Woody Van : Rent a van in the Basque Country

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Woody Van : Rent a va ...

Rent a fitted campervan from the Basque Country, to go on a roadtrip on the Atlantic coast, or in the Pyrenees! Mathieu Bessou and Woody Van invite you aboard superb Volkswagen vans that are warm, comfortable and entirely tailor-made in a responsible and ecological way. Unusual holidays, a new way of traveling, in complete confidence thanks to advice, personalized road books adapted to your desires… Woody Van is also family stays in a van, with friends or as a couple, all ready. All you have to do is settle in, drive and live your dream vacation in the Basque Country and wherever you want. And if the experience has delighted you, you will even be able to buy a Volkswagen fitted van or benefit from Mathieu's expertise to have a custom-made van fitted out.

Opening photo of the article © Emmanuel Lattes

Rent a camper van in the Basque Country and on the Atlantic coast

Mathieu Bessou and Woody Van, quite an adventure

Mathieu Bessou likes to travel, to meet others. Adventurer, he went everywhere for 5 years after studying international trade specializing in hotels, restaurants and tourism. He put down his suitcases in the Basque Country in 2007, explored his new playground and then wondered how to help lovers of wide open spaces to escape in all seasons, in safety with all the necessary comfort (but not the superfluous). Mathieu then imagines Woody Van (in fr), which is much more than a simple company to rent a camper van fitted out from the Basque Country...

The rental of a van for 2 people or 4 people, it exists. Take keys and go on an adventure, Mathieu knows. What interests him is to rethink the trip, adding a touch of Slow Tourism (enjoying the trip for what it is, at a pace where you can marvel, not just heading towards a destination) and a lot of environmental values. For this, he chooses an authentic and trustworthy vehicle model: the timeless Volkswagen combivan! He then called on Julien Perimony from the Campervans Montblanc company, which produces top-of-the-range fittings using the finest materials (in Haute-Savoie).


Mathieu Bessou Woody Van
© Emmanuel Lattes
Woody Van
© Katie Farr

Quality campervans, with style and values

Warm , functional and well-designed interiors, every square meter is put to good use so that sleeping in a van is pleasant and comfortable, and travel is easy, at the cruising speed of these perfect vans for strolling around ! Mathieu offers two types of vehicles for hire : the Authentic and the Atypical.

  • The Authentic allows you to go on the mop in all seasons, thanks to its integrated heating. It is equipped with beds for 4 people, an air conditioner, a shower (solar) and a large water tank, a refrigerator, electrical outlets, solar panels and a volumetric alarm for sleep in nature with complete peace of mind. For the pleasure of driving, cruise control and radar are your allies. The interior fittings are of high quality, all in beautifully crafted French wood. The seats are comfortable so the road is never a problem; when you take a break you can relax in the van or outside, everything is catered for. A kitchen kit will be given to you and numerous storage spaces allow you to take food and your belongings.

  • The Atypical is ready for adventure! Its 4 wheel drive drives it everywhere. It benefits from the same services as its partner the Authentic, with the addition of hot water (a water heater), LED lights, an interior entirely in old alpine wood and an Open sky : you can unzip the tarpaulin to enjoy a completely open vehicle! Driving comfort is improved thanks to an automatic gearbox : practical for long journeys (less fatigue).

If the development of the vans has been carried out with care, using the most local and eco-responsible materials possible, care is also taken in maintenance. This is how all the products used for cleaning vehicles are 100% eco-labelled. So that van users can also contribute to this beautiful spirit, Mathieu offers hygiene and maintenance kits, with products that respect the environment. To find out more, consult the page which sets out the actions taken by Woody Van for the respect of the environment (in fr).


Woody Van
© Katie Farr
Woody Van


Ideas for stays in a van in the southwest, à la carte

Road books to set off on an adventure with a minimum of preparation

The Van life , do you like it? When we have traveled the roads for 5 years, we know what are the good tips and advice for organizing a van trip . Where to park a van for the night? The best routes in a converted van in the Basque Country, in the Pyrenees and the south-west… Mathieu puts his experience and knowledge of the terrain at your service, with the creation of unique and original road books for vans. Do you only want to travel by van on small roads? Do the Basque coast in a camper van? Go to sleep in a van in the most beautiful spots of the Pyrenees, near panoramas, landscapes and breathtaking sunsets? This is the great strength of Woody Van, a precious help to leave without worrying about the route and the stewardship linked to the circuit. You have knocked on the right door!


Woody Van
© Damien Roussel
Woody Van
© Emmanuel Lattes

New Aquitaine camper van gift box

In addition to the road-books, Woody Van now goes further... With creations of stays in a van à la carte, with family , friends or as a couple. In the form of vouchers, gift boxes, you will be able to choose for yourself, offer or be offered a stay in a 100% organized van. A friend's birthday? Why not make a participative kitty to make a real nice gift to your friend? For a wedding gift, what a beautiful honeymoon! The Woody Van website allows the creation of a kitty, which turns into a gift voucher issued for one of the stays offered or a stay in a personalized fitted van.


Woody Van
© Emmanuel Lattes
Woody Van Woody Van
© Euskal Moov
Woody Van
© Itiwit®

Buy a Volkswagen camper van

Buy a converted recreational vehicle

That's it, it's decided! You are going to make your dream come true and buy a Volkswagen camper van! When you want to start the Van Life, find the right carrier and equip it as it should, it's not an easy task. Hire professional landscapers. Mathieu Bessou offers you the discovery of his newdevelopment workshop for van and camper van : Camping Basque! A structure that comes naturally from his experience with Woody Van, it is the logical extension of his expertise.

The leisure vehicle development workshop benefits from feedback from Woody Van customers, but also from the work invested in finding local materials, committed craftsmen, responsible and ecological accessories. Local wood species, fabrics from Basque weavers, Basque sheep's wool felt... Mathieu is also embarking on research for the eco-design of less energy -consuming leisure vehicles thanks to renewable energies, more responsible with a reduced carbon footprint.


Woody Van
© Emmanuel Lattes
Woody Van
© Emmanuel Lattes

Fit out your van

Do you have a carrier, but not the time or the expertise to carry out an interior design? Trust Camper Basque. From the Volkswagen Transporter 5 and 6, Renault Trafic, Opel Vivaro, Nissan Primastar and finally the Fiat Talento carriers, Camper Basque offers you the possibility of creating a modular layout (which can therefore be removed). Go on a weekend, on vacation, in your everyday or work vehicle... Enjoy the clever use of interior space, the aesthetic and practical , comfortable modules... It's no longer just a mattress with a few boxes, it's is a real ergonomic mini house! Adventure awaits you.


Woody Van

© Thomas Dal Farra
Woody Van Woody Van
© Euskal Moov

On the way for a road trip in New Aquitaine!


Woody Van
© Emmanuel Lattes


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