Burton Joyce

4 Belted seats 2 Adult berths 2 Child berths

Sylvester is the definition of small but perfectly formed; he has been beautifully handcrafted by his owner who had previous experience converting a traditional VW, to create something that feels like a real home from home. From his miniature herb garden (available depending on the season) to his copper sink, handmade doorknobs to penny curtain tiebacks, everything about Sylvester is handsome, original and executed to perfection. He is fully functional OFF GRID with a solar panel and Propex heating system so is suited to low-tech campsites and wild camping. (If you Wild Camp, please follow our ethos of leaving the site as clean as if not cleaner as when you arrived please. Why not have a look at Facebook’s “Wild Campers Against Waste”)

He is hardly bigger than a car, feels similar to drive and can squeeze into a car park space, but when you arrive open the pop-top and roll out the awning to double your living space. If you want the full luxury experience just add on the enclosed awning and shower tent. Located in Nottingham, Sylvester is ideally located for… well pretty much everywhere! Southerners going North, Northerners going South and those arriving at East Midlands Airport.

Essential Information

Air Conditioner Hob Heater Dining Table Kitchen Sink Outside Shower Bike Rack Awning Tow Bar Solar Reversing Camera Extra Storage Leveling Jacks Radio Inverter Gas Capacity:  4.7 litres Water Tank Capacity:  20 litres

About the Campervan

Description of Beds: Rock and Roll 3/4 Double bed, give 4 feet wide by 6 feet long when down. Plus NEW for 2019, a bed across the front seats when swivelled. Suits child to 100cm tall. Further upper bunk accessed by folding steps would suit a child aged up to 8 / 130cm tall.

NEW for 2020: Two upper storage cupboards for clothing etc. We always find that we tend to carry two many bags to travel light. These really help with that problem, easily strapped on the floor for transport and then lifted aloft when the pop top is up. I created these for us to use but you are very welcome to borrow them at no extra charge.

Description of Seating: Two front seats that swivel when parked up for extra seating. Rock and Roll bed at rear with crash test certification, comes with two three-point Seat belts.

About the area: Sylvester is parked outside my house in East Bridgford, a five minute drive from Bingham train station and 30 minutes from Nottingham station. If you require picking up from either station please let us know in advance. We are also very close to the A46, A6097 with easy connection to the M1 and A1. East Midlands Airport is the closest to us and is 23 miles, 38 minutes away by car. You could take the Skylink Express bus to Nottingham (28 minutes) and we could collect you from there if required.

Parking: Street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park outside our house but we would prefer you to use the Village Car Park if possible as we often get large lorries up and down this small lane and it would be much safer parked there. (Please note: as usual parking is provided at your own risk.)

Cooking Equipment: Twin gas hob for cooking, along with a single portable induction hob for use when on electrical hookup. A charming French Jam pan has been used as a sink and does not have a waste connection so if the location is suitable and the waste water is ok it can simply be emptied outside. We do have a pop up 5 litre bucket if you wish to carry it to a waste disposal point. Cooking Equipment: 1 kettle, 1 Espresso coffee maker, 4 Mugs, 4 Clear Beakers, suitable for beer, fruit juice or wine. 2 pint plastic pots, 1 Steamer with two tiers, 1 non-stick Frying pan, 1 non-stick pan with lid, 3 Plastic chopping boards 1 Bread Knife, 1 chopping knife, 1 Peeler, 2 wooden cooking spoons, 4 Dinner plates, 4 Breakfast/ Dinner bowls, 4 Sets of knives, forks, spoons, soup spoons and 8 teaspoons, 2 Tea towels , Cleaning sponge and washing up liquid.

