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Insider Travel Briefs For Private Aviation Travelers

Vol 5, No 3:
VIP Castles, Countryside, Fishing, Shooting, Harry Potter, Steam Trains and Fine Dining in Yorkshire
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Seeing Yorkshire Like A VIP

Another weekend stuck in Europe for the weekend on a business trip? In 2013, Yorkshire beat Berlin, Madrid and London to win Europes Best Travel Destination at the World Travel Awards, the first time the award went to a non-city. A county in northern England, it’s known for its Roman and Viking heritage, Norman castles, medieval abbeys, national parks and cities that were the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. In this issue Real Yorkshire, a company that specializes in creating VIP experience offers some ideas that will take you inside this historic and beautiful region.

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Table of Contents 

A.  Private Aviation Headlines
B.  Before You Buy Reports - Jets, Yachts, Villas
1.  An exclusive 'behind-the-scenes' tour to one of the greatest palaces in Europe - England's Castle Howard in Yorkshire
2.  A luxury, private tour of Yorkshire's North York Moors - the largest expanse of heather moorland in the UK
3.  Overnight shooting and fishing experience in a traditional English country house
4.  'Be Our Guest' - Let a true British Lord and Lady host you in their Victorian Gothic Country Home in rural Northern England
5.   VIP Contact
6.   Executive Security Reports
7.   Jet Card Insider Reports
8.   Best Of DG Amazing Experiences Library

A.  Private Aviation Headlines

Los Cabos Villa Spotlight

Casa Fryzer is one of the most unique homes in Los Cabos. The sheer size of the contoured infinity swimming pool with swim-up bar and inset lounging areas is simply astounding. Indoors, you will find a home theater, wine cellar, office with pool table, an ocean-view fitness room and Wi-Fi throughout the home. The interiors of Casa Fryzer are elegant and modern. Six bedrooms accommodate up to 12 guests and children are welcome. Each of the bedrooms includes an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and a satellite television. Two suites have direct access to their own expansive outdoor space with private spa. Housekeeping, security, a manager and a butler are included with your reservation. Located in the private resort community of Villas Del Mar this home has welcomed many high profile guests, from celebrity entertainers and royalty to Fortune 500 CEOs, looking for the privacy and anonymity that cannot be found at traditional resorts. For more information, click this link or call +1 949.388.8590 ext. 200.

Four Amazing Experiences in Yorkshire
In 2013, Yorkshire beat Berlin, Madrid and London to win Europes Best Travel Destination in the World Travel Awards, the first time the award went to a non-city. A county in northern England, it’s known for its Roman and Viking heritage, Norman castles, medieval abbeys, national parks and cities that were the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. In this issue Real Yorkshire, a company that specializes in creating VIP experience offers some ideas that will take you inside this historic and beautiful region.

These experiences are pretty much year-round, however, the best time to visit is April to October, although December works well for pre-Christmas with the homes decked out beautifully and German-style Christmas markets in the cities. Shooting season is usually October through to end of January. Fishing is better in the spring/summer.

1.  An exclusive 'behind-the-scenes' tour to one of the greatest palaces in Europe - England's Castle Howard in Yorkshire

Castle Howard is a 300 year old true British masterpiece nestled in the Yorkshire Countryside midpoint between Edinburgh and London in the North of England. Star designer Miles Redd put it this way for Architectural Digest, "With its exquisite exterior, there is no better example of the Baroque than Castle Howard. For me, it is all about the halls and front reception room with its soaring cupola. The fireplaces roared, adding to the splendor on a cold, damp day, and I could imagine Julia Flyte warming herself after a morning ride. We spent as much time roaming the gardens as we did the house, pausing at the famous fountain, which was stunning even without the water."

Through Real Yorkshire you will get special and private access into the palace and grounds of Castle Howard with a luxury lunch in a private, grand dining room included. The building of this incredible British stately home started in 1699 but took over 100 years to complete, spanning the lifetime of three Earls before its completion in 1811. The mixture of Baroque and Palladian architecture makes Castle Howard a spectacularly asymmetric sight.

