodka. The Cotswolds is a destination that promises to delight and inspire. With its marvellous natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and opulent offerings.

Luxurious Accommodation

In addition to its exquisite setting and cultural offerings, the Cotswolds is also home to some of the most exclusive and

luxurious places to stay in England. From opulent country estates to cosy boutique hotels, and exquisite manor house’ made of Cotswold stone.

Best for couples Estelle Manor

For a country-house hotel that offers something for everyone, take a look at this newly opened Oxfordshire pad. A sister to private club Maison Estelle in London, it has a kids club, gym, workspace and outdoor pool; and a newly opened Roman baths complex featuring five indoor pools. Stay in elegant Manor House rooms with vintage furnishings or in child-friendly properties scattered throughout the grounds. You can eat informally in the brasserie, or live it up in the Chinese restaurant, with its Murano glass chandeliers and green velvet seats. PICTURED ABOVE



Best for families Lucknam Park

This graciously restored Palladian manor is set within 500 acres of glorious parkland. Enveloped within its own classical gardens and paddocks, Lucknam Park is something out of a fairy tale. Arriving to any house from a milelong, sweeping avenue of beech and lime trees is always going to be a special occasion, but the approach to Lucknam Park is just a mere hint at the elegance that awaits fortunate guests. Make time for yourself in the spa, indulge in Michelin-starred cuisine, enjoy relaxed dining in The Brasserie, and sleep in four-poster comfort. This is a place for imagination and rejuvenation.

Best for exclusive use Temple Guiting

PICTURED RIGHT & BELOW Temple Guiting is a beautiful estate located in the picturesque village of Temple Guiting in the heart of the Cotswolds. The estate comprises five stunning stone properties that have been carefully restored and refurbished, each with its own unique character and charm. In addition to the outdoor pool, cinema, hot tub and tennis courts, guests can now enjoy a range of wellness activities at the newly opened wellness centre, offering morning yoga, lunchtime fitness or spa treatments. With its tranquil setting and luxurious amenities, Temple Guiting is the perfect place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.



'With its tranquil setting and luxurious amenities, Temple Guiting is the perfect place to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.'

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Best for village setting Lords of the Manor

PICTURED ABOVE Enjoy a stay and fabulous dining at Lords of the Manor. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the countryside while taking in the sensational scenery around the hotel and local area, with the River Eye meandering through the grounds and the ancient and unspoilt attractive village of Upper Slaughter. A stay at this beautiful hotel will allow you to indulge in everything the Cotswolds has to offer, from timeless scenery and rolling rural countryside to the enchanting sights of quaint villages like Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury. There are also countless natural attractions to enjoy, including Batsford Arboretum, Cotswold Farm Park, Sudley Castle, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens and many more.

Best for celebrating a special event Daylesford Village

Dream Escape can arrange for you to take over an entire Cotswolds village. There are 15 stone cottages at Daylesford, a 2,500-acre estate launched by Carole Bamford. Her farm shop, just down the road, offers cookery classes, floristry workshops, winetasting, and the use of the Bamford Wellness Spa. And if you don’t want to cook, it’s just a short walk to the two pubs in Bamford’s empire: The Fox at Oddington and The Wild Rabbit.

Glorious all year-round, the Cotswolds are the largest of all the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Perhaps the key to the Cotswolds’ irresistible and characteristic pull lies in the limestone bedrock from which so many of its towns and villages are built. It is this golden stone – attributed from medieval wealth from wool merchants – that makes the area equally as beautiful on an overcast afternoon or a sunny morning. Interesting facts: The word Cotswold originates from the ancient English word ‘wolds’ meaning 'gentle hills'. The total length of Cotswold stone walls running through the Cotswolds is longer than the Great Wall of China. Don't miss the annual cheese rolling at Coopers Hill, Birdlip which involves chasing a 7lb Double Gloucester round of cheese down a very steep (1 in 1) hill. The first person to reach the cheese gets to keep it! enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk

REBECCA MORRISON ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & HEAD OF GUEST EXPERIENCE – The Cotswolds picture-postcard towns and villages set between what seem like endless green fields is one of my favourite regions of England. Take a wander for some unique shopping; my favourites are Broadway at Tetbury and – for beautiful gifts and produce – Daylesford Organic Farm. Get your walking boots on for a leisurely ramble, taking in the fabulous views and fresh air. Better still, nothing beats a visit to a local stables to take the horses out for a ride, or a stop off at a Cotswolds farm to meet the clever sheepdogs and see them in action. A delicious lunch in the corner of an idyllic village pub is also a must to top off the perfect day. rebecca@dreamescape.co.uk




Embark on a journey through time and discover the enchanting world of Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the aweinspiring Skellig Michael, to the unique geological formations of the Giant's Causeway, and ancient wonders of Brú na Bóinne. Words | Jane Freeman


he island of Ireland is home to several UNESCO sites that are rich in history and culture. From tales of giants to sun worship and Norse royalty, these sites have a unique story to tell. Welcome to the magical world of Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the awe-inspiring Skellig Michael to the ancient wonders of Brú na Bóinne and Newgrange, these sites are steeped in history, myth, and legend. Dream Escape will arrange a tour for you to uncover the fascinating stories behind these iconic landmarks and experience the rich cultural heritage of this enchanting island. As you explore these sites, you can feel the cool breeze on your face and get a sense of how time has shaped the landscape around you. The air is filled with the taste of history, and every step you take is a journey through time.



Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael is a breathtakingly beautiful and historically significant location that was home to devout Christian monks seeking extreme isolation between the 6th and 8th centuries. Consisting of Skellig Michael (Sceilig Mhichíl) and its smaller sister, Little Skellig (Sceilig Bheag), the Skellig Islands are Europe’s secondmost westerly point, surpassed only by the Blasket Islands. Over the years, Skellig Michael has attracted visitors from all over the world, including Norway's first king, Olaf Tryggvasson, who was reportedly baptised on the island. Literary legend George Bernard Shaw also visited Skellig Michael and described it as an "incredible, impossible, mad place" that was "part of our dream world." For a magical private sandy beach experience with picturesque views, Dream Escape will arrange a riding tour along the water's edge in Rossbeigh Strand.

"For a magical private sandy beach experience with picturesque views, Dream Escape will arrange a riding tour along the water's edge in Rossbeigh Strand... known as a trekker's paradise. " Located on the Ring of Kerry, and accompanied by our favourite local guides, you will take a ride on the six-mile-long Rossbeigh Beach, which is known as a trekker's paradise and is only 30 minutes away from Killarney town. Whether you're exploring the stunning surrounding scenery on a trail ride or enjoying a gentle trot along the beach, the views are sure to leave you awestruck. Another interesting experience that Dream Escape will arrange for you is a sheepdog demonstration in Killarney. You'll have the opportunity to join local farmer for a 'day in the life' of working with his Border collies as they herd sheep. During this experience, you'll witness firsthand how welltrained Border collies can help the farmer with his agricultural activities. You'll also get to watch a spectacular demonstration as the sheepdogs respond to their individual whistles, showcasing their intelligence, skill, and obedience. dreamescapemagazine.com


The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant's Causeway is a unique geological formation located on the Causeway Coast in Antrim, Northern Ireland. While there are many myths surrounding this oddity, the facts behind it are even more impressive. The basalt columns that make up the Giant's Causeway emerged over 60 million years ago due to intense volcanic activity. These octagonal stepping stones, also known as 'giant's eyes', are not the only curious stone creations along the coast. Other notable formations include the Organ, the Giant's Harp, and the Honeycomb. This UNESCO site is in close proximity to other popular tourist attractions in the area, such as the sea-spanning Carricka-Rede rope bridge and the town of Bushmills, known for its whiskey distillery and award-winning Bushmills Inn. Dream Escape will arrange a private tour of the Causeway Coastal Route, including exclusive access to Glenarm Castle, Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede, and Dunluce Castle. With a personal storyteller to guide you, you will be transported to a 94


place in the past and experience the lives of those who lived in this unforgiving but unforgettable part of the world. The Giant's Causeway is an extraordinary national nature reserve, stretching over two miles and made up of approximately 40,000 basalt columns. On a private tour, a knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through these unique geological formations and offer a "140-year and counting" personal insight from their family's history, making for an authentic storytelling experience. Another exclusive guided tour in Northern Ireland is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, originally constructed in 1755 to connect the mainland to the island of Carrickarede. This iconic bridge is a symbol of Northern Ireland and an important landmark for many. Dream Escape will arrange exclusive access to the cottage on the island and the opportunity to hear stories of the fishers and their industry while enjoying a specially prepared Causeway Coast picnic hamper filled with locally sourced produce.

'Dream Escape will arrange exclusive access to the cottage on the island and the opportunity to hear stories of the fishers and their industry while enjoying a specially prepared Causeway Coast picnic hamper filled with locally sourced produce.'


Brú na Bóinne and Newgrange

If you're looking for Ireland's most famous passage tomb, then look no further than Newgrange. Its pagan architects crafted a building that predates even the pyramids at Giza, and while its grass-covered exterior is stunning, what's truly exciting is what's inside. On the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year in Northern Europe) on December 21st, a beam of sunlight enters through a roof box, creating a beautifully illuminated inner chamber and one of



the oldest sun celebrations in the world. If this sounds like an experience you'd like to have, you're not alone. The audience permitted to view the winter solstice from inside Newgrange is selected by lottery, due to the modestly sized inner chamber and the vast interest. However, visitors can still gather on the hill and watch the sun illuminate this Neolithic monument, just as it has done for over 5,000 years. Dream Escape will arrange a private guided tour of Slane Distillery and Castle, where you can see the works of some of the most renowned architects of the time and learn about the Conyngham family's history, who have resided there since the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Discover the iconic rock-and-roll artists who have performed at Slane rock concerts and get lost in the rich equine heritage that the Slane estate has developed. Set against the backdrop of the River Boyne, it exudes

