VW Westfalia Camper Lives On…In The UK. Sorta.

Hotel VW California

Many folks have fond memories of the original VW Westfalia camper, the ultimate “let’s go sleep out under the stars with all the comforts of home” vehicle. Sadly, that model is no longer with us (or at least not as a Volkswagen), but Volkswagen has an updated version based on the current EuroVan that is calls the California SE in the UK market. If the original was a bit crude, the new model features every convenience known to science, including sleeping arrangements for 4, full kitchen with refrigerator and running water, heat, air conditioning and wi-fi.

Of course it also features a modern version of the pop-up tent top. There’s even a canopy that pulls out so you can sit in the lounge chairs and grille on the barbecue that come with the California SE package without exposing your skin to the harsh English sunshine -if you are lucky enough to find any.

Needless to say, the new camper van is a bit pricey. But you can rent one, if you happen to find yourself in Jolly Olde England this summer, for the low, low price of just $60 a night. Two of the vans have been set up at  Temple Island, a small private island near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Demand has been strong and so no more reservations are available at that location. But 4 more California SE campers are scheduled to be available at other select locations soon.

It’s all part of of a “Hotel VW California”promotion by Volkswagen and LateRooms.com to introduce the public to the joy camping whilst parked in really posh surroundings. But unlike the Hotel California of musical fame, at this “hotel”, you will most definitely be asked to leave at the end of your stay.

VW Callifornia SE



Steve Hanley

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