Want to know how to squeeze a washroom, a fully equipped kitchen and two double beds into a VW camper? Take a look at this clever conversion by Hillside Leisure.

Price from £54,846 (as tested) Sleeps Four Belts four Base Volkswagen T5 Engine 2.0-litre turbo-diesel L/W/H 5.29m/1.9m/2.9m (17’4”/6’3”/9’6”) MTPLM 2700kg Payload 500kg Water fresh/waste 68 litres/40 litres Leisure battery 2 x 100Ah Gas 20-litre bulk tank (approx 10kg)

Hillside Leisure is a young company based in Derby that specialises in producing campers with classic layouts on VW’s popular T5. The new Buxton, however, breaks the mould with a high-top conversion that’s unique in British-built ’vans. In fact, Buxton seems to take its inspiration from Westfalia’s similar Club Joker, winner of our Best High-top Camper Award for 2013 (reported fully in Practical Motorhome, November 2013 issue, with the winners of our Motorhome of the Year Awards reported here: http://bit.ly/1l17JXA).

The Buxton is based on the long-wheelbase version of the Vee-dub, which offers a range of engine and transmission options from sub-100bhp motor and five-speed manual gearbox to a near 180bhp engine with DSG – seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. Even four-wheel drive is on offer with VW’s 4Motion system. The test ’van was fitted with the 140bhp engine along with the DSG, making for a potent but sensible ensemble that promised good performance and a near effortless drive.

The guts of the conversion offers a front lounge, centre kitchen and full-width rear washroom, with a double bed in the GRP high roof.