On arrival, the House Curator will lead you on an exclusive tour of the house, showcasing the vast display of antiques and famous artwork. Enjoy a luxurious lunch in one of the grand private dining rooms before gaining special access to the Mausoleum and the Temple of the Four Winds – two of the Palladian architectural masterpieces in the extensively landscaped gardens. A further walk around the grounds allows for a wonderful photo opportunity of the house from the Atlas Fountain. Meet the Head Gardener who can share with you his extensive knowledge of the botanical history of the gardens. At the end of the tour you will visit the Arts & Crafts decorated chapel which leaves most visitors speechless.
Castle Howard has acted as the backdrop to numerous films and TV Series including Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and the award-winning ITV drama, Victoria, the locations of which you will be able to visit throughout your tour. After a day taking in the Baroque splendor, the 1,000 acres of rolling parkland and hearing the stories of the intriguing Howard family you can relax with a proper Yorkshire dinner at The Star Inn The City. This Michelin-starred restaurant is run by head chef Andrew Pern and boasts an enviable riverside position in the historic city of York. Mixing the best of local, seasonal produce with proper Yorkshire hospitality, The Star Inn The City showcases the very best of Yorkshire fine-dining.
2. A luxury, private tour of Yorkshire's North York Moors - the largest expanse of heather moorland in the UK

Travel back to 800BC in Northern England; bake bread in an Iron Age Roundhouse, walk in the footsteps of vikings, vampires and Harry Potter and visit England's most famous abbey ruins. With a history dating back to 8000 BC, England's largest and most diverse and historic region - Yorkshire - has an amazingly rich heritage just waiting to be explored. From the Celts to the Romans, the Vikings to the War of the Roses, Dracula to Harry Potter, Yorkshire is packed full of historical, cultural and geographic attractions.
Explore this incredible scenery with a Visit Britain accredited Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide. Storytelling comes to life as you travel through 44,000 acres of heather moorland - the largest area of such landscape in the world. Yorkshire's North York Moors is home to unique wildlife, history and heritage. Explore Thirsk, the North Yorkshire market town once home to Alf Wight, the veterinary surgeon and writer who is most well-known for his autobiographical books about the life of a country vet, written under the pen name James Herriot.

Visit Ryedale Folk Museum where you'll gather round the fire in the Iron Age Roundhouse to experience the sights, sounds and smells of daily life in the North York Moors thousands of years ago. Enjoy an Iron Age refreshment break as you bake bread, using traditional methods dating back thousands of years. Travel to the historic coastal town of Whitby - the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula and hear captivating tales of Vikings and Vampires.  Visit the UK's most famous Gothic Abbey ruins, discover Whitby’s whaling history and hear tales of Captain Cook, the British explorer who set sail from this very town in the 1700s.

You'll tuck into the traditional Fish & Chips at The Magpie Café which A.A. Gill, the restaurant critic, described as “the Best fish & chips in Britain. Youll take the historic North York Moors Steam train to Goathland - the home of popular British TV series Heartbeat and more recently, the old railway station played Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
3. Overnight shooting and fishing experience in a traditional English country house

With over 20,000 acres of woodland and valleys means The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the most extensive and exciting game shooting in the UK.


Spend the night at Yorkshire's magnificent Swinton Park Estate (pictured above) - The ancestral home of the Earl of Swinton. The estate offers some of the best shooting in Yorkshire with grouse, pheasant and duck and the hotel boasts a well-stocked gun cabinet, boot room and game larder.
Fresh-Water Fishing

Depending on your freshwater fishing preference fish for wild brown trout, grayling and salmon in the River Ure (pictured in the lead of the report) or catch rainbow trout in a local reservoir. Fly fishing tuition can be provided - learn the local fly-fishing style with the use of traditional Yorkshire Spiders.
Fine Dining

After a day of English great-outdoor pursuits, return to the luxury hotel for rest and relaxation in the hotel's luxury country club and spa. Enjoy a scotch on ice in the relaxed bar before you savor dinner in the elegant fine-dining hotel restaurant - Samuel’s. The 'Estate on the plate' philosophy of the kitchen means plate governance is important - food miles are limited where possible and local produce and seasonal ingredients are prioritised, showcasing some of the best Yorkshire dishes around.


All the rooms combine high-end luxury with modern comforts and are furnished with antiques and family portraits, highlighting the warmth and grandeur of a traditional English Country house. 
For those wanting to sample more of the local activities, there are plenty of experiences that can be added to your day: take a Brewery Tour and sample the local ales at one of Masham’s famous breweries; enjoy a luxury driver-guided tour of Wensleydale where you will have the chance to visit numerous Yorkshire castles, abbeys as well as taste some of Yorkshire’s most famous cheese in the glorious Yorkshire Dales countryside. Visit the Druid’s Temple - a Victorian folly fondly known as Yorkshire’s Stonehenge.
4. 'Be Our Guest' - Let a true British Lord and Lady host you in their Victorian Gothic Country Home in rural Northern England

Carlton Towers in rural Northern England is the 17th century home of Lord Gerald Fitzalan Howard. The stunning venue mixes the magic of Hogwarts with the grace of Downton Abbey to offer a truly enchanting place to reside and have some aristocratic fun. 

