- Collect from: Grantshouse, Duns, Scotland
- Size: Delux
- Belted seats: 3
- !Limited payload: This vehicle may not be designed for 3 adult passenger plus luggage. See Vehicle Details for the exact payload.
- Sleeps: 3 Adults
- Bed types: Fixed double bed in rear fitted widthways so shorter than a standard bed length (170cm in length). Full length single bed can be made up using a board with cushion mattress between the two seats in the living area. Dogs have their own spacious and comfortable sleeping quarters below the fixed double bed.
- License Required: Standard UK/EU license
- Tow bar
- Air Con.
- Built-in Toilet
- London L.E.Z.
Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Darcy '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.
Darcy is an eco-warriors dream, as most of the materials have been sourced locally or from reclaimed sources. The tongue and groove wood panelling is reclaimed wood, and Darcy has been insulated with fleece from her owners Portland sheep. The duvet and pillows are made from recycled plastics, the glasses are all made from recycled glass and the textiles are all fair trade sourced.
This campervan in Scotland is the absolute perfect campervan for a romantic getaway for two, plus two dogs! There is a purpose-built kennel space underneath the massive double bed which is plenty big enough for two Labrador sized dogs.
This dog-friendly campervan also comes complete with a complimentary 'doggy welcome pack' which includes dog towels, poo bags, a vet bed and a dog bowl if required; just let the owner know when you book.
You don't need to head off to romantic restaurants; just settle down for the night in Darcy's beautiful cosy dining room, bring your own wine list, switch on some fairy lights, and you've just created the perfect date night!
You can snuggle up in Darcy in the Winter with the wood burner on or fling open the back doors in the Summer to soak up the Scottish sun – it does exist, we promise! Either way, you’ll feel like you’re in a very upmarket hotel with the Farrow & Ball painted cabinets and stunning hand painted tiles from the Mexican Tile Company. Darcy really has been crafted by someone with a very sharp eye for detail.
You’re spoilt for choice on storage space in this camper van. You will find overhead cupboards, space under the sink, and a wardrobe for all your clothes by the bed. Darcy has a selection of games and some playing cards; you’ll also find a picnic blanket and a fully equipped picnic rucksack for those wanting to enjoy a bite of lunch in a more remote area of the beautiful Scottish countryside.
- The Vehicle
- Vehicle Type: Mercedes , Sprinter
- Registration: emailed when you book
- Vehicle Year: 2014
- Size: 2143 litres
- Fuel: Diesel
- Fuel Efficiency: 30mpg
- Transmission: Manual
- Gears: 6
- Size: 7m x 2m x 3.1m (LxWxH)
- Maximum: 3500kg
- Unladen: 3140kg
- Payload: kg
Warning! Limited Payload. All drivers must be aware that with 3 belted seats the payload of this vehicle could be exceeded with normal use. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the total vehicle weight including driver, passengers and luggage, does not exceed 3500kg whilst on the road.
- Belted seats: 3
Seating3 belted seats in the front all with 3 point belt. The passenger seats have no airbags so can be used with rear facing child seats.
Conversion StoryIn 2007 I was a confirmed and unrepentant smoker. I loved nothing better than a smoke after a good meal or indeed a smoke at any time! Eventually I realised that I loved life and that smoking was, without any question, going to significantly shorten my life so, eventually I took the plunge and after 6 failed attempts finally gave up for good. It was an enormous struggle and I decided that I had to find something to ‘really congratulate myself’ if I could manage to stay off the nicotine for 10 years. I set up a standing order that very week for exactly the amount I was spending each month on tobacco and vowed not to touch it until 10 years had passed. In 2018 I finally broke the piggy bank and used every penny to build a campervan of my dreams – Darcy!
I found tongue and groove reclaimed wood and insulated it with fleece from my Portland sheep. Given she is a not very environmentally friendly diesel van I wanted everything else in Darcy to be as genuinely environmentally friendly as possible so I tried to source everything either locally or from reclaimed sources. The duvet and pillows are made from recycled plastics, the glasses are all made from recycled glass and the textiles (seat covers, cushions, pillow cases duvets etc) are fair trade sourced. I lovingly sanded down the wood and applied coat after coat of Danish oil to treat the bare wood first and then, applied the doors and cupboards with deliciously decadent farrow and ball paint. The dog kennel was built to exactly the right height for my two Labradors to be able to stand up comfortably and be safe whilst travelling. I wanted lots of storage so that I had the potential to take her on wonderful adventures all over the world. I found some wonderful hand painted tiles from the Mexican tile company and a simply fabulous wood-burning stove from the Belltent company. When finances allow I will fit a solar panel and have a solar shower unit. All the clever and difficult bits were done by ‘Will’ at the Mill Garage, Duns and I will always be thankful, for not only his tremendous skill and workmanship, but also for his patience with me because, I was so incredibly excited I never left him alone and was always popping along and tweaking the design. I bought Darcy in December 2017 and she was finally completed in February 2019 – giving up smoking and buying Darcy was one of the best things I have ever done.
- The Accommodation
Sleeping & Seating
Darcy has a Fixed double bed in rear fitted widthways so shorter than a standard bed length (170cm in length). Full length single bed can be made up using a board with cushion mattress between the two seats in the living area. Dogs have their own spacious and comfortable sleeping quarters below the fixed double bed. which accommodates:
- 3 adult(s)
There is sociable seating for up to 3 people inside Darcy and there are 2 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.
There is a Woodburner to warm you up on colder days.
