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.
Steph and Dom are excited about the show, saying:
‘We’ve had tremendous fun filming the series and have met some exceptionally brave souls over the past 12 months. Hopefully we’ve done our bit to help some of these new hoteliers along the way!’
Michelle Heeley, Senior Executive Producer at Freeform Productions, said:
‘We are thrilled to be making this series for C4. The hoteliers we are meeting are awe inspiring – they are determined to make their dream of running a hotel work. And Steph and Dom are the perfect hosts – of course they are great company but they also have masses of experience from running their own hotel.’
David Sayer, Head of Daytime, Channel 4, says
‘This series explores the realities of running a hotel in some of the most beautiful locations in the UK. We’re thrilled to be working with Steph and Dom on the series and excited to be following them in their journey across the countryside.’
Although best known for appearing on Gogglebox, Steph and Dom renovated and ran their own hotel, The Salutation in Kent, for 12 years.
The Great Hotel Escape (20×60’) was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Daytime, David Sayer. It is a Freeform Production and is being Executive Produced by Michelle Heeley.