The UK’s best vintage vans and trailers to stay in this summer

Glampsites today have evolved a long way from a fallow field of bell tents. The trend for creature comfort camping has matured over the course of the 21st century, with hotel-quality beds working their way into treehouses, yurts and eco pods. The latest revved-up craze is for vintage vehicle hotels: retro Airstream trailers, converted buses, rare caravans and even luxury horseboxes that have all been kitted out to be super-cool.

Comedian Johnny Vegas recently hopped on the restored bandwagon with this year’s sell-out success, Field of Dreams[1]. The making of this vintage vehicle glampsite in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North Yorkshire, recently featured on the four-part Channel 4 series Carry on Glamping[2]. Among Field of Dreams’ five souped-up stays on wheels are a 1960s German Mercedes-Benz fire engine and a 1970s American school bus, all now fully booked for 2021. But don’t despair if you haven’t swooped a spot, there are plenty more options across the UK for experiential glamping enthusiasts.

“Due to the success of Carry on Glamping and other programmes, such as Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig[3], we have seen a real surge in interest in unusual glamping, specifically for vehicles and also for extraordinary, space-age-type glamping,” explains Alex Wilson, co-founder of accommodation directory Host Unusual[4]. “Searches for these types of properties have increased by 230% in the past year. This may be attributed to the overall staycation boom of 2021, but people are also more aware of the vast range of experiential accommodation that exists, and which continues to grow, in the UK.”

Over the past few years, the market has blossomed with trailers-turned-boutiques that offer on-your-doorstep access to nature without the heavy load of pitch-it-yourself sites. Plus, converted vehicles often pack all the extras into one spot: kitchenettes, multiple bedrooms, indoor showers — appealing to petrol-heads and comfort-seekers alike. Tap into the nostalgia and get behind the wheel of one of these vintage stunners: here are eight to book for an unusual staycation this summer.


  1. ^ Field of Dreams (www.breaksfoldfarmglamping.co.uk)
  2. ^ Channel 4 series Carry on Glamping (www.channel4.com)
  3. ^ Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig (www.channel4.com)
  4. ^ Host Unusual (hostunusual.com)

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