Our good friends and Anne’s cousin Alison and her husband Luigi took our cosy campervan Bertie to Norfolk last week. Having travelled from Ormskrik near Liverpool, the couple relished the chance to have a week-long break.

They certainly chose the right week for it. In the UK, the weather at the start of last week was hot. Perfect to explore the beaches of Norfolk. The main area they stayed at was Wells-next-the-Sea. The dune lined beach is regarded by some as the best beach in Norfolk. You can also rent out a beach hut there too.

Inside our cosy campervan Bertie
Inside campervan Bertie

As for the actual town of Wells-next-the-Sea, there is plenty to see. Boasting a picturesque harbour, activities such as crabbing and fishing are a must try. Alison and Luigi commented on the great history of the town. The Granary and its distinct design played part in the industrial revolution of the early 1900s. It supplied malt to Europe and the south of England. Clearly the town is steeped in British culture.

As for the camping itself, Alison and Luigi loved their stay at Pinewoods. Located next to Wells Beach, Pinewoods offers a selection of static caravans and motorhome pitches. In addition, the site is next to the Holkham National Nature Reserve. There is plenty natural environment to absorb here.

Cosy Campervan Bertie at Pinewoods Campsite
Campervan Bertie at Pinewoods Campsite

Alison and Luigi enjoyed how cosy campervan Bertie was. Luigi mentioned that he had never slept better while on a camping trip. It was lights out as soon as his head hit the pillow. So, if you’re worried about how comfortable our vans are, you shouldn’t!

Summer is now coming to a close, and we stop service at the end of October. However, if you want to book until then, we have availability. Alternatively, looking forward, why not book ahead for summer in 2022?

Newlyweds James and Emily Wilson recently took our campervan Betty on a mountain escape honeymoon in the Lake District. Visiting Sca Fell Pike, they used our van as basecamp, scaling two peaks in the process.

The campsite James and Emily stayed at is called Dalegarth Campsite. Located in the Eskdale Valley in West Cumbria, the location has splendid views. It looks up to Sca Fell Pike and has numerous cycle and hiking routes that surround it. What’s more, there are obviously plenty of rivers and lakes to be explored while there too. In addition, Dalegarth is a short distance from the local town Boot. Here, the infamous steam Ravenglass Railway departs, and takes you on a picturesque journey across the mountains.

Betty in the Lake District mountains
Betty in the Lake District sun

Another spot James recommends visiting on a mountain escape in the Lake District is The Quiet Site. Peaceful in name and in nature, this site has multiple glamping options, but also space for campervans too. The award-winning, carbon-neutral holiday park is highly rated by James and he says he will definitely return. He also told us his parents were staying here and too would recommend the resort.

So, these two spots seem like a great option to those seeking a mountain escape in the Lake District. We thank James for kindly recommending them to us and hope that to those thinking of travelling to the lakes soon, you have a few ideas.

VW campervan Betty at the campsite
Betty at the campsite

James left us a great Facebook review: “We hired Betty for a last minute honeymoon in the Lake District. Booking was really easy and Tref was very helpful on the phone. Such a pleasure to drive round the windy roads of the Lake District in Betty! We loved it that much that we didn’t want to drop it back off! Will definitely be using Anne’s vans again!”

If this trip sounds appealing to you, then why not take a look at our range of vintage VW campervans. We have three T2 bay vans, perfect for a staycation in the UK. While summer may be coming to a close, we rent our vans out until the end of October. We hope that articles like this give an insight into what people do while on holiday in our vans; we are extremely pleased that James and his partner greatly enjoyed themselves.

Liz White and her family have recently returned from an east coast getaway in our campervan Bertie. Whilst deciding to stay in their home county Lincolnshire, the Whites explored the coastal towns the area has to offer.

Sutton-on-sea is one of Lincolnshire’s popular coastal resorts. While it may not have the flashy rides and arcades of Skegness, it is a town that boasts great history. Having been flooded in 1953 on January the 31st, the whole town had to rebuild itself. The coastal walls were battered by ten foot high waves and flooding five feet deep forced an evacuation. Liz recommends the campsite near Sutton called South Farm Caravan Site. This family run facility has lots of space for the whole family and is just a stone’s throw from the beach.