Approached by a winding drive, the Victorian Gothic home displays ornate, castle-like turrets, arched windows and a striking clock tower. Inside, the three breathtaking staterooms have beautifully carved oak-paneled walls, exquisite paintings and imposing fireplaces – features that saw the house selected to play Windsor Castle in the hit TV Drama; Victoria. Real Yorkshire will create your own bespoke schedule of distinguished country pursuits at Yorkshire's Carlton Towers and let Lord & Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard lead the way.

Despite the regal atmosphere, Carlton Towers remains the family home of Lord and Lady Gerald, and there are cosy lounges with log-burning fires, family mementoes and relaxed sofas for those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere. Rare antiques include two numbered chairs from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
What Carlton Towers guests find especially appealing is the exclusivity offered. You can have Carlton Towers, its staff and grounds completely to yourselves: all that is required is a minimum number of people staying overnight (10 rooms). 

Accommodation is provided in 16 bedrooms, individually designed and furnished by Lady Gerald herself. Rooms range from the elegance of Lady Mirabel, the house’s only single bedroom, to the two-story Baroness Clock Tower suite. Individual touches can include four-poster beds, rare antiques and free-standing copper baths.

Carlton Towers Bon Viveur Experience is a must for lovers of wine, food and the good things in life. Tour the newly planted vineyard Clos D Beaumon’ and learn about growing vines in the northern climate. Taste the very best in English wine production and have lunch in the vineyard, weather permitting. Following your time in the vineyard, move into Cooks – The Carlton School of Food and learn to prepare some classic regional dishes. See how wines have been produced over millennia to enhance the enjoyment of the food of the region, and taste some incredible wines. In the evening, gather with your fellow guests to sample the product of your hard work in the kitchen with, of course, the wines to match. Debate the merits of the wines and food in the totally unique environment that is Carlton Tower. The following morning after a leisurely breakfast of bacon, sausage and eggs, all produced by the estate, spend the morning exploring the estate and vineyard. All the wine experiences can be tailored to suit your group’s preference, be it French, Italian, Spanish or New World.
Beer & BBQ

Learn to brew and, of course, taste real beer in Carlton Towers microbrewery - Little Black Dog  After, enjoy a barbeque and taste some of the beers produced on site. You can barbeque in the vineyard or down by the lake – or why not use Carlton Tower's log cabin in the woods as your base?
4x4 Experience Centre

The onsite 4x4 Experience Centre has a range of packages that can fulfill a variety of requirements. Come and learn the principles of driving off road, negotiating ruts and mud, mastering hill climbs and descents, and crossing ditches or rock crawling while enjoying the beautiful 250 acres of parkland that Carlton Towers has to offer.
Clay Pigeon Shooting

Relax, and enjoy this rapidly growing activity with Carlton Towers as your backdrop. Clay Shooting is a great way to entertain with some light-hearted competition!
A School Of Food With A Difference

If you love food, you’ll love Cooks – The Carlton School of Food. Courses are held in the refined surrounds of the authentic “downstairs” kitchens that feature many of the original units, all hiding a range of mod cons. Liaise with the executive chef and discuss options for courses including artisan bread making and handmade chocolates. Learn about Carlton Towers’ extensive sustainability programme: rare breed pigs, Wensleydale sheep, cattle  and bees – all produce that are used in the school and served up for your breakfast.
Shoot A Day/Cook A Day

Carlton Towers has built a reputation for a fine traditional partridge shoot. Try your hand at a traditional Edwardian game shoot for partridge over high hedges, a testing exercise for even the most experienced guns. The following day the estate gamekeeper and chefs will teach you how to dress and cook marvelous game dishes in the original kitchens of this magnificent house. 
Dine With Lord and Lady Howard

As the sun sets, enjoy press-dinner drinks by the fire in the library bar before you savour a magnificent candle-lit gala dinner with wine pairing hosted by Lord and Lady Gerald (based on their availability) in the Venetian Drawing Room. This magnificent wood-panelled room was a key filming location for scenes in TV Drama Victoria.

Take A Trip To York - England's Oldest City

Option to be chauffeured by luxury transport to the nearby Viking city of York for a day-long private tour led by registered Blue Badge Guide and Yorkshire historian.
5. VIP Contact
To enquire about any of the above experiences please contact Real Yorkshire Tours at hello@realyorkshireDMC.co.uk or www.realyorkshiretours.co.uk 

6. Executive Security Reports

8. Our Most Popular Special Reports

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out some of our most popular Special Reports below...

Cuba with your own private jet

From driving classic cars to cigars, nightlife, nature and the arts, Cuba has so much to do. Johnny Considine, the Irish owner of Cuba Private Travel, who has been living in Havana for 15 years, has been featured in the likes of the Financial Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and The Telegraph. He recently told How To Spend It, “The quality of experience that you can have now in Cuba is top-notch. He can also arrange a tour of the island nation using your own private jet. Read more..

