Introducing our first Better Holidays post, with thanks from Lindsay, one half of the fantastic family run business – Quirky Campers. Here she shares their story and what she thinks makes camper adventures a better holiday. At the end of this post you can also read a holiday review of my Quirky holiday experience from Easter.
My partner and I bought ‘Bella’ 9 years ago from a builder. She was an empty white van but we could already see her potential. We loved the idea of outdoor holidays that didn’t involve loads of packing and unpacking, where we could move location as little or as frequently as we liked and where the unpredictability of British weather genuinely wouldn’t matter. Plus we were trying to dramatically cut down on flights.
David spent hundreds of hours carving an exquisite and unique interior and wherever we took her, people would come and poke their noses through the door for a better look. When he made and installed the woodburner that really was the crowning glory. We had so many adventures in her and always found new friends to enjoy sitting round the table with – eating, drinking and playing games.
But anyone who’s owned a camper will know that it really is an expensive luxury. When we went to volunteer in Kenya for 6 months we just couldn’t justify the cost while she was just sitting on the street, but we couldn’t bear to let go of her! We started searching the internet to see if there was any way of renting her out. All we could find were companies renting out VWs or the ‘plastic fantastic’ Motorhomes. We weren’t sure if there wasn’t a market for one-off handmade campervans like ours or just that no one had thought to do it yet. We took a punt and set up Quirky Campers… Thankfully we discovered it was the latter! In fact we’ve never been short of customers and the only thing that has slowed our growth is finding campervans that meet our very high standards.
We’re up to 20 amazing, totally unique handcrafted vans now – some can sleep five people others are perfect for couples, some are huge with showers, others are compact and as easy to drive as a car. All of them have their own style. Our customers are incredibly diverse in age, background and interests but have a few things in common… A sense of adventure, a desire for something different from the norm and an appreciation of true craftsmanship. Our campervans have been on wild Scottish adventures, Welsh beach holidays, Stonehenge solstice parties, weddings, festivals, family holidays and more.
Our holidays are a bit different now; we have twin babies and a toddler! But actually the benefits of a campervan are even greater with kids. Everything is just so easy. No worries about grabbing hot pans on stoves on the floor, super comfy bed, endless entertainment in the form of peering out the porthole window or playing tea parties round the table. I don’t think we’ll ever tire of it.. And there’s still so much of the U.K. to explore!
You can see all our beautiful campervans, check availability and see prices at: www.quirkycampers.co.uk
A Quirky Adventure by Lucy
Last year, during the Easter holidays, my hubby and I embarked on one of our most memorable and fun holidays to date! A UK campervan adventure! We picked up the wonderfully vibrant yellow van, named ‘Maya’, from Bristol. Having only driven my Corsa, it took me a while to get used to driving Maya but once I got the hang of it, we were off!
The van, striking and stunning on the outside, was likewise splendid inside and finished to a high standard! Not only did it have an amazingly well-designed fold-away double bed, it also came with clever, space-efficient fold-away table and chairs! I was so impressed that Maya had a solar panel which helped run the fridge, inside lights and music system. The cooker ran on gas and meant we were able to easily cook delicious dinners using the hob, grill and oven. I loved the little finishing touches such as the cute homemade soap and funky spice storage! The absolute best feature of Maya was the magnificent wood burner! I enjoyed that we were able to boil the kettle by placing it on top of the wood burner. I felt snug and smug in equal measure, knowing I was probably the cosiest camper on the campsite!
To begin our holiday, we meandered through beautiful Welsh fields, bejewelled with daffodils on our way to Lake Bala. We felt really safe and sturdy driving up high through the snowy roads to Snowdonia. From there we adventured to the Lake District and parked Maya up in a field next to chickens and sheep! After that Maya comfortably drove to Scotland where we stayed in the most beautiful picturesque campsite next to Loch Lomond.
Our last stop, on the way home, was at a working farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Here we saw baby lambs right outside our van which was an absolute delight. At the end of our trip, we handed Maya back with a slight sense of sadness but we are already looking at booking our next adventure with Quirky Campers for this upcoming Easter!
Love Lucy Rose