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Hi Martyn, A massive thank you to you Tamara and Aaron for your warm welcoming and professional work towards our team of lad's, we had a fantastic weekend away. The hotel was 1st class along with all its staff who were more than friendly and courteous, their's no doubt i'll be in contact with yourself in the future topman, good luck and God bless

Hi Martyn I just wanted to say 'thank you' for your help last weekend, we had a great time and one of the reasons was how efficient the weekend was run . First class effort from everyone involved. Thank you

Hello Martyn Apologies a bit late but would like to say a big thank you for a seamlessly and most enjoyable organising of our trip to the Punchestown festival. We all had a fantastic 2 days. Also we would like to book again for next year, the Wednesday and Thursday if you could quote us and if there's any early bird booking discount. Have a good weekend Kind regards Andrew Hawkins

Good morning all. Just wanted to drop a note on behalf of my wife and I -to express our gratitude for what has been a fantastic few days over in Dublin. Your staff, Trisha and Carol are absolute diamonds and were so lovely and helpful. Carol especially-nothing was too much trouble and she could not have done more to ensure that we had a great day on the Saturday. Thank you! Best regards, Matt & Emma Stables.

Dear Martyn and Team, I just wanted to say (from all my guys) thank you very much for making our first trip to Punchestown races so enjoyable. All your team were very helpful as were the people and the hotel and they nearly got me into the 21st century (no printed boarding passes but on my phone!!!). As we enjoyed it so much we are planning to come back with our partners. Again thank you. Cheers. Jim

Hi Martyn The four of us are sat miserably at the airport. London flight at least 30 minute delay. Anyway, on behalf of the 4 of us, I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful 4 days racing and for everything that you and Amanda have done for us. In fact all R and S staff. Absolutely wonderful. All lovely people and nothing was too much trouble. So a little bit of advance warning that the 4 of us are coming back next April with the same itinerary as this year, Navan on the Saturday, Naas Monday and the first two days of Punchestown. We would like to stay at our dear Westgrove again. Right that’s enough from me. A million thanks again for all the additional surprises. Have an enjoyable and successful rest of Punchestown and look forward to catching up with you soon. With very best wishes. Roger Tanner

Hi Martin, We returned safely to Scotland after our very enjoyable annual trip to Punchestown- and all still had money in our pockets!! Can I just take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for making us so welcome. In my working life I had numerous occasions to use companies akin to yours. I can assure you that they all fell short of the standards you operate to. The quality of your product was of the highest standard, the professionalism of your staf was superb, excellent communications and also the attention to detail. We plan to return next year for 29 and 30 April- but we may make it a 3 day trip by coming on the Monday 28 if Naas races are on that evening. We would be particularly keen to stay in Lawlors again and just let me know when you would require a deposit. Also please let me know of any packages in the autumn for NH race meetings you may have. Once again, thank you kindly for a magnificent few days Kind regards, Jim Wentworth

Hi Martyn, firstly I wanted to say how much we enjoyed this years festival and wanted to thank you and your team for their excellent customer service. I would like to book again for next year on the same basis as this year only for 10 people, Many thanks, Peter Lamb

Hello Martyn I would just like to thank you & your team for another wonderful festival, as usual everything was as described & ran like clockwork. Special thanks to Amanda for looking after us so well - her kindness in looking after my son's requirements was really appreciated & made getting to & from the track painless. As I said when speaking to you on Thursday we would like to book again for 2025. Thank you again for your organisation & professionalism & look forward to seeing you next year. Kind Regards, Bryn

Hi Martin, Thanks for all the organisation, we had a great visit to Ireland, hotel was very good as was the deliverance of the whole experience by you & your team, well done! Regards, Trevor

Hi Martyn, we have just got back in the door. Just a quick message to say thank you so much for everything this week, it wasn’t just one of the best racing trips we have done, it was up there with the best weeks away we have ever done. Dad has been through a lot the last 6 months and it was so nice to see him away from it all and happy. Thank you so, so much to you and all of your wonderful team. Please let Mandy, Aveen, Declan, Tamara and Peter know how brilliant they are and how they made our week. I appreciate the small touches that were added to make it special. I’ll be in contact soon I’m sure re: Galway, Jersey etc but just wanted to make sure you knew how much this week meant to both of us. You have some fantastic clients too who we have made some wonderful friends with. Jack

Had a great few days at the festival again this year. Stayed in the Maldron Pearse Street which is a perfect base and had a fantastic host in Carol for the past 2 years. Thanks again Race & Stay. Keith Furzeland

Enjoyed another great trip to Punchestown well looked after by Race and Stay from start to finish nothing is ever too much trouble. Looking forward to Killarney in July and will be back at Punchestown in 2025 ! Pualine Curry

Thank you Race & Stay for an another amazing week at Punchestown Festival. Once again Martyn Pipe and the team have went above and beyond. You are all truly amazing. Can’t recommend this team enough.- Donna Clark

