Families across Britain spend thousands turning their old jalopies into majestic motorhomes

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Bijou bus is chic and cheerful

Decked out in soothing shades of teal, with chic tiling and cool interiors, you could be reclining in a restful garden room, surveying the rolling Sussex countryside.

But these interiors have been carefully created within a former American school bus by music producer George Holliday and three friends.

Named Wildaway, the bus cost £4,500 to buy in New York and another £5,500 to ship to the UK — with renovation costing around £50,000.

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But the outlay is clear to see in the result, which includes a flushing lavatory, spacious shower and double bed which looks out to panoramic views on all sides.

There’s also an induction hob, microwave and fridge freezer, and LED lighting throughout. The bus is based in the Sussex countryside and, serving as a holiday home, can be rented for a two-night stay starting at £345.

Named Wildaway, the bus cost £4,500 to buy in New York and another £5,500 to ship to the UK — with renovation costing around £50,000

Named Wildaway, the bus cost £4,500 to buy in New York and another £5,500 to ship to the UK — with renovation costing around £50,000

The outlay is clear to see in the result, which includes a flushing lavatory, spacious shower and double bed which looks out to panoramic views on all sides. There’s also an induction hob, microwave and fridge freezer, and LED lighting throughout

The outlay is clear to see in the result, which includes a flushing lavatory, spacious shower and double bed which looks out to panoramic views on all sides. There’s also an induction hob, microwave and fridge freezer, and LED lighting throughout

School run to groovy glamper 

From the outside it’s a vibrant yellow U.S.-style school bus. But inside it’s a chic wooden hideaway that offers the perfect rustic living space.

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This ‘Skoolie’, as they are known to fans, was shipped to the UK for fruit farmer Vince Wheller and his family early last year at a total cost of £15,000. 

He and partner Julie wanted a vehicle that could become a holiday home on wheels.

And what a home it is. It has five solar panels to provide power, a diesel heater, a double bed, bunks and a bijou wet room complete with composting toilet.

The renovation came in at just under £30,000 and Summer Breeze Bus, as it’s known, has already been beating a path from its home in the New Forest to a string of British campsites.

From the outside it’s a vibrant yellow U.S.-style school bus. But inside it’s a chic wooden hideaway that offers the perfect rustic living space

From the outside it’s a vibrant yellow U.S.-style school bus. But inside it’s a chic wooden hideaway that offers the perfect rustic living space

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The renovation came in at just under £30,000 and Summer Breeze Bus, as it’s known, has already been beating a path from its home in the New Forest to a string of British campsites

The renovation came in at just under £30,000 and Summer Breeze Bus, as it’s known, has already been beating a path from its home in the New Forest to a string of British campsites

Craftsman’s cabin is twice as nice 

Jim Stewart converts vehicles into homes at his company Shred & Butta, but his most recent project has been very much a labour of love.

To create the ultimate bus pad, he joined two double-deckers, for which he paid a total of £8,500.

At his workshop in Cobham, Surrey, Jim created something between an Alpine cabin and a children’s playroom at a cost of around £25,000. 

There’s a hot tub and deck, a ballpit and treehouse-style swing, and even a roll-top bath. The making of the bus house features on Quest TV series Full Metal Junkies.

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Jim Stewart converts vehicles into homes at his company Shred & Butta, but his most recent project has been very much a labour of love

Jim Stewart converts vehicles into homes at his company Shred & Butta, but his most recent project has been very much a labour of love

To create the ultimate bus pad, he joined two double-deckers, for which he paid a total of £8,500. At his workshop in Cobham, Surrey, Jim created something between an Alpine cabin and a children’s playroom at a cost of around £25,000

To create the ultimate bus pad, he joined two double-deckers, for which he paid a total of £8,500. At his workshop in Cobham, Surrey, Jim created something between an Alpine cabin and a children’s playroom at a cost of around £25,000

Double-decker life on wheels

This double-decker bus provides everything Lamorna, 39, and Gareth Hollingsworth, 40, need in a home.

The couple met while travelling abroad and after their 2019 wedding travelled the world in a camper van.

At the end of their epic honeymoon, they realised their love of life on four wheels had grown in scale.

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They bought this 1997 Scania bus for £40,000 on eBay and have spent around £20,000 converting it into a solar- powered home that’s based in the Herefordshire countryside.

The renovation has included copper splashbacks in the kitchen and a log burner, and there’s even a piano. Upstairs is the bedroom and a bathroom with rainforest wallpaper.

