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Essential Information

  • Collect from: Penryn, Cornwall, South West
  • Size: Roomy
  • Belted seats: 5
  • Sleeps: 3 Adults 2 Child(ren)
  • Bed types: 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)
  • License Required: Standard UK/EU license
  • Europe
  • Shower
  • Festivals
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Tow bar
  • Heating
  • Air Con.
  • Built-in Toilet
  • London L.E.Z.
  • extremely well considered and beautifully finished

    Adam Duffill ~ September 2017
  • The campers fantastic design is unique and very comfortable

    leah mchardy ~ August 2017
  • A very well thought through design - all you need for a great week

    Nicholas Woodhams ~ February 2018
  • Bumblebee is finished to high standard and had a distinctly Cornish vibe

    Mark Cavell ~ March 2018
  • Bumblebee has all you need inside for a carefree holiday. The owner Katie is a very nice and helpful person.

    Jan ~ September 2018
  • fantastic weekend in Bumblebee, including loads of sunshine!!!

    Suzy ~ June 2019
  • We were warmly welcomed by Katie and Bumblebee

    Didier ~ August 2019

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

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!

Further Information

  • The Vehicle
    • 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. These rear facing seats should only be used with child seats that have 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!
  • The Accommodation

    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 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
    • Power Invertor

    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.

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Bumblebee?

    Bumblebee lives on a private drive near Penryn, Cornwall where you can leave your vehicle when you pick Bumblebee up. 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

    TR11 5LU
    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:I can sometimes be flexible with pick-ups and drop offs for times other than the standard 2pm pick-up and 12 midday drop off- so just ask and I will do my best to accommodate.

    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

  • Extras

    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 2 x chairs) £10
    Camping Furniture (2 x chairs) £5
    Towel set for 2: 2 large + 2 small towels £8
    Towel set for 4: 4 large + 4 small towels £16
    Travelling to Europe? (VOH cert required) £8
    Travelling to Europe within 7 days? (VOH cert required with special delivery) £14.95
    Extra slats for the top bunk (to extend for taller children) £0
    Bedding for 1 child (1 sleeping bag and 1 pillow) £7
    Bedding for 2 children (2 sleeping bags and 2 pillows) £12
    Bedding for main bed (King size duvet, 2 pillows, sheet) £12
    1x car seat with isofix safety (group 0+ infant) £20
    1x car seat with isofix safety (group 1, 2, 3) £20
    1x booster seat with isofix safety (group 2, 3) £20
    2x3m gazebo £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.

  • Insurance, Breakdown & Drivers

    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.

  • Usage
    • Take to Festivals: Yes
    • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
    • European Travel: Yes covered
    • London Low Emission Zone: No not-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. Only child seats with isofix points should be used in the rear facing seats due to safety. There are isofix child seats available in the extras.
    Please be aware we will not accept any responsibility for fitting the child seats. We can show you how/give you instructions.

    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 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.

    Driving in London

    Bumblebee 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

    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
    19/12/201905/01/2020Low Mid
    07/02/202023/02/2020Low Mid
    18/12/202010/01/2021Low 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 3

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