Hi Martyn, We iust wanted to drop you a line to thank you for another fantastic trip to Punchestown, we've had a really lovely weekend. Please pass on our thanks to Carol who was the perfect hostess. We're just finalising our numbers for next year & then will book online. 😊 Thanks again. Best wishes Gary & Jackie

Hi Martyn The trip was pure 5 * The hotel was off the scale in luxury and the staff where amazing We had the best time ever – very special trip indeed We had 17 winners over the 4 days which is truly very special Your staff where amazing and nothing ever was a issue When you get a moment- can you quote for next year with the below details Same hotel please Airport transfers- both ways Arrive 29th April – racing every day apart from ladies day (4 days) Hotel from 29th to departure on 4rd May (5 nights) Lee

Good evening Martyn Steve and I would like to thank you and Mandy for our first visit/experience of the Punchestown Festival. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so much so we are already looking to go back again next year!.

Hello Martyn, Tamara & all at Race and Stay. Just want to thank you so much for an absolutely outstanding package for The Irish Festival at Leopardstown on September 9th. The whole party had an amazing day and experience. Can I thank you so much for the great value for money, and hospitable and friendly manner that you showed right from the very beginning enquiring about your packages to the whole delivery last weekend. It was simply perfection!!!! The food was simply delicious, and so much of it, room so spacious, bright and accessible to everything, and service always friendly. Thank you so much for everything. I and all my family will definitely be booking with Race and Stay again. Kind regards, Bernie

Hi Martyn, we have just got back in the door. Just a quick message to say thank you so much for everything this week, it wasn’t just one of the best racing trips we have done, it was up there with the best weeks away we have ever done. Dad has been through a lot the last 6 months and it was so nice to see him away from it all and happy. Thank you so, so much to you and all of your wonderful team. Please let Mandy, Aveen, Declan, Tamara and Peter know how brilliant they are and how they made our week. I appreciate the small touches that were added to make it special. I’ll be in contact soon I’m sure re: Galway, Jersey etc but just wanted to make sure you knew how much this week meant to both of us. You have some fantastic clients too who we have made some wonderful friends with. Jack

Dear Martyn and Team, I just wanted to say (from all my guys) thank you very much for making our first trip to Punchestown races so enjoyable. All your team were very helpful as were the people and the hotel and they nearly got me into the 21st century (no printed boarding passes but on my phone!!!). As we enjoyed it so much we are planning to come back with our partners. Again thank you. Cheers. Jim

Hi Martyn The four of us are sat miserably at the airport. London flight at least 30 minute delay. Anyway, on behalf of the 4 of us, I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful 4 days racing and for everything that you and Amanda have done for us. In fact all R and S staff. Absolutely wonderful. All lovely people and nothing was too much trouble. So a little bit of advance warning that the 4 of us are coming back next April with the same itinerary as this year, Navan on the Saturday, Naas Monday and the first two days of Punchestown. We would like to stay at our dear Westgrove again. Right that’s enough from me. A million thanks again for all the additional surprises. Have an enjoyable and successful rest of Punchestown and look forward to catching up with you soon. With very best wishes. Roger Tanner

Hi Martin, We returned safely to Scotland after our very enjoyable annual trip to Punchestown- and all still had money in our pockets!! Can I just take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for making us so welcome. In my working life I had numerous occasions to use companies akin to yours. I can assure you that they all fell short of the standards you operate to. The quality of your product was of the highest standard, the professionalism of your staf was superb, excellent communications and also the attention to detail. We plan to return next year for 29 and 30 April- but we may make it a 3 day trip by coming on the Monday 28 if Naas races are on that evening. We would be particularly keen to stay in Lawlors again and just let me know when you would require a deposit. Also please let me know of any packages in the autumn for NH race meetings you may have. Once again, thank you kindly for a magnificent few days Kind regards, Jim Wentworth

Hi Martyn, firstly I wanted to say how much we enjoyed this years festival and wanted to thank you and your team for their excellent customer service. I would like to book again for next year on the same basis as this year only for 10 people, Many thanks, Peter Lamb

Hello Martyn I would just like to thank you & your team for another wonderful festival, as usual everything was as described and ran like clockwork. Special thanks to Amanda for looking after us so well - her kindness in looking after my son's requirements was really appreciated and made getting to and from the track painless. As I said when speaking to you on Thursday we would like to book again for 2025. Thank you again for your organisation and professionalism and I look forward to seeing you next year. Kind Regards, Bryn

Hi Martin, Thanks for all the organisation, we had a great visit to Ireland, hotel was very good as was the deliverance of the whole experience by you & your team, well done! Regards, Trevor

Amazing Experience. Race and Stay done an incredible Job. Everyone loved It. Martyn and Cormac make the event a very memorable experience. Highlight of our trip to Ireland . We will definitely be back next year again. Best way to go Racing in Ireland. It’s all planned out for You and Guests. 5 Stars.

