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The Great Hotel Escape

Duration: 20 x 52'

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Former hoteliers and Gogglebox stars, Steph and Dom, follow those risking their life savings to turn their dream of running a hotel into a reality. 

Whether it’s a country Manor House, a 16th Century castle or a Jacobean farmhouse, we follow the families as they juggle restoration plans, inspections and interior facelifts, before finally opening their doors to the public.

Filmed over the last 12 months, the 20-part documentary series follows Steph and Dom as they meet families who are planning to open, or who are already running, their own historic hotels in some of Britain’s most beautiful locations.

Each episode goes behind the scenes to meet the couples and families who have risked everything to turn their dream of running a hotel into a reality. From newlyweds working against the clock to renovate a 16th century castle, to a couple opening the doors to their 18th century boutique hotel for the very first time.

Across the series, we’ll see a whole host of stunning, interesting and quirky buildings as Steph and Dom lend a hand to help; from knocking down castle walls, digging up manor gardens, helping launch the hotels and even corralling noisy peacocks, they’ve really got stuck in.

Episode 1

A young couple convert a Scottish castle into a B&B, while Dom learns the hard way how difficult it is to catch a peacock.

Episode 2

Dom gets stuck into some demolition at a Scottish castle, and in Shropshire a father & son go to extreme lengths moving a shed.

Episode 3

Steph & her pooch GiGi visit a Georgian hotel for a lunch with dogs and their owners, & Simon hits a brick wall in Scotland.

Episode 4

Steph & Dom visit an historic B&B in Shropshire, and in Yorkshire two rookie hoteliers get the keys to their new manor.

Episode 5

A crucial inspection takes place at a B&B in Shropshire, and Steph & Dom call into a Victorian manor in Yorkshire.

Episode 6

A retiree leaves behind a quiet life to take on an Edwardian mansion in Wales, while Steph & Dom visit a castle in Scotland.

Episode 7

Steph & Dom pitch in to help as a Scottish castle is revealed in its’ crowning glory, and an English manor foots a hefty bill.

Episode 8

Two unlikely lads in Hampshire embark on an ambitious new hotel venture, while Dom rolls up his sleeves at a manor in Bedford. 

Episode 9

Dom gets taken for a ride on a visit to Wales, while in Hampshire it’s a crucial night for a rookie head chef.

Episode 10

Steph visits a Victorian manor in Bedford with her entourage in tow, and at a Welsh country house they’re running out of beds.

Episode 11

Dom tackles a tricky tree trunk at a Yorkshire country house, and building plans go awry at a Victorian manor in the Midlands.

Episode 12

Steph & Dom pay a visit to a Welsh manor hotel, and in Yorkshire building delays pose problems for a grand renovation.

Episode 13

Dom steps in to help with renovations at a manor in the Midlands, and two young hoteliers in Wales are rushed off their feet.

Episode 14

Steph & Dom offer advice to rookie hoteliers in Wales, and at a manor hotel in Solihull it’s a race to the finish.

Episode 15

Steph & Dom pitch in to help at a crucial garden party in Yorkshire, and will two young hoteliers in Wales win the grand prize?

Episode 16

Steph & Dom help a couple in Wales who are working themselves to the bone, and at a Scottish manor it’s a masquerade ball.

Episode 17

Steph & Dom are in Scotland to help with a grand bridal suite, and in Cumbria frantic preparations before guests check in.

Episode 18

Steph & Dom teach a few tricks of the trade to hoteliers in Cumbria, while in Scotland it’s full steam ahead with renovations.

Episode 19

Steph & Dom are left shocked by renovations at a country house in Scotland, while in Wales tensions are running high.

Episode 20

Steph & Dom help hoteliers in Wales prepare for a launch party, and there are wedding bells at a Scottish country house.

 

Freeform Productions for Channel 4

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