Seven hot superyachts for charter this Winter

We checked in with Northrop & Johnson’s top brokers to find out which superyachts are hot for the charter market this winter, and in our report are seven picks arranged by pricing, high to low. For each super yacht, you’ll find a summary of length, builder, launch and renovation dates, capacity for guests, number of cabins, range of rates, where each boat will be based for the winter season, minimum charter length, captain as well as list of toys.

Crystal Esprit is perfect for groups up to 64

Crystal Esprit sits in the wide gap between chartering a super yacht and even the smaller luxury cruise ships that take 200-300 passengers. There are 91 crew and 62 guests, and the passenger areas are spread across four decks. 

Explore hidden harbors and out of the way island beaches, swim to shore, splash out on wave runners, water toys and your own private submarine. Crystal Esprit is a 5-star floating resort for just 62 guests. You even can charter the entire yacht for celebrations or meetings. Read more

Tour Italy Like a VVIP By Super Car

1000 All’Ora combines its insider auto industry connections with the best of Italian luxury experiences. They arrange everything from hotels to restaurant reservations, sourcing the specific super car types you want and accompany your group providing VVIP service. 

They will also video your experience, including filming by drones, providing you with a memorable look back at your adventure. They arrange factory tours and behind the scenes visits to wineries, ateliers and museums. Below is a sample four-day itinerary, but at the end they will do whatever you want, wherever you want in Italy. Read more…

Takeovers in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama

Sometimes you want to takeover the entire place. In this issue we look at three private resorts, visiting The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama. Each provides the privacy and personalized service that comes with your own residence, but offer more than a typical villa, and are perfect for friends, family and special events such as wedding and even corporate retreats. Read more


A billionaire’s private island resort in Fiji

Laucala Island in Fiji was once the playground of publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes. Now owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, it is a private island resort with just 25 oversized villas bringing together high luxury and South Pacific romance in a playground of soft adventure, and even an 18-hole golf course. Each villa is different, designed with an eye to traditional Fijian style and all come with private pools set amidst the palms of coconut plantations, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green mountains. Read more…

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With the new tax laws, if you fly more than 50 hours per year it makes sense to explore ownership options. Ventura Air Services’ CEO Nik Tarascio has authored, “Own Your Own Airplane: It Costs Less Than You Think.”

You can schedule a free consultation with Ventura. They’ll handle everything from arranging a test flight to signing on the dotted line. For a copy of Nik’s book and to start the conversation, click here.

Why Waikiki is back as a luxury destination

Waikiki is back as a destination for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach has joined the Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian and Trump International as 5-star options. But the real change is that both Waikiki and Honolulu have become a destination fit for foodies, adding to the increasing quotient of luxury shopping. Most importantly, and often overlooked, a quick drive to the other side of Oahu and you will find deserted beaches, hiking, biking and all sorts of soft adventure on par with Hawaii’s outer islands.  Read more...

Montage Los Cabos is Mexico’s newest star

With luxury hotels and resorts popping up around the world like Starbucks, it says something that the lead travel story in the South China Morning Post’s luxury magazine was recently about a resort on the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean, in this case the Montage Los Cabos, which opened in May. Conde Nast Traveler already put the resort on its list of “New Hotels and Spas Worth Traveling For” with the headline, “You Can Finally Swim in Cabo,” a reference to its location on one of the destination’s few swimmable beaches. In this Special Report we give you a detailed, inside look at its suites, villas and residences and all the amenities and facilities. Read more

Luxury on the Bund in Shanghai

If you are visiting on leisure or have extra time, or this is your first time coming to Shanghai, The Peninsula should be at the top your consideration set. It also has a board meeting room with stunning views of The Bund on the west bank Huangpu River. The area is notable for its beautiful waterfront buildings, many of which have been restored. If you are doing a product launch, there is some nice rooftop space, indoors and outside. Read more…
Fine and Fun Skyscraper Dining in Bangkok

lebua at State Tower in Bangkok has become the epicenter of Thailand’s move to award-winning internationaining, with 2-star Michelin restaurant Mezzaluna, Breeze, Sirocco, and soon Chef’s Table under the direction Vincent Thierry of the 3-star Michelin Caprice in Hong Kong. Of course, the nightlife is not restricted to restaurants with a multitude of specialty bars from The Flute A Perrier Jouet and Al fresco 64, a Chivas bar, lebua No. 3, with its caviar shooters and of course the bar that launched a worldwide trend, Skybar (pictured left). Read more...
Views of the lake in Geneva

In the center of Geneva, convenient to private banks and the United Nations, Hotel D'Angleterre is hotel with a view of Lake Leman, both from its top suites and fine dining restaurant. Part of the Red Carnation group of boutique luxury hotels, each suite and room has its own unique decor. Don’t forget to check out its new cigar lounge. Read more...

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