Vanmaster Darwin 440: Two-berth luxury for discerning couples

The Vanmaster Darwin 440 features a traditional exterior design

by Chris Jefferies

For more than 16 years, Vanmaster has been a byword for coachbuilt quality and now the Wigan-based manufacturer has expanded its range with a deluxe two-berth model, the Darwin 440.

Named after the company’s founders John and Cyril Darwin, this new model made its public debut earlier this week at the NCC Motorhome & Caravan Show in Birmingham.

The aim is to deliver spacious, luxury living without compromise and this is certainly reflected in the classy, traditional interiors.

From the Ash wood veneer to the beige soft furnishings and even a wine cabinet, it is clear that the Darwin 440 has been built with mature caravanners in mind.

For a truly cosy year-round touring experience, Vanmaster has also fitted Alde wet heating and under floor heating to a carefully crafted caravan, which takes around 800 man hours to build.

The traditional convertible front double layout means you will need to make up the bed each night, but the slide-out system makes this a breeze and the space created is enormous.

All this comes in a caravan with an MTPLM of 1,420kg, meaning that most medium-sized family cars, from a Ford Mondeo upwards, should be able to tow a Darwin effortlessly.

At £23,950, the Vanmaster Darwin 440 costs around £5,000 more than the equivalent Swift Conqueror, but is over £10,000 cheaper than the equivalent Carlight and the price includes the option to individually customise your caravan to meet your exact needs.

For the truly discerning caravanner, a Vanmaster badge still holds a lot of clout and the long-lasting quality of these coachbuilt ‘vans may well be enough to tempt a few traditional caravan lovers to part with that extra chunk of cash.

The Vanmaster Darwin 440 is on display at the NCC Motorhome & Caravan Show in Birmingham until Sunday October 16th. To get the latest updates from the show, join our community forum.

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