downs motors ottery st mary garage

Ottery St Marys Premier Independent Garage

Mill Street
Ottery St Mary
EX11 1AB
Tel: 01404 812002
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About Us

Hello, we are Adrian and Sarah Cook, we have been married for 27 years and have two children Tom and Abigail.

We were lucky enough to come across ‘Downs Motors’ for sale on New Year’s Day 2015 whilst trawling the internet for a garage to buy! We set out on the road to meeting Chris, Alan & Michael Down along with their team and immediately fell in love with their garage and  their ethos. We could not believe our luck at finding such a beautifully preserved traditional garage in the heart of lovely Ottery. We only hoped that they liked us enough to entrust us with a business that their Father had taken over 75 years before! And so 3 months later having sold our property we moved into Ottery and a month after that we completed on the garage, and oh my goodness as they say ‘we haven’t looked back’, mainly because we haven’t had the time!!

Downs Motors, Mill Street Ottery.
Prior to our new life here in Ottery, Adrian was restoring classic cars. Classic cars are one of Adrian’s passions but a very manual one, and at the age of 52 rolling around on  cold concrete workshop floors wasn’t getting any easier!! Adrian’s portfolio of cars that he has painstakingly re-built and restored range everything from a vintage racing MG TD, Ferraris, a Lamborghini to a complete rebuild of a Porsche Carrera GT.  One of the cars that Adrian restored, a Ford Mustang, even reached the front cover of the Classic Car Magazine last year.  We were all immensely proud of this achievement.

I, Sarah, worked with Devon Social Services in the child and parent assessment team for the last couple of years, prior to that as a family, we have fostered for about the last 10 years.  A very rewarding albeit challenging occupation at times, but it has certainly helped with my negotiation skills!

Back in Berkshire where we moved from in 2004, we had a garage, doing much the same as we are doing now. It was a great business and grew tremendously well. However, our children Tom & Abigail were at an age where we wanted to spend more time with them which is something very difficult to do when you are self-employed. So we made the decision to move to Dorset for a bit of the ‘Good life’. They both finished their education in Lyme Regis and as young ones do, they found their wings and flew the nest, Tom went to Australia for a year and Abby becoming increasingly independent moved into her own place in Lyme before moving to London, where she still lives and works now.

Tom having worked in recruitment in Bristol has joined the Downs Family tradition and has joined us at the garage setting up Otter Motors which brings well priced and carefully selected MINI’s for sale to Ottery St Mary. Tom has always been a perfectionist and this is so expertly applied to his love of the fantastic MINI’s, in the way he presents them (feel free to come and see for yourself!).

We are nearly a year down the line and are totally enjoying our life in Ottery. We could not have had such a smooth transition without the excellent help and guidance from Fred and Sam who have both worked at Downs for a number of years (see their stories). The support of the local community has been second to none too and we feel very much part of the locals already.

We see ourselves as one big family; we are really only custodians of this lovely building in the heart of the town that has been serving the Ottery community for 100 years.

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