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Claire Bostel
Company Director

Claire's 25 year career in travel is a varied and exciting one. A history graduate, cum laude, armed with the coveted professional 'Blue Badge' of the Tourist Board, she has travelled the world as a Tour Manager.

  • In 1984, the world's largest motivation company invited her to launch a new UK department, where she developed outstanding and innovative events for top European companies.

  • At the end of the 1980s, she was both co-ordinator and producer for a musical adaptation of "Wuthering Heights", featuring soprano Lesley Garrett.

  • In the early 1990s, she worked as a consultant for Shell on Quality Management and Performance Improvement programmes.

  • In 1991, Claire was invited to join The Theatre Division Limited, a production company, headed by Biddy Hayward, one of the founder directors of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group. This enabled her to work on major productions alongside top production staff of today's West End Theatre.

  • For the last five years Claire has been the Director of the Alumni College of Great Britain.

Claire Bostel
Claire Bostel

Tour Driver
Tour Driver

Our Speakers
Our Speakers

Our Travel Staff
Our Travel Staff

'A' Team
'A' Team

The Company

Our company maxim is 'never waste an experience'. Those of you who have travelled with us before know that we never ever do. All time is quality time. We never waste money either! We go for the direct approach and pass the savings on to you, our clients.
The jewel in our crown is Yorkshire and that is where we operate from but our expertise is countrywide. We are delighted to customise tours for you wherever you wish to roam. You may choose to be a Duchy Club Member, an Independent Roamer or a Yorkshire Rascal. You may even wish to be all of these! We would hate you to miss out on anything - so do read on.

The Team

Duchy Travel By Design Limited originated with your generous encouragement and the support of 'the team'. The team comprises outstanding speakers and the cream of professional guides and suppliers throughout the UK. Their obvious delight in all that they do and share with you is contagious.


'You were the successful quarterback, glue, excitement and source of information. Pat and I enjoyed your wit, spirit, insight, charm and hospitality'

'...entertaining, energetic, articulate, knowledgeable, concerned and ultra-effective'

'Because of Claire our experience of England was truly unique'

'She is the kind of person one would love to be with every day to make each day a brighter and lovelier one than it otherwise appears to be'

'Although she deals with many groups, she treated us as if we were her first'

'Claire looked after us as one of our own children would have'

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