Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each- other love… It's life's most awesome promise and sweetest reward. And just sometimes, when two people come together in love and creative pursuits, magic happens. Such is the love story of Stanley and Beatrice "Bea" Tollman—and, by all accounts, the story of e Red Carnation Hotel Collection. You can't tell the tale of one without the other. Stanley, a distinguished hotelier, met Bea at the Oyster Box Hotel on the coast of South Africa near Durban in the 1950s. Stanley was wearing a red carnation in his lapel; Bea was a vision who melted the room with her smile. Fast-forward 60-some years later—and six children and 10 grandchildren—and the pair have amassed a selection of 17 award-winning, family-owned boutique properties from Guernsey to Cape Town. Eleven are five-star properties, the rest four-star. ey're named, of course, after the red carnation Stanley so proudly donned on that day when he first met his bride-to-be. Today, e Red Carnation Hotel Collection (RCH) is the No. 2 Top Hotel Brand in the World according to Travel + Leisure, and a brand that has become synonymous with high design, exceptional locations, celebrated cuisine and above-and-beyond service. And with accolades like The Leading Hotels of the World Leading Legend and the Lifetime Achievement Award at e Cateys, the most prestigious awards in U.K. hospitality, under her belt, "Mrs. Tollman" (as she is lovingly referred to by the some 2,400 Red Carnation employees) has indeed herself become a legend in the hotel and restaurant world. And the secret to her lifelong success is no secret: "To create something truly extraordinary," says RCH's matriarch, "you have to do it with all your heart and soul." LONDON BY NIGHT (AND DAY) e Milestone Hotel, e Red Carnation Hotel Collection's flagship property in London, wows with high design and service that only a family-run business can deliver. Written by Elise Hofer Shaw e Milestone Hotel, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington, is comprised of three houses, the oldest of which dates back to the 1700s. 46

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