This double-decker bus provides everything Lamorna, 39, and Gareth Hollingsworth, 40, need in a home. The  couple met while travelling abroad and after their 2019 wedding travelled the world in a camper van
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This double-decker bus provides everything Lamorna, 39, and Gareth Hollingsworth, 40, need in a home. The couple met while travelling abroad and after their 2019 wedding travelled the world in a camper van

The renovation has included copper splashbacks in the kitchen and a log burner, and there’s even a piano. Upstairs is the bedroom and a bathroom with rainforest wallpaper

The renovation has included copper splashbacks in the kitchen and a log burner, and there’s even a piano. Upstairs is the bedroom and a bathroom with rainforest wallpaper

Scrapyard to designer pad

Landscape architect Luke Whitaker, 37, turned a bus into a sustainable, rent-free home so he could save money to get on the property ladder.

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With his father, he bought a BMC Falcon 20001 bus from a scrapyard in Hereford for just £1,300. It wasn’t drivable, but Luke could see that it had potential.

‘The engine had seized, so you couldn’t drive it, but it was completely watertight and structurally sound,’ he says.

‘It seemed like a great idea to turn it into a sustainable tiny home.’

Luke spent £8,500 stripping it and overhauling the interior, with a little help from videos on YouTube.

The result is stunning, with cool colours and tongue and groove panelling, a butler sink and copper kitchen tap and, of course, there’s a log-burning stove.

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The bus is tucked away on the family farm in Gloucestershire. And if you’d like to try it out, it’s going for rent on Airbnb for the summer before reverting to a home.

Landscape architect Luke Whitaker, 37, turned a bus into a sustainable, rent-free home so he could save money to get on the property ladder. With his father, he bought a BMC Falcon 20001 bus from a scrapyard in Hereford for just £1,300. It wasn’t drivable, but Luke could see that it had potential

Landscape architect Luke Whitaker, 37, turned a bus into a sustainable, rent-free home so he could save money to get on the property ladder. With his father, he bought a BMC Falcon 20001 bus from a scrapyard in Hereford for just £1,300. It wasn’t drivable, but Luke could see that it had potential

Luke spent £8,500 stripping it and overhauling the interior, with a little help from videos on YouTube. The result is stunning, with cool colours and tongue and groove panelling, a butler sink and copper kitchen tap and, of course, there’s a log-burning stove

Luke spent £8,500 stripping it and overhauling the interior, with a little help from videos on YouTube. The result is stunning, with cool colours and tongue and groove panelling, a butler sink and copper kitchen tap and, of course, there’s a log-burning stove

eBay bargain’s new life

Rob and Layla Robinson saw the beauty in a tired old 1960s Bedford Panorama bus when they snapped it up for £700 on eBay 12 years ago.

Landscape gardener Rob and designer Layla turned it into a mobile home they planned to use for their own travels, until they realised its size made it ‘a bit impractical’ .

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Rob estimates it cost under £5,000 to finish, and the result is The Majestic Bus, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys, available to book from £120 a night.

Rob and Layla Robinson saw the beauty in a tired old 1960s Bedford Panorama bus when they snapped it up for £700 on eBay 12 years ago

Rob and Layla Robinson saw the beauty in a tired old 1960s Bedford Panorama bus when they snapped it up for £700 on eBay 12 years ago

Landscape gardener Rob and designer Layla turned it into a mobile home they planned to use for their own travels, until they realised its size made it ‘a bit impractical’

Landscape gardener Rob and designer Layla turned it into a mobile home they planned to use for their own travels, until they realised its size made it ‘a bit impractical’

Stargaze from your bus bed

Ed Lewis-Pratt and his business partner Will Chapman already had a business making kids outwear from recycled plastic bottles when the pandemic led them to diversify into upmarket glamping adventures.

They now have three American school buses that have become stunning mobile homes for holidaymakers. The buses travel around the country, and will this summer be stationed in Polzeath, Cornwall.

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Their first bus cost £3,000 to buy in the US and ship to the UK and about £30,000 in total convert.

‘The showstopper is the Stargazing Red Bus,’ says Ed. ‘There’s a king size double bed at the back and above it we have cut a hole in the roof so you can look at the stars.’

There are also two bunk beds, for smaller guests, a small kitchenette and a wealth of reclaimed wood on floors, walls and ceilings.

Staycations on one of the Roarsome Adevntures buses start from £150 per night.

All aboard the bluebird

While travelling Europe in a camper van, Ailsa Gardener and boyfriend Paul realised they could spend their savings on continuing their travels – or invest in a bus and turn it into a home where they could live while saving up for a more permanent abode.

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The result was an American school bus – a yellow Bluebird – which they found advertised for sale not far from their then home in Cheshire.

They kept their renovation costs low by doing all the work themselves over 13-weeks including fitting a hot shower, washing machine, flatscreen TV, double bed, wood burners, fridge and stove.

Ailsa says she tried to inject a little bit of the feel of her native home, Australia, in the interior styling, which incorporates timber decking.

‘We wanted it to be light and airy, a reminder of home and a little bit of the places we had been,’ says Ailsa.

Original features include curtains hanging from the pull cord that children once used to request a stop, one of the bench seats and all the external bus stickers.

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