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Classic car experience days from the Cotswolds

Posted by - Tim Earnshaw on 15 February 2024
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Take your classic car out of storage and head to one of these fine dining locations that are just a day drive away from our Cotswolds car storage facility.

Windrush Cotswold Storage is a great starting point for a classic day trip to some of the country’s best dining destinations. From Michelin-starred restaurants to award-winning hotels, we’ve compiled a shortlist of exclusive venues that are around two hours drive and under. And we’ve included great driving roads, pitstops and detours along the way that are perfect for classic car owners…

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons (1 hour)

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Voted ‘Best UK Hotel in The Times and Sunday Times Travel awards 2023’, the double-Michelin starred establishment of Raymond Blanc celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024. It earned its Michelin stars upon opening and has retained them every year since, with the addition of a Green Michelin star for commitment to sustainability. In recognition of this milestone, you can indulge in the 40th Anniversary Afternoon Tea until 26th March or book ahead for the exquisite six-course tasting menu for lunch, followed by a post-digestif stroll around the hotel’s extensive gardens. 

Pitstop: At just an hour away from Windrush’s Cotswold car storage facility, it gives you plenty of time for a detour to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust. Here you’ll find an outstanding collection of Aston Martins, including the A3 – the oldest surviving Aston Martin in the world – as well as Sir Stirling Moss’s overalls and trophies from the heyday of Aston Martin Racing.

The Newt in Somerset (2 hours 8 minutes)

The Newt in Somerset, gardens, restaurant, hotel, orchards, shop, cider press, food,

Six years in the making, this country retreat in rural Somerset was named one of the Best 50 Hotels in the World in 2023. As the seat of the Hobhouse family for over two centuries, it has been restored by Karen Roos, former editor of Elle Decoration in South Africa. It is easy to lose a few hours here taking in the natural surroundings – the gardens include a 40ft treetop walkway, a bee-zantium and a reimagined Roman villa. Three restaurants showcase the fresh produce from the kitchen gardens where you can also enjoy craft cyder from the estate’s apple orchards. Membership is required which includes access to a network of other fabulous gardens and estates in the country.

Detour: Take the leisurely Fosse Way (A429) all the way from our classic car storage in the Cotswolds – you’ll never be more grateful to those Romans for their dislike of bends and twists! Make a small detour to Castle Combe, a picturesque village of honey-coloured Cotswold stone houses and regular film location, followed by Castle Combe Circuit – tie it in with the Autumn Classic if you can.

The Fat Duck at Bray (1 hour 28 mins)


Heston Blumethal’s 3 Michelin-starred restaurant should be top of everyone’s dining wishlist – if you can get a table! But this exceptional dining experience is well worth the wait. Heston promises to take you on an ‘adventure for the mouth and the mind. A feast for the senses. A journey full of discovery and, above all, curiosity’. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Pitstop: On the way back to Windrush’s Car Storage in the Cotswolds, why not stop off at Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm Shop and Cafe? The motoring man himself might be on-site and happy to engage in some classic car chat…

The Felin Fach Griffin (2 hours 7 mins)


Everything about The Felin Fach Griffin is about embracing a slower pace of life, and as classic car owners, that may come as something of a relief! Owned by Charles and Edmund Inkin (three times shortlisted for Independent Hoteliers of the Year) since 2000, it’s a charming dining pub with rooms that sits between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in Wales. Dine on local produce in the Library or by the roaring log fire in the Tack Room.

Detour: Thanks to the aforementioned Jeremy Clarkson, the winding route through the area (taking in the B4560, A470, A4059, A4067 and the A4069 Black Mountain Road) is known as the ‘Top Gear’ road. It’s a breathtaking drive, and all the better for taking it slowly from behind the wheel of a classic car.

Hartnett Holder & Co (2 hours)

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Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder are Michelin-starred celebrity chefs, recognised for their passion for Italian cuisine. Set in the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park, this countryside getaway offers laid-back luxury with plenty of Italian flair. Dine on the set lunch menu or book an exclusive ‘Hosted with HH&Co’, a private supper for you and 10 guests, hosted by Angela and Luke themselves in their Backstage Kitchen.

Pitstop: make a quick detour to the Beaulieu Motor Museum where you can view over 285 incredible cars, including F1 legends such as the Lotus 49 and land speed record breakers such as the Bluebird Proteus CR7 which flew to 403.1mph in 1964, powered by a gas-turbine engine. 


Classic car storage in the Cotswolds

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