Ole Bessie – compact and comfortable!

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This motorhome offers flexible cancellation conditions if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions.

The Motorhome

  • Make: Fiat
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Type: Compact
  • Seats: 4
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • First Registration: 1999
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Required Driver License: B


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Meet Bessie, she's a Bessacarr E350, a fantastic 2 berth compact touring camper with a rear kitchen and a shower and toilet cubicle. This iconic campervan is built on the excellent Fiat Ducato chassis and is powered by a 1929 cc diesel engine that is economical to drive.

As Aunt Bessie's strapline goes 'You know you're home', our Bessie is definitely designed to be a comfortable home away from home! While she's a bit of an old girl, certainly not state of the art and perhaps a bit dated, she oozes comfort and reliability. She's a purpose built motorhome so has a lot of features that many campervans do not have such as hot and cold water (which will work on gas or mains hook up) and a shower and toilet cubicle with wash basin. She also not only has a gas stove but a separate grill and oven along with a sink with draining board with both hot and cold water. Not forgetting a fridge with a tiny freezer compartment - so no excuses not to rustle up a nice meal (although you're on holiday so relax and eat out!).

With a passenger seat that swivels round into the living space she can seat 5 people and she also has an additional two seat belts in the back so while she sleeps 2, possibly 2 plus a child, we also hire an air awning if there's 4 of you or perhaps you have your own tent you could take.

The bed arrangement is flexible and can either be 2 small singles or one large double so if it's a couple of friends who are going away you have the options of 2 singles or if taking the family then the adults could sleep in the awning and children in the van.

You can enter the living area from the front cab easily meaning if it's rainy there's no need to step a foot outside or there is a side sliding door. In the seating area there's two options of tables, a small and larger table with two different positions. Bessie has quite a bit of storage, a tv, mains hook up, a tow bar, fly nets on the windows, black out blinds and a wind out Fiamma awning. There is also a Propex 2000 Gas heater to keep you warm and toasty when you're feeling cold.

Bessie packs a lot of punch as she is compact in size meaning she's easy to maneuver on small winding roads or if you're a bit nervous of driving a big vehicle but she has a lot of facilities. She however has the normal age related marks so if you're looking for A1 condition then she's not for you but if you're looking for something that is clean, tidy, you can stand up comfortably in, has all the amenities and is reliable and comfortable then she's your girl.

Insurance Criteria

Before enquiring about hiring, please check that you meet the following criteria:
All drivers must be 25-75 years of age and have held a full UK driving licence, or its international equivalent, for a minimum of 2 years. If you are younger or older it may still be possible to hire but a bigger excess/deposit will apply.​

Two, 3 point convictions are acceptable (i.e. 2x Sp30’s, 3pts each) without referral. Any single conviction totalling 6 points+ will require referral.

No more than one fault or outstanding accident/claim/incident in the last 3 years

All driving convictions, endorsements, accidents, insurance refusal, disabilities or medical conditions must be disclosed prior to booking. In certain circumstances a surcharge may be imposed, the insurance excess may be increased or insurance may be refused.

All drivers are required to provide proof of identity and permanent address before the pick up date. No need to provide on booking. We will require the following documents:

​• Driving licence
• Online DVLA licence check print out (we can help do this)
• 2 separate bills showing the same address as driving licence, first must be a Utility bill (gas, water, electric, sky, internet, landline). The second can be bank/credit card statement, mortgage statement, council tax bill. These must be dated within 90 days of the commencement of the hire period.

Endorsements – the camper van will not be let out on hire or driven by:

• Persons who have been convicted of an offence in connection with the driving of a motor vehicle or motorcycle and/or have had their licence endorsed or suspended. Spent convictions, covered the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 may be disregarded.

• Persons who had their insurance declined and/or renewal refused and/or special insurance terms imposed as a result of claims experience and/or have had their insurance or cover cancelled by any Motor Insurer

• Persons engaged wholly or partly in professional entertainment or professional sports persons.

• Jockeys and persons connected with racing of any sort.

• Undergraduates and/or students under 25 years of age.