- two hobs for cooking
- Water Tank
- Fridge: compressor (2way)
Kitchen is fully equipped to serve the needs of 4. She has a full canteen of cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, water glasses and wine glasses. Wooden utensils, I small and 1 large sharp knife and a bread knife. There are also pots, pans, strainer, bottle opener etc
Water is provided by: Darcy has running water supplied by a built in water tank; the water pump provides excellent water pressure. Hot water can be added by using the kettle on the stove or hob. We supply drinking water in refillable 5 litre bottles that are stored in the starboard cupboard.
- Shower: No
- Portable toilet available: Thetford Chemical Porta Potti. (Eco Chemicals Supplied) PLEASE NOTE there is a £100 charge if porta-potty is NOT returned clean
- Electrical Hookup (240v)
- Leisure Battery
- 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets
- Power Invertor
Factory fitted Radio and CD player with 3.5mm jack lead and bluetooth with speakers in the back - NB this runs from the battery so please be sure not to leave music on all evening otherwise you will end up with a flat battery!
Darcy has ample storage space. There are two deep cupboards above the cab measuring ( xxxcm) where rucksacks, cases, camping gear etc can be comfortably stowed. the kitchen area has three draws where kitchen utensils, cups, glasses, plates and bowls are stored and a small under sink space were we store basic cleaning materials (washing up liquid, etc). there is a large cupboard under the starboard side window with two shelves (the top shelf is xxxcm by xxxcm and the bottom shelf is xxxcm by xxxcm). There is a wardrobe for clothes by the bed with four shelves each measuring (xxxcm by xxxcm). there are three storage lockers in the sleeping cabin for small personal items and three storage lockers above the table in the living area where you will find a selection of games, a picnic blanket and a bluetooth speaker. There is a kennel space for dogs under the bed measuring xxxcm by xxxcm and there is additional storage space in the rear of the vehicle which also stores a collapsable fire bowl/BBQ, picnic table and two chairs, spare bed and mattress if requested, and empty storage boxes for guests to put there own items if required.
Darcy has a selection of games and some playing cards, We also provide a picnic blanket, fully equipped picnic rucksack including a thermos flask for those wanting to enjoy a bite of lunch in a more remote area. We also provide a complimentary 'doggy welcome pack' which includes dog towels, poo bags, a vet bed and a dog bowl if required - please let us know on booking. A tent can be provided (£50 per week) but must be brought back clean and dry and bicycles can also be provided (£50 hire) entirely at hirers risk. Please notify us if required.
- Location & Parking
Where is Darcy ?Travel along the A1 until you reach the village of Grantshouse then take the A6112 signposted to Coldstream and Duns. Turn left after one mile on a B road signposted to Drakemyre and you will find Darcy in a grass paddock on the left just after the second green BERRYHILL sign. Please note DO NOT FOLLOW THE SAT NAV as it will take you to our neighbour's farm.
if you get stuck please call us, we are always happy to help.
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 takes place at Berryhill in the grass paddock where Darcy lives. If travelling by car there is a hard standing where your vehicle can be left for the duration of the hire. If travelling by public transport the nearest rail station is Dunbar from the North or Berwick-upon-Tweed from the South. A bus service runs to Grantshouse but is rather infrequent so please check beforehand. Whenever possible we will be very happy to come and meet guests at the rail station and handover Darcy there - please give us a call if this would be helpful and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please call us on 07506062225. Pick up times is usually after 2pm and return by 12 noon if you need to arrange an alternative time we will do our best to arrange a more suitable time for you - please let us know.
Customer Car ParkingOff street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Darcy 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 Bedding for 2 £12 Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8 Bike rack (for two bikes) £10 Camping Furniture (table and 2 x chairs) £10 Breakfast Hamper for 4 £21.5 Barbecue, grill, bag of English woodland charcoal £10 Fire kit- Logs/Kindling/Newspaper £8 Camping Furniture (2 x chairs) £5 Hammock £8 Double airbed £10 12v cool box £8 Fire pit/BBQ £10 1 bike £30 2 bikes £50 2 or 3 person tent £10 Dog Crate £5 Flashlight £2 Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15 Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15 Fire and log candle kit: Swedish log candle, logs, kindling, newspaper, ecolighters £12 Travelling to Europe? (VOH cert required) £8 Bedding for 3 £18 Towels (3 large fluffy ones) £10 2 sleeping bags full size £5 2 single airbeds £5 Folding Camp Bed with mattress £10 Travelling to Europe within 7 days? (VOH cert required with special delivery) £14.95
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
Darcy 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: Yes covered
- London Low Emission Zone: No not-compliant
Travelling with Children
Darcy is suitable for travelling with children.
Darcy is designed primarily for couples but she does have an additional (small) single bed that can be made up in the living area. Guests should notify us if this third bed is required so that we can make sure the additional board and cushion is included. PLEASE NOTE Darcy has a lovely little wood burning stove which can get very hot and does not have any fire guard, for this reason guests would be discouraged from allowing children to sleep here.
Pet PolicyWe have a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy with pets. In other words we’re very happy for you to take your dog or dogs as long as you bring the van back in the same condition you hired it in (in other words we never would have known that you had dogs).
European TravelYes you can take Darcy 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.
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Driving in LondonDarcy can NOT be driven inside London's Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) or London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone. If you need to drive inside either the LEZ or ULEZ you need to Pay to Drive in London
- 200 miles per day
- and then 20 pence per mile
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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Prices for 2019 Low Low Mid Mid High Mon-Thur (Day rate) £58 £71 £84 £98 Fri-Sun (Day rate) £81 £100 £118 £137 Weekend (3 days) Week (7 days) Min hire period 3 3 3 3
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