Had a great few days at the festival again this year. Stayed in the Maldron Pearse Street which is a perfect base and had a fantastic host in Carol for the past 2 years. Thanks again Race & Stay. Keith Furzeland

Enjoyed another great trip to Punchestown well looked after by Race and Stay from start to finish nothing is ever too much trouble. Looking forward to Killarney in July and will be back at Punchestown in 2025 ! Pualine Curry

Hello Martyn, Tamara & all at Race and Stay. Just want to thank you so much for an absolutely outstanding package for The Irish Festival at Leopardstown on September 9th. The whole party had an amazing day and experience. Can I thank you so much for the great value for money, and hospitable and friendly manner that you showed right from the very beginning enquiring about your packages to the whole delivery last weekend. It was simply perfection!!!! The food was simply delicious, and so much of it, room so spacious, bright and accessible to everything, and service always friendly. Thank you so much for everything. I and all my family will definitely be booking with Race and Stay again. Kind regards, Bernie

What an absolutely fantastic trip. You guys were amazing, the hotel was fabulous, the location incredible and all the people at the races were simply brilliant. The feedback from the staff has been unbelievable and the feeling of goodwill has been off the charts. So a huge thank you to everybody at Race and stay for everything they did for us. Special thanks to Tara at the races as she was awesome. We would love to do it all again - I’m sure. Malcolm Cooke (Corporate Guests)

Hello Martyn it was lovely to meet you at the weekend, we had a brilliant time and you really have this experience down to a fine art, i cannot think of anything that you could do to improve. The highlight of our weekend was the visit to the National Stud - it was absolutley serene and fabulous - we had a good chat with an old mate of ours, Beef or Salmon, to see the retired stars well looked after and happy was wonderful. See you next year, Best wishes Carol & Brian Gallagher

Martyn, thank you so much for the lovely email and photos. Ciarán and I had a cracking day on Saturday at Fairyhouse, we really enjoyed the full package and will certainly be in touch again for another event. It was lovely to meet you, Craig and the other guests- everyone was so friendly and accommodating. We wish you continued success, and look forward to booking again. Colleen

What can we say? It was perfect from start to finish. Two fabulous days of racing so fantastically organised. My only and very major complaint would be about your bloody sister trying to encourage my wife to go to Kildare Village with the joint credit card!!! 🤦‍♂️ Amanda was brilliant really. Thank you so much, it was so nice to attend a meeting without any thought or worries about the logistics. Kind regards, Tony

Dear Martyn, Thank you so much for making a truly memorable Irish Champions Festival possible for myself and my family. It was great to meet you and your wonderful team of ladies. Congratulations on a great weekend festival. Really appreciate all your help with the accommodation and kindly transporting my Mother and her friend back to the Clayton Hotel on Sunday eve. Looking forward to working with you again in the future for next season’s Irish Champions Festivals. If you have any brochure’s please can you send some down to me. Kindest regards, Polly.

Hi Martyn, We really enjoyed our weekend trip to the Irish Champions Festival with Race and Stay. Everything was great, lovely, comfortable hotel with helpful, friendly staff and lovely food (both breakfast and evening meals). The organisation and information provided re the transport to and from both racecourses was perfect. It was a real treat to go door to door and back as we've previously made our own way on trams and buses. Carol was lovely and very helpful. We would definitely choose to do Race and Stay again. I'm struggling to find anything that could have been done better! Many thanks for a lovely and well organised weekend. Kind regards, Fliss & Pete Dunmore

Martyn, We can't find fault with the package and service provided by you and everyone else at Race & Stay. It was great value and we shared your details and experience with several like minded people over the weekend so hopefully you will have some new customers next year, it would be fully deserved. The only hiccup we had was of my own doing but Carol went out of her way to make sure all was good. We didn't want to take to coach to Leopardstown from the hotel and left before Carol was at the hotel so we left without our tickets but Carol sorted it out no problem so she should get a pat on the back. All the best and thanks again. Regards Scott Meldrum

Hi Martyn, Bryan & I had another great Race & Stay experience. Hotel, transport to and from the courses were super and with Amanda looking after us who is always so sociable and attentive; for us, we have no improvement suggestions. In fact, we would like to thank Amanda and yourself for providing such a great weekend of racing. Best regards, Mark

Hi Martyn Thanks again for a great weekend, lovely hotel as usual and it was lovely to meet your sister she's just like you, lovely to deal with and very helpful. Back home now safe and sound so until Next time we'll be back, take care and have a well deserved Holiday. Mary and Bernard Crotty

Hi Martyn Many thanks again for all your help in sorting out what was a fantastic weekend for us, it’s was very much appreciated and we’ll hopefully see you again next year. Patrick Breen

