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Essential Information

  • Collect from: Chorley, Lancashire, North West
  • Size: Roomy
  • Belted seats: 3
  • Sleeps: 2 Adults
  • Bed types: Super King size which can comfortably sleep 2 adults - 180cm x 170cm
  • License Required: Standard UK/EU license
  • Europe
  • Shower
  • Festivals
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Tow bar
  • Heating
  • Air Con.
  • Built-in Toilet
  • London L.E.Z.
  • Couldn't have been more comfortable...Can't wait for the next trip!

    Sara and Roy ~ March 2013
  • Glastonbury at 50+...SO QUIET...slept 8 hours each night.

    Gareth & Susan ~ June 2013
  • ...enjoyed all the thought that has gone into Esmerelda.

    Mary ~ May 2013
  • Thank you for the perfect home on wheels for our trip down the west coast of Ireland

    Tim, Jaiken and Mathilde ~ March 2014
  • Thank you Esmerelda for being a brilliant travel companion

    Gwinith and John ~ April 2015
  • Fantastic views and an amazing time- Dave popped the question and i said Yes!!!

    Jess and Dave ~ April 2015
  • Had a fantastic time recreating our trip to New Zealand by going to Cornwall

    Richard & Stuart ~ March 2015
  • Esmerelda took us to Totnes, Eden Project, the Lizard, Penzance and North Cornwall

    Arianna & Fay ~ September 2014
  • Fab views, basic camping, but everything you need here in Esmerelda.

    N & M ~ August 2015
  • Thank you so much. Took it to Glastonbury and had the best nights sleep of any festival.

    Niamh & Neill ~ July 2015
  • Thank you for being ever-so cosy and a lovely self-contained host with all we needed

    Amanda & Willz ~ June 2015
  • Comfortable and spacious but also nimble enough to fit down the smallest of Devonshire lanes.

    Christy ~ July 2016
  • Facilities and design of Esmerelda is impeccable - attention to the smallest detail evident.

    Dawn ~ April 2016
  • Lovely people, beautiful vans.

    Christy The ~ June 2017
  • We had an unforgettable time together. Absolutely recommended!

    Jakub Stadler ~ April 2017
  • slept better in her than we do at home!

    Paul Radish Radford ~ August 2017

Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Esmerelda'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.

Looking for unique campervan hire in Lancashire? Look no further than the Moroccan-inspired Esmerelda. Rustic and romantic she is perfect for spending time in nature with the people you love, with the comforts of home.

Her creators put a lot of work into all the authentic details, from the tiles to the jewel coloured curtains, the cushions to the light switches and many more quirky touches you will discover during your stay. But this is a riad you can take with you!

Enjoy sitting outdoors with the protection of the terracotta shade sail and picnic rug, and for those cool evenings around the campfire enjoy the warmth of the fleece throws. Then stretch out in the super king size bed for a good night’s sleep. However you spend your holiday, let Esmerelda be your oasis of calm and tranquillity to escape to.

Further Information

  • The Vehicle
    • Vehicle Type: Ford , Transit LWB 90 350
    • Registration: emailed when you book
    • Vehicle Year: 2003
    • Engine:
      • Size: 2.4 litres
      • Fuel: Diesel
      • Fuel Efficiency: 30mpg
      • Transmission: Manual
      • Gears: 5
    • Size: 6m x m x 3m (LxWxH)
    • Weight:
      • Maximum: 3500kg
      • Unladen: 2500kg
      • Payload: kg
    • Belted seats: 3
    • Tow Bar: Yes


    All 3 seats in the cab have 3 point belts. The two passenger seats don't have airbags and are suitable for child and baby seats

    Conversion Story

    Esmerelda started off as a Network Rail crew van and after several years was owned by a mechanic in Bristol. She then went on to enjoy life in Exeter and made her debut as a Quirky Camper.
    She made the journey up to Lancashire and now resides in Chorley.
  • The Accommodation

    Sleeping & Seating

    Esmerelda has a Super King size which can comfortably sleep 2 adults - 180cm x 170cm which accommodates:

    • 2 adult(s)

    There is sociable seating for up to 4 people inside Esmerelda .

    Kitchen facilities

    • two hobs for cooking
    • Sink
    • Water Tank
    • Fridge: coolbox

    Cooking Equipment

    Cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment for up to 2 people.
    cupboards and under bed storage.

    Water is provided by: 27 litre refillable water container with electric tap

    Sanitary facilities

    • Shower: No
    • Portable toilet available as extra

    Electrical Facilities

    • Leisure Battery
    • 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets
    • Power Invertor

    Audio Equipment

    CD/Radio in cab
    Portable DAB radio in the back


    Cupboards, shelves and drawers as well as plenty of under-bench storage

    Other Items

    Good old fashioned paper AA maps

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Esmerelda?

    Esmerelda lives just 5 minutes off the M61 @ Junction 8 in Chorley Lancashire. We are also withn within 10 minutes of the M6 & M65 and 15 minutes from the M60.
    Accessible train stations are Manchester, Wigan, Preston, Bolton and Blackburn.
    Pick-up and drop-off times

    Default times on the bookings system are 2pm for pick-up and 12 noon for return but individual vehicle owners will have their own limitations on their availbality but will do their best to accommodate your needs.

    From the owner:Pick up after 2pm 
Drop off before 12 noon
    Times can be arranged individually especially for longer bookings. We're happy to be flexible if she's still available a few days before your booking.

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

    Please note parking is provided at your own risk

  • Extras

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

    Option Price
    Bedding for 2 £12
    Sat Nav £7.5
    Bike rack (for two bikes) £10
    Climate change adaptation and mitigation contribution £2.5
    Aquaroll 40 litre rolling water tank £8
    Fire kit- Logs/Kindling/Newspaper £8
    Bow saw and small axe £6
    Camping Furniture (2 x chairs) £5
    Charcoal £8
    12v cool box £8
    Fire pit/BBQ £10
    2 bikes £50
    Portable Camping Toilet with Utility Tent £17.5
    Towels (4 x medium) £10
    Electric Rechargeable Outdoor Shower and Tent £7
    Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15
    Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15
    Travelling to Europe? (VOH cert required) £

    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.

  • Insurance, Breakdown & Drivers

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

    Ages: between 23 and  70 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 £1500 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.

  • Usage
    • Take to Festivals: Yes
    • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
    • European Travel: Yes covered
    • London Low Emission Zone: Yes Compliant

    Travelling with Children

    Esmerelda is suitable for travelling with children.

    There are no specific provisions for children but the two passenger seats don't have airbags and are suitable for child and baby car seats.
    Please let us know if you require more crockery and cuttlery.

    Pet Policy

    We would rather keep our van pet free so allergy sufferers don't suffer!

    European Travel

    Yes you can take Esmerelda outside the UK. Breakdown and insurance for European travel are included in the standard booking cost. Please note European travel includes 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

    • 200 miles per day
    • and then 20 pence per mile
    This will mean the vast majority of customers won't be charged 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.
  • Season dates
    20/12/201806/01/2019Low Mid
    08/02/201924/02/2019Low Mid
    19/12/201905/01/2020Low Mid

    Note: Dates subject to change without warning

  • Prices

    Prices for 2019 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 Date & Price' button to get an exact quote.