Bessie – VW 1978 Bay Window Camper

4 Reviews

  • City Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Class/Type Classic
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Sleeps Sleeps 4
  • Seats 5 Seats
  • Matthew Matthew

The Motorhome

  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Type: Classic
  • Seats: 5
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • First Registration: 1978
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Required Driver License: B

Description

Bessie is our well-loved, well-travelled family campervan. We have certainly enjoyed our time in her over the years and hope that you will enjoy your travels as much as we do. Starting at our base in Bristol, you can chose to head south to the beautiful Devon or Cornish coasts or west into Wales to explore the wonderful coastline there or further afield if the desire takes you!

Bessie is a German imported, Left Hand Drive VW, she is beautiful on the outside and certainly attracts attention on the road and at campsites. She is a left-hand drive, 1978, bay window campervan and is fitted with a powerful 2 litre engine to help you get up the steepest of hills. She is fitted with a spacious, Westfalia style, pop up roof which provides lots of standing room and ample sleeping space.

She is family friendly and has everything you need for a relaxed, carefree time. There is a table, bench seat and swivel captain’s chair so you can all sit comfortably inside on those rainy days. 4 people can comfortably sleep in Bessie thanks to the full width rock and roll bed downstairs and double bed in the easy to set up pop top roof. There is ample storage internally along with a two ring gas stove inside the camper and all cutlery, crockery and cooking essentials are included.

Whilst retaining the original Westfalia feel Bessie has some modern facilities including 240v mains electric hook-up, a portable gas heater and an extra leisure battery for when you are off grid. There are two, modern, three-point seatbelts in the rear and an additional lap belt in the middle meaning that up to 5 people are able to travel at any one time.

We would hope you can enjoy her as much as we do and aim to be as flexible as possible with our holidays. When selecting your holiday dates we are happy to work to your itinerary where possible and welcome any requests that you may have.

Insurance is included in the price.


Amenities

  • Airconditioning home area
  • Awning
  • Bike carrier
  • Camping table and chairs
  • Gas cylinder
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Linens
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Solar panel
  • Toilet
  • TV
  • TV receiver
  • Airconditioning in cabin
  • Cruise Control
  • GPS
  • Power Steering
  • Reversing camera
  • Roof rack
  • Towbar

Insurances

  • Motorhome Insurance: Included
  • Own Risk & Deposit: £500
  • Breakdown Service: National
  • Replacement Vehicle: No

Available in the booking process, from $14.80 per day you can reduce your deposit and deductible to $150.


Pricing

  • Weekly mileage limit: Unlimited
  • Cleaning Fee: £0

Cancellation Policy


House Rules

  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Going Abroad Allowed: No
  • Festivals Allowed: Yes
  • Minimum Age Restriction: 25 years

Please love her as we do!


Availability

  • Pickup Time: 3:00 PM
  • Return Time: 11:00 AM
  • 2 nights minimum
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4 Reviews

What a brilliant weekend in what can only be described as a cool retro VW! Matt and Emma were so helpful throughout. The induction was invaluable in showing us all we needed to know. Lots of great equipment for a camping trip: inside and outside stove, gas heater, cutlery, blankets, etc. Having never been in a campervan before we now have the bug! Thank you, Sam and Fi July 2019
Matt and Emma were great. Communication throughout was excellent. Bessie completely exceeded our expectations and we had such a fun week travelling around in her. Everything you need + more. Couldn’t recommend this anymore x July 2019
My fiancé and I took Bessie to this year’s Glastonbury Festival and the experience was just great. The camper is beautifully well maintained and its hosts were lovely and more than accommodating; can’t begin to express how good a working hob and kettle was on a Glasto hangover - thanks for the teabags - and the leisure battery and gas means you can charge your gadgets, chill to music and enjoy any home comforts entirely ‘off grid’. Driving the van is a pleasure, though as with any unfamiliar vehicle it took me the first couple of corners to get used to the gears! Thankfully, again, Bessie’s owners clearly went through everything I could need to know in regards to smoothly controlling the old gal before I set off. The engine is powerful enough to not leave you dawdling like a tractor, the left-hand drive is really no different to the standard UK style, and you get the added bonus of just driving an awesome piece of history. So yeah, can’t recommend it enough - we’ve rented massive modern ‘About Schmidt’ style motor homes in the past for triple the price and would never do it again after this. Go on, do something cool with your summer. July 2019
Loved Bessie, had a fantastic weekend on the Gower. Matt and Emma were great, comms, hand over and flexibility we 1st class. Every detail of this 40-year-old van was explained, and was packed with everything we needed including tent shed :) Highly recommended if you're looking to experience the campervan vibe, talk to people you don't know and wave at fellow VW campervans drivers. May 2019