In the latest of the ‘Introducing…’ series which champions individuals and small businesses who are doing their bit to encourage people to reconnect with the great outdoors, I chat to Jess and Ben from The Cornwall Camper Company about their new venture into the world of vintage campervans…
So tell me a bit more about your business, how did it all come about?
We are The Cornwall Camper Company, providing VW Vintage Campervans for hire in Cornwall. We officially started in August 2012, but really it all began on a camping trip in 2010 when we were sat around drinking wine with our feet hovering over a heater and chewing the fat about life in general.
Ben (my partner) was talking about how he had always wanted to own his own business and I pondered on the fact that he was not getting any younger, and why on earth had he not done it yet if it was something he had wanted to do for ages? The very next day we bought our first two campervans with the intention of renovating them and getting them on the road as holiday hires. Now we are ready to face our first full season in 2013 and we absolutely can’t wait!
Where are you based and what do you love most about the area?
We are based in Cornwall, it’s a beautiful place. Staggeringly wild in places, bustling and busy in others with an incredibly rich culture and heritage. Cornwall has amazing food, entertainment, places to visit and seemingly-never ending beaches, not to mention the popular surf scene. It’s rural remoteness lends a new meaning to fresh air.
The best part about our job is that we are not just giving our guests campervans to rent in Cornwall, but we are building memories for people. The types of holidays that you talk about every year, the moments that people cherish and hold fast to for a lifetime. Weeks that children talk fondly about when they get older reminiscing about their “Cornish seaside holidays”.
Why do you think it’s important for people to spend time in the great outdoors?
We believe that fresh air is important because it feeds the soul as well as the body. Fresh air can reach into parts of you that nothing else can get to. It can blow its way into your heart and it can always be found if you look for it. Fresh air is a sustaining force of the world we live in, it can take play a huge role in taking away your stress, your pain and your doubts. Fresh air is not just a survival tool – it’s a lifestyle.
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