Look what people are saying about us…
……With regard to Real Britain-
In 3 words – Professional, Diligent, Helpful.
You took time to understand our needs.
The itinerary development was a good 2-way communication to get it right
Accommodation was superb both in terms of character and location and exactly what we were after.
Changes during the trip were handled without bother (ie ferries).
Updates to times provided (ie ferries)
- Given we had no major problems with anything you booked for us there was no need to contact you to “fix it” but I assume you would have handled things
Based on the outcome I would have to say it was value for money (re your fees).
Would I use RB again – yes, yes, yes…..
In summary our holiday across the British Isles was a wonderful (far too short) experience and this was in no small part due to the great work done by Real Britain in assisting us to plan a realistic itinerary and then doing all the hard work in sourcing accommodation, booking transport and providing helpful tips and advice for each of the areas we visited. From the first B&B to the last (Terminal 5 hotel at Heathrow) everything went to plan and the experience was “first class”. We will be using you again when we return – the only downside being is that it’s a few years away. Thank you so much Kate and Ian.
Simon and Tess Plant, Australia
Arrived back home Saturday,,,want to thank you for a great tour,,we really did find all the b&bs you arranged for us to be first class,we really met some wonderful people,,thinking of going back next year to visit all the places we just didn’t have time to see,, thanks again
Col and Warren Piper, Australia
We returned from our trip last night and it was so wonderful. Everything you planned was marvelous and I wouldn’t change a thing. The Rabbies photography tour you found us was our favorite activity. Many of your tips came in incredibly handy and I really valued your input and detailed itinerary….. Your service was well worth the money.
David Small, USA
We had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves…… Instructions and places to go were all great. Obviously we couldn’t do them all but certainly fit in as many as we could.
Thanks for making this part of our holiday very memorable.
Laurence & Maria, Australia
Well it was all wonderful to say the least! Thank you so much for all your planning and advice, we really honestly could not have done all that we did and travel as far as we did without your help.
You directions were spot on, it wasnt your fault we took the wrong turn most days haha!!. It was my lack of navigating skills I am told!! Phil constantly told me to just read your directions and nothing else! Probably would have got us there quickler had I not tried to combine my “map reading skills” with your directions and me gazing out the window when we drove past the turnoff……
What a beautiful place England is, Phil loved it and I loved loved loved it! We are defintely coming back. We have had our taster and next time we think we will just choose one area and stay there. So we will be in touch with again in the future.
Thanks again Kate and Ian.
Katrina and Phil Mann, Australia
I just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our trip to England and Wales. The accommodations were wonderful. Each one was unique and perfect for the area. The only problem was that we needed much more time to explore . Next time we will have to plan on two or three nights at each stay. Our decision to stay in Port Isaac was a good one for us. Those accommodations were not as nice as what you would have chosen but it was a great location for seeing the village. Our trip went very smoothly and we enjoyed every aspect of it thanks to your great planning.
Diane Hays, USA
We have been home a month already and only now finding time to catch up on some overdue communications. We did enjoy our tour of England and Scotland and we were pleased that we had our accommodation pre-booked. We had enough trouble finding car parking let alone trying to find accommodation in unknown places. We found all the B&B accommodation of a good standard and all hosts were helpful about places to see and where to eat….
All the instructions you provided were useful as were the maps and guides. The Sat Nav in the car was invaluable for getting to the right place although we had a problem charging it for the first three days. The rental car company (Avis) waived the Sat Nav fee because of it. Our only delay was spending 7 hours on the ferry between Mull and Oban because of high winds preventing the ferry berthing at Oban. We were late getting to Edinburgh. Everything else went according to plan.
Thank you for your assistance. We may be back some day.
Michael & Jill Horn, New Zealand
Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our recent UK trip. The accommodations exceeded our expectations and the plenteous and varied suggestions of things to do kept us very busy. We managed to get in 1400 miles of driving and remain in one piece. Our GPS kept us on track. Thanks for helping to make the trip so memorable.
Ken & Phyllis Graham, Texas
We had a wonderful vacation. The accomodations were beautiful. The people were very nice and always helpful. I have over 500 photos to finish reviewing for my photo album. We loved every minute of our trip and wished we could have stayed all summer.