Bertie and Liz White’s kids at the campsite (Credit: Liz White)

Although Liz likes the peace that Sutton-on-sea had to offer, Skegness enamoured her kids. With a host of arcade games and slot machines, it’s easy to lose a few hours in the “Skeggy” amusements. What’s more, Skegness has a good range of fish-n-chip restaurants and crazy golf courses. No wonder Liz’s kids enjoyed themselves.

One other stop to note on Liz’s east coast getaway is Tattershall Castle. Constructed in 1231 during the reign of Henry III, the castle saw battles during the civil war in the 1600s but was eventually restored in 1911. So, if you find yourself in the area it is definitely worth exploring.

Liz and her family had a great time in Bertie, finding it difficult to say goodbye after their holiday. Above all, Anne’s Vans is dedicated to providing a high quality VW campervan experience. As a result, our customers return from their trips delighted with the way it turned out. If you are interested in hiring one of our vans, please visit the booking page on our website. Thank you.

Alix Sauget and his partner Claire are a French couple based in Lincoln. They recently took campervan Ruby out into southern Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Popular spots for customers of Anne’s Vans. Their rural adventure led to encounters with the local wildlife.

Alix with donkeys at Laurel Park (Credit: Alix Sauget)

Alix and Claire relieved their stresses, petting the resident donkeys at Laurel Park Campsite. It is said that encounters with nature release endorphins. A unique bond between man and animal created. As a result, the natural peace at Laurel Park embodies our relationship with the world. The couple really recommend this spot. The owners were very friendly and the site was great for kids and adults alike.

Their rural adventure continued. Alix and Claire visited Barley Field’s Camping, a stone’s throw from Blankeney Point. With nine acres of land to explore, Barley Field’s has good facilities for campers. Nearby Blankeney Point has a vast range of nature to offer. Well known for seal watching, Blankeney Point also boasts one of the only Little Tern colonies left in the UK. Nature watchers have plenty to keep themselves busy here.

Ruby parked up at a campsite (Credit: Alix Sauget)

On the final stop of their adventure, Alix and Claire set up camp at Hingham Leisure. This campsite is for adults only. As a result, it is more secluded. Perfect for a couple trying to escape the anxiety of everyday life. There is also a fishing lake there to catch your dinner.

All the aforementioned campsites are relatively cheap. Around the £20 per pitch per night range.

All-in-all, Alix and Claire are really happy with the way their holiday in Ruby turned out. In this blog post, we aimed to give readers an insight into a potential trip around Norfolk. So, we hope that you might consider hiring one of our vans and maybe embarking on a rural adventure yourself.

It is common for campers to hire out a pitch at a campsite. But, Rita and Damo went against the grain. By staying in lay-bys, beaches and car parks, they had a true traveller experience.

Rita and Damo experience roadside camping
Rita, Damo and Ruby

Their first stop was at Red Hill Nature Reserve near Louth in Lincolnshire. Rita noted how peaceful the reserve was. There were also free toilets for public use. If you are in the area, then make sure you check out the stunning views of the yellow fields of Lincolnshire.

On their second stop, Rita and Damo decided to stop over at Snettisham Beach. With free parking in front of the beach, it was ideal for to stop for a night in our T2 vintage campervan. Norfolk’s only west facing beach offers plenty of opportunity to experience the coast, with ample walking routes in the area too.

Thirdly, the pair then stayed in Norfolk and decided to drive to East Runton Beach. Located near the popular seaside resort of Cromer, the beach is a popular surf spot. Perfect in tribute to VW camper-van culture and history. Rita alluded to the picturesque landscape in the area and in particular, the cliffs. As a result, Cromer is a popular spot for hikers.

Ruby parked outside Cromer beach
Ruby on the coast in Cromer

Rita and Damo had a great time in Ruby and would highly recommend the Norfolk coast for a great traveller experience. They found it easy to park up and found places to stay the night with relative ease. Overall, life on the road treated them both well.

Ruby was built in 1974. She can host 2 adults in the main sleeping area and 2 small children in the pop-up roof area. For details on how to book, please visit the booking section on our website.

Lincoln residents Michelle and Steph rented out our vintage VW camper-van Bertie last week. However, instead of embarking on a cross-country trek, the pair decided to look closer to home…

Steph and Michelle review their stay in Bertie and at Hanworth Country Park

Potterhanworth is a small country-side village in Lincolnshire – a mere 20 minute drive from Lincoln city-center. It boasts the idyllic country park, Hanworth Country Park. Facilities include the “Lakeside Leisure Lodges” and glamping pods as well as the usual camping and camper-van areas. There are also a couple of fishing spots to catch dinner. Why not put to use the stove within our vintage T2 camper-vans. It comes to no surprise then, that Michelle and Steph, who visited there last week, felt at peace from their normal lives.

Inside VW Camper-van Bertie
Inside our cosy T2 Bertie

Michelle and Steph felt that by only driving a short distance from their home, they could still enjoy their trip. By exploring the local area, they found peace and quiet. Just goes to show that with a bit of an open mindedness, there might some hidden gems near your house. In all, Michelle and Steph still were able to have a great time even though they didn’t travel very far.

VW Camper-van Bertie at Hanworth Country Park
Bertie at Hanworth Country Park

Anne’s Vans is a VW camper-van rental company based in Lincoln. We have three vintage T2 bay vans – Bertie, Betty and Ruby – as well as Vera, a modern T5. Although all our vans are booked out for August (it is the high-season after all) we still have some availability for the rest of the year. If you are looking to rent one of our camper-vans, then please go to the booking page on our website. Thank you for reading, we hope to see you soon in one of our vans!

Carl Bird and his partner Lisa have recently hired our T2 vintage camper-van Bertie. Once again, Anne’s Vans received great reviews, with Carl describing Bertie as a “real home from home”.

The Birds ventured north from Bertie’s home in Lincoln to Scarborough. Whilst there, they visited Italian restaurant Tricolos in Scarborough and Fish Box fish and chip restaurant in Robin Hood’s Bay. Both are highly recommended if you ever find yourself in the area.

Overall, Carl and Lisa had this to say about their trip in our vintage camper-van:

“We had a great time thanks and loved Bertie – a real home from home.”

Thanks to the Birds for renting out VW camper Bertie, we’re happy that you had a nice break.

David and Wendy Price have recently returned from their holiday on the road. Having rented out our VW camper-van Bertie, the Prices looked like they had a vacation to remember!

David Price with camper-van Bertie

After the couple picked up Bertie from Anne’s Vans head-quarters at DC Automotive in Lincoln, they began to venture south. They started by driving towards Norfolk and the Jurassic Coast. David seemed to be extremely impressed with Bertie’s driving capability, lauding the van as “reliable” and “a pleasure to drive”. It seemed that David and Wendy enjoyed the smooth and gentle nature of Bertie’s engine, taking in the scenery as they went.

Bertie certainly caught the attention of passers-by. David says that driving through Cromer, with “Sweet Home Alabama” on the stereo, was “fun and rather cool…”. They certainly must have drawn the attention of Cromer residents, and with Bertie’s light-blue exterior and plush white interior, we aren’t surprised. David adds that Bertie turned a few heads at the campsite too!

Wendy Price enjoying a glass of white wine at the campsite

When driving a VW camper-van, you join a unique club. Part of this responsibility is waving to other VW camper-van drivers – a “joy” according to David. They encountered around 6 other VW camper-vans on their trip in total. Overall, David says that his experience was “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” and that he had a great week driving and living in Bertie.

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Anne’s Vans is based in Lincoln in the East Midlands of the UK. We are a camper-van rental business with three vintage VW camper-vans and one modern T6. Over the past few years, we have given people experiences to remember. Most of the time, people re-book our vans straight away, testament to the vans themselves. If you would like to book, please visit the booking area of our website. Thank you for your time!