What people say
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My children booked Columbus as a surprise for my husband to drive to Dorset to celebrate his 50th birthday. The booking process was really smooth & easy, they were massively accommodating, flexible and they’ll help you plan your route for a more scenic and leisurely drive.
Mark was brilliant. He gave us all the information we needed and walked us through all the foibles of driving a vintage VW camper and took us on a test drive on a sunny winters afternoon to make sure we were confident and happy before we set off. We had the best time EVER. Lovely drives to beautiful places in a gorgeous vehicle. No radio meant lots of chatting and laughing and by the time we returned we had both completely chilled out and couldn’t stop smiling. My husband said it was one of the best birthday presents he had ever received.
A massive thank you to Columbus for being such a amazing and reliable companion and to Mark at Hiraeth Campers who goes out of his way to ensure that you have a awesome experience. We’ll be back!
Matt & Marcia
Fantastic and brilliant - I can't speak highly enough about Mark and Hiraeth Campers Ltd. We looked after 'Drake' for a weekend and we had so much fun. Mark was a joy to deal with from start to finish, always prompt, open and honest with comms and as flexible as he could be. It was great to look after 'Drake' as he has so much character that he just makes you - and everyone else - smile! Driving a vintage VW van is a bit different to driving a modern car, but nothing too hard as long as you listen to Mark's wise advice and take it easy. Pick up and drop off was very easy, there's none of the endless paperwork and insurance rip off's you often get with hire cards so the whole experience was hassle free. I would highly recommend Hiraeth Campers to anyone looking to spend some time with these wonderful characters. Hugh, Karen and Olivia Pearson
If you are looking for an authentic , high quality VW camper then you are in the right place! We have just been away for 2 nights in Drake and have had an excellent time. The van is equipped with everything you need and was immaculate Inside and out. Drake ran smoothly throughout our journey and my husband found it a pleasure to drive.
Marks customer service was exceptional responding to all our queries and making sure everything was ok whilst we were away. Mark and Lee thank you again for everything a great way to celebrate my husbands 40th .
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.
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.
"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
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