Thank you so much for all the help you gave us.
Firstly a big thank you for all your hard work, our holiday was great. You did an amazing job at arranging the perfect weather as well. All the arrangements when well, there were no issues anywhere. Your route guides and suggestions were helpful, so all in all, well done…….
All in all we had a great time and thanks to you all arrangements went without a hitch. Would we recommend you to friends, definitely!
Peter, Jenny and Megan Van Veyeren, Dubai
Although our trip does seem a bit in the past, the memories of it are, and will remain, treasures we will cherish the rest of our lives. Thank you for the outstanding job Real Britain Company did in planning our trip. I only wish we could have met you and Ian while we were there.
In Salisbury, we saw Henry the V, and it was the BEST Shakespeare we have ever seen, by far. I was able to recall fond memories of seeing a play at the Salisbury Playhouse over 20 years ago, and returning to the Cathedral was quite an emotional experience as I recalled attending a Christmas Eve service there as well.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Brecon Beacons area. We climbed Pyn y Fan and walked through the forests at Blaen y Glyn, which are absolutely beautiful, and unlike anything we have witnessed here in the US.
I honestly can’t think of much, if anything, that could have been done to make our stay any more delightful. I suppose it would have been a little more convenient to have the accommodations and contact information also listed on the itinerary, so that everything would be on one page as we were traveling, but please understand this is a very minor thing.
Thank you for helping us experience what the UK is all about! I have already mentioned you to others we know who are considering a trip to England. We had a wonderful time.
The Hutchison Family, USA
You were on my list to e-mail as soon as possible! What a fabulous trip I had. I’ve just arrived home a few days past.
Thank you so much for all the assistance in booking places to stay, for all the maps, travel tips, itinerary set up/ideas, etc. It’s amazing to me to have travelled for 7 weeks and not had one bad experience the entire trip!
Lisa Boni, USA
just a short note to thank you for the wonderful itinerary that you have compiled for us. We really had a tremendous time……. The accomodations that you have kindly booked for us where of a superior quality which is very important to me whilst I am on holiday. I will certainly use your services once again since we intend to visit Ireland as well as Wales in the future.
Stefania Calleja, Malta
Had to write you about the spot on job you and Ian did for us. As Jayhawkers we didn’t know much about England/Ireland or even what we wanted to see.
You listened to us and did a great job planning our trip around England and then Ireland. We saw a couple of Americans that sure were not getting around as well as we were and they were wasting time and a lot of money going to places that were even closed on the days that they were there. No such missteps for us.
The reason for such success was your step by step detailed itinerary. Wow, what a blessing. We did have to get use to no building address numbers in Ireland, but we found everything that we wanted to see. You even got us in a great Atlantic Salmon lodge on the west coast of Ireland.
Bang up job, thanks so much for all you great planning and work!
Bill and Adline Hartman, Kansas, USA
Fabienne and I wanted to thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for us. We had a wonderful time and discovered amazing things. This definitely won’t be our last trip in the UK!
Thank you again.
Sabine Vinck, UK/Belgium
….In all, we had a fantastic time and that was in no small way as a result of the itinerary and information you have provided. We will have no hesitation in recommending you & Ian to any of our friends who are considering seeing the “Real Britain”.
Once again, thank you for all that and we look forward to maybe catching up again in the future.
Chris and Jen Bloxsom, Australia
John and I cannot thank you enough for the superb job you did in helping us organize our trip itinerary, book accommodations, and plan our driving routes for our first trip to England and Wales.
The accommodations provided us with supreme comfort and every amenity we could possibly need. And most importantly, all the hosts were outstanding in every way. It was a great pleasure to talk with them and be welcomed into their beautiful homes. We truly felt immersed in the British culture, which made our first experience even more enjoyable.
We surely would not have been able to see such a good portion of the sights we had on our list if we had not had your assistance and advice. The atlas you provided was vital to our navigation of the backroads – it was very well used by the end of the trip. The route directions were also excellent and very accurate.
We would highly recommend your services to any of our friends who haven’t been to your country. We thank you so much for making our first trip to England and Wales such a memorable experience.
