4 Belted seats 3 Adult berths 2 Child berths

Bess is a beautiful contemporary cottage-style 5-berth campervan for hire in Manchester. She has a fabulously green design vibe which makes you feel totally connected to the countryside right outside your windows. Cleverly designed to provide a configurable sleeping and living arrangement, Bess feels really spacious in the daytime, and totally snuggly at night.

She has been freshly converted to a really high spec. Her custom-fit thermal-insulated blackout window covers and blinds on all sides will keep you cool in summer and cosy in winter and ensure you get a great night’s sleep. Combined with the efficient gas heating, she is truly a van for all seasons! Bess is set up for off grid wild camping with a large water tank, a 250W solar panel and an inverter to power 240v appliances. 4G Wi-Fi is also available via a roof-mounted antenna.

If you’re planning on having a family campervan adventure base or an outdoorsy couples getaway, then we think Bess is a perfect choice! She has a fully equipped kitchen, hot outdoor shower and loads of storage for wellies, rucksacks and hiking boots - great for the nearby Peak District! This super stylish camper has a full-length wind-out awning to give instant shade on sunny days or to provide a dry area in case of a rain shower. So, whatever the weather, the whole family will have an absolutely epic camper van holiday in Bess!

Essential Information

Hob Heater Dining Table Oven Refrigerator Kitchen Sink Outside Shower Bike Rack Toilet Wifi Ceiling Fan Awning Solar CD Player Audio Inputs Radio Inverter Gas Capacity:  25 litres Waste Tank Capacity:  63 litres Water Tank Capacity:  82 litres EU Travel Allowed

About the Campervan

Description of Beds: Bess sleeps up to three adults and two children. Two adults in the king-size bed at the rear, one adult in the full single rock-n-roll bed behind the cab and two children in the ‘Cabbunk’ beds over the front seats. There is room for a travel cot (if not using the rock-n-roll bed), which is available as an extra.

Description of Seating: Two belted seats in the front with head rests (including driver) and two further belted seats directly behind. All have three-point belts. All three passenger seats are suitable for a child car seat using the belt. The front seats swivel to provide extra seating when parked up.

About the area: Bess lives on a residential street in Chorlton, South Manchester, close to the town centre and a 20-minute drive from Manchester airport. Manchester Piccadilly train station is only 15 minutes away in a taxi or can be easily accessed by Metrolink tram. The stunning Peak District National Park can be reached in 40 minutes and the equally beautiful Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District within 90 minutes. Even closer to home, there are great campsites in lovely Cheshire to the South.

Parking: If you drive to collect Bess, you are welcome to leave your car as there is plenty of free on street parking nearby.

Cooking Equipment: Bess is well equipped for all of your culinary needs, with two gas hobs and a gas oven and grill, electric fridge with freezer compartment, and ceramic sink. She has pots, pans and all the necessary cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses, china mugs and a cafetière. Oven gloves and tea towels are provided. We supply some tea, coffee and sugar to get you started, as well as washing-up and cleaning supplies. Children’s cutlery, cups and crockery are also available on request.

An external BBQ running off the van’s gas supply is also available if required, for an additional fee.

Water Facilities: Hot and cold water is supplied via a pump to the sink and to the external shower at the rear of the van (for which a privacy tent is available). There is an 82-litre refillable fresh water tank and a 63-litre waste tank located under the van. A 7-litre hot water heater and the 25-litre refillable gas tank that supplies it are also located on the underside of the van. A portable chemical toilet (with a privacy tent) is available as an optional extra.

Audio Equipment: Bess has a DAB radio and CD player in the cab. USB plug-in and blue-tooth are both available too so you can play your own music.

Type of Heating: A gas-fired blown-air heater supplied from the same refillable underslung gas tank as the cooker and hot water.

The Toilet: The toilet is available as an extra. It is a portable chemical toilet that comes with a privacy tent. If you're spending all your time on campsites you may not feel you need it. If you do decide to take it we ask that it comes back empty and clean inside and out.

Conversion Story: Bess started life as a delivery van and her owner Steve was very timely in collecting her on his way back from a ski trip just weeks before the UK went into full lockdown! He and Holly have always dreamed of owning a campervan, both of their parents having had VW campers in the 80s. Steve loves a project and Bess has kept him busy during every available break whilst working from home throughout most of the past year. For the decor, Holly took her inspiration from the English countryside - she and Steve wanted for their guests to be able to look out of the window and find what you see reflected inside the van. They have an adventurous little boy who loves camping and know that Bess will provide their guests and their own family with many a happy holiday to come!

Extra information: Bess is fully off grid with a large water tank, a 250W solar panel, 230Ah of Lithium (LiFePO4) batteries and a 2000W inverter to power 240v appliances. She also has numerous 12v sockets and USB charging points around the accommodation and can be connected to mains power where available. 4G WiFi is also available via a roof-mounted antenna. Bess has sat-nav built in.

Bess has great ventilation due to her two electrical ceiling fans (equipped with blackout blinds). A blackout curtain is also provided which can separate the cab from the accommodation. When used with the rear blinds a ‘stealth’ appearance is created for greater privacy giving Bess the appearance of a plain black van from the outside.


Pick up / Drop off Times

- Pick up Drop off
Sunday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Monday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 6:00PM 9:00AM - 6:00PM

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.

When would you like to go?

About You
Sorry, there was a problem...

It has an easy to override visual style, and is appropriately subdued.

Vehicle Spec

  • Vehicle Type: Campervan
  • Make: Citroen
  • Model: Relay
  • Year: 2018
  • Vehicle Length: 6 metres
  • Vehicle Height: 2.65 metres
  • Max Laden Weight (MAM): 3500 kg
  • Payload: 486 kg
  • Transmission: manual
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Registration: emailed when you book

Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Bess'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 8 reviews
We had THE best time renting Bess for a long weekend in April. The quality of the renovation is top notch and everything had been well thought through inside. Holly and Steve were great communicators throughout and Bess was super clean when we collected her, easy to drive and everything worked like a dream! We took her Anglesey and parked alongside the beach, opened the side door and cooked dinner with a view of the ocean 🌊 She has ruined camping forever as we had so much fun and cannot wait to re-book later in the year!!
  • See Full Reviews...
    We had THE best time renting Bess for a long weekend in April. The quality of the renovation is top notch and everything had been well thought through inside. Holly and Steve were great communicators throughout and Bess was super clean when we collected her, easy to drive and everything worked like a dream! We took her Anglesey and parked alongside the beach, opened the side door and cooked dinner with a view of the ocean 🌊 She has ruined camping forever as we had so much fun and cannot wait to re-book later in the year!!
    April 2022

    Laura F

    We had an awesome time away on holiday traveling around and staying in Bess, the beautiful camper! Bess is perfect for a getaway, sleeps comfortably, incredibly well set up and easy to drive. We were two adults, two young kids and spent four nights in the Lake District. Steve and Holly very kindly gave us lots of advice about where to stay and were quick to respond if we had questions about Bess while on our travels. These guys have put a lot of care into this camper and I would highly recommend renting it.
    April 2022


    How do we begin? Staying in Bess was a dream from start to finish. We had such easy and communicative back and forth with Bess' loving owners, and we felt really supported by them throughout our stay. Bess herself is a stunning van and everything is really well thought out. We had everything we needed, were comfortable and just enjoyed every element of our time in her. We literally cannot wait to take another trip in the future, its been a perfect holiday. Thank you!
    February 2022


    Bess is a lovely van, cosy and with everything you need, and some thoughtful extras, like Manchester tea and Peak District guide books. It was immaculately clean. We managed the five nights off grid no problem. We had never heard of the Britstop scheme for staying at pubs, but we enjoyed staying at a very nice pub who were very welcoming and we had a lovely meal. We would recommend Bess to anyone wanting a break away with a sense of freedom.
    September 2021


    We absolutely loved Bess, what a delightful campervan. The owners have paid so much attention to detail in designing and building her. Every little thing has been thought of from plenty of hooks and magnetic shelving through to the way the utilities work and the gorgeous interior design - she even has mirrors, which are usually missing in most campervans. We're a couple, so we were able to leave the bed up in place all week - oh! the bed! let me tell you about the bed...the most comfortable campervan bed we've slept on to date, so very comfortable. In fact, I've slept in more uncomfortable proper beds! We therefore used the front table for our meals. All of the crockery and cutlery and pan sets are really high quality and we had everything we needed to cook from scratch, including good quality knives for chopping. We didn't use the oven and grill but it was great to have the option. The induction hob for use in the 'outdoor kitchen' (under the awning) is fabulous and meant we could cook smelly things like fish and sausages outside and not make the van smell. A great van to drive, we took Bess to the Yorkshire Dales, all around the Lake District, and even over to the Peak District. We highly recommend Bess and would definitely hire her again.
    September 2021


    Bess was a joy to be in, we had a lovely week with her in Cornwall. The owners were helpful and really lovely to communicate with. At the end of the trip, our daughter wanted to keep her and was very disappointed that we had to give her back!
    July 2021


    Bess was an absolute delight! Beautifully designed with everything you need. Thoughtful touches like low lights for evening, quality gas BBQ, and well designed kitchen with a secure place for everything. We loved the green paint and cottage styling around windows. Bess’s owners were fab to deal with - helpful and easy to contact.
    July 2021


    We had an amazing trip in Wales in Strummer - I have always dreamed about owning a campervan and this was the perfect way to see if it was something that I would enjoy....and I loved it. Strummer is small compared to some of the larger vans that I had looked at but for us it was perfect, especially when exploring many of the backroads of Wales and Shropshire - we were certainly able to reach the parts that other vans could not reach :-) I felt confident after only a short time at the wheel and was able to handle even the steepest country lanes with ease. I also personally loved the fact that I could see out of all the windows - not something you see in some of the more modern conversions, this helped when I needed to reverse for an oncoming tractor, but it also really felt bright and enabled us to see all the views from the van in whichever direction we looked. The design is very functional, there is a place for everything and it comes stocked with pretty much anything you would need including cutlery, plates, bowls, tea, coffee (and a cafetiere) and even some games to play if you get bored (we didn't get bored!). We did a lot of walking on our trip and it was great to get to the bottom of the mountain and grab a cup of hot tea inside a warm van before heading off to our next location (Wales as you can imagine was very wet :-)!) For two people (and a dog) it is a great way to get around especially if you are looking to see more of the country - easy to set up for the evening and quick to pack up and head off in the morning - Highly recommend!
    July 2021