a mystical quality that is steeped in history. Slane Castle has been the Conyngham family's home since 1703 and became a renowned Irish concert venue in 1981 when Irish bands Thin Lizzy and U2 performed there for the first time. Since 1981, Slane Castle's grounds have hosted numerous rock concerts, given its 80,000-person capacity natural amphitheatre. Some of the performers who have headlined Slane concerts include The Rolling Stones, U2, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, David Bowie, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Williams, Madonna, R.E.M., Foo Fighters, Celtic Woman, and Oasis, among others. The Castle's original stable block houses the adjacent Slane Distillery, which opened in 2017. The tour of the world-class distillery culminates in a tasting of their signature triple-casked Slane Irish Whiskey.

"Dream Escape will arrange a private guided tour of Slane Distillery and Castle... Discover the iconic rock-and-roll artists who have performed at Slane rock concerts and get lost in the rich equine heritage that the Slane estate has developed."



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Music, Literature and Film

As legend has it, Northern Ireland was once home to a giant named Finn McCool. He created a causeway to get across the Irish Sea to face his rival Benandonner. However, Benandonner is a massive giant, much bigger than Finn! In order to save himself, Finn retreats to Ireland and is disguised as a baby by his quick-thinking wife. When Benandonner arrives, he sees Finn disguised as a baby and realises that if a mere baby is that big, the father must be far larger than Benandonner himself! Following this realisation, Benandonner rushed back to Scotland, ripping up much of the Causeway as he fled back to Scotland, leaving what you see today, and thus, the myth of the Giant’s Causeway was born. enquiries@dreamescape.co.uk


Awarded the prestigious UNESCO City of Music title in 2021, Belfast has a buzzing music scene. From intimate gigs and traditional jams to world-famous names, great music is celebrated in all forms.



Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and it’s easy to see why: home to three of Ireland’s four Nobel Prize

winners for literature, the city is synonymous with literary giants. Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce all cite Dublin as their inspiration.


Galway City is a busy economic and artistic hub. Galway's tight streets and winding canals are a hive of creative activity, with film audiences heading to the Pálás, and bustling film festivals throughout the year.

HOLLY MACKIE OWNER & DIRECTOR – Ireland is truly a land of enchantment, with its rich history of myths, legends, and folklore. The stunning Giant's Causeway and Antrim Coast are perfect examples of this magic. My recent visit with my family only reinforced how lucky we are to have such a unique destination on our doorstep. The breathtaking views, coupled with the rich cultural heritage, make this destination a mustvisit for travellers of all ages. With its numerous set-jetting connections, families can follow in the footsteps of beloved Star Wars and Game of Thrones characters, making for an unforgettable and engaging experience that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. holly@dreamescape.co.uk



The last word from


Dream Escape’s Client Relationship Managers and founts of knowledge, Rosie Peattie and Sally Strange, both Blue Badge Guides, reflect on the highlights of their winter season...


cotland is a perfect destination for sustainable visits and days out, thanks to its many ecofriendly options. One such hidden gem is Brucefield Estate in Clackmannanshire, which is tucked away in 1000 acres of woodland and meadows, providing visitors with a perfect opportunity for a wildlife walk. During my visit, I was fortunate enough to go on a walk with the owner, Victoria Bruce-Winkler, who is an estate manager and biologist. Her primary focus is on conservation, preserving the rare flora and fauna, and regenerating the estate for a new generation. The highlight for me was planting my very own Aspen Sapling. Brucefield is an ideal place to stop for a hike through the woods and have a ‘bothy’ style lunch on the way to Inverness, Loch Ness and Skye. It is a haven for walkers and nature lovers, with a variety of stunning trails and habitats just waiting to be explored. Another one of my favourite places – Dawyck Botanic Garden – is a perfect place for a day out, where you can explore the beautiful gardens while



also doing your part for the environment. Fun fact: Did you know Dawyck Botanic Garden is the UK’s first carbon-neutral botanic garden?



he start of a new year brings with it the excitement of envisioning new experiences, as well as the comfort of knowing that our favourite seasonal events are just a short time away. It's always a pleasure to test out new experiences and share them with clients. This year, we're thrilled to expand our private access to extraordinary properties and breathtaking gardens. As the snowdrop season begins, it's a promising sign that spring is just around the corner. I'm particularly excited to visit Thenford, the private gardens of Lord and Lady Heseltine, and bask in the early floral beauty. Fun fact: Did you know that there are over 600 different snowdrop species and cultivars, and Thenford's snowdrop walk is one of the most spectacular in the country? sally@dreamescape.co.uk


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