Essential Information

  • Collect from: Porthtowan, Cornwall, South West
  • Size: Compact
  • Belted seats: 3
  • Sleeps: 2 Adults
  • Bed types: L Shaped sofa that pulls out and extends to for the bed which is 192cm long by 128cm wide.
  • License Required: Standard UK/EU license
  • Europe
  • Shower
  • Festivals
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Tow bar
  • Heating
  • 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 Karven'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.

Karven, meaning 'Campervan' in Cornish, is the ultimate mini-cruiser for your Cornish adventures. With a handcrafted wooden interior and unique layout, Karven is a classic VW surf wagon on the outside but totally unique on the inside.

Built for adventurers, Karven offers plenty of space for wetsuits, climbing gear or whatever your passion may be. Pull up to the beach and check the surf whilst making breakfast, or make dinner after walking the dramatic coast paths. At the end of the day, curl up on her spacious L-shaped sofa to read a book or watch a DVD; surrounded by wood cladding, it doesn't get more hygge than this.

Whether your passion is tea drinking or trail walking, Karven will help you reconnect with it in comfort and style.

Further Information

  • The Vehicle
    • Vehicle Type: Volkswagen, T5
    • Registration: emailed when you book
    • Vehicle Year: 2005
    • Engine:
      • Size: 1.9 litres
      • Fuel: Diesel
      • Transmission: Manual
      • Gears: 5
    • Size: 4.9m x 1.9m x 2.2m (LxWxH)
    • Weight:
      • Maximum: 3500kg
      • Unladen: 2040kg
      • Payload: kg
    • Belted seats: 3


    3 Front cab seats

    Conversion Story

    Karven, the Cornish for campervan, is the ultimate Cornwall adventure wagon. Hand built by me and my partner, we wanted to take the the ever popular Volkswagon transporter shell and design an the interior to our own unique vision.

    The ceiling and sides of the van are softwood cladding ,to give that hygge feeling, and we have used local materials and craftmanship to make the couch/bed cushions. There is ample storage for wetsuits and other belongings both under the bed and in the over-cab shelving.

    Our hope is that Karven gives people a chance to experience the growing 'Vanlife' movement and showcase the adventure possibilities a campervan can offer.
  • The Accommodation

    Sleeping & Seating

    Karven has a L Shaped sofa that pulls out and extends to for the bed which is 192cm long by 128cm wide. which accommodates:

    • 2 adult(s)

    There is sociable seating for up to 3 people inside Karven and there are 2 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.

    Kitchen facilities

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

    Cooking Equipment

    Cutlery, Enamel Plates x4, Enamel bowls x4, Enamel Mugs x4, Sharp knife, Chopping board, Cooking spoon, Flipper, Tongs, Frying pan and 3 Saucepan set, Washing up bowl.

    Water is provided by: 20L Water container connected to the sink tap.

    Sanitary facilities

    • Shower: No

    Electrical Facilities

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

    Audio Equipment

    Car radio with Aux lead and USB plug in


    Under the seats there is ample storage for larger items. There is also storage above the cab, which is ideal for clothing, shelving around the edges of the interior ideal for smaller items. There is also a small shelving unit at the rear next the the kitchen for dry food storage, as well as the cupboards in the kitchen unit.

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Karven?

    Located in the centre of the popular port town of Falmouth, which is easy to locate and a great start point for a road trip around Cornwall.
    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 work 9-5 Mon-Fri so would arrange pick up after 5:30 or the evening before as suits you when an afternoon pick is not possible

    Customer Car Parking
    Off street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Karven 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
    Portapotty £5
    Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
    Bike rack (for two bikes) £10
    Camping Furniture (table and 2 x chairs) £10
    1 Surfboard £50
    Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15
    Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15

    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

    Karven 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: Permitted
    • London Low Emission Zone: Compliant

    Travelling with Children

    Karven is suitable for travelling with children.

    Pet Policy

    Sorry no pets allowed inside the vehicle

    European Travel

    Yes you can take Karven 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.
  • 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.