Dominique moved from Yorkshire to Aberdeenshire with her husband Daniel in August 2016 to take over Ballater Hostel. She previously worked in banking for 11 years - so a slight change in career - but they've have never looked back.
Originally called Habitat @Ballater, the hostel has 25 beds and is set in the beautiful Cairngorms. They’ve slowly put their mark on the place - officially changing the name in May 2017 - and always been enthusiastic hostellers (first night of their honeymoon was spent in a hostel - Skiddaw House) and they don’t just rely on feedback from guests either – they cook in the kitchen, eat in the dining room and have slept in every bed – they test out noise levels, comfort, usability - all to enhance the customer experience. They love spending time talking, sharing stories and mixing with their guests. Dominique personally jumped at the chance to join in a onesie party and they even had one group run a ceilidh from their living room! She's a keen walker, caver and outdoor enthusiast, dabble in running, occasionally cycle, and is keen to learn the bagpipes and try out orienteering!