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Introducing the new Hotel VW California!Back

henleyIf you fancy escaping the crowds this summer, why not check out the new Henley escape!

Temple Island on the Thames has just created a new get-away experience by offering a hotel with a difference. The island hotel is made up of a fleet of just six campervans.

From this week onwards, travellers in the UK will have the opportunity to stay in Britain’s newest quirky holiday experience, entitled ‘the Hotel VW California’.

The new hotel launched in Henley this weekend and promises anyone who visits an unforgettable stay.

Consisting of just six VW California Camper Vans instead of traditional hotel rooms, for the first time ever guests will have the chance to sleep on the beautiful Temple Island on the Thames, all for just £35 a night with all proceeds going to charity.

The new and innovative hotel chain has been created in a bid to encourage more British families to embrace UK adventure holidays with a partnership between Volkswagen and

henley1The Hotel California is set to be situated around some of the UK’s most beautiful and bold locations this summer, to include Temple Island, the home of wall paintings thought to be the earliest surviving Etruscan works in Britain, possibly dating back to the 7th century.

Each camper van provides sleeping for up to four adults and features a pop-up roof, kitchen with fridge, twin-burner cooker and a sink with running water. The vans also contain an awning with a table and two chairs to allow guests to enjoy the sun and riverside view.

Volkswagen claim the Hotel VW California offers fantastic value for visitors who would normally pay within the region of £18,000 per night for a stay on a private island.

The vans have also been set up to include free wifi, and iPod docking station, ‘Climatronic’ three-zone automatic air conditioning, heated seats and programmable central heating. Guests will also benefit from private boat transfers to ensure exploration of the surrounding mainland is also an option.

‘Private island retreats are the epitome of luxury accommodation,’ said Nicola Burnside, of Volkswagen.

‘Hotel VW California provides a truly unique experience with all of the luxury and none of the expense. It is the perfect demonstration of the getaway you can enjoy with a bit of imagination and creativity.

Martin Solly from, added: ‘We’re very proud to offer a supremely diverse range of hotels and it doesn’t get much more unique than Hotel VW California.

‘The location provides the ultimate island getaway. Combined with stunning views and nearby attractions this is a genuinely brilliant offer…There can’t be another island in the world that offers such great value.”

The VW Island offering will be available to book from July 24 for a limited time. The six vans will then go on a tour of the UK, offering similar accommodation in other locations

Posted by Leana Kell on 01/08/2014