Ian Gifford


Ian Gifford

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Hello and welcome, my name is Ian Gifford, I live in Chalgrove, near Oxford with my wife Barbara. We have been here for eight years having lived and worked all over the UK. We love this location’s because of the friendly village community and the fantastic links to the world, with Heathrow only 40 minutes away.
My Dad encouraged my passion for travel from a very early age, taking me on exciting day trips to London, although I can still remember being too terrified to climb the ladder at the top of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral!!
As a teenager, I just wanted to see the world. I completed cycling tours to the West Country and organised school walking tours that led to running a New Forest Youth Hostel. My early career in Hospitality ensured a strong appreciation for food and wine, which included running our own hotel and restaurant, that is why I feel local food and drink is an exciting part of travel.
Customer Service is part of my passion, going the extra mile, delivering the unexpected, I have achieved this when organising wedding receptions on Bournemouth Pier or a 30th Wedding Anniversary in the Maldives including a celebratory dinner on a sandbank. It is all about providing the end-to-end service and doing the unexpected.
In the Corporate Business arena, I have arranged events for companies including elaborate dining in unusual locations, an amazing firework display and made sure guests got to a World Cup match when all flights were cancelled due to an airport closure.
Identifying my favourite destinations is a challenge, however, seeing leaping Mantra Rays off the Pacific coast of Mexico was amazing, and the rustic village restaurant in Pergine Valdarno, Tuscany provided a uniquely warm feeling with other unforgettable experiences such as Samaria Gorge in Crete at dawn, skiing in powder at Verbier, Golf in the Algarve or watching a Grand Prix in Malaysia.
Whether it is advising a restaurant on a client’s food allergies or organising a private tour in Rome, making sure your travel plans are exactly how you want them is vital. It is my responsibility to ensure you have first class service, before, during and following your trip
I am here to help, at times convenient to you, some of my clients have been in different time zones and I have planned calls at midnight before now, so if it is better for you to talk in the evenings or at weekends, that is fine with me. I look forward to talking with you soon.

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