Beautiful in blue? This 2016 Auto-Sleeper Fairford certainly catches the eye – in a good way, we think! But is its beauty more than skin deep?

Van conversions have grown to account for half of Auto-Sleepers’ motorhome output, with the fixed-bed Kingham (winner of the best luxury panel van conversion gong in our 2014 Motorhome of the Year Awards) and the twin-single-beds Warwick XL being the firm’s biggest selling PVCs.

Despite this success, the Cotswolds-based producer isn’t afraid to try something new, with its two most recent models getting a novel interior feature.

The two-berth Stanway, and now the four-berth Fairford, share the same front lounge arrangement. They feature an offside dinette that, in addition to being configured for occupants to face each other, also allows them to sit side-on to take advantage of the views from the sliding door.

But while the Stanway is a 5.99m-long proposition, the Fairford uses the extra length of the XL long-wheelbase version of the Peugeot Boxer van to fit a rear parallel lounge with a make-up double bed to augment the sleeping arrangements up front.

Touring couples searching for an upmarket van conversion with four berths should therefore find the Fairford of interest, especially because the Auto-Sleeper branding guarantees the same creature comforts on offer in the firm’s coachbuilts.

For an in-depth assessment of the 2016 model-year Auto-Sleeper Fairford, Practical Motorhome had this ’van on long-term test, to really get to know it. Our test unit was supplied with the £2500 Premium Pack (which adds extras including alloy wheels, cab air-con, cruise control, an awning, a reversing camera, daytime running lights and Al-Ko’s Air Top suspension) and two rear travel seats.

All data included within this review refers to the 2016 model.