Johnny Vegas Glamping

Glamping at Melbourne Hall

Johnny Vegas invites you to come and join us for a stay in one of the magical glamping vintage vehicles here at Melbourne Hall this September.

Glamping at Melbourne Hall
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Choose from eight very different glamping vehicles, each with its own personality and story. These superb vehicles have been brought to Melbourne Hall from all over the world and transformed into stunning glamping accommodation.

Patricia – Maltese Bus

Patricia is a unique and very special glamping vehicle and is perfect for up to four people, with a double bed, and a seating area which converts into a double. These Maltese buses have always been characterised by their high level of customisation and detailing, which has been recreated in her amazing restoration.

Sadly, these beautiful buses no longer serve the people of Malta, but this one is now here in the beautiful Melbourne Hall for you to enjoy a piece of Maltese history, lovingly designed by none other than Mr Johnny Vegas. This bus represents Johnny, his creativity, and his love for vintage vehicles, and is also in memory of his dearly loved late mum Patricia.

There is a fully kitted kitchenette, a beautiful unique shower, with tiles hand made by Johnny himself, as well as many more of Johnny’s personal touches.

You can sit back and relax outside on some of the original bus seats that have been lovingly restored to create outdoor benches.

The School Bus

This stunning 1970’s American School Bus is perfect for a family of five with three bunk beds and a large double bed at the rear. The interior has been created with a wonderful combination of rustic reclaimed timber panel work and vintage touches, giving it a comfortable cabin feel.

The front space includes a cool kitchen dining space and a driving seat, perfect for petrol heads young and old. And there is a fully tiled mosaic styled shower with a beautiful hand-made copper piping shower.

Fire Truck

The beautiful 1960’s Mercedes fire engine was the only volunteer fire wagon in its small home village in Germany. She came to the UK five 5 years ago and has since been lovingly restored and is now serves as an amazing space for a couple to stay.

The interior has been created in a rustic style, with reclaimed wood and vintage touches. The delightful kitchenette has an induction hob, bamboo sink and marine pump tap. And the bench seats for dining drop down to form a spacious double bed.

Please note this vehicle has restricted head room

Billy the Snail

Billy is a wonderful unique, cosy hideaway for a couple to enjoy. He is a unique camper van – a hybrid of a 1970 Morris Minor Pick-Up and a 1960 Fisher Holivan Junior caravan, and is affectionately called ‘The Snail’ – as he carries his home on his back!

Billy has been beautifully restored, with stylish detailing and vintage touches throughout.

While he may be small, he is surprisingly spacious inside. On-board Billy has a kitchenette with lots of storage, and a dining area with wrap-around bench seating. On site he comes complete with a gorgeous, fully furnished five metre bell tent and full-sized bed, so you can enjoy Billy purely for cooking, dining and relaxing.

Outside, Billy has a hand-made, reclaimed wood table with parasol and chairs.

Citreon Camper

Citroen Camper

Our 1960s Citroen van is one of only thirteen ever made, characterised by its detachable camper trailer, and was imported to the UK from France. She is perfect for up to four people.

This striking and rare van is one of only thirteen ever made and is characterised by the unusual detachable camper. She sleeps up to four, with two bunks and a seating area which converts into a rear double.

An outside seating area is positioned within the two sections of the van, perfect for starlight evenings or meals that have been prepared in the cute kitchenette inside!

The gentle lighting and reclaimed wood cladding make a perfect cosy space to escape and relax. Great for couples and families to enjoy.


Dino is a beautiful, luxury hideaway for a couple to enjoy. He is a very rare 1963 Austin J2 Bluebird Highwayman, and has been beautifully restored, with stylish detailing and vintage touches throughout.

With a 2m x 3m living space, Dino is wonderfully spacious inside. On-board he has a sofa that easily converts to a double bed, a full kitchen, lots of storage, and a dining area. Outside Dino has a decked area with table, chairs, parasol and heater for outside dining and relaxation.

