UK holidays: ‘Pampervan’ trend offers ‘five-star luxury’ take on traditional camping

© Camplify Campervan holidays

UK domestic holidays are in full swing and with international restrictions continuing to cause uncertainty, many Britons may be looking to switch their usual overseas jaunt for something closer to home. The good news is, there are plenty of stunning locations across the UK which travellers can now explore in style thanks to a new trend that is shaking up the traditional industry.

Campervans are a great way to take travel into your own hands, offering the opportunity to venture around the nation making stops along the way.

Typically, the word “luxury” might not spring to mind when you consider the campervans of times gone by.

However, campervan and motorhome sharing community Camplify believe they have an option that allows customers to “enjoy the freedom of exploration without compromising on quality.”

Camplify’s “pamper van” options are owned by locals who have gone above and beyond to enhance their vehicle into a “five-star experience”.


© Camplify luxury campervan interior

“Vans listed on Camplify are owned by locals passionate about the freedom and joys that campervan holidays offer,” Camplify’s Head of UK Operations, Marie Carponi explained to

“The majority of vans come with everything you need – from full kitchen set-ups to toys and games for the kids.

“Many owners go above and beyond to deliver a five-star experience, often providing guests with a welcome gift or hampers- from baked treats to a bottle of fizz.”

And the experience certainly doesn’t end at a glass of bubbles.




Camplify has a huge selection of unique camper vans listed, each with its own unique features.

Take Comfort in the wild van, located near London.

According to Camplify: “The stunning interior of Comfort in the Wild feels more like a funky, homely log cabin than a campervan.”

This stylish van is home to a fully-equipped kitchen, double bed and even underfloor heating.

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Or, for those seeking something which offers the hotel experience, there is “Taylor Made” located in Ayr.

According to Camplify, this campervan is often referred to as “a hotel on wheels”.

Sleeping four people, Taylor Made has a “well-tooled-up-kitchen”, a side washroom and even two televisions.

There are also plenty of family-friendly options too, such as “Walter” in Oakham.

This cosy van comes with a “pop-top roof” providing an ideal space for the little ones to sleep.

And it isn’t just kids who will enjoy a campervan holiday, according to Ms Carponi approximately “two-thirds” of the vans listed are “pet-friendly” too.

While there is certainly plenty of “luxury” to go around, according to Ms Carponi, it doesn’t always been sky-high pricing.

“Our van owners get to set their own reasonable prices, with many great discounts available out of the peak summer holiday season,” she explained.

“While many vans come with everything included, others may choose to offer extras at an additional price, such as quality bed linen, BBQs, bike rental, surfboards or paddleboards, and even Prosecco and strawberries.”

Of course, one of the biggest perks of these opulent abodes is the fact they can be moved to new locations whenever it takes holidaymakers’ fancy.

“All our campervans and motorhomes are covered by fully comprehensive insurance, so it’s possible for holidaymakers with a valid licence to easily hit the road and get exploring this beautiful country,” said Ms Carponi.

“However, hirers not feeling comfortable or confident enough with driving a van can organise with the owner to get the van dropped off at a campsite location of their choice.

“Owners will go the extra mile to get everything set up and ready to camp.”

Campervan owners are also usually on hand to help holidaymakers get the most out of their trip.

“Our local expert van owners love sharing their knowledge with holidaymakers,” continued Ms Carponi.

“Whether it’s sharing their favourite hidden gem campsites, conducting a full handover to show all the features of the van, or being available to answer any questions the hirer may have in the lead up to their holiday.”

She added: “Before every hire, our local expert van owners take holidaymakers through a full handover of their van and are happy to offer tips and advice about driving the van.”

Camplify has already reported a surge in demand as the summer months approach, so recommend customers “book their home-on-wheels soon”.

According to Ms Carponi, the pampervan experience could change the way you travel for good.

She said: “In fact, we have many people using our platform to ‘try before they buy’, often testing a few models to see if the ‘van life’ is for them.

“We even have people returning to hire their new van with us to earn some money when not using themselves.”

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    The facilities at Camping Barco Reale
    As a guest at Camping Barco Reale you can enjoy the pleasant facilities to ensure that you and your fellow holiday makers are bound to enjoy a successful holiday! These include:
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    You will stay in a comfortable Rosmarino-, Ginestra- or Ciclamino-type mobile home. All types have garden furniture and two sun loungers. The layout is comfortable and you have your own kitchen area with 4 gas rings, a fridge and microwave, and a bathroom complete with shower and toilet.