John and Liz Haide, USA
Our only comments are ‘fantastic’, everything either met or exceeded our expectations, each place we stayed had something unique. Probably our favourites where Carbis Bay in Cornwall, visiting St Michaels Mount, The Manack Theatre and Bath, and the various small villages we passed through and stayed in. Each of our hosts made us very welcome.
We have raved about your service to family, friends, and anyone else who will listen.
Thank you both very much for our wonderful experience, have a Merry Christmas,
and a Happy New Year.
Anita and Geoff Lipman, Australia
We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation thanks to your assistance.
Our two day London stay was packed with adventure. The Hop on Hop off bus is a definite must do, if gave a perspective of the highlights of London. The London Eye was most enjoyable as was the tour and lunch at Buckingham Palace…..
Thank you so much for all the options and suggestions you provided. We saw so much more of the Cornwall area, with your assistance, than we would have on our own. Some of the lodging locations took us through villages and areas that we certainly would not have found. Two weeks certainly was not a lot of time, but we did make the best of the time we had. We are planning to return and will definitely look to you to plan our vacation.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012.
Gordon and Jeanette Wilkins, Canada
We finally have some time to drop you a line and let you know how our UK visit went, and more importantly, how well our itinerary worked.
As for your service Kate, we will happily direct people to you. It was a great way to arrange our trip and things went very smoothly.
Thanks very much, you have done a great job.
John & Stephanie Faithfull, Australia
I wanted you to know we had a wonderful trip. The accomodations were all very attractive, great rooms and hospitality, and fine food.
We seemed to be a half day late on our site seeing ( Tuesday’s plan used on Wednesday, etc) . We could do the whole trip over this week and still have plenty of things to see!
My greatest discovery was that the British Post Codes can be put into the SATNAV resulting in very accurate directions! ( In the USA a zip code can cover 100 blocks in a city.)
Thank you for all your help.
John Averett, USA
I can’t rave about you enough!!! Every moment was amazing – It rained nearly non-stop, and it was just fine!
Your maps, directions and suggestions on what to see (and thank you for the extra map and info for watership down – one of the highlights of the trip….) were all superb – we had them in my lap 100% of the time.
We can’t thank you enough for putting this together for us…there was absolutely nothing we would have wanted to change…(except some of the order of sightseeing we engineered…and we got lost a lot because we’d lose track of the signs…GPS would’ve been helpful.
Rori Raye, USA
Trip was GREAT! THANK YOU for your patient assistance. Kate, you really helped make our trip successful in all regards.
Nancy Cummings, USA
As promised I am finally getting back to you with feedback on our trip and the B & Bs we stayed at.
As a whole the trip and all the information and details you sent us were top class. As for our B&B’s we loved them all…
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and the information pack you sent us was superb. We loved the places you picked for us to stay as they were as we asked – out of the way and in the country. We would never have found them ourselves. The information re places to visit and having them marked on the map was very helpful.
We certainly travelled some very narrow back lanes though but that was part of the charm and we loved going through the villages. We are certainly looking forward to returning and seeing Scotland, Ireland and some of North England the next time we come over so will be in touch.
Kay and Robert Ware, Australia
We had an absolutly wonderful time. We were so happy to have your guidance and felt much more comfortable with your advice in hand. The intinerary you planned worked well, though we would have loved to stay longer in each place had our time allowed.
Your directions were great. It was a little tricky at first to understand the road system, but we got it after a few missed turns! The only issue we had on the trip was the mix up with the taxi. But that was quickly resolved. We can’t think of anything else, your service was excellent. Thank you for being available to answer all of our questions and directing us to where we wanted to go but didn’t know it!
Rachel Kline, USA
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for all the work you did. Your recommendations went a VERY long way toward making this a memorable vacation! Wonderful destinations, great hosts, terrific sights. All first rate!!
Pat and Brenda, USA
Just wanted to let you know that my wife and I had an absolutely fantastic time! Thanks very much for all the arrangements, it all worked out very well….Thanks again for all of your assistance and we will definitely recommend your company and make use of you again in the future!
