August 18, 2022

Flashy automobiles have by no means made a lot sense to me. Maybe it’s the loud engines, the preoccupation with being seen, the worth tags. Driving is only a method to get from A to B, isn’t it?

However zipping by way of the New Forest in a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III convertible, I’m beginning to see the attraction.

The game traditional prices upwards of £60,000. Sadly although, I haven’t received the lottery — it is a partnership between the Beaulieu Storage and the Montagu Arms, involving dinner, mattress, breakfast and traditional automotive rental for the day. And, I’ve to say, I’m completely having fun with it.

Old style charms: Hugo along with his 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III convertible exterior the Montagu Arms. The lodge has teamed up with Beaulieu Storage to supply a brand new deal that features dinner, mattress, breakfast and traditional automotive rental for the day

From time to time we’re handed by one other driver in a classic automobile, duly returning our waves and each honking horns.

The Hampshire village of Beaulieu is house to the Nationwide Motor Museum and to Palace Home, the place the Montagu household has lived because the sixteenth century. The museum was based by Edward, third Baron Montagu, and is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this month with an exhibition showcasing the historical past of motoring by way of 50 objects.

There may be lots occurring for households and automobile fanatics alike, together with an exhibit that includes automobiles from the most recent Bond movie. Plus, there are many historic automobiles.

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The museum is devoted to the 2nd Baron Montagu (Edward’s father, John), who made his personal mark on motoring historical past when, in 1909, he commissioned a sculptor pal to design a determine for the bonnet of his Rolls-Royce. The design was modified to turn into the Spirit of Ecstasy, which now adorns every of those magnificent automobiles.

Within the Austin-Healey, my pal Abigail and I swap theories as to how individuals may suppose we’ve got acquired it. (Belief fund? A beneficiant departed relative?) The storage additionally has a 1966 E-type Jaguar and an AC Cobra which could be rented for a day, night or weekend. The method is straightforward and ‘for those who scratch it, don’t fear, we’ve got a paint store and might type it free of charge’, I’m informed.

The Hampshire village of Beaulieu is home to the  zNational Motor Museum

The Hampshire village of Beaulieu is house to the Nationwide Motor Museum. Above is a gleaming Rolls-Royce on the museum

TRAVEL FACTS

The Montagu Arms (montaguarmshotel.co.uk) Basic Automobile package deal contains automotive rental for the day (beaulieugarage.co.uk), tickets to the Beaulieu Motor Museum, plus dinner, mattress and breakfast from £500 pp.

Only a brief stroll from the storage is the Montagu Arms, which has a reassuringly traditional air, with a legion of workers, a distinguished maitre d’ and a sommelier who all the time seems simply as our glasses are near empty.

The meals is delicate and creative — we take pleasure in courgettes and nasturtium leaves from the kitchen backyard — whereas three new courtyard rooms are a sexy addition.

The village is about round a big pond, with views of Palace Home and a few charming cafes.

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We sit by the water within the sunshine, often shooing away inquisitive wild ponies which have noticed our apples. And there’s lots occurring within the space: Lymington is close by, there are many fantastic pubs and Calshot seaside has watersports for households.

As we pull into the storage, I linger — and later discover myself Googling traditional automobiles. Maybe I’d higher begin shopping for these lottery tickets.