Why you should hire a Camper
We’re absolutely loving National Camping Month (particularly as the weather has been so marvellous!), but if the though of spending a night under canvas doesn’t really appeal, why not opt for something a little it different – definitely cool – and hire a campervan this summer? Here’s why…
Create lasting memories with your family
Spending quality time with your family is a precious commodity in today’s fast-paced, digitally dictated life. Hiring a campervan gives you the chance to go back to the holidays we enjoyed as children, where simple pleasures like rock-pooling on a beach or dangling from a rope swing in the forest made a summer holiday something to remember. Mallard, our 1966 11-window microbus is the ideal family choice and has a two-ring gas burner and sink, allowing you to head off on a day’s adventure taking everything you need with you. Just find the perfect spot for lunch with a view, fling open the doors, pop on the kettle and let the children explore a shady forest glade or rocky clifftop path, without an iPad in sight.
Get back in the saddle
There are more than 1– safe cycle routes criss-crossing the forest. With easier rides for children and more challenging routes for the more experienced cyclist, there’s something for everyone – and your camper complete with local cycling maps so you can plot your own routes, too. Ash is our 2012 VW T5, and comes with all the mod-cons and a cycle rack on request.
A holiday in the New Forest offers everything from shady walks to pony trekking – but make sure you don’t miss out on its spectacular coastline. Drive to Mudeford Quay to take the ferry to the sandy beach at Mudeford Sandbank, or head for the mile-long shingle of Calashot, a haven for sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Our 1973 Westfalia campervan Ocean is a cool dude who will take you on a leisurely drive to the beach to soak up those stunning sea views as you settle down for a cup of tea and a glass of squash around the fold-up picnic table.
Dogs on tour
With it’s miles of open heathland, the New Forest is the perfect place to explore with your dog – but many hotels won’t be too pleased to see your four-legged friend in tow. Out 1974 Westfalia campervan Berry is a real head-turner and is happy to have pets on board. Drive out to the beautiful Exbury Gardens, enjoy a drink at the pub at the picturesque riverside village of Bucklers Hard, or let your pooch paddle his toes in the sea – making sure you check for restrictions first.
A fine romance
A campervan enables you to get away from it all – just the two of you. What could be better than escaping from the world in your own little retro bubble? Hire a camper for the ultimate mini-moon in the stunning New Forest National Park. Go one step further and get marred in the New Forest and travel in style in Grace. New Forest Safari Campers’ 1965 wedding vehicle – lovingly restored to her full vintage glory. Chauffer driven by a professional, Grace will transport you to your destination in style, complete with champagne, roses and hearts.
Sunshine on a rainy day
The British weather is notoriously unreliable, but while others huddle under umbrellas and take off dripping coats in steamed-up coffee shops, the campervan crew can put an espresso on the kitchen stove and cosy up out of the rain (without the threat of water seeping through the canvas). Pandora , our 1967 split screen campervan, comes in a cool baby pink – a real bright spot on a grey day.Back to Blog