Introducing the travel guru, in his own words
‘Travel should be special and memorable, including wonderful details, excellent service and extraordinary experiences. All these things depend on knowing what to book and where. Which is why our local knowledge and access to experts on the ground allows us to make your adventures magical.’
I love travel, for the experiences it gives me, the people I meet and the way it broadens my mind. I live and work in the beautiful village of Nunnington in North Yorkshire and when I travel, I look for similarly beautiful and special destinations. Wherever I go I’m looking for new places to pass on to my customers and because I travel a lot I have the kind of know-how that the internet just doesn’t have.
In the September of 2010 I opened the doors to Beyond the Baseline at the Barn on Church Street in Nunnington.
With the internet steam-rolling the traditional high street travel agent my “quiet” location in Nunnington has also given me the opportunity to develop my hand-crafted travel experiences by working with individual suppliers and contacts from around the world. These close relationships with other travel colleagues in the UK and overseas mean that a Beyond the Baseline travel experience is as individual as those who are travelling.
Beyond the Baseline was conceived to provide tennis holidays to Cape Town but has now evolved into providing authentic travel adventures to both the active and not so active to Australia, New Zealand and the African sub-continent as well as Asia and South America. Over the last few years I have developed a working relationship with Annabel Croft Tennis Holidays in the Algarve and Antigua. I can definitely recommend the holidays hosted by Annabel and her husband Mel as being a highlight for any club player – you certainly come home feeling a Wimbledon title is still in reach!
The World Your Way
By working with a great support team I have been able to adapt to the ever changing world of Travel and Art – 2018 saw the launch of www.theworldyourway.co – a unique way for more adventurous travellers to communicate directly with Kevin’s overseas contacts giving them access to the best local travel people in Southern Africa and Australia/New Zealand and the South Pacific who can help them tailor make your arrangements to let you travel like a local.
At the same time as opening the doors to Beyond the Baseline, I also established Gallery Beyond at the Barn, Nunnington with a collection of work by the painter Liz Churton and I’m pleased to say that Liz is still producing beautiful work for the Gallery. As Coco Chanel said, “Style stays forever and fashion keeps changing”.
2019 has seen Gallery Beyond evolve and become Nunnington Galleries: still based at the Barn, we are pleased to say that work can also be seen at The Worsley Arms in Hovingham and Raithwaite Sandsend and of course on line at www.nunningtongalleries.co.uk The Gallery exhibits an every changing exhibition of wall art by Patrick Smith, Jonathan Pomroy, Justine Warner, Lucy Saggers and of course Liz Churton.
And with all this going on, I’m sure you can understand why The Barn at Nunnington gets lots of visitors!