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Former Dubai residents starred on ‘The Great Hotel Escape’

28 Aug 2019

It's a pretty escape!

Ex-residents of Dubai starred on the British TV Show, The Great Hotel Escape, which aired on Monday. Isn’t that super cool?

Stef Burgon and Simon Mark Hunt lived in the UAE for 12 years. In 2014, they went for a road trip around Scotland and found a pretty old castle and decided to buy it.

Now, 5 years later, they’re running a full luxury B&B at Kilmartin Castle after renovating and restoring the 16th-century building. 

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We’re gonna be on the Telly! Watch along with us: Channel 4, ‘The Great Hotel Escape’ airing 4pm on 26th Aug. We haven’t seen it yet, and it’s going to be so weird to relive the pain. Cameras followed us for 6 months capturing our castle journey with hosts and previous goggleboxers @stephanddom popping in to knock an odd wall down and tell us to HURRY UP! Here’s some scenes you won’t see on the telly. Us filmin’ the filmers. We loved our camera folk. People reckon it must be hard to be filmed. We reckon it’s hard to film us. . . . #channel4 #greathotelescape #kilmartincastle #renovationTV #renolife #usonthetv #makingtv #thegreathotelescape #scottishcastle #castlesofscotland #gogglebox #stephanddom #visitscotland #realitytv #documentary #bnb #homestay #boutiquehotel #luxurytravel

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The couple were changing their mortgage to a hotel business loan, and as luck would have it, their broker was contacted by producers of the British TV show.

Their broker put them through to the producers and voilà, things only went uphill from there.

And so, they landed themselves in an episode on The Great Hotel Escape.

The show is presented by ex-hoteliers and Gogglebox stars, Steph and Dom Parker. It will follow their entire progress over the seven months of renovations the Kilmartin Castle went through.

While in the UAE, Burgon used to appear on The Ticket on Dubai Eye, and Hunt was a creative director.

They took a risk and moved to Scotland, and the gamble definitely paid off! They’re now earning about Dhs300,000 for renting it out on AirBnB.