The Red Carnation Hotels story is a love story which started over fifty years ago.
At the heart of this love story is our Founder and President, Bea Tollman - a woman and leader greatly respected and much adored by all those who have the pleasure of knowing her as a guest, as a colleague, as part of the Red Carnation Hotel family.
A beautiful young South African woman named Bea caught the eye of a distinguished hotelier named Stanley, who was known for wearing a small red carnation in his lapel.
As newly-weds of modest beginnings, they began opening a number of hotels in South Africa. Inspired by the couple's shared enthusiasm for providing world class hospitality, and underpinned by their sophisticated sense of style, love of fine cuisine and passion for creating inspiring travel experiences, these hotels proved truly ground breaking - they set new standards for outstanding excellence, impeccable taste and unsurpassed service.
In 1975, their journey took them, and their four young children, to Great Britain. It is there that the next chapter of their story unfolded.
The couple purchased The Chesterfield Hotel in prestigious Mayfair. From here, driven by Bea's lifelong love affair with the world of hospitality, and celebrating her husband's signature flower, Red Carnation Hotels came to life.
The only Red Carnation property in the US, the legendary Chesterfield Palm Beach was purchased.
In the heart of literary Bloomsbury, The Montague on the Gardens joined the collection.
A regal addition to Red Carnation - The Rubens at the Palace is located in the heart of Victoria.
Hotel 41 is born, occupying the top floor of The Rubens at the Palace, and now a residents only property rated Number 1 in London.
Located directly overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, The Milestone Hotel (the London flagship property of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection) was purchased and meticulously renovated to flawless five star standards and is regularly awarded some of the most prestigious industry accolades.
On the banks of Lake Geneva, The Hotel d'Angleterre sits proudly with views stretching across to Mont Blanc.
The stunning Twelve Apostles Hotel sits majestically overlooking the ocean.
In the heart of Dorset in the pretty village of Evershot, is Summer Lodge Country House Hotel.
A breathtaking retreat in the foothills of the Cederber Mountains, Bushman's Kloof joins the collection.
Following the purchase of Summer Lodge, the family acquired The Acorn Inn, a small 10 bedroom historical Inn loated in the same village of Evershot
In the quiet backstreets of Knightsbridge, the boutique Egerton House Hotel is now one of London's top rated hotels.
Stanley and Bea Tollman purchase The Oyster Box Hotel, Durban, South Africa - the place where they first met. The previous owner, Wayne Reed, particularly wanted The Oyster Box to pass on to a family who would continue the hospitality, traditions and values for which the hotel was synonymous.
The historic Old Government House Hotel is Guernsey's only five star hotel and overlooks pretty St Peter Port.
In 2009 Bea Tollman's life story was captured in a wonderful collection of her 'all time favourite recipes' - a very special cookbook entitled "Bea Tollman - A Life in Food". It passionately demonstrates Bea's life-long love affair with the very best cuisine.
Just a short distance from The Old Government House Hotel, the Tollman family purchase the striking Duke of Richmond Hotel.
Beatrice Tollman, awarded the prestigious accolade of Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards 2012, is a reflection of the dedication, passion and ongoing efforts that are applauded by guests and industry alike.
In May 2013, the magnificent Ashford Castle was bought by The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, and began a major refurbishment to bring the castle back to its former glory.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle is acquired, sitting in a beautiful position overlooking Lough Corrib within the Ashford Estate
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection currently stands at seventeen luxurious properties located in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.
Mrs Beatrice Tollman is named The Leading Hotels of the World Leading Legend