With a sleek and sunny exterior to brighten anyone's day, Bumblebee is more than meets the eye. A famously reliable and easy to drive Ford Transit, for exploration in safety and comfort, with a lovingly converted rustic interior for cosy nights in, playing Scrabble.

Bumblebee has excellent storage facilities and modern amenities like a 240v hook up and an extremely efficient diesel heater that quickly heats up the van, even in the depths of winter. This, coupled with the recycled plastic insulation will ensure that you stay toasty and warm.

The interior is tastefully decorated in locally sourced copper and partly reclaimed wood, as well as being uniquely upholstered by a local craftsman and cheerfully painted in seaside inspired colours. This is finished off with a hand-tooled woodcarving that mirrors the meticulous attention to detail throughout the conversion.

Suitable for a family holiday, or for a romantic couples retreat. The van includes a top bunk for two children to stowaway, with removable netting for safety. For bigger kids, extra slats for the top bunk can be added or for extra friends, a three man tent is available as an extra. You can seat up to five people (three in the front and two in the back) with seat belts.

Bumblebee is ideal for those seeking adventure, and for those who enjoy their creature comforts. The best of both worlds!
extremely well considered and beautifully finished
Adam Duffill ~ September 2017
The campers fantastic design is unique and very comfortable
leah mchardy ~ August 2017

Essential Information

  • Collect from: Penryn, Cornwall, South West
  • Size: Roomy
  • 5 belted seats
  • Sleeps = 3 Adults 2 Child(ren)
  • Wide bed (173cm wide by 190cm long- just under super-king size) can sleep 3. Top bunk for 2 children is now fixed in place up to half way (152cm wide by 96cm long) (some photos show it removed) it will sleep 2 children as it is and 2 tall children with the extra removable slats in place if needed (max combined weight 80kg)
Tow bar
Air Con.
Built-in Toilet
London L.E.Z.

Prices for 2018 Low Low Mid Mid High
Mon-Thur (Day rate) £54 £66 £79 £91
Fri-Sun (Day rate) £75 £93 £110 £127
Weekend (3 days)
Week (7 days)
Min hire period 3 3 3 5

Notes: Prices may change without warning and for certain events will vary. Please click the 'Check availability' button to get an exact quote.

Further Information

  • Vehicle Type: Ford, Transit
  • Registration: emailed when you book
  • Vehicle Year: 2008
  • Engine:
    • Size: 2.4 litres
    • Fuel:Diesel
    • Fuel Efficiency: 30mpg
    • Transmission: Manual
    • Gears: 5
  • Size: 6m x 1.95m x 2.7m (LxWxH)
  • Weight:
    • Maximum: 3500kg
    • Unladen: 2590kg
    • Payload: kg
  • Belted seats: 5


The drivers seat and a double seat in the front all have 3 point seat belts. In the back, behind the front passenger seats there are 2 rear facing seats (crash tested) with 3 point belts and isofix points.

Conversion Story

I bought Bumblebee in February 2017 as an ex-highway maintenance van. Bumblebee is a labour of love made to make family holidays affordable and as a source of income. I worked tirelessly on converting Bumblebee until August 2017, I used as much reclaimed wood and other materials as I could trying to create that hygge feel for adventuring in comfort and style! Bumblebee is double insulated with reflective bubble wrap insulation and recycled plastic insulation. My three year old son helped me with the name and the black stripes idea as he loves Bumblebee the Transformer!

Sleeping & Seating

Bumblebee has a Wide bed (173cm wide by 190cm long- just under super-king size) can sleep 3. Top bunk for 2 children is now fixed in place up to half way (152cm wide by 96cm long) (some photos show it removed) it will sleep 2 children as it is and 2 tall children with the extra removable slats in place if needed (max combined weight 80kg) which accommodates:

  • 3 adult(s)
  • 2 child(ren)

There is sociable seating for up to 7 people inside Bumblebee .


There is a Diesel Heater to warm you up on colder days.

Kitchen facilities

  • two gas hobs for cooking
  • Sink
  • Fridge: travel fridge 12v and 240v

Cooking Equipment

2 gas hobs. 1 sink with water tank under van.
Cutlery for 6
Set of 5 large plastic utensils
10 plates
6 bowls
4 mugs
4 tumblers
2 wine glasses
cocktail shaker
tin opener
potato peeler
3 frying pans
1 cooking pot
1 kettle
Bottle opener
Bread knife
Small sharp knife
Gas lighter
Dust pan and brush
2 collapsible buckets
Collapsible colander
Tea towels and sponge/cloth
1 collapsible drainer with tray
4 heat mats
fire blanket

Water is provided by: Water tank underneath the van feeds directly to the tap inside through pump.