• Persons who, whilst driving, have been involved in more than one accident during the past 3 years.

• Foreign Service Personnel other than persons holding a full valid United Kingdom or EU licence for two years or more.

The vehicle shall be driven only by the person(s) named on the rental agreement and anyone else who has provided their documentation and it has been agreed.​


  • Airconditioning home area
  • Awning
  • Bike carrier
  • Camping table and chairs
  • Gas cylinder
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Linens
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Solar panel
  • Toilet
  • TV
  • TV receiver
  • Airconditioning in cabin
  • Cruise Control
  • GPS
  • Power Steering
  • Reversing camera
  • Roof rack
  • Towbar


  • Motorhome Insurance: Included
  • Security Deposit: £1,000.00
  • Breakdown Cover: National

Available in the booking process, from £14.80 per day you can reduce your deposit and deductible to £150.


  • Weekly mileage limit: 1,000 mi
  • Price per extra mile: £0.15
  • Cleaning Fee: £25.00
  • Long Trip Discount
    - Bookings longer than 1 week: 5%
    - Bookings longer than 2 weeks: 8%
    - Bookings longer than 3 weeks: 10%
    - Bookings longer than 4 weeks: 15%

Cancellation Policy

House Rules

  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Going Abroad Allowed: Please enquire
  • Wintersport Allowed: No
  • Festivals Allowed: Please enquire
  • Minimum Age Restriction: 25 years


  • Pickup Time: 3:00 PM
  • Return Time: 11:00 AM
  • 3 nights minimum

9 Reviews

Great experience, lovely people very thorough. Danny went above and beyond to help out as best as he could, even letting us leave our car at his house. Ole Bessie may be getting on but was clean, tidy and reliable. She looks young for her age. Would highly recommend. Holly and Malcolm August 2021
We had a great adventure in Dorset with Bessie! It was our first holiday on a motorhome, but Danny was very professional and explained everything into details and everything went very smooth. We had a great time, Bessie really has everything one needs to be comfortable. Definitely recommend Danny and his vans June 2021
Chrissy & Danny were amazing with us. It was our first time in a motorhome and we were a bit anxious. They have explained everything to us and our travel went really smooth.. We highly recommend to speak with them if you are planning to go on a journey with Bessie or one of the other vans. Surely, we will see them soon. May 2021
A lovely van. Nice and small to drive and park but has everything you need, including oven and heater! All works well and Danny was very helpful and easy to contact. Recommended. April 2021
We took Bessie on a trip up through Northumberland and the Highlands and loved it! No Bessie isn’t super modern but she’s really well looked after, super comfortable, easy to drive and has everything we needed, particularly when a lot of facilities aren’t fully open yet. Chrissy and Danny were both lovely and great to deal with - highly recommended! September 2020
Thinking of buying a motorhome I wanted to rent one to try it out. Chrissy welcomed me when I arrived and took me on a tour of 'Bessie'. The motorhome wa spotlessly clean and ready for me. I drove off happily and was able to familiarise myself on country roads before travelling on the main roads. After arriving at the campsite I needed to contact Danny on some minor point, he proved very helpful. I had an adventure helped by a lovely couple. September 2020
Bessie is a fantastic little camper van and despite her age she is very well catered for in terms of facilities. We went to Anglesey and snowden and although she takes her time she got us there and back safely. We would definitely take her out again. September 2020
Response from Chrissy & Danny Thanks Nik for leaving a review and really pleased you had a great time away in Bessie. Also thank you for looking after her.
Excellent Fun - a great little wagon which suited me 6'4" and my wife very well and we thoroughly enjoyed our week's roadtrip. Chrissy is very helpful and talked us through everything we needed to know about Bessie. Defintely recommend. August 2020
We really enjoyed our holiday In Bessie, she was lovely middle aged motorhome, she had everything we needed, very clean & tidy. She was a joy to drive & performed very well with the mountain roads around Snowdon, her owners were a joy to deal with, very pleasant & the hiring experience was very straightforward, highly recommended, give her a try. P&A August 2020