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    The facilities at Camping Spinnaker Families will definitely feel at home in this small campsite:

    • Fresh produce from the bakery
    • Restaurant / pizzeria and bar
    • A variety of water sports

    Careful thought has also been given to children:

    • Swimming pool with toddlers' pool
    • Children's entertainment
    • Playground and sports ground

    Your stay at Camping Spinnaker Stay in a Lodgetent fitted with all the conveniences you need, such as a kitchen unit and your own bathroom and toilet, that's luxury camping, for all the family! The delightful terrace in front of the Lodgetent is the perfect place to relax. More information is available under the "View the accommodation" tab.

    The area surrounding camping Spinnaker The campsite is situated on the beautiful coast of Sinis. In the surrounding area you can enjoy water sports, including sailing or diving. The campsite is located right next to the as yet 'undiscovered' town of Oristano surrounded by about 40,000 m² of pinewood. Many excursions are also available in the area, including discovering ancient sites, wine tasting and more...

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  8. Park Soline

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    Besides the natural beauty of the surroundings, the site offers you more with such a great animation and entertainment program. Sports which include table tennis, beach volleyball and bocca: bowling on his Dalmatijns. The flat area is ideal for cycling, walking and running on the paths. And of course you can also eat local specialties. Do not delay, book at Campingselection and be surprised at Camping Park Soline!

    Camping Soline is on the most beautiful coastline in Croatia, just 30 km south of Zadar. This campsite is easy to reach via the Zagreb-Zadar-Split motorway. This part of Croatia will provide you with many pleasant surprises during your holiday.

    A perfectly situated campsite! This amazing campsite is only 2 km from Biograd na Moru. Enjoy the pleasant Mediterranean climate on the Adriatic coast. The pine tree forest at Camping Soline provides shade during the hot summer months. This well maintained campsite is next to a pebble and rocky beach. The sea is crystal clear. Adjacent to the campsite is a sandy beach with clean sea sand. Walk along the 'Lungomare' (promenade) to get to the centre of Biograd.

    The surrounding area at Camping Soline Excursions galore: you can visit the amazing cities of Zadar, Sibenik and Split, all three easily accessible via the new motorway. Or you can take a boat to visit the various islands in the Komati National Park.

    The facilities at Camping Soline Many sports to choose from and good facilities! From a sports perspective, you can swim in the sea, play sports on the various fields or enjoy a game of ping pong. There is also an activity programme in high season. The children can have fun on the playground. The tennis lover can enjoy the courts which are 0.5 km away. Facilities such as a restaurant (open from 01.05 - 01.10), a supermarket (open from 15.05 - 15.09) and a playground are available. tip Dine in the restaurant at Camping Soline which has a large fireplace by the sea.
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  9. La Rocca

    Lake Garda or ‘Lago di Garda’ was named after the beautiful old fishermans village ‘Garda’. You may remember the name Bardolino for it’s wine and the picturesque harbour. 

    In between the two you will find Campsite La Rocca, the pearl of Lake Garda! The location of La Rocca is truly beautiful. Set on a hill between Olive trees, vineyards and directly on the lake. Garda and Bardolino are both only a short walking distance away.

    The young owner/Contessa who took over the campsite from her family who owned it for many years, made this camping into a true little gem. The campsite consists of over 2 seperate campingsites joined through a passage. On the higher level you will find a brand new pool with Toddler pool. Here you can swim while overlooking the lake. Camping La Rocca in 2018 renovated the swimming facilities and the campsite now has an extra pool.

    At the lower level of the campsite you’ll find many activities and facilities. In the Bar of La Rocca you can taste a glass of the local Bardolino wine or a draught beer amongst many other choices. Self-service Restaurant ‘Ristorocca’ offers you many choices of snacks and many choices of Pizza in the pizzaria. The camspite has its own small supermarket where you can even buy their home made olive oil and of course Bandolino wine. Even a greengrocer is located at the campsite and also a newsagent.

    The children will have plenty of fun at the play area or they will be entertained by the Animation Team. If you love water you can have a workout at the Aquagym or hire a Canoe. The evenings are lively at the campsite with every night entertainment in Ristorocca. For beauty you only have to look around at the surroundings. You can climb the famous “La Rocca” or vist Romeo’s and Juliet’s Verona. In Themepark Gardaland you are guaranteed a fun day out. Or enjoy a visit to the vineyards of Bordolino. One not to be missed are the lively Markets of Garda and Bardolino...

    The Campsite consists of 2 camspites joined together by a passage.

    Wi-fi available against payment.
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