Couple builds French cottage on wheels

It was a love of France that inspired this couple to turn a freight van into a French-themed cottage.

Zoe Fiander, a luthier, and her husband Alistair Love, a cabinet maker, spend the majority of their holidays in France. Whether they’re skiing, surfing or just enjoying good food and wine, they’ve holidayed all over the country.

Keeping to the theme, the van is named Candide after French freeskier Candide Thovex.

They’d always wanted to travel to the Alps in a campervan but couldn’t imagine being in a commercial motorhome with all the grey melamine. Zoe says,

“We watch a lot of programmes about tiny home design and cabins and suddenly it clicked – we could design our own perfect space which we could also travel with us for adventures.”

Having their own campervan meant they could take their dog with them on their holidays. Zoe and Alistair also let their customers bring their pets with them when they hire Candide.

Every detail of this gorgeous French-style campervan has been lovingly considered; from the mismatched tiles, to the character oak cladding and worktops, to the handmade copper tap and decorations. Featuring a gas oven, a shower with hot running water and a gas heater, he has everything you need to camp in any season.

The build took them six months part time on top of our jobs and became increasingly full time as the deadline approached. The whole project cost about £23k, including the cost of the van itself.

The couple didn’t want it just sitting on their driveway when they weren’t using it so renting it out for other people to enjoy seemed like an obvious solution. 

Candide is available to hire now: