A Classic Surrey Tour
Classic motoring is all about that tug of the heart strings, passion and overpowering feeling. We’ve devised a three night itinerary with suggested driving routes (although of course you are free to devise your own route!) between our three Surrey hotels to take in some of our delightful British countryside along the way. Plus we’ve even highlighted a few pit stops and view points that you won’t want to miss.
We’ve partnered with RNG Classics, who offer an enviable collection of timeless and iconic classic cars for self drive. The distinctive collection includes cars with a British racing heritage, legendary design and pedigree and some with a regal twist. There are cars with European star quality, class and flair plus a sprinkling of American muscle and power! Their unique and eclectic range has been lovingly maintained to preserve originality and presented as if the clocks had been turned back to a different era of passionate motoring creation and production.
Pictured ~ Sitting pretty at the entrance to Great Fosters
Which do you fancy? The grace, elegance and pace of a 1969 Jaguar E-Type roadster or perhaps Magnum P.I’s favourite ride, the 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi. Relive a little of the 70s in a Triumph Spitfire, a British classic or feel the drama as you tear up some tarmac in a brute of an AC Cobra with a 4 litre V8 lump!
Start your stay at Great Fosters, our regal Tudor estate in the north of Surrey. Arrive in grand style to leave your car with us for your trip whilst you drive the classic car that is taking your fancy. Alternatively catch a train to nearby Egham station and we can arrange a taxi to bring you the 5 minutes to Great Fosters.
Check in to your room and then relax on a sun lounger by our heated outdoor pool or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the estate or nearby Windsor Great Park. There are a choice of restaurants for dinner – choose from The Estate Grill, our informal restaurant or Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room, which holds a Michelin star. Pre booking is essential for both restaurants. After breakfast the next day depart on your Surrey road trip for our younger sister Barnett Hill. Your suggested route will take you through the pretty village of Chobham, west of Woking and down into the Surrey Hills. As you climb up to Newlands Corner stop a while to admire the view – this is a wonderful picnic spot. As you head down towards Albury pop into the Silent Pool Gin distillery to see how their delicious gin is made (tastings will have to wait until you are at the hotel!). Continue your drive through the pretty village of Albury, left in Chilworth opposite the Percy Arms and then up to the little village of Blackheath.
The winding drive up to the hotel through the rhododendrons is spectacular.
Pictured ~ Arriving in style at Barnett Hill
Why not take an excursion to the nearby chocolate box village of Shere, which has played host to several Hollywood films including The Holiday and Bridget Jones and return to the hotel for our scrumptious Silent Pool gin afternoon tea, which features three Silent Pool gin cocktails specially made to complement our afternoon tea.
Pictured ~ Checking in at Barnett Hill
Back at Barnett Hill relax with supper in The Oak Room with many of the dishes made using local Surrey Hills produce.
The following morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your room or downstairs in the restaurant (or even on our lovely west facing terrace as it’s often warm enough). Make sure you try some of the honey made by the busy Barnett bees – it’s delicious! Leave the hotel for your next stop – our intimate English manor house on the Surrey Sussex borders, Langshott Manor.
Take your time driving our suggested route through the Surrey Hills and why not make a stop at Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England. Parking is available at either of the two Windy Gap car parks and the walk up to the tower is approximately ¾ mile long but your reward is the incredible panoramic views – on a clear day you can see to the coast to the south and London to the north. Make a stop for lunch in the tiny village of Coldharbour. We can heartily recommend the Plough Inn for lunch.
Arrive at Langshott Manor over a wonderfully crunchy drive – it really does feel like a mini Downton Abbey. Settle into your room before enjoying your third night of luxury – for a treat opt for one of the historic suites and you will be taken back in time. Settle in to one of the cosy lounges for a cocktail or two before supper in the not to be missed Mulberry.
Pictured ~ Welcome to Lovely Langshott
After breakfast the following morning you can either opt for your car to be collected from Langshott Manor now or drive back to Great Fosters to collect your car (just over an hour’s drive), perhaps opting for the motorway route…. just to gain a different perspective on your beautiful classic car!
We look forward to hearing the distinctive classic car sounds on our drives very soon and can’t wait to welcome you.
To book your three night stay please call 01784 433822 option 1 and our friendly reservations team will be able to book your holiday.
To book your classic car head to www.rngclassics.com
Buy a gift voucher that includes a day’s classic car hire for two that with lunch & afternoon tea
Tour curated by Amanda Dougans