Campervan holidays combine the joy of camping, the adventure of life on the road and a cool factor that’s simply undeniable. If you’re experiencing a lockdown-induced wanderlust, a spot of campervanning might just ease those itchy feet. But there’s no need to rush out and swap the family car for a campervan – why not hire one instead? Here are 12 campervan companies with availability in the UK…
Daze-Away Campervan Hire, London
First-time campervanners can get all the tips they need from the expert owners at Daze-Away Campervan Hire. With 25 years’ experience of campervanning these guys know exactly what makes a great trip – and, thankfully, they are willing to share it. They have kitted out their two campervans with everything that’s needed for problem-free holidays and they keep their two modern VW vans in great shape too. Choose from Annie, a VW T6 conversion and Coco, a VW T5 which was converted from new. Both can seat and sleep two adults and two children comfortably. The vans are hired from the Daze-Away base in Purley, just south of London – so city slickers can start enjoying their holiday just as soon as they hit the suburbs.
Easicampers Edinburgh, Edinburgh
With the UK’s highest mountains, biggest lakes, largest forests and most expansive national parks, Scotland offers scenic driving and unbelievably beautiful camping spots. It’s a great place for campervanning and, if you haven’t got your own wheels, Easicampers Edinburgh will hire you one. Not just any one either. Easicampers is a motorhome and campervan specialist with a fleet of vehicles. Their campervan of choice is the VW California Ocean Automatic T6; the best campervan in the world – according to the folk at Easicampers. It’s certainly comfortable for both driving and sleeping and has all the mod cons you could ask from in a camper. It’s hired with a bike rack and awning and comes with factory-built features including the two double beds, a fold-out dining table, kitchenette featuring a three-hob stove, fridge, sink and all the cooking equipment, cutlery and tableware you could wish for.
Nomadic Campers, Glamorgan
A successful nomad manages life on the move with his or her worldly goods cleverly packaged for the road. With that in mind, Nomadic Campers, certainly live up to their name. This family-run campervan hire company in South Wales has just one camper but it’s a good one with everything you need neatly packed for a week or a weekend away. Their modern Volkswagen T5 Highline is kitted out with a fridge, freezer, sink and stove. It has a pop-top and awning, camping chairs and a table. Its ample storage space is already stocked with pots, pans, cutlery, a cafetiere and the all-important corkscrew. And if you want a loo, extra tent or GPS; that can be provided too. In short, Nomadic Campers offers a luxurious, modern campervanning experience suitable for a couple or family of up to four – even the dog is welcome.
Herdy Campervans, Cumbria
You may have heard of Herdy mugs, Herdy tea cosies and Herdy fridge magnets – the Herdy brand is a signature of the Lake District, with profits contributing to local farming charities – but did you know there is now Herdy campervan hire? Available just out of Kendal, making it ideal for those wanting to explore both the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales, Herdy Campervans has three top-of-the-range VWs, each sleeping up to four people, with bespoke interiors and distinctive Herdy paintwork on the outside. Two of the campervans have a manual gearbox, while the third is fully automatic. Expect power steering, a DAB digital radio and media navigation system, climatic air conditioning, thermostatically controlled heating, USB charging, LED lighting, a sink, hob, a fridge and freezer and all the basic camping equipment needed for a fun family holiday. And, as this is the Lake District, the Herdy Campervans are fully kitted out for outdoor adventure – think solar panels on the roof and a sturdy rack for your mountain bikes.
Cool Cat Campers, Somerset
For a top-end, modern campervanning experience in the South West, try Bath-based Cool Cat Campers. Their converted VW T6 Transporter van is pretty high-spec with air con, sat nav, Bluetooth and reversing sensors making for super-comfortable driving. And when it comes to parking up, cooking and bedding down for the night, the conversion from a five-seat van to a dinky dining room and cosy camping cabin is easy; just pop the top, cook dinner in the equipped kitchenette and then roll out the two double beds. You’ll need to bring your bedding – but apart from that Tiffany, as this van is known to its owners, is ready to go on pick up. There’s Maldon sea salt in the salt grinder, extra virgin olive oil in the cupboard and even a bottle of Prosecco chilling in the fridge. It’s luxurious for two and big enough for a family with up to three small children and, although the company name suggests it’s cool for cats, dogs are welcome too.
Dinky Dubs, Cambridgeshire
If you fancy campervanning but are nervous of driving a bigger vehicle, a Dinky Dub could be for you. Offering the campervan experience in miniature, this little camper conversion is an easy, great-value way to road test van life. Based on the VW Caddy Maxi, it’s the same size as a large family car and drives like one too – fitting in to spaces that bigger campervans would have to avoid. It manages to squeeze in all the amenities you’d expect from a larger van with a fridge, sink and stove as well as inside and outside tables and chairs. The back of the van converts to a double bed and sleeps two – but add the optional extra of a roof-top tent and there’s enough space for four. Want to bring your bikes? Add the four-bike rack and you’ll be good to go. Dinky Dubs is located just three miles off the A1 near Peterborough so it’s a great starting point for adventures.
