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Night Owl coverless duvet review

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Who says camper van holidays can’t have a touch of luxury about them? We were sent a Night Owl coverless duvet by the Fine Bedding Company to see what we thought about adding some opulence to our VW T5 sleeping arrangements.

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In the interests of full disclosure, we still haven’t been away in our camper van in 2021. But we’re absolutely itching to go! There’s just a few more weeks before our first trip that we booked back in January. 

Coverless duvet on a bed in home

So, in the meantime, we have been snuggling up in our Night Owl duvet at home and using it for post swim chills at the beach. It’s a good job it’s so easy to wash! More on that in a moment.

Here’s our review of the Fine Bedding Company’s Night Owl coverless duvet.

Camper van bedding

Mum and child looking out the back of camper van a a view of a beach

What do you use for bedding in a camper van? 

Up until now we have been sleeping bag people. That’s despite preferring a duvet and sheets when we are on caravan holidays. ‘Proper bedding’ feels more homely, just like a caravan.

However, I’m of the opinion that traditional camping is the right domain for sleeping bags. No one wants to let in an unwelcome draft when there’s just a thin player of canvas between you and the elements. 

But camper vans are a different kettle of fish – or tin box – somewhere in between tents and caravans. And this is where I think the coverless duvet comes into its own.

Product specifications

Here’s the low down on the Night Owl coverless duvet:

  • Tog: 10.5 for use all year round 
  • Cover: 100% sustainably sourced BCI cotton cver
  • Filling: 100% Smartfil® Microfibre made from recycled PET bottles
  • Wash: 40°C in a large capacity machine. Tumble dry until thoroughly dry. Do Not Bleach. Do not dry clean
  • Size options: single, double and king 
  • Colours: navy or grey
  • Price: £80 to £100 depending on the size you need.

You can also get matching pillow cases for £20 a pair.

Find out more on the Fine Bedding Company website.

Why choose a Night Owl coverless duvet?

Girl in coverless duvet on a camper van bed

So, what makes the Night Owl great for camper van holidays?

  • it’s washable, like a sleeping bag, and fits in your machine at home or on site if you are away for a proper road trip
  • you get the luxury of a duvet without the hassle of arranging the cover in a small space or outside the van
  • it comes with a duffle bag that means it’s no bigger than a double sleeping bag to store.
  • importantly, the price for a king-sized Night Owl is less than a breathable, cotton double sleeping bag. But it is a much more luxurious product with extra coverage and quality.

We’ve not yet found a double sleeping bag for less than £100 that we’d want to use without an extra cotton liner.

Our last sleeping bag purchase was the Outwell Snooze Double*. While this is 100% cotton, it doesn’t have the same luxury feel as the Night Owl and actually takes up more room when packed in its bag.

Packed coverless duvet and pillows in the back of camper van

Why this coverless duvet is extra special

The Fine Bedding Company are no strangers to giving holiday makers a great nights sleep. They started out supplying bedding to large cruise liners and ships in the early 20th Century. 

In fact, if you’ve stayed at the International Continental at the O2 in London or St Michael’s Manor in Hertfordshire, it’s likely you’ll have slipped between their covers.

And because they sell their bedding to individuals too, you can get that same delicious hotel bed feeling at home AND in your camper van! I dare anyone to suggest we’re ‘roughing it’ while camping.

Another big bonus for us is that the cotton outer is 100% sustainably sourced and the duvet fill is made from recycled plastic bottles.

If that doesn’t make for a sounder sleep, I don’t know what does!

The Fine Bedding Company’s top eco-friendly tip for this duvet is to use a cotton flat sheet between yourself and duvet to reduce the frequency and amount of material you are washing. 

Waffle pattern on pillow and Night Owl coverless duvet

So far, using the Night Owl duvet at home has been bliss. It’s made me realise how ropey our own duvet has become. I can’t even remember when we bought it! 

Find out more about how we sleep two adults and two kids in our camper van.

Our verdict

Mum and child in duvet in the back of a camper van

I love the feel of the cotton outer, the look of the textured waffle top and the weight of the duvet itself, which keeps you snug but not too warm.

I can’t wait to use it while we’re out on our camper van adventures this summer. It’s a 5 star hotel upgrade for our VW T5, making van life even more comfortable.

Find out more and buy the Night Owl coverless duvet on the Fine Bedding Company website.

If you are new to camper van life, read our tips for buying a camper van and our printable packing list.

Disclosure: we were sent our Fine Bedding Night Owl coverless duvet for the purposes of a review. All images and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links marked with *. This means if you click on one and make a purchase I may earn some commission. This does not affect the price you pay.

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