We first heard of South Lakes Motorhome Hire by chance, over breakfast with like minded holiday makers in the Dordogne earlier this summer. I had up until that point given up on finding such a genuine hire company . There are so many online operations purporting to have hundreds of vehicles available. It seems that most don’t actually own any, but scam owner/investors into letting out their perceived ‘pride and joy’ motorhome to all and sundry for little reward and much hassle to both themselves and their prospective hirers.
We also needed a supplier willing to let our little dog Lucy travel with us. This appeared to be another obstacle with the few genuine companies we actually found. Not so for South Lakes Motorhome Hire, they gladly accept well behaved dogs (£30 fee) providing they are not allowed on the furniture or left in the vehicle unattended.
South Lakes always run current model year vehicles and sell them on at the end of season. Our 7.3m long Auto Roller 707 was a gorgeous bit of kit! As we were traveling as a couple with a small dog we were able to leave the dining area set up and sleep in the full sized double bed which lowers electrically from the roof at bedtime, already made up. It apparently sleeps 7 but only has space for 6 people when on the move.
The vehicle is registered with the Camping and Caravan Club, so discounted rates are available on sites run by them, a perk we used on at least a couple of the nights during our trip.
Our week long trip took us through Scotland and onto Skye. The weather was atrocious for much of the time but we were always snug in our modern motorhome, equipped with a great heating system to keep us warm and an equally efficient fridge to keep the beer cool. Both work of the electric hook up when on a campsite or by gas if you fancy a night of wild camping.
The company hold a £750 security deposit which I feared we might have seen the last of when I had to report a broken wing mirror early on in the week. I was instantly reassured by text message that all would be done to minimise the expense. I want to sing their praises as they kept true to their word. On arrival back in Barrow we were welcomed with a smile and told that they had already bought the spare parts £142 (receipt supplied) and if they could fit them themselves then there would be zero cost for labour. Later the same day I received an email confirming this was the case and the balance of the deposit was already back in my bank account.
I look forward to our next trip and although Barrow is a little out of the way, I would make the diversion again for that added peace of mind.
Thank you Sam & Adam.
Had a great week in Highlands, walking in Cairngorms and following whisky trail.
Motorhome provided everything we needed to travel more remote areas in comfort.
Hiring was easy and straight forward and Samantha and Adam were very helpful throughout.
Having just got back from a weekend away renting a South Lakes motorhome, we thought we needed to write a review of the excellent experience that we had with them.
Firstly, Sam and Adam were extremely helpful and polite from the very first moment that we met them. They were able to offer a wealth of advice and it was clear to see that they really did care about their customers and the experience they have whilst hiring from South Lakes Motorhome Hire. There was a comprehensive handover making sure that we were comfortable with how everything worked before driving off, as well as a detailed manual for reference kept in the vehicle. Sam reiterated on several occasions the fact that she was always at the end of an email or phone call if we were to experience any problems whilst we were using the motorhome.
The motorhome itself was immaculate and practically brand new. We had no problems whatsoever with the motorhome whilst we were using it and wouldn't hesitate to use the motorhome from South Lakes again in the future. Everything you needed for a nice trip was already hidden away in the masses of cupboards within the vehicle, from cooking utensils right down to tea and coffee.
On a costing note, we had seen other motorhomes with the same specification as this one from other companies online. Their prices however, were miles away from the low prices that South Lakes Motorhome Hire charge for rentals. Another important aspect was that with these other companies, they usually required a large £1250 deposit for the vehicle whilst South Lakes only require £750 or £1000 if you're aged 23-25. South Lakes were also incredibly flexible with the pick-up and drop-off times, offering early pick and late drop-off for only a small amount more without having to pay for additional nights unlike other companies.
We really cannot fault South Lakes Motorhome Hire and cannot recommend them highly enough! If you want an excellent motorhome hire from a superb family run business then South Lakes Motorhome Hire is definitely the place to go. We will certainly be using them again in the (hopefully, not too distant) future.
Thanks South Lakes!!
We hired 2 motor homes to go to the British super bikes with family and friends. We had 4 adults and 2 kids in ours. Plenty of room, very spacious, clean, tidy. Pick up and drop off was very quick and efficient. I would highly recommend and would love to have this type of holiday again.
We hired the motorhome for 3 weeks in the middle of the school summer holiday. We were a family of 4 with 2 children age 9 & 10.
We had a great time and travelled all over, from Legoland, to the New Forrest, down along the south coast.
The motorhome was fantastic, with everything already in it, including cups, plates & pans etc.
We could fit all of our bikes on the back and we used the garage for all our clobber, including barbecues, boots, bike helmets etc. This left us with lots of space inside the motorhome.
The handover at the beginning and end was great and hassle free. As we had cleaned it before returning, we received our deposit back by the time we had driven home.
Couldn't recommend enough and on the plus side, once you've hired it, you get discount on future hires.
Wouldn't hesitate to use again :-)