Dear Martyn Thank you for organising an amazing day on Saturday. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at Leopardstown. Rebecca Barfield

Hello Martyn, Everything was lovely and well organized. Our guide was very nice and friendly as were the drivers. The only suggestion I would have is clearer directions on where to meet once the races are over. The one person said one spot the second girl a different spot. We found it in the end so all was good. We would use your service again. Thank you for all you did for us and hopefully we will be back in future. Anne Smithson

Martyn, We can't find fault with the package and service provided by you and everyone else at Race & Stay. It was great value and we shared your details and experience with several like minded people over the weekend so hopefully you will have some new customers next year, it would be fully deserved. Richard Meldrum

Hi Martyn, Thank you. We had a lovely weekend. Race & Stay staff always so helpful. The Clayton Hotel had no air con so we did not have a great sleep sat night but that wasn't your fault. Look forward to dealing with you again. Raymond & Gillian Gilbourne

Hi Martyn We all had a great day on Saturday and the prize is a wonderful bonus!!! Look forward to using it in the near future. Thank you, Terry

Hi Martyn On behalf of our party of 3 I would like to thank you and your team for a fantastic weekend. Of course the racing was excellent but the whole experience was massively enhanced by the care and time offered by raceandstay, with nothing too much trouble. All 3 of us agreed that we would repeat this trip next year, diaries permitting. I look forward to seeing you again in February. One improvement would be if you could arrange a return flight that wasn't 2 hours late, but what can you expect when we only paid £20 to Mr O'Leary. Thanks again, Peter Coleing

Hi Martin We had a great time, thanks. The hotel was ideally placed for Leopardstown but also for the K club. I asked my group would we change and do 2 days of racing and they were unsure. Maybe the great weather made the golf better than it could be in a typical September. The breakfast, bar and entertainment in the hotel was very good and the only criticism of the hotel was the lack of water in the rooms and the vending machines ran out - again maybe the hot weather caught them out. We will be repeat customers so look forward to receiving offers etc. Thanks, and best regards. Simon

Good Afternoon, Martyn Thank you for the professional way everything was organised forcus for our stay at the Westgrove Hotel, Clane and the smooth transfers to and from the Curragh, our party were delighted with everything, they want to stay on both the Saturday and Sunday next year, will be in touch closer to that time, meanwhile thank you once again for a sterling job. Kind Regards, Martin Wilson

Martyn, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for looking after us last Saturday. The girls looked after us very well. The group had a brill time and all spoke about how well and professional it was organised and value for money. We will defo be coming back for sure. Take care. Yours sincerely, Colin Dowd.

Everything was fantastic. Thank you, Dianne

Hi Martyn, Back home now in Aus. Just wanted to pass on Thanks and especially to Tamara for being with us throughout the week we really enjoyed having her with u and all the drivers, hospitality, experiences we’re all fantastic. Look forward to returning next year and will be in touch. Monique

Dear Martyn and Team I hope you had a successful last day! I just wanted to say a personal massive thank you to you and your team for our Punchestown Festival trip. Everything was absolutely first class and I couldn’t fault a thing! We already can’t wait to rebook! Thanks again and looking forward to seeing you all soon all being well. Lucy and Andrew Beck

Would just like to thank you & your team for making this year's festival such an enjoyable experience we all had a wonderful time. Special thanks to Amanda who was absolutely fantastic in looking after us. Amanda said to give you a call next week in regard to booking for next year to take advantage of early booking discount - we will be a party of 8 again & would like to stay at Westgrove again. Once again thank you for your professionalism & kindness,see you next year

We have all enjoyed this year. In fact it’s been totally fantastic and beyond our wildest dreams. Thanks so much again for EVERYTHING. Everyone has been great. Only disappointment was Anne being ill, so we couldn’t make the Hooley. Oh well Best, Roger

Hi Martyn Just a short note of thanks for our recent trip. As before the organisation, Hotel and your staff were the very best and We would highly recommend you to all. Please pass on our thanks to all involved. Regards

We would like to thank you very much for a fantastic festival and stay. The organisation was perfect in every way possible. We would also like to thank Amanda for all her help. We look forward to a return visit next year. We wish you all the best for the rest of the year Valerie and Norman

Hi Martyn Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you so much for yesterday. It was an outstanding day and you treated us incredibly well. Please also pass on my thanks to Tamara who was excellent. You run a quality operation and in speaking with Marc I am sure we can do some great business going forward. He will be in touch shortly. I very much look forward to seeing you and your team again soon and I hope the rest of the week goes very well Alistair

Thank you we had a great time in the osprey hotel we were looking to book again for next year we had to go early this morning if you contact me to sort out a deal for next year please

Hi Martyn Thanks very much for our 2 days at Punchestown. It really was a super prize and we enjoyed every minute of it. We hope you have a successful Punchestown and we’ll hopefully get to travel with you again. Many thanks

Hi Martyn, Just to say we had a great time - and backed Fastorslow! Thanks for all your help. Another year perhaps. Best wishes, Brian and Sue Kay

Hi Martyn, Perfect, we’ve all had an amazing time and would like to thank you and your team for making it so. Will be back again. Many thanks Daryl.

