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Essential Information

  • Collect from: Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Size: Delux
  • Belted seats: 5
  • Sleeps: 4 Adults 1 Child(ren)
  • Bed types: Large Double bed (6ft x 6ft 4")
    2 x single bunks above double (6ft x 2ft 4")
    Cab bed for child (170cm x 47cm)
  • License Required: Category C1 or equivalent allowing the driver to drive vehicle OVER 3,500kg
  • Europe
  • Shower
  • Festivals
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Tow bar
  • Heating
  • Air Con.
  • Built-in Toilet
  • London L.E.Z.
  • Very comfortable to sleep in

    Bryn ~ August 2019

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

The whole family ending up in the back of an ambulance is generally the stuff of ‘holidays from hell’ rather than a fantasy family getaway. Florence is the exception to that rule. Spacious but compact enough for an easy drive, beautiful yet practical, sleeping up to 5 but cosy enough for two. She really does have everything.

Designing a campervan for a family of five is no mean feat, but Florence’s boxy shape thanks to her previous life as an ambulance, was just perfect for the job. Her owners wanted to create a campervan that felt like a condensed version of home and to use materials that reflect their little spot in Pembrokeshire - oak trees, Welsh wool, the hedgerows. The result is a beautiful cosy home on wheels.

With a full size 3-ring hob, loads of storage space, a deep counter and a butler sink, cooking will be pure pleasure, a far cry from squatting over a camping stove. Then you can eat in comfort around the large (and beautiful larch) table. The dining table is the centre of the family home and Florence is no different. It’s also perfect for reading, games and route planning your adventure. There’s also an additional side table which pops up between the patchwork chairs, providing a perfect spot for your morning coffee, even whilst the rest of the family sleeps.

Everywhere you look you’ll find beautiful touches inspired by nature and made by hand. Karen (Florence's owner) made the kitchen tiles under tuition of a local potter, imprinted with Cow Parsley from their lane which was in full bloom at the time of Florence's conversion. The chairs were upholstered by hand using natural wool. Look out for the locally produced postcards of birds and the tiny etchings of insects. Florence takes you to the outdoors and brings the outdoors right in.

Further Information

  • The Vehicle

    Note: This vehicle is over 3.5 ton and requires C1 license to drive

    • Vehicle Type: Volkswagen, Crafter (former ambulance) MWB
    • Registration: emailed when you book
    • Vehicle Year: 2008
    • Engine:
      • Size: 2.5 litres
      • Fuel: Diesel
      • Transmission: Manual
      • Gears: 6
    • Size: 6.35m x 2.75m x 2.7m (LxWxH)
    • Weight:
      • Maximum: 5000kg
      • Unladen: 3480kg
      • Payload: kg
    • Belted seats: 5

    Seating

    Three belted seats in cab ie driver's seat and bench seat. Front passenger airbag which cannot be disabled. No ISO fixings. 3 point seat belts.

    In the rear, two belted seats, positioned 'train style' beside sliding side door, one forward and one rear facing. The forward facing seat can take an Infant Carrier style rear-facing car seat (such as Maxi Cosi Rock). Other passenger seats can only take forward facing car seats.

    A small table can be assembled between these rear seats - great for the kids to draw and play games during the journey. 3 point seat belts, with shoulder belt attached to seat.

    All seats are fixed.

    Conversion Story

    Florence came to us having finished her working life as an ambulance in Yorkshire. We love to see things taking on a new lease of life, and we felt that with her beautiful shape, Florence was perfect for a roomy campervan conversion.

    With 3 rapidly growing children, we were looking for something comfortable to sleep us all but also compact enough for us to drive happily; not least because we tend to like to head down the windy roads to the sea.

    Our aim was to create a campervan that felt a little like a condensed version of home and a little like the cabin we have been forever planning to build in the woods. We wanted to use materials that reflect our spot in Pembrokeshire - oak trees, Welsh wool, the hedgerows. We are pretty resourceful and handy to a certain degree; we could certainly manage to strip back the interior and remove those stickers but creating the camper we wanted was going to require skills we really don't have.

    We knew we had found great people to work with when we came across Rustic Simplicity. It became clear really quickly that they understood what we were hoping to achieve and that they were very much up for the challenge of a less traditional vehicle. Having stripped away miles and miles of redundant wiring, James crafted her interior using reclaimed oak for the cupboards and a beautiful piece of larch for the main table. Anita incorporated our Welsh fabric into the wonderful upholstery, bringing a real sense of comfort and homeliness. Florence has plenty of space for the family, and yet is cosy should the 2 of us ever have the opportunity to sneak her away for a weekend.

    Creating the sleeping space we needed was a challenge. Our children are on the cusp of or already into their teenage years and following in their father's 6ft footsteps.

    Anita and James developed 6ft long bunk beds which can be built above the double bed, and completely packed away when not in use. This gives us the luxury of much needed head room for our tall folk when sat around the table. With a smaller bed easily assembled for the youngest in the cab (a great cubby hole), we have our space for 5. And there's always the option of a tent beside Florence as they choose not to share our space :)

    The kitchen is well equipped with all you need to cook great camping food, and a few luxuries besides. There will always be a little something local in the cupboard: Cafe Mor condiments, Teifi Dragon Coffee and eggs from our hens (when they are laying!).