The Boat

The build is still underway, when complete it will stay on land, not on the water. The cabin will be for a maximum of 2 and accessed by some small steps where you can enjoy time on the deck in the evening. Please consider the access when booking. If you want to be one of the first to stay in Johnny’s latest restoration then this one is for you!

The Puma

Our Puma helicopter served in Chile and Sierra Leone from 1970 until 2005 when it was then retired from service. It was completely stripped down, and was a total shell before being converted into a fabulous glamping unit. He is perfect for up to four people.

Places to eat and drink

If you wish to eat out during your stay we highly recommend our facilities within the Melbourne Hall Courtyard, located on entry to the estate.

The Sitooteire (say it with your best Scottish accent and it will make sense) open 9am to 5pm daily, which is the coffee hut on entry to the courtyard will serve a selection of hot & cold drinks, cakes and ice cream.

Further into the courtyard you will find The Brewhouse, open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm-9pm where you will find a great selection of craft ales, wines & fizz. They also serve a selection of authentic Italian Pinsa’s (Pizza), food is served until 8pm.

Just past the main courtyard you will find the Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms, open Wednesday to Sunday 9am-3pm, they serve traditional afternoon teas & great home cooked dishes & cakes.

Further into Melbourne you have a great selection of Pubs, Cafes & Shops, including, The Spirit Vaults, Harpurs, Meaks & Forties.

Beer and Pizza

Places to Eat & Drink

Places you can stock your vehicle up with Food & Drink within the Courtyard include Stable Ales, stocking a huge selection of independent craft beer and cider from around the world, Pierre Hourlier Wines who stock a great selection of French wines and V Bottirie, an independent Italian food deli.

Further into Melbourne you have a great selection of places to get food including, Forties, Melbourne Deli & Kitchen, Melbourne Fish & Chip Shop & Kana Kazana. For your essentials you have Sainsburys & Heaths Farm Shop both on the edge of Melbourne.

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If you’re making use of one of the many walks from Melbourne Hall around the Pool (our lake) to Caulk Abbey, Staunton Harold Reservoir, Breedon on the Hill, and Wilson you will find some great pubs and cafes along the way.

Illustrated trees at Melbourne Hall
Rules to Glamp by text

We ask that all glampers respect each other’s privacy and keep to their designated area.

  • Quiet times are between 10pm and 8am (Please keep noise to a minimum)
  • No loud music in the Field at any time.
  • There is a dustpan and brush and a mop and bucket in your horsebox for any spillages or to help keep the accommodation clean during your stay.
  • We politely ask that children are supervised at all times and do not wander around unsupervised. There is space in the camping fields that children are welcome to use, but they must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Dogs must be on a lead at all times in the field. Please clean up after your dog.
  • Please park all cars in the parking area on entry. Extra cars may need to be parked opposite the Courtyard on entry to the estate.
  • Please drive slowly when entering and exiting the site. We have a 5mph site speed limit.
  • Check out time is 11am. If you would like a later check out that is subject to availability and is at a surcharge of £50. Please ask on arrival.

Damages will be back charged to your payment card, so be sure to leave the accommodation as you find it, and notify us of any breakages or damages prior to departure.

We accept no liability for any loss, injury or damages to any person or property, including vehicles, whilst on our site. Any damages should be reported to us. We will report all injuries in our accident book.

If you require medical assistance the address is Melbourne Hall, Church Square, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE738EN. The nearest hospital with A & E The Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Rd, Derby DE22 3NE. In the case of fire please exit your vehicle and make your way to the meeting point at the estate entrance. All vehicles are fitted with a fire alarm and firefighting equipment.

If you have any niggles, please speak to us first to give us chance to put things right before leaving negative reviews. We welcome your feedback to enhance your guest experience, which we will share with Johnny, Jim and Claire, who own the vehicles on site and the team at Melbourne Hall.

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