Explore the Cotswolds in style with a McLaren supercar adventure
This stylish three-night trip in the British countryside will rid you of the stresses of daily life
When it comes to speeding away from the pressures of business, there's nothing quite like taking a supercar to the picturesque English countryside in the summer months. And now bespoke travel company Niquesa has engineered an itinerary – designed by driver Abbie Eaton, the first female 'Stig' – that will drive you away from your daily stresses and see you traverse the beautiful British Cotswolds in serious style – all from the driving seat of a McLaren Spider.
After arriving at Blenheim Palace via helicopter, take a tour of the historic estate – including a visit to the Duke of Marlborough's private apartments – and enjoy lunch on the Italian Terrace of the Orangery. Once you've soaked up your view of the private gardens, meet your McLaren engineer for a crash course on how to handle your McLaren Spider to get the most out of your experience along the Cotswold's stunning country roads.
Head to Dormy House on the Farncombe Estate, your home for the next three nights, where you can explore the valley views, luxurious spa and gastronomic treats before heading into Broadway town – the perfect spot to pick up a few art pieces or antiques. On your second afternoon, route mastermind Eaton will meet you for an afternoon's driving instruction – and a turn in the passenger while the accomplished stunt racing driver puts the Spider through its paces. >>
Follow up your adrenaline-fuelled afternoon with a seven-course tasting menu at Dormy House's Garden Room, where you'll be joined by Eaton for drinks. The following day, you'll continue her scenic route to Daylesford, where you can take part in a floristry workshop, create your own perfume, or embrace your inner hunter-gatherer gourmet with a field-to-fork cooking class.
With your senses stimulated, stop for lunch at Kingham's Wild Rabbit – one of the area's must-try foodie experiences – for a four-course rustic lunch with exquisite wine pairings. Take your time heading back for a cocktail masterclass with the Cotswolds Distillery – one of only six whisky houses in the country that produces a single malt.
With your final day no doubt trying to find reasons not to relinquish the keys of your supercar, a helicopter and private car transfer home is some small comfort for the £9,500 three-day experience. For more information on Niquesa Travel's bespoke itineraries, visit www.niquesatravel.com.