Hi Martyn We had a great time during our stay . We stayed tues to wed at kilkea Castle and attended Punchestown on the Tuesday. Being collected and brought to and from the races was great. It meant we could relax and have a few drinks. Our driver Gregory was excellent and very helpful in getting us back for our dinner resveration. Well done . We would use race and stay again. Kind regards Marie and Paul Richardson

Hi Martyn, we had a great time apart from a delay on our flight which caused us to miss the first race on Wednesday. Except for the above I cannot fault the experience and the role your Company played in it. Please let me know when I can book for the 6 of us for next year. Many thanks, Peter Lamb

Hi Martyn. A big thanks to yourself and Carol for a great three days in Dublin. I’ll be back in 2025 but my brother is already planning his next trip with trip to Ireland with Race and Stay . Thanks Greg.

A truly unbelievable experience! One I really hope I will be apart of in the future. Thank you for everything. James Harrison

Hi Martyn, Thanks for a wonderful time at the Punchestown Festival. I have just made another booking with you for the Dublin Festival for two, but my son is now unable to make those dates. So please could I rebook for just myself. Kind regards David Black.

Hi Martyn yourself and your team were first class. The attention to detail coupled with being made to feel valued customers was excellent. Particular highlights for myself were the Westgrove Hotel, the tour of the National Stud and the catering at Naas racecourse. I would appreciate it if you could pass on our thanks also to your sister Amanda who was attentive and helpful at all times. Having spoken with my friends we certainly intend to return to Ireland for more racing and will definitely use Race and Stay when we do so. We will probably wish to visit some other racecourses next time with The Curragh and Leopardstown of particular interest. One small request- if you can improve our selection of horses to back that would certainly help our bank balances…..! Many thanks again Martyn and we look forward to seeing you again next time Kind regards Ian Thomas

First of all thank you for an overall great experience. Yourself mandy and staff were very good. We especially enjoyed and appreciated the hospitality at naas on the Monday evening. The only thing as a big negative was after racing and having to wait such a long time for all guests to board the return coach(.845) back to the Westgrove hotel..I think this needs to be more strictly monitored and a set time given for when the coach actually leaves eg( 815/ 830 absolute latest) ..if guests are not there at the specific given time the coach should leave promptly ..hope to return next year. Best regards Gary jones.

Hello martyn I couldn’t fault anything about our trip,everything was perfect,from myself and my four friends that we went to the Punchestown festival all we can say is a BIG THANK YOU And definitely we will be back in the future Thank you Thanks so much for an amazing break. We all had a wonderful time with first class organisation. Your sister was brilliant. We will be back thank you Andy

Hi Martyn Many thanks for the wonderful trip we have just had to the Festival. From landing in Dublin to getting back on the plane we couldn’t have been looked after any better. Your staff did you proud every day especially Amanda who was great and very organised. The Westgrove Hotel was very comfortable and convenient for the races. We really enjoyed being your guest at Naas on the Monday evening the meal and hospitality was excellent. So pleased we decided to add on a trip to the Stud which was great especially seeing a foal born only a few hours prior to our visit, We will certainly recommend you to anyone wanting to come racing in Ireland and Roger will be in touch sometime this week to discuss 2024. All the best to you all and once again many thanks, time for you to have a rest I think as you all must be worn out looking after us all Regards Pauline & John Curry

Hi Martyn Thank you and your team for a hugely enjoyable few days. The hotel was top class, accommodated our groups early check in and provided a great service for the duration. Transfers to and from racecourse were excellent with a great buzz on the bus with plenty of successful punting tales and some hard luck stories. I didn’t get the name of the lady who was assisting the guests at The Westgrove Hotel but she was incredible. The lady worked tirelessly the two days we went racing, made sure all guests were taken care of and did so with exceptional grace. Thank you for a great few days. Will definitely be using Race and Stay again. All the best, Joe

Absolutely fantastic service and value will be back next year for sure ! Thanks, Philip

First time visit and part of my 60th birthday celebration’s. The communication with you guys was great from start to finish and the hotel was great even getting the message from Tamara to say she had our tickets A couple of things that tainted our visit slightly were the fact that Friday was student day who then took over all transport back to the hotel whether the general shuttle or the priority shuttle and it would have been good to know that the hotel was the meeting point for the students after. If we had known this we would have chosen a different day as the Thursday when we arrived was very relaxed (Maybe point this out to clients) Overall the hotel staff were great etc and would we use you again without a doubt Kind Regards Gordon Griffiths

Hi Martyn We had a great time during our stay . We stayed tues to wed at kilkea Castle and attended Punchestown on the Tuesday. Being collected and brought to and from the races was great. It meant we could relax and have a few drinks. Our driver Gregory was excellent and very helpful in getting us back for our dinner resveration. Well done . We would use race and stay again. Kind regards, Marie and Paul Richardson

Hi Martyn, I was unable to avail of the RTE prize, but my friends, who went instead of me, said it was a great experience. Everything was so enjoyable. The transport to and from Punchestown was great, the racing and the hospitality there was fantastic, and the hotel and entertainment was fabulous they said. So all in all they had wonderful time. Kind regards, Margaret Hughes.

