Asha

Beautiful Asha’s welcoming and versatile interior guarantees an unforgettable adventure whether you’re a family or a couple. Oak, mahogany and a variety of other reclaimed timbers are paired with recycled copper to give a look that’s both charmingly quaint and completely up to date.

From the old school desk tops that form the table to the old-fashioned woodburner, you’ll discover new treasures throughout your stay. Can you tell that the drinks cabinet is made from an old clock case or that the hob’s splashback was once a headboard?

Everything is finished with the utmost care and sophistication - just look at the artistic shaping of the bed alcove, and the way the appliances are so cleverly built into the kitchen.

And Asha offers an exceptional range of optional add-ons so you can tailor-make a dream trip as unique as the van herself.
A true pleasure to have travelled in the magic bus that is Asha
Eamon Aladay ~ July 2017
Asha gave us a truly liberating experience, ultimate freedom in absolute comfort
Max C ~ July 2017
..had a great trip with Asha...Quirky interior attracted a lot of attention..Would hire again
Christine ~ August 2017
we fell in love with Asha - for anyone thinking of hiring Asha out, do it you won't regret it
Jodie Richardson ~ November 2017
Cannot recommend Asha enough! Both beautiful and practical
Teleah Harris ~ January 2018

Essential Information

  • Collect from: Dereham, Norfolk, East Anglia
  • Size: Delux
  • 5 belted seats
  • Sleeps = 4 Adults 1 Child(ren)
  • 2 doubles plus a hammock to sleep 4 adult and 1 child
    Fixed double is 6’4” x 4’2” (193cm x 127cm),
    Removable double is 6’1” x 3’10” (185cm x 116cm)
    Child hammock is 4’4” x 1’7” (132cm x 48c - max 80kg)
Europe
Shower
Festivals
Smoking
Pets
Tow bar
Heating
Air Con.
Built-in Toilet
London L.E.Z.

Prices for 2018 Low Low Mid Mid High
Mon-Thur (Day rate) £65 £80 £95 £111
Fri-Sun (Day rate) £92 £113 £134 £155
Weekend (3 days)
Week (7 days)
Min hire period 3 3 3 3

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: Fiat, Ducato
  • Registration: emailed when you book
  • Vehicle Year: 2007
  • Engine:
    • Size: 3 litres
    • Fuel: Diesel
    • Fuel Efficiency: 30mpg
    • Transmission: Manual
    • Gears: 6
  • Size: 6.4m x 2.05m x 2.75m (LxWxH)
  • Weight:
    • Maximum: 3500kg
    • Unladen: 2900kg
    • Payload: kg
  • Belted seats: 5
  • Tow Bar: Yes

Seating

Three seats in the front with 3 x 3 point seatbelts.
In the back are 2 side facing bench seats with 2 point lap belts for 2 people. The benches can seat up to 6 people when stationary

Conversion Story

Asha started life as a panel delivery van with no windows, rooflights etc. I handcrafted her at home, using 90% reclaimed materials including mahogany science desk tops from a public school (now a canter-leaver table which slots cleverly under the bed); mahogany parquet flooring from an old Sunday school; an old mahogany clock case found in pieces and now converted into a drinks cabinet; several oak headboards used in the ceiling and splash-back; and plenty of recycled storage pallets.

All the curtain rails are former electrical conduits. The sink and tap are reclaimed, I’m not sure which period they are from but now the tap runs from a 12v power supply. I put in 15 individually switched lights which can all be switched separately to enhance the mood in Asha. The kitchen lights are old pickle jars which are recessed in to the mahogany desk top plinth with all wires hidden as they run through the mahogany. There are three roof lights, including one in the fixed bedroom area which is perfectly placed for stargazing.

My wife is from Kenya and we named the van Asha which means 'life' in Swahili because the van has given new life to a variety of reclaimed materials. All in all it took around 1,170 hours of blood, sweat & beers!