Sanitary facilities

  • Shower: No

Electrical Facilities

  • Electrical Hookup (240v)
  • Leisure Battery
  • 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets

Audio Equipment

Factory fitted CD player in the cab.


Under sofa/bed space, kitchen cupboards, above cab storage, boot space (made smaller if you opt in for the top bunk)

Other Items

Scrabble, cards, a selection of books.

Where is Bumblebee?

Bumblebee lives on a private drive near Penryn, Cornwall. There is a train station in Penryn which goes to and from Falmouth and Cornwall. It is also close to the picturesque villages of Mylor Bridge and Flushing. All of which are on bus routes.

There are many many beautiful campsites all around Cornwall, ranging from top-end with all the amenities and facilities you could dream of to an off grid field or coastal overnight car-park.

Falmouth Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle are very close to where Bumblebee lives and there are many other attractions throughout Cornwall.
Glenmore Cottage
Mylor Bridge

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Customer Car Parking
Off street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Bumblebee is usually parked.

Please note parking is provided at your own risk

For the full glamping experience the following extras are available to add to your booking when you make final payment.

Option Price
Camping Furniture (table and 4 x chairs) £15
Bedding for 2 £12
Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
Camping Furniture (table and 2 x chairs) £10
Camping Furniture (2 x chairs) £5
Camping Furniture (4 x chairs) £10

There is a tick box for each of the above on the booking form. Prices are per booking unless otherwise stated. All extras are subject to availability.

You will also be able to support Quirky Campers' ethical goals by making a donation to climate change prevention and mitigation projects - we suggest £2.50 per 100 miles. See our about us page for more details.

Bumblebee has comprehensive insurance specifically for hiring of campervans that covers drivers which meet the following citeria:

Ages: between 23 and 75 years young
Nationality*: UK or EU driver’s licenses
Length held: Minimum 2 years
Points*: Up to two minor offenses in the past 5 years is OK (no more than 6 points)
Claims*: No more than 1 claim in the past 5 years

*NOTE: These items are flexible but the campervan owner will need to refer the driver's details to the insurer and may require some additional information.

International Drivers from most countries can be covered but the excess is likely to be higher. USA, CA, NZ or AU have always been a yes and often with the standard excess.

The full booking form will ask for all the relevant details but feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions. There is an excess of between £750 and £2000 in the event of any damage to the vehicle. This amount is set by the insurer and is dependant on driver age, convictions, claims and country of issue (for a UK driver with a clean license it will be £750).

Full breakdown cover is also included – details are in the Campervan.

  • Take to Festivals: Yes
  • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
  • European Travel: Permitted
  • London Low Emission Zone: Non-compliant

Travelling with Children

Bumblebee is suitable for travelling with children.

Top bunk has net fixings for safety. It comes with a mattress and sleeps 2. Children will need to be helped into the bunk. Do not leave children unattended in bunk. Extra removable slats for top bunk are available for taller children. The weight limit should be max 80kg overall weight.

Front passenger seats will take child seats with seat belt fixings but the back seats were installed with children in mind - they are rear facing (safer than forward facing) and they have isofix points for child seats. They are crash tested 3 point belted seats.

Be aware the heater output can get quite hot.

Pet Policy

Sorry no pets allowed inside the vehicle

European Travel

Yes you can take Bumblebee outside the UK. Breakdown and insurance for European travel are included in the standard booking cost. Please note European travel include Republic of Ireland and the EU27. For other countries, please get in touch before you book and provide us with the dates, vehicle and countries to be visited.
Get in touch for a quote.

Mileage Limits

  • Full Price High Season – unlimited mileage
  • All other seasons and discounted bookings:
    • 200 miles per day
    • and then20 pence per mile
This will mean the vast majority of customers won't be charge any extra.

Driving Notes:

Please bear in mind the age, size and cruising speed of the vehicle when planning your journey. Some older and/or larger vehicles travel much more slowly than what you might be used to.
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Note: Dates subject to change without warning