Hi Martyn, I booked this for my dads 70th birthday present,My mum and dad went and They both loved it said everything was perfect. Hotel was lovely, coach driver lovely. The trip Was all good and they will be back.

Hi martyn Excellent stay,please let me know some prices for next year Thanks

Martin/Tamara Great weekends racing , eating and of course drinking and partying. Look forward to seeing you again next year! Brian & friends.

Hi Martyn, We’re just back from our weekend away which we thoroughly enjoyed, thank you. It was our 1st time at Punchestown and we loved it! We’re hoping to return again next year (provisionally a group of 10) but have noticed that The Maldron on Pearse Street isn’t listed as an option. We thought the location of this hotel was perfect, is this something you would be able to price for us? We would be looking to arrive on Friday, spend Saturday at the races again and check out on Sunday. If The Maldron isn’t an option is there anything else in Dublin itself? Thank you so much to you & the team for organising this year’s trip for us, it was a fab weekend. I look forward to hearing from you.

Good afternoon, We returned home yesterday after our Punchestown trip and would like to say we had a fabulous time. Everything was organised well and the service was excellent . We are keen to book again next year and noted that there was a 20% early booking advertised at the venue. My husband enquired with the lady who gave us the tickets each day and was advised to contact you direct. Regards Julie Chapman.

Hi Martyn. This was our first time with Race & Stay and I can honestly that we'd definitely do this again. Organisation was faultless and Carol was a great hostess. We normally go to Cheltenham Gold Cup week but this was a much more enjoyable experience. No queuing for drinks and less costly too. Carol suggested the Dublin Festival to us in February and we're definitely interested. Thanks once again. Keith

Hi Martyn Pipe and the Race and Stay Team Our trip was brilliant from start to finish and was great that we had a few good winners at the racing, The staff at the westgrove hotel were very friendly and helpful during our trip. We will definitely be back in Punchestown for the festival in the near future and we will book through race and stay again as everything was well organised.

Hi Martyn, As you know for our party of 12 this was all a new venture for us. We have been to Cheltenham many times & the overwhelming response from our group was that the Punchestown Festival is miles better. They all thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days at the races & the total Race & Stay package you provided. The Westgrove Hotel was great & the hospitality at the course was first class, thank you. We are already talking of returning in 2024 & the Corinthian suite would be our preference if available. Many thanks also to Mandy for her care & attention in arranging all the badges, tickets & the transfers to & from the race course. There was a little confusion about the buggy back to the coach as one of our party has limited mobility, but TBH we didn't really request this in advance & thank you to Mandy & Tamara for sorting out on the 2nd day. The transfers to & from Dublin worked out fine & thank you for your flexibility on the timing of the return shuttle to the airport, yesterday. As I said, I feel sure the boys will want to return to the Punchestown festival with you next year. when should I contact you regarding bookings for 2024? Andy Johnson

Dear Martyn and Amanda, We had a lovely visit to the race an and really enjoyed the Westgrove experience! We are a group of lads that don’t see each other regularly but always enjoy a racing get together. Cheltenham had been out go to for the past 15/16 years until Covid in ‘20. We will be staying locally into the future and hope to be in more regular contact with Race and Stay. Thank you for your efficiency and professionalism. Liam Egan

Good Morning Martyn & Tamara, I would like to thank you on behalf all of my guests for the excellent way that you organised our trip to Ireland. The transfers, Hotel and racing hospitality were 2nd to none and we will be looking to book further trips with Race & Stay in the future. Many Thanks also for the credit in respect of the non attendance for Jim & Jackie Wright late withdrawal due to Jims having a stroke - this is much appreciated. Mike Bracegirdle

Just wanted to praise your service of transport to punchestown racing festival on Friday & Saturday .. beautiful comfortable buses & the driver Mark was brilliant, friendly , great repore with his guests .. His personality was amazing so well done Mark Hope to see you again, Thanking you Kathleen & Tony O Neill— Kilkenny

