Hereford , Herefordshire
Full of surprises, this glam converted bus near Hay-on-Wye stopped in the spendid surroundings of the Radnorshire Hills
Please note: minimum stay for this property is: 2 nights low season & 3 nights high season
Almost on the border of England and Wales, Hay-on-Wye is famous for its literary festival and it may soon be famous for the Majestic Bus too. Parked up a short drive from the town, on the edge of the Radnorshire Hills, this bus is like no other you have ever seen – jump aboard and you will soon discover how.
A marvel of interior design, the Majestic Bus (actually a converted 1960s Bedford Panoramic for those who like to know these things), has been turned into a truly inviting holiday home. With wooden floors and solar panels in the roof, it boasts retro touches and clever use of space. There’s room for 4 inside, and there’s space in the garden to pitch a tent on the deck, big enough for another 4 guests.
There’s also a fire pit should you want to try a bit of outdoor cooking. Otherwise, the bus provides a cute kitchen with a fridge, gas cooker and attractive oak worktops.On arrival, you’ll find milk in the fridge, and essentials like tea, coffee and sugar are provided too.
Upfront where the driver would have sat, you can sit and eat at the dining table (the large windows all around give great garden views). Further back, you’ll find a cosy seating area with a wood-burner – the sofa converts to a double bed – with another in the main sleeping area at the back.
There wasn’t quite room to incorporate a bathroom on the bus, but fear not… a luxurious purpose-built bath house is just a few metres from the door, incorporating a roll-top bath, shower and toilet. Warm and romantic, this room has both a wood-burner and sprinkling of tea lights for the perfect ambience.
Plenty is supplied to make your stay on the Majestic Bus a comfortable one, including bedding, towels, toiletries and some logs for the burner. There’s even a socket to charge your laptop or phone.
In an area of incredible natural beauty, the bus is surrounded by open hills and verdant countryside. The much-traversed Offa’s Dyke path runs close by, while the Brecon Beacons and the Brecon to Monmouth Canal are within 30 minutes’ drive.
A walk along the Bailey riverside in Hay-on-Wye will lead you to the town’s conservation area, complete with beach, and the surrounding region is the place to be for pony-trekking, mountain-biking, fishing and a host of activities. In town, you’ll find galleries, craft shops and an art-house cinema in addition to the many second-hand bookshops Hay has become renowned for. Find something fascinating and curl up in the Majestic Bus to read it.
Perfectly located to explore two nations in one, the quirky Majestic Bus is surely the way to go.
Cardiff 1h 46m, Bristol 2h 15m, Birmingham 2h 15m.
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