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What people say

We hired the Drake and we loved it!

This was our first time on a camper van experience and as we have two children under 5 we were a little nervous about the trip. I called Mark to discuss the best option for us and for a little advice. I must have called around 4 times before making the booking and each time he was patient, pointed me in the right direction and helped us plan out our trip accordingly.

Previously when renting classic vehicles for other occasions, we were handed the keys and left to our own devices. On this occasion we were given a thorough explanation of the vehicles features and we got to test drive it.

We had a question during our trip and Mark took a call and walked us through a few options to help us. The customer service has been amazing from start to finish.

The classic VW Camper Van experience lived up to expectations and more. A truly unique way to explore the UK and as a family we made memories that will last a lifetime.

Juggy Sidhu (The Indian Body Coach)

Since I was a kid it has always been a dream of mine to drive a classic VW camper van, so for my birthday this year my girlfriend surprised me with a two day rental from Hiraeth Campers.  Driving Drake down to Weymouth and staying on the south coast was an absolute joy, the vehicle was evidently well maintained, was spotlessly clean with a good assortment of quality cutlery inside.  During our stay we watched the sun set as we cooked pasta, shared a bottle of wine and played board games on the table that easily tucks behind the seat when finished.  The rear seat easily flattens down, converting it into a double bed, which when combined with our bedding, becomes a home from home.  Mark was really attentive to our needs and took me round every aspect of the vehicle making sure we were comfortable and all our questions were answered before we took it out on our adventure.  Of all the split screen VW campers I've seen for hire, I struggle to think of a better example than Drake.  If you've ever fancied hiring a classic camper, I can't recommend Hiraeth enough.

Tom Lee & Cheryl Mackender

It is difficult for me to express in a few lines just how superb the experience was with Hireth Campers. I came across them by chance when my camper van booking with another company fell through at the last minute. Good fortune put me in touch with Mark and he dropped everything to get Levison ready for me. Mark's swift actions ensured our precious one week's family holiday went ahead and we had a great time exploring Essex and Suffolk. The van itself is superbly equipped, very clean, drives well and the handover from Mark was second to none. However, I cannot leave it there. Mark is passionate about his business and he exudes that passion in all that he does and the way in which he approaches situations, bringing a wealth of experience from his previous roles, extensive worldwide travel and love of Wales! We had a very small misunderstanding ,due to the time pressure to get everything ready with a few hours notice, but it was resolved quickly and fairly; a real win-win approach to the situation. Mark's attention to detail results in a well kept, fully equipped vehicle that makes you want to own it! We talked about a wide range of topics during out interactions and I genuinely felt inspired by his approach to his fledgling business. The review wouldn't be complete without an honourable mention of another member of the team I engaged with. Thank you Lee for going over and above when I dropped off the vehicle.

Mike McKeon

"We chose Columbus for our dad and daughter trip to the New Forest and the Dorset Coast.  What a privilege to drive a 1966 split screen VW Camper, waving at the other vintage cars and campers on the road, and almost casting ourselves back in time as we pottered around the country lanes with the sound of the classic VW engine in our ears.  You really get a sense of how Mark is preserving history with these beautiful vehicles which he keeps both immaculate and mechanically sound.    So if you’re not in a hurry and like chatting to others you meet on the way, and feel inclined to look after one of these beautiful vans for a weekend or more, then give it a go, you won’t regret it.”

Steve & Jess Thompson

We rented Hilary for the weekend and drove across to the Pembrokeshire coastline. Top spot made more enjoyable cruising in the VW - a lot of complements along the way!

Mark was quick to respond with some questions we had and made sure the vans were kitted out with everything you could possibly need.

We’ll be back for sure. Thanks again Mark!

Jack Shields

Had an amazing trip to Dorset with Drake making the holiday that much more special. The van was fully equipped, Mark couldn't have been any more accomodating, answered all queries promptly and professionally.

Highly reccomend using this service!

Ranveer Singh

Drake was great, we loved every minute of our ‘mini-moon’ in him as we couldn’t go abroad. We started off with a bit of engine trouble (you have to expect it in these vans), but Mark was great at getting it resolved and communicating with us constantly. Drake has been restored beautifully and most of the original features still intact. Would recommend to anyone, a great way to travel around and explore the south.

Matt Lloyd

Excellent service from Mark, explained the workings of the camper thoroughly and patiently, and sent us on our way.

We took Levison and he gave us a really special and comfy trip to North Wales for the weekend.

Steven Krall

We had a fabulous weekend renting one of the camper vans, great service and super high quality! Would highly recommend

Laura M-B