Having now come back down to earth after the Punchestown Festival I can honestly say we had the most marvellous trip. Yourself, Mandy, Tamara , Declan and all the team could not have done more to make our trip special. Throughout, the organisation and attention to detail was spot on . When everything is sorted out from first communications and throughout the trip makes for a stress free, enjoyable trip. All bases were covered, even when guests fail to turn up at the right bus park for the trip back to the hotel !! The Keedean Hotel could not have been more welcoming. It was comfortable and relaxed and the food at every meal was superb. Our hospitality room at Punchestown was as good as you could get. Panoramic views of the course, great food and great mix of guests , all there for a good time. The Hooley at Barberstown Castle on our last night was great fun and rounded off our trip nicely, proper Irish hospitality and entertainment. Thankyou all once again for a marvellous, memorable time, we will definitely be in touch in the future to book again. Enjoy a well earned rest, honestly I am not sure how you manage all those people, over the week and manage to keep smiling throughout. Best Wishes Dawn Holmes (6 in all in my party)

Hi Martyn, Would just like to say thanks for sorting our trip to Punchestown last week. Everyone loved it and wants to book again. Everything ran so smoothly and we can’t wait to get back next year. I see on your website we can now book for 2024…..when you get chance if you could send me over a quote for next year for exactly the same that would be fantastic. Thanks again, Pete

Pauline Curry Had a brilliant time first time with Race and Stay won’t be the last !

Gregory Whiteside Had a brilliant day at Punchestown races and will definitely be back! Reserved enclosure was a bonus

Good Morning Martyn, Many Thanks for organising a first-class trip to Punchestown last week. I have to say the organisation was absolutely second to none and everything went like clockwork. I think that’s probably us done with Cheltenham, and we might even be tempted to sneak across for the Dublin Racing Festival as well next season.

Thanks to all of your team who could not have been more helpful, it was a genuinely brilliant week and I look forward to expanding the trip next year! Kind Regards

Hi Martyn, Thanks again for a cracking week at Punchestown! We really enjoyed the Westgrove (as always). Thanks again to Amanda for looking after us, she is a star! Having Dessie Scahill mark our card before racing was a great addition this year, he helped us find the winner of the first race on both Wednesday and Thursday. The one slight negative was the bus back from the racecourse being delayed on a couple of evenings. We totally understand it’s difficult and occasionally some race goers will take a bit longer to get back to the bus than others, but one evening most of the people on the bus were getting a bit frustrated by the delay. Overall a fantastic trip! Looking forward to next year! Kind regards Simon

Martin the experience was fab everything from start to finish for our race and stay was excellent.. Barberstown Castle was to us a five star treatment so we left a good review on trip advisor also Hoping to repeat the experience again Thanks Martyn Continued success

Martyn, Our group are all safely back though jaded from our exploits! We all had a great time and very much appreciate the work of Race&Stay. We all said that the hospitality was superb and very pleased we pushed the budget to go there, way better than anything some of us have experienced at Cheltenham. We hope to get back next year if you will have us, though maybe closer to Naas. Thanks again to you and you team. I will put some comments on the survey email when it comes through. Regards,

Amazing experience with race & stay for Friday & Saturday @ Punchestown 2023 The transfers Hotel & services of Amanda & aodaion was second to none Highly recommend this experience Well done to all

Everything about our trip was 1st Class . Martin and his staff were truly amazing as always . 3 days at the punchestown festival ! Great craic , great food , superb racing and a 1st class service from the race and stay team . Can’t thank you all enough .

Good afternoon Martyn We would like to thank you and your team for a very enjoyable and stress free time at punchestown, the hotel was excellant and the trip to the stud was marvellous. I will certainly recommend Race and Stay to anybody who is coming to Ireland Racing, everything was very well organised and good value for money. Many thanks again for making it such a great trip. Kind regards Martin and Angela

I booked my stag party through Race and Stay, they organised top class accommodation in the Maldron Hotel a 10min walk from TempleBar for two nights plus an excellent day of Racing in Punchestown on the Saturday plus transfers. Everything from Start to finish was so easy to organise with Martyn and crew. A huge thank you to Carol for looking after us soo well at the races. Excellent value and would recommend to anyone for any event. Thanks

Excellent service throughout from Martyn and the team at Race and Stay. We booked a group package for Punchestown festival 2023 and the team made things easy from start to finish. We were able to make payments in stages, pick from a choice of hotels and had transport to and from the races organised for us. The team are always on hand to answer any questions and I will definitely be using them again. Great service all round.