Love to Camper, Worcestershire
For some people it’s just not campervanning unless it’s a vintage V-Dub. If that sounds like you, take a look at the four classic vans available to hire from Worcestershire-based Love to Camper. Choose between Alfie the 1966 splitty VW T1 and three T2s; Stanley, Peggy and Lily. Each van has its own style and slightly different amenities but you can rest assured that all of them are guaranteed to turn heads. They are carefully and lovingly maintained in tip-top condition by Chris and Julia who run Love to Camper. And although it’s all about the retro style, they have added a few modern touches for campervanner comfort including leisure batteries, 240v power sockets, USB charging points and an electric fridge/cool box. Insurance and nationwide breakdown cover are included in the price of the hire too. Based in Kidderminster, in the Midlands, the 1,000-mile mileage allowance will allow you to reach most parts of the UK but in these beauties you’ll be taking the slow lane – enjoying the ride as much as the destination.
Blue Dog Campervan Co., Cornwall
North Cornwall's Blue Dog Campervan Co is well placed for exploring the coast, with a knowledgeable team happy to help you plan your itinerary with beach and campsite recommendations. The campervans themselves are fully kitted out for the modern roadtripper. There’s a luxurious VW T6 Highline with all mod cons – including solar panels for off-grid camping – along with a compact Citroen Berlingo with a modular interior design for maximum space and efficiency. All of the vans come with fully comprehensive insurance, unlimited mileage and a range of optional extras, such as that all-important surfboard rack. And, while the fun of driving a campervan may make you want to hit the road for hours, picking up the van from some a great location means more time is spent outdoors than behind the wheel. Polzeath, Padstow, Port Isaac, the Camel Estuary, Bodmin and Bodmin Moor are all less than 20 minutes drive away, while Tintagel, Boscastle and Newquay are 25 minutes.
Van Kampers, Pembrokeshire
There is always so much to do and see in Pembrokeshire, and Wales' most westerly point makes for one of Europe's most breathtaking road trips. Enjoy the endless miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path; taking in the remarkable scenery and wildlife or relax on some of the UK's best beaches. Whether it’s a week of unwinding you’re after or an exploring weekend, Van Kampers do their very best to help make it right for you. Their Brazilian built Volkswagen T2 Kombi is available to hire for weddings, festivals, proms and other events. She sleeps four, but don’t forget to invite your friends as Willow’s Airbeam awning sleeps an additional two!
Overland Campers, West Yorkshire
Campervans? They’re so last year. Neat, functional and practical, they’re great, don’t get us wrong. But it’s all a bit, well, conventional, isn’t it? How about something different? How about taking Britain’s most iconic 4x4, fitting it out with a custom-made pop-top roof, a well-equipped kitchen, a shower room and fold out beds to create a truly eye-catching off-road camping vehicle? That’s what Overland Campers do, with their distinct Land Rover Defender 110s and three Land Rover Pulse Ambulances now converted into a fleet of rentable camper-rovers, perfect for festival dirtbags who want to look the part, as well as camping families who just want something a little more exciting. And, since the Land Rovers are suitably different from regular campervans, they’re often welcomed (by request) on campsites that don't ordinarily allow motorhomes too – an added perk.
Trail Campers, Somerset
Bristol-based Trail Campers offers a fantastic starting place for a trip to campervan-friendly Cornwall, Devon, Wales or the Cotswolds. Or perhaps you’d like to visit all of the above? The two well-kitted out and easy-to-convert Volkswagen T5 vans on offer from Trail Campers make hopping between destinations a cinch. Each sleeps four with the main Rock & Roller beds folding out at the touch of a button and the second double bed (which kids will love) folding out in the pop-top roof. Even wild camping is comfortable with the van’s heating and fridge able to run off a leisure battery. Kitchen cupboards are stocked and there’s a range of optional extras to make life even easier including bedding packs, a barbecue, bike rack, additional driver and European insurance cover.
Snowdonia Classic Campers, Snowdonia
Based in the heart of one of the UK's most dramatic landscapes, Snowdonia Classic Campers offers adventurers a choice of three retro campervans for a North Wales roadtrip. Bessie, Nell and Poppy are original dubs from the early 1970s and come complete with pop-top roofs, rock and roll beds, plus interior living area and kitchenette. From their base near Pantglas (where you can also leave your own vehicle free-of-charge), these cool campers are perfect for exploring the wild beauty of Snowdonia National Park. Besides the various Cool Camping-approved campsites with amazing mountain views, Snowdonia is brimming with charming settlements like Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. The latter is home to the historic Llechwedd Slate Caverns, now an award-winning attraction and host of Zip World. Further west, the breathtaking beaches of the Llŷn Peninsula await.