Couple create dream home in vintage double-decker bus and it's on sale for £45k

A couple have made their dream home-on-wheels from a vintage double-decker bus – and now it’s for sale and could be yours for just £45k.

Couple Manjula and Reuben Cote purchased the 1978 Bristol VR double-decker in the hope of using it at festivals – but the coronavirus pandemic scuppered their plans.

They carried out a major renovation of the vehicle, adding wooden worktops, pine ceilings, plus carpeted floors, a double bed, and even a gas cooker.

The bus, which ended its career working as a shuttle bus at the Amberley Museum in Sussex, has all the mod cons but the pair are now looking for new owners to make the bus their home.

Inside the home-on-wheels
Their bus home comes with all mod cons, but they’ve decided to put it up for sale

The bed on the bus
The bus has carpets, a bed, and even a cooker

‘Betsy Boop’, as Manjula and Reuben have affectionately named her, could be the dream family home, a quirky Airbnb or glamping opportunity, with an asking price of £45,000.

“It’s got a rich and beautiful history – it’s not the same bus but exactly same model and year as the Spice Girls’ bus,” said yoga teacher Manjula, who lives in Roadwater on the edge of the Exmoor National Park in Devon.

“We originally bought the bus to use at festivals and we would have used it for us to live in.

The shower on the bus
The bus-home could be yours for just £45K

“But because we’re self-employed it’s been a really rough year. But it’s going to make somebody an amazing home.”

An online advert for Betsy, which has a brand-new engine and full MOT, reads: “As Betsy is classed as a historic vehicle, she is road tax exempt.

“Betsy has now been lovingly and sympathetically converted into an exquisite and unique off-grid home on wheels.

“Betsy Boop is beautifully handcrafted, newly completed and totally unique! This Bristol VR offers the opportunity of total off-grid living.

The kitchen on the bus
The kitchen has been installed to a professional standard

“On entering the bus, you step in to a fully fitted kitchen with extensive solid oak work tops on both sides.

“There is ample storage space in the Shaker style cupboards, a full-sized kitchen sink, an under counter 3-way fridge and a 4-burner gas hob.

“The curved staircase with vintage chrome handrail leads you to the upper deck.

“At the front of the top deck are 2 fitted box seats, with fitted cushions and storage beneath. This is a wonderful place to hang out, admire the views or do some star gazing.

“Betsy Boop represents a fantastic opportunity for wonderful family holidays on wheels or a lucrative AirBnB/glamping business.”

Manjula added: “I put it out on Facebook naively and it’s literally gone mental.

“I’ve spent days responding to people. We’ve got several people coming to look at it.