What a fantastic well organised weekend me and my ten mates had superb value for money all your staff were wonderful and so helpful we will be back kind regards Robert Stevenson

Martyn and team, Thank you for the most enjoyable weekend at the DRF! Special thanks to Amanda, Tamara and of course Martyn for yet again making me feel so welcome, the team work many hours to ensure customer comfort is number one priority. Always there with a smile and time to chat even when under pressure from that annoying customer wanting tickets or a copy of the Racing Post. I really do appreciate the airport pickup, always reassuring on arrival. Hotel selection is always spot on and the smooth running on each race day is exceptional. I wouldn't choose anyone else for trips from the UK to Irish racing. The so called competition are not in the same league as Race and Stay! Best regards Pete Lansdown, Cheltenham

Stayed at the royal marine hotel and attended both days. Wow. Superb hotel, fantastic location, rooms, breakfast and staff all superb. Transfer to and from track was a great experience. Dublin racing festival was icing on the cake. Will definitely be back to same hotel for next year. Race and stay staff did a brilliant job looking after us. Best racing break I have ever had. Many thanks Paul H

Hi Martyn, Thank you so much for a great weekend. Everyone enjoyed it immensely, it was so well organised. Already looking forward to next year and would love to see what packages you have to maybe include a table with lunch. 16/18 people again. Thanks again, Claire

Hi Martyn, Everything was A1, aside from some funny racing results but I won’t hold you to account for that. I’m happy to book again for 2024. We preferred going into the restaurant on the Saturday so would like to do this again and general admission for Sunday. 3 people again please. Regards, Tony

Hi Martin, Just to say , many thanks for all your hard work during our wonderful stay and racing at Leopardstown, Everything was brilliant and yourself , your sister, and staff could not have looked after us any better, Again thank you. Brian Evans

Hi Martyn, Just a quick note to say thank you to you and all your staff for an excellent weekend. Your organisation was excellent and our party of 6 had a great time. Everything worked like clockwork and the addition of the exclusive bar for food and drink and the racing preview were very worthwhile. I even managed to put one of Tony Martin’s horses in an each way double at 100 to1 SP that finished 6th ( Bet 365 paid 6 places) with a 22 to 1 shot that paid for most of my expenses. As I mentioned I would like to book our party of 6 for next year and look forward to you confirming the special price for us. Once you do that I’ll pay the 100 euros holding deposit. Kind regards, Bernard.

Hi Martyn Just want to say we all had a great weekend in Dublin. Everything was superbly organised. Let me know when you package prices for 2024. Thanks again Yours sincerely, John Costello

Hi Martyn. Just wanted to say how nice it was to see you again and thanks for another wonderful DRF. The addition of the coach transfer and tipping guests were both welcome additions and really improved on an already great few days. A special thanks to Declan who met us at the airport( nice guy) and all of your staff who are always friendly and welcoming. I just want to confirm that we will be back next year, with the addition of our son Joseph who will be 17 at the time. If we can have the same package as before with the triple room and premium access, that would be great. Thanks again for being a great host and I may well be in touch re Fairyhouse in the coming weeks. Cheers. Niall.

Dear Martyn, Tamara and the Race and Stay staff, On behalf of me and my Dad Anthony I would like to thank all the Race and Stay staff that looked after us over the weekend at the Clayton hotel during our stay for the Dublin Racing Festival. It was our first time booking with you and experiencing the racing at Leopardstown, everything was brilliant from start to finish. We look forward to booking with you again and returning next year hopefully! Thank you for everything, Kind regards, Aisling and Anthony McFadden

Hi Martyn, I'm not sure if you send a Feedback form after such events but I just wanted to say a massive thank you & the team for a wonderful experience we had at the weekend with Race and Stay. Phil really enjoyed the Sunday morning preview session. It was a pity than Fran wasn't available. I notice you're advertising him for next year's DRF - so hopefully that will work out, then. Tamara was very welcoming & her texts to let us know what was going on were welcomed.

Hi Martyn Just a quick message to thank you and your team for the weekend. Everything was so well organised and the racing was great. If we are every over again, I will be getting in touch. Thanks again Peter

Tamara and Martyn and whole of the crew, On behalf of all eight of us many many thanks for a wonderful weekend so efficiently organised. Joe and I, who were with you last year, both agreed that paying the extra for Premier was a game changer for us. I'll be on my laptop tonight and I will send you a fuller reply. Obviously Trip Advisor etc. etc. Tamara as promised I will send you a list of bookings going forward. 👍 Can't wait to be back.

Hi Martyn the 5 of of us had a great time over the weekend at the Clayton and will be back next year the Dawn Run commentary was superb and if you took the 5 places on skybet there were 100-1 and 40-1 place recommendations Rob Gaffney

Hi Martyn - thanks for a wonderful weekend. As per our conversation - we intend to book for 2 nights again - Saturday 3rd Feb and Sunday 4th Feb. We would also like to book the 1888 Restaurant for both days. Kind Regards, Laurence

Hi Martyn Just wanted to thank you and all your team for an amazing weekend. Couldn’t have asked for a better service, everything worked like clockwork. We will hopefully be back with you next year and for many years to come! Cheers, Alex

Hi Martin just a note to say thank you for everything during my stay. It was a great experience, and can you thank Mandy for being such a 'super host'. Will be back over in Ireland at the end of March / start of April so hopefully we can arrange something for the Fairyhouse meeting. Many thanks and Best wishes. Malcolm

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