    Morning coffee is one of our favourite times of the day, and the fact that the kitchen is separate to any of the sleeping spaces means that if you are the early riser there's no need to wait for that first cup. The little table between the patchwork chairs, with the side door open is just the perfect spot.

    In 6 short but packed months, Florence was transformed from a working ambulance to a beautiful camper van to enjoy and share :) She may not be the youngest vehicle, but has everything you need to explore the countryside at a leisurely pace in comfort. No rush required. We hope you enjoy her as much as we do.

  • The Accommodation

    Sleeping & Seating

    Florence has a Large Double bed (6ft x 6ft 4")
    2 x single bunks above double (6ft x 2ft 4")
    Cab bed for child (170cm x 47cm) which accommodates:

    • 4 adult(s)
    • 1 child(ren)

    There is sociable seating for up to 8 people inside Florence .

    Heating

    There is a Gas Heater to warm you up on colder days.

    Kitchen facilities

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

    Cooking Equipment

    Electric coolbox
    6 x enamel mug
    6 x enamel plate
    6 x enamel bowl
    Cutlery set (for 6)
    Bialetti mini express coffee maker
    Cafetiere
    Kettle
    2 x stainless steel pot
    1 x frying pan
    2 x cooking knives
    Utensils
    Peeler
    Collapsible colander
    Bottle opener/corkscrew
    Hand towel
    Tea towel(s)
    Small handmade soap
    Collapsible draining board
    Washing up sponge/brush
    Washing up liquid
    Tea, Teifi Dragon ground coffee, herb teas, sugar, salt and pepper, herb and spice selection, Cafe Mor seasonings, olive oil, sunflower oil, balsamic vinegar
    Eggs (when our hens are laying)

    Water is provided by: 23 litre portable container, with electric tap

    Sanitary facilities

    • Shower: No

    Electrical Facilities

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

    Audio Equipment

    Radio in cab

    Storage

    Cupboard above cab for bedding storage (main table can also stored here)
    One bench seat stores bunk beds (these can be removed if not required to create extra storage space)
    Second bench seat empty for you to use as storage
    Small storage cupboard under one rear travelling seat
    Cupboard above sink for food (we stock the other cupboard for you with tea, coffee, spices etc)
    1 wooden crate

    Other Items

    Selection of card games and books
    Large picnic blanket
    Internal table top combines with wooden crate (provided) to create outdoor table
    Rechargeable light designed to fit in an empty bottle

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Florence?

    Florence lives on our small farm in South Pembrokeshire, just off the A40 and hidden away at the end of the track. About 5 miles north of Narberth, you can safely leave your car here whilst off on your adventure, or we can arrange to collect you from the local station (Clunderwen).
    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:We are often able to be flexible with pick up and drop off times.

    Customer Car Parking
    Off street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Florence 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
    Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
    Bedding for 4 £24
    Camping Furniture (2 x chairs) £5
    Camping Furniture (4 x chairs) £10
    Bedding for bunks (3 children's sleeping bags) £20
    Cab bunk/hammock for child £0
    Towels (4 x medium) £10
    Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15
    Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15
    Child sleeping bag £5

    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

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

    Note: This vehicle is over 3.5 ton and requires C1 license to drive

    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: No
    • London Low Emission Zone: Yes Compliant

    Travelling with Children

    Florence is suitable for travelling with children.

    Travelling Safely:
    Florence has only 1 seat able to take a rear facing car seat - only an infant carrier without a base (eg Maxi Cosi Rock) will safely fit. No ISO fix.

    Front facing child seats can be used in either of Florence's rear travel seats. You can also have a front facing seat in the cab but please be aware that there is a front air bag which cannot be deactivated. The seat cannot be adjusted but is set well back.

    Sleeping:
    Bunk beds designed to take <>

    Safety boards provided which can be fitted between the bunks to prevent any unexpected tumbles from a bunk onto the double bed (and unsuspecting parents!) below. They also double as bedside tables for the bunks.

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    Gas heater so no hot surfaces.

    Pet Policy

    We have a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy with pets. In other words we’re happy for you to take your dog as long as you bring it back in a condition that we never would have known! Waterproof protective covers will be provided for the rear patchwork seats.

    European Travel

    Florence cannot be taken outside the UK

    Driving in London

    Florence can be driven inside London's Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) but NOT inside London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone. If you need to drive inside the ULEZ you need to Pay to Drive in Central 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
    FromToPrice
    02/09/201931/10/2019Mid
    01/11/201918/12/2019Low
    19/12/201905/01/2020Low Mid
    06/01/202006/02/2020Low
    07/02/202023/02/2020Low Mid
    24/02/202031/03/2020Low
    01/04/202021/05/2020Mid
    22/05/202021/06/2020High
    22/06/202030/06/2020Glastonbury
    01/07/202030/08/2020High
    01/09/202031/10/2020Mid
    01/11/202017/12/2020Low
    18/12/202010/01/2021Low Mid
    11/01/2021TBCHigh

    Note: Dates subject to change without warning

  • Prices

    Prices for 2019 Low Low Mid Mid High
    Mon-Thur (Day rate) £62 £76 £90 £104
    Fri-Sun (Day rate) £86 £107 £126 £146
    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.