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“Investment and Development Are Key” – Philip Gavin, The Talbot Collection

Renowned for their warm hospitality and exceptional service, The Talbot Collection is a fantastic suite of six hotels, located in prime areas across Ireland. All boasting four star status, the Oriel House Hotel, Cork; Midleton Park Hotel, East Cork; Talbot Carlow; Talbot Wexford; Talbot Hotel Stillorgan and the Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford offer families, couples and business travellers alike the perfect getaway destination, with an abundance of amenities to satisfy their varied needs.

Irish-owned and operated, The Talbot Collection is all about people; from their friendly and professional staff to their guests, who are treated as family. As a result of continuous investment, each of the six Talbot Collection hotels are stylish and luxurious, with modern bedrooms and meeting and events spaces for guests to enjoy.

In 2004, at the age of 38, Philip Gavin took over the management of the Talbot Hotel Wexford. From here he grew, as did the Talbot Collection, to take the helm as the Managing Director of the entire Talbot Collection which comprises of five, four star hotels, luxury self-catering apartments and recently acquired luxury wedding venue, Newbay House, which underwent refurbishment before it reopened in the New Year. We spoke to Philip about his experience, their new wedding venue and what has contributed to their success.

Newbay House – the new wedding venue that was acquired in 2018 - is a stunning period house set on 16 acres of garden and woodland on the outskirts of Wexford Town. This bespoke wedding venue is being lovingly restored at present in order to welcome weddings from 100 to 250 guests, with 10 unique bedrooms to accommodate the wedding party on-site.

"Weddings are such a special and memorable day, not only for the loving couple tying the knot, but also for their friends and family sharing in this special celebration," said Philip. "More and more couples are looking for that destination wedding venue, worthy of hosting this magical day. We believe Newbay House Wexford is just that, a magical location which is home of the ‘happily ever after’."

The venue which has been rebranded to Newbay House Wexford and will operate exclusively as a private wedding and events resort.

So what makes this venture unique in the current market? "Newbay House is a luxury wedding venue for those couples looking for something a little bit more unique than the traditional surrounds of a hotel," Philip explained. "More and more we are seeing the rise of the country house, and Newbay House is the hottest new entrant to this market."

The location of the hotel is also perfect as it is ideally located on the outskirts of Wexford Town, making it convenient for those travelling from neighbouring counties of Waterford (1hr), Kilkenny (1.15hr), Wicklow (1.10hr) and Dublin (2hrs).

Newbay House underwent a major refurbishment, both the venue interior and grounds. "We were delighted to have critically acclaimed, Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, local Wexford landscaper Mary Reynolds, working on the exterior, while we have a top interior designer working on the interior," Philip said.

Here, Philip emphasised that the venue is extremely special and 'no detail is too small'. The hotel had already received bookings for 2019 prior to its opening, with couples excited to create their unique wedding.

At the Oriel House Hotel.

The Talbot Collection is most certainly enjoying a lot of success at the moment which Philip attributes to the dedicated and loyal team in each of the properties. '"Just before Christmas we were extremely proud of Gordon Kavanagh - Assistant Bar Manager in the Talbot Wexford, who took home the illustrious Irish Hotels Federation award of Employee of the Year for the South East," he chirped.

Investment is a serious area of concentration for Philip. Having spent €3m in 2017, and after acquiring Newbay House in 2018 and reinvesting in their rooms stock in Cork, it is clear to see this as their method to success, which he has no plan to change in the near future.

"As I look to the year ahead, we are concentrating on continuous upgrades across all our hotels and self-catering property". He also believes that investment in businesses pre-Brexit, when the VAT increase and a challenge finding staff will become potential problems, is essential to the survival of all businesses: "In my opinion, investment and development are key to the success of every business."

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