Sleeping & Seating

Asha has a 2 doubles plus a hammock to sleep 4 adult and 1 child
Fixed double is 6’4” x 4’2” (193cm x 127cm),
Removable double is 6’1” x 3’10” (185cm x 116cm)
Child hammock is 4’4” x 1’7” (132cm x 48c - max 80kg)
which accommodates:

  • 4 adult(s)
  • 1 child(ren)

There is sociable seating for up to 10 people inside Asha and there are 5 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.

Heating

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

Kitchen facilities

  • two gas hobs for cooking
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Sink
  • Water Tank
  • Fridge: gas fridge (3 way)

Cooking Equipment

3 way fridge
oven & grill
twin burner hob
full set of cutlery, crockery, pots & pans, glasses, for 6
copper utensils
folding draining board

Metal ammo box containing cleaning materials etc
Various vintage tea caddies & tins for bits n bobs storage
Vintage dustpan & brush

Water is provided by: Electrically pumped water from 2 x 27 litre water containers integrated with an electric vintage tap

Sanitary facilities

  • Shower: No
  • Portable toilet available as extra: The loo is stored in its own cupboard under the mahogany seat and is known as the 'throne'

Electrical Facilities

  • Electrical Hookup (240v)
  • Leisure Battery
  • Solar panel charging.
  • 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets

Audio Equipment

Factory fitted cd radio

Storage

In the kitchen: 2 drawers, large 3 tiered cupboard for plates, food etc, large storage cupboard under oven (pots & pans), two 27 litre water containers supplying pumped water, drinks cabinet, condiment & sauce cupboard, large storage area over cab, storage behind & underneath driver & passenger seats, storage under the throne seat.
Lounge: 4 overhead lockers, masses of storage room under the seats.
Bedroom: 4 overhead lockers and storage shelves integrated in to the back doors
Rear of van: storage accesses through rear doors. 3 x massive rear lockers, left hand locker is 4 ft long, the middle has pull out drawers ( also 4 ft long) with storage containers within, and the right hand stores 2 x 6kg gas bottles and 5 fold down wooden chairs & 2 fold down school desks

Other Items

Various card and board games and vintage card games

Where is Asha?

Asha lives in the village of Hockering situated just off the A47 road. She is only 10 miles away from the city of Norwich, which has an airport, bus and train station. We can arrange to meet you anywhere in Norwich.

Once you have the van you are in the perfect place to explore the whole of beautiful East Anglia which is full of medieval history, fascinating wildlife and beautiful scenery. There are miles of coastline from ruggedly wild sections to the classic British seaside town of Great Yarmouth, plus the famous Norfolk Broads waterways inland. The countryside is scattered with quaint villages, market towns, castles and abbeys, as this was the heart of the country in medieval times, so there is plenty of history to discover. You're also within easy distance of London, Cambridge and all the attractions of south-east England.
Address
2 St Michael's Close
Hockering
Dereham
NR203GZ
Customer Car Parking
Off street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Asha 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
Bedding for 4 £24
Fire kit- Logs/Kindling/Newspaper £8
Solar Shower £3.5
Cab bunk/hammock for child £0

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.

Asha 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: Allowed
  • European Travel: Permitted
  • London Low Emission Zone: Compliant

Travelling with Children

Asha is suitable for travelling with children.

There is hammock above the fixed double suitable for a child up to about 9 years old. Dimensions: 4’4” x 1’7” or 132cm x 48cm - max 80kg.

The wood burner can be protected by a fire guard but is a risk you should be aware of and the flue (chimney) can get very hot.

Both passenger seats in the cab are suitable for forward facing child car seats.
The two belted seats in the back have lap belts (2 point) so are not suitable to secure car seats.

Pet Policy

Sorry no pets allowed inside the vehicle

European Travel

Yes you can take Asha 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

Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of the Asha's owners. We make every effort to ensure that all the vehicles listed with us are of a high standard but cannot guarantee the condition of the vehicle. If you experience any problems please notify us as soon as possible.