Comments from happy customers
We had a lovely holiday touring the Peak District
We hired Sylvester for 4 nights in April and had a wonderful time. It’s a beautiful campervan that is somehow both very rustic, quirky and artistic, whilst also feeling really modern, secure and well-equipped. Perfect for first-timers like us. It’s great to drive – very compact and mobile when on the road, but when you’re parked up with the roof raised and awning out, there’s tons of space to relax and stretch out.
Managed to cook some great meals: 2 gas hobs and an optional electric hob, plus a removable copper sink basin made everything very easy. A lot of love and care has gone into this van from its owner Jon, a lovely guy who was really helpful sorting out a few things with the booking process and on hand to answer questions during the trip (plus kindly driving us – also a lost phone! – to and from the station)
Photo copyright Tom McPhee
Tom and Kara
25th – 29th April 2021
We had a lovely holiday touring the Peak District
He’s the perfect campervan for first-timers like us. Easy to drive, spacious and full of handy little features. Plus he gave us much needed warmth and shelter in unpredictable April weather!
Thank you Jon for all your help and assistance with our trip. We hope to see you and Sylvester again one day. Love Tom and Kara.
Tom and Kara
25th – 29th April 2020
We had a beutiful trip in Sylvester also on the NC500! Skye and the Scottish Highlands. Great van, beautiful memories, he kept us safe and warm and dry throughout. Loved it! Thank you so much.
Emily and Finn
13th – 21st October 2020
Touring around Scotland
2 weeks away in Sylvester doing the NC500 and then onto Skye, best holiday ever! Wild camped all but two nights. Kept warm, dry and singing (even after we had climbed Ben Nevis!)
Charlotte, Piers Donald the Cow
25th September – 10th October 2020
Skye and the NC500
Nottingham and Skye and then onto the NC500. Comfortable cosy and great for cooking.
Great trip with Sylvester.
Pattie and Steve
23rd August – 7th September 2020
A trip to Northumberland
A lovely trip in Sylvester to Budle Bay Northumberland. Great campsite – showers, toilet and washing facilities. Would highly recommend, 2 miles from Bamburgh.
Debb and Mark
9th – 14tth August 2020
A tour of the North of England
We’ve had a super time with Sylvester!
It is such a beautiful van, Jon has thought of everything and put such care into it all. We did a tour of the north of England – Whitby, Durham, Beamish, Bamburgh, Brampton and Hadrian’s Wall. followed by a little trip over the border to Dumfries and Galloway.
Sylvester was a cosy retreat throughout, with ample room for four with the children sleeping in the awning tent. WE now have the bug – for a campervan, not the pandemic variety! We feel that we now have lots of great ideas for converting our own van someday.
Many thanks Jon and Sylvester for a fabulous time.
Ian, Ally, Finn and Ella
July 22nd – August 7th 2020
A fun break in Sylvester
Had a fun little break In Sylvester, We enjoyed making cuppas in random scenic locations.
Sleeping to the sound of the sea at Amble. we went to Keilder Forest with the bikes and to the North York Moors. Loved being able to change plans and go wherever we wanted. The heater kept us warm on a below freezing night. The battery held up well, charging all the things running the coolbox. It was actually much quieter than I expected. Thanks to Jon and Sylvester
Kelly, Adam and Thomas
23rd – 27th October 2019.
Deciding on a camper style
Sylvester has done a marvellous job of helping us decide what we want in a camper.
This is a van that despite short arms and legs can reach the pedals and hand brake easily. Definitely a solar panel, we didnt use electric hook up at all, the new lithium battery did us proud. Rock and Roll bed was super comfortable. Stove top Espresso a must have. (buy the tall one). Wouldn’t have one without a pop top. Sunnyhill Farm Campsite, super convenient for visiting Wincanton and the Discworld Emporium. If you are around Malvern, the Marlbank Inn is highly recommended – perfectly level pitches. great food and they even offer full English breakfast. We hope the next people to use Sylvester have as good a time as we did :)
Cat and Chris
14-18th October 2019
Vegan Camp Out!
We collected Sylvester on Saturday and headed out to our first ever festival, Vegan Camp Out.It was nice coming back to Sylvester after the long day. We had a great sleep, it was warm and cosy!! It was nice to sit outside in the afternoon and have a cup of tea. HUGE THANK YOU to Jon for going above and beyond for collecting and dropping us off at the airport and making our first camping holiday such a success! P.S. thank you for the yummy pot of goodies. Hope to see you all next year.
Micaella, Benjamin and Tagna
Another first timer’s trip in the lovely Sylvester
We headed to the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering and had the amazing full on sunshine this August Bank Holiday!Sylvester is indeed both comfortable to drive – though we didnt go far and very comfortable to sleep in. The food at Greenbelt is fantastic, so we didnt really put Sylvester through his paces. What with glorious weather too, but looking at previous entries, he is clearly up to all the British Weather can come up with. He is comfortable, efficient, quirky and gorgeous – thanks to Jon for all his work and extremely clear instructions – We loved Sylvester! Many thanks
Nigel and Vanessa
Yet another Festival – YNot Festival.
Thanks to Jon and Sylvester for a brilliant time. This was our first trip in a campervan after years and years of dereaming about it… and we’re HOOKED!Jon was really helpful through the booking process and on the pick up day he explained everything really clearly – his on-board manual was really helpful when we came to do anything for the first time on site. We picked up Sylvester on the hottest day of the year and headed off to YNOT festival in the Peak District only to be ht by some of the WETTEST July on record! But Sylvester made us bullet proof whatever the British Summer could throw at us. No more festival tent camping for us! We had a lovely couple of days hooked up on a site in the Forest of Dean. THANK YOU
Ian and Louise
24th -31st July 2019
Another Festival – Latitude this time.
This was our first venture in a camper van and we are absolute converts! Loving the freedom and convenience and comfort of van life on the road. Festival camping (or any camping at all for that matter) – never again!
My limit for life under canvas was 2-3 nights but we’ve just done 9 nights in this beauty! So much thought has gone into the practical items and interior design of Sylvester – congratulations and respect to Jon! The whole trip has been wonderful – and will stand out as one of our best holidays. We had 4 nights touring, then 4 nights at Latitude (where Sylvester was much admired and we fessed up reluctantly that we had in fact hire him). Then we snook in an extra night about 20 mins from home. We didn’t want the trip to end!
Penny and Steve Benford
14 – 23rd July 2019
To the Isle of Skye and beyond!We had an amazing tour of Scotland in Sylvester this week. We spent most of our time on the Isle of Skye, which was beautiful. It was such fun finding new place to park Sylvester for the night. We spent a few nights overlooking different Lochs as well as a few castles.What an experience! Sylvester was the perfect size for accommodation. Easy to park. We had a great time making meals on the stove. We both found it easy to use. Jon was so helpful with getting us familiar with Sylvester, checking in along the way. We can’t recommend Jon and Sylvester highly enough. Thank you for the great time.
Andi and Mike Bair
2nd – 10th July 2019
Off to Glastonbury festival!
This week Sylvester took a trip to Glastonbury and we had a great time! We bumped into an old pal Hector (Jon converted this one before Sylvester – a VW Late Bay Bus 42 yeas old) which was lovely 🙂It was so relaxing and refreshing coming back to a proper bed every night. The quirky decor and character Sylvester has, very spacious, easy to use. Finally a big thank you to Jon who has been brilliant, friendly, helpful and accommodating 🙂Thanks Sylvester you have been fab.See you soon Much love
Off to the Peak District
Really enjoyed our time with Sylvester. You’ve taught us so much about off gridding in a campervan that we’ll put to good use when we’re building our own in a few months. My favourite thing about you is your super comfy bed – wish I could take it home with me. Thanks for helping us explore the Peak District.
Hayley and Rick
24th – 27th May 2019
Love love love Sylvester!
Very comfortable to drive, super easy to set up and pack away, highly recommended. Big thanks Jon for being so helpful. He picked us up and dropped us back home again!
Cheryl Howard and daughter Rebecca
24th – 27th May 2019
A trip to Sussex to help out in a vineyard!
Had a lovely four days with Sylvester, plenty of room, very comfortable and such fun! Great to drive. Would definitely recommend!
We loved Sylvester. Worked really well.
Going down to Sussex didn’t seem too bad at all but for the traffic – probably anticipation. We normally go off route to do our shopping and for coffee, at local farm shops, as really don’t want to go to motorway stations when on holiday! And so that splits the journey too, as well as seeing the landscape, and amazing find on the way down – rack of lamb for 5 pounds and they split it up for us. And lovely veg too. Pile of onions for 50p. Think we may have used your book for that one (and hopefully left it in the van!). Slightly more expensive farm shop on the way back – but really lovely stuff. Oxford blue cheese was gorgeous.
Heard the Tiny Campsites book on the radio and so got it – Dixie Wills. (3rd Edition). Green Man – Lovely pub with great beers. Friendly and so accommodating. Made the holiday too. Even gave us some rice that I had forgotten to go with our curry!
Spoke to a colleague today and told him what we’d done. He hadn’t heard of Sylvester but was going to look him up!
Val Brown and daughter Sophie
11th – 14th April 2019
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!”
7-9th September 2018
This was our first camper van adventure and Sylvester certainly provided an enjoyable introduction to a new lifestyle.
Quirky and practical – comfortable to drive and to sleep in.
First night – Sychpwll Centre (Near Welshpool) was an almost wild campsite with a river to swim in and a ‘commune’ vibe. This set us up well for a visit to C.A.T. (Centre of Alternative Technology) We both enjoyed driving around Wales, stopping off at Spring Rock Fisheries and Tewkesbury on our return.
As we moved on daily we didn’t test the leisure battery much and we were hooked up for just one of our three nights, which saved a few pounds! With the solar top-up all options were open to us, though great fun.
Fiona and Graham
24th to 27th August 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.
Jay and Ruth
5th-12th August 2018
Our first experience in a campervan
This was our first experience in a camper van, 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! I was worried about leaving hime on his own!
Jackie and Martin
23rd-26th July 2018
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.
Kayleigh and Helen
25-27th May 2018