Water Facilities: Water is provided by: 1 x 20 litre removable water container with electric pump which automatically comes on when the tap is opened - using a pressure drop switch so that a conventional tap can be used. SHOWER: Yes, rechargeable electric, used in conjunction with 5 litre or 10 litre collapsible buckets and a shower/toilet tent. Just heat some water in the kettle and y can have a nice hot shower (Available as an optional Extra)

Audio Equipment: Pioneer - Car Stereo DAB+ Radio. A multi function Radio that has DAB, GPS when connected to an IPhone using CarPlay. included is a small Bluetooth speaker that can link to your phone or iPad etc.

Type of Heating: Gas Heater

Conversion Story: Being a modern vehicle Sylvester is suited to hills and the open road - with more than enough power to keep up with modern traffic. Great heating for cooler months and aircon when it sometimes gets hot! It now extends our own camping season. That coupled with the quick to heat Propex and Solar power, we are well placed for going off grid when the mood takes us. The van has been insulated to a high standard so you will be kept nice and toasty even in the winter. A high quality pop top was fitted in December last year which when raised gives great head room. Side vents either side on the canvas give excellent ventilation and the front facing window floods light into the space. The Pop top also has a 150w solar panel so if you point the tail to South (Compass included) then you should have all the power you need. It does have a recently fitted 300w Mains Inverter, not powerful enough for electric heaters or hairdryers but ideal for using a Laptop or small TV for instance. Both front seats rotate giving a very spacious feel to the van. Sylvester has been more of an organic build this time. We both had items from parents, now sadly gone that we wanted to take with us, to keep them close on our journeys yet to come. So you will find Rosewood from an old harmonium that tops off the tall cupboard as well as making perfect drawer fronts. Old copper coins and thrupenny bits are used to great effect as curtain tie backs also from our family collection. You may even see an old copper kettle which was my mum’s in there. To complete the quirkiness we have an antique copper jam pan doubling up as a sink AND for heating water... and why not! Worktops as well as the dining table are made from Bamboo, a light but very strong wood. Hopefully I have learned new ideas as I have gone along. Sylvester may not be quirky from the outside but the intention was to create a welcoming homely space on the interior, I hope you feel that has been achieved.

As we use the camper ourselves, due to personal allergy we have to say SORRY NO PETS.


Pick up / Drop off Times

- Pick up Drop off
Sunday 8:30AM - 8:00PM 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Monday 8:00AM - 8:00PM 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Tuesday 8:00AM - 8:00PM 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM - 8:00PM 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM - 8:00PM 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Friday 8:00AM - 8:00PM 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 8:00PM 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Note: Campervan Hire prices are per 24 hours. The default pick up and drop off time is 2pm. If you request a pick up or drop off outside of this, the owner will quote you for the additional time. Typically this is £12.50 per additional hour.

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Vehicle Spec

  • Vehicle Type: Campervan
  • Make: Vauxhall
  • Model: Vivaro
  • Year: 2013
  • Vehicle Length: 5.3 metres
  • Vehicle Height: 2.3 metres
  • Length with hitch: 5.3 metres
  • Max Laden Weight (MAM): 3030 kg
  • Payload: 750 kg
  • Transmission: manual
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel Efficiency: 39 mpg
  • Registration: emailed when you book

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


5.0 12 reviews
Super smooth process from start to finish! fabulous service and communication from Quirky Campers (and help when I missed something!). Our van, Sylvester was just perfect, owner Jon making sure we had everything we needed and how to work everything... Overall a really positive experience and we've already booked for next year through Quirky campers !
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    Super smooth process from start to finish! fabulous service and communication from Quirky Campers (and help when I missed something!). Our van, Sylvester was just perfect, owner Jon making sure we had everything we needed and how to work everything... Overall a really positive experience and we've already booked for next year through Quirky campers !
    August 2021


    Great adventures in Sylvester were had - love quirky campers
    August 2021


    Unfortunately the van we were going to travel in was involved with an accident two days before our trip. The team worked quickly to find us a replacement which turned out to be Sylvester. Jon the owner and the van itself were great- would really recommended Sylvester for hire :)
    July 2021


    Had an amazing trip in Sylvester - the campervan itself was brilliant, and Jon was so helpful and kind in facilitating the whole process, even ferrying us to and from the train station. Quirky Campers also very helpful in answering questions about insurance, proof of address etc. Looking forward to our next QC trip already!
    April 2021


    We took Sylvester on our trip to Greenbelt Festival over the August Bank Holiday heat wave. He was really well behaved and also coped well in the heat. It was our first experience with this type of travel companion, we loved the quirky bits and appreciated the backup of Sylvesters dad Jon.
    August 2019


    For our first campervan experience, Sylvester was perfect! Very well equipped and lovely and comfortable for long distances. We wild camped for 7 nights with Sylvester in some incredible settings including The Lake District, Glen Coe, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Sylvester provided the perfect escape from reality and we loved every minute! Jon was also incredibly helpful and responsive - and has done such a beautiful job converting Sylvester into the perfect travelling companion.
    September 2018

    Stuart, Carla and Bosco

    Sylvester is simply gorgeous! You can tell that the van has been crafted and decorated with love and care. The van comes stocked with everything you might need and is a dream to drive. So many camper vans are functional, with plastic kettles and the like, but not Sylvester... the copper sink and kettle are beautiful and symbolise what’s so special about this vehicle. And that is that it’s not a vehicle; it’s a home away from home. We took Sylvester to a campsite in Northampton for my cousin’s wedding celebrations. We would duck in to Sylvester during proceedings when it got a bit chilly and were so comfortable and toasty. The heating springs to life immediately. The only difficulty I had was not being able to return the bed to a seating position. This was user error on my part as Jon had told me how to do this, I had just forgotten. He responded to my text immediately and I was able to fix it myself. I fully intend to hire Sylvester again and would recommend others do too!
    September 2018


    Sylvester went to a wedding this weekend! We were so grateful for his solid pop top roof and cosy interior at the Grendon Lakes Campsite in Northampton. The weather was fine but the members of the wedding party in bell tents got a bit chilly! Sylvester was a welcome place to retreat to after the speeches for a little lie down too! We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend. I’m sure we’ll be seeing Sylvester again. “I was surprised how easy Sylvester was to drive, he drives just like a car! Many thanks
    September 2018


    Thank you Sylvester! We took the van up to Skye and had a fabulous holiday. This was our first time in a campervan and we loved it very much. We particularly appreciated Jon’s efforts, patience and kindness. We are sure the Sylvester will provide many more happy holidays of people in the future.
    August 2018

    Jay and Ruth

    This was our first campervan adventure and Sylvester certainly provided an enjoyable introduction to a new lifestyle. Quirky and practical - comfortable to drive and to sleep in.
    August 2018

    Fiona and Graham

    This was our first experience in a campervan, as we hope to buy one and wanted to try things out. Sylvester has set the bar very high. We have had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed the attention to detail and wonderful individual touches. Everything we needed was included. The bed with the topper was super comfortable. Sylvester is so lovely! Worried about leaving him on his own! Thank you:)
    July 2018

    Jackie & Martin

    We met Sylvester on the Friday afternoon where we were greeted by his friendly owner. He was extremely helpful and was apparent he was very passionate about his masterpiece - and rightly so! He was well organised which made the handover sleek and seamless; gave us a swift demo of the workings and supplemented it with a handy info folder... Which we referred back to - very user friendly. We excitedly drove to our destination, the journey was pleasant and comfortable, very easy to drive. Last but not least... it's what's inside that counts. Wow o wow what a beautiful set up; from the detailed carpentry to every utensil you can think of! Even included some hand ground coffee for us. There is more than enough space inside, however I do advise the awning as an added extra just for that little extra space. (Very easy put up and can drive away still up!) The fold down bed was comfy especially with the memory foam topper. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with Sylvester and couldn't recommend it enough, we've made some fantastic memories that will stay for a long time. Thank you!!
    May 2018