Blair Milne, South Africa
Just wanted to let you know we are back home from our glorious trip to UK/Ireland (and Paris). We had an absolutely wonderful trip all around. The places you booked for us to stay were all exceptional…….
All in all, the trip was fabulous, and everywhere we went we recommended your company. Thank you so much for all your help. We are very tired today – unpacking and washing up all our clothes. Be sure to let me know if you ever want to come to North Carolina!
McLawhorn family, USA
If only I had the time to tell you ALL about my trip. I (of course) didn’t see all but did see the majority of sights that were
recommended by you. Everything was beyond expectations which verified that it was a good decision to use The Real Great Britain for my ventures.
Very best regards and Thank you!
Bill Fletcher, USA
If Ian and you ran an on-line dating service you would have to provide a wedding planner with your offering. You married our interests perfectly with the itinerary and accommodations. Thank you for listening. We could not be happier with the results of your efforts. I’m sure you will be hearing from some of our friends who have the British Isles on their radar screen.
I have attached a list of comments regarding the accommodations for your files. Each property was different; the blend making it fun and interesting. I think it was General MacArthur who said “We shall return” and he did. We plan to as well!
Carl & Sharon Hally, USA
We have had a wonderful time so far. All the B&Bs (and their operators) have been wonderful. As you predicted, we haven’t been able to fit in everything in the detailed itinerary. However, we are very happy with what we have managed to see…… We have had a wonderful time and really appreciate all the assistance you have given us for this trip. We could not have organised such an enriching experience by ourselves and thank our lucky stars we stumbled across your web site all those months ago.
Tanya and Terry Offner, Australia
I thought I should give you some feedback on the trip, as I got home yesterday and so the memories are still fresh.
First, it was really good and your choices of accommodation and recommended sights were both very impressive. The driving each day was solid without being too demanding.We did fit in a side day in the Lakes district, too, which was absolutely beautiful and worth the long drive from Grassington.
The B&Bs were excellent…….Your recommendations on sights / sites were good except for one and that is not really your fault…
Well done and thanks again for all the effort you put into designing and setting up such a great trip for us.
The Grey Family, Australia
Janet and I wanted to let you know that our trip to your country was all we could have hoped for and more. All of your recommendations were spot on and all of the Innkeepers was marvelous…
Can’t say enough Thank You for your work and recommendation.
I know Carmie wrote you about what a wonderful trip we had in England, but I just had to write also. We had the most amazing time, and I loved every minute of it. Thank you so much for all of your suggestions of where to go and what to see. I describe the trip to my Friends as a combination of Camelot and Brigadoon, and the only way it could have been any better is if Fairies had flown out of the Rose bushes. And I swear that is how I feel about it. We have taken some wonderful trips, but this one was our absolute favorite. It only rained twice, and that was in the middle of the night both times. We were so lucky. The only thing I didn’t like was that we didn’t have more time to be there.
All of our B&B’s were stunning, and the Inn Keepers were such wonderful people. Please recommend them to your other clients. You cannot go wrong with any of them. Everyone was so friendly, and helpful. We were so in another world. I burst into tears twice while we were there , I was so moved.
Thank you again and again. We will definitely be back, sooner than later , I hope.
Carmie and Janet Cook, USA
We were most impressed with the service you provided and would, and have already, recommend your service to anyone contemplating travel in the UK. Thank you so much for setting us up with some wonderful memories.
Daryl and Jenni Demarte, Australia
Thank you for helping us organize the most amazing trip of our lifetime. We look forward to working with you again on our return trip to the UK. That return trip is the promise I extracted from Harlow and the only way he got me on the return flight to the US. Ian, thank you for the clear, concise driving directions, travel tips and ideas for side ventures….. Kate, the accommodations you arranged were wonderful. Each one had unique characteristics but all of them were run by amazing, friendly and fun people, were very comfortable and had delicious, huge breakfasts. We enjoyed the variety of B&BS and INNS… Our travels were remarkably (for the most part) hassle-free and we so thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the UK we can’t wait to return. We know we owe our enjoyment of our visit in large part to both of you. Please feel free to contact us with any questions and again, many thanks.
Pam and Harlow Christenson USA
Now that we are settled back into our routine at home, I just wanted to let you know that our trip to the UK was absolutely wonderful! And we so appreciate all you did to help make it so. Even the weather cooperated for us, and we actually never had to unpack the rain parkas we brought with us…
The accommodations were all lovely, and some were very special… Thank you again for all the wonderful help and information you provided!! You did so much to make our anniversary trip far more special than we could have ever managed on our own. We will recommend you to all of our friends planning a trip to the UK.
Jean Blair and Bob Christianson, USA
We spent an amazing week travelling from London to Cornwall without a problem – due to the wonderful itinerary and planning from Kate and Ian. Maps and driving times were very well documented so that we even managed to navigate the “country lanes – and unexpected tractors”! The B & B’s and their hosts were superb – set in typically charming English countryside – exactly what we had requested. We can’t wait to return and will certainly recommend you to others. Many thanks to you both.
The Edwards Family, Brisbane, Australia.
We wouldn’t have had near as wonderful a trip without the aid of Kate & Ian Findlay, of the agency “The Real Britain Company”. I had wanted to get over there and just wing it. Pam said no way, so we found this travel agency on the internet. They were great to deal with, and we would heartily recommend their very personal service.
From the travel blog of Don and Pam Cummins, USA
First let me say that on a scale of 1 to 5 stars I would rate the trip as an overall 4.5 or better. We had a great time. Actually, for having done this mostly by email the trip was exceptional…..
Overall, you did a great job and if you need referrals in Northern Virginia, we would be glad to provide our friends and colleagues with your email, phone and web-site. Thanks for the magnificent holiday,
Mike & Patty Sheffield, USA
Firstly we had a lovely and memorable trip around the UK and the accommodation you chose for us at all our stops was very good. Each place had its own characters as our hosts and we really enjoyed interacting with the people at each of our temporary homes.
The service and hospitality of all our hosts was excellent but of course some places we enjoyed more than others mainly because of their locality…. Overall our trip was a very positive experience and we didnt have any major hiccups.We got lost several times but managed to get back on the right track with our gps and your information.We had trouble finding some of the guest houses but that was part of the Uk experience. Having a mobile phone also helped us in these situations…. Finally Kate thank you for all your advice ,maps, and accommodation choices. It was a real pleasure to have you as our tour adviser and planner.
John & Christine Gestier, Australia
We all thought that overall the accommodation was superb…..Overall we had a great time but probably did a little too much driving. As far as your services are concerned I couldn’t fault them and will certainly recommend you to anyone we know who is planning a trip to the UK.
We were so pleased with your services and had no complaints at all. I usually will make all my own travel arrangements and spend literally hours online or reading about places in advance.This trip was not a definite plan until only a few months before and I was so happy to find out about what you offered.It saved us time and money all around.Thank you!
Carithers family, Arizona
Our trip was excellent. We really appreciated all the choices of lodging and the detailed driving instructions. We found each place to be unique and the hosts very interesting. We loved hearing their stories of the house’ history and family connections. I would recommend all of them to other travellers…………Your expert advice and detailed planning made our visit much better. if only you could have controlled the weather a little more! (Joke). We would recommend your services to our friends. Thanks again..
When I found I had two weeks in Britain by myself I decided to hire a car and self drive – but where to go, what to do and see and where to stay? I was extremely lucky to find your website. I was not disappointed. You provided exactly was I was looking for. Your detailed itinerary was invaluable but I must say a special thanks for arranging such perfect accommodation. No matter how long I searched on the internet I would never have been able to find such an array of exquisite hotels. I am very happy to recommend you, particularly to females travelling on their own.
Cheryl Davidson, Australia
Well we’re home safe and sound. We want to thank you for the perfect holiday, everything was just right, you provided us with everything we asked for, your instructions and advice were easy to understand and follow and our holiday went without a hitch. We were very happy with all our accommodation, I am now hooked on bed and breakfast, and I can’t imagine staying in the cold sterile hotels we usually choose ever again……
The UK was everything we imagined it to be, the scenery so beautiful, the people we met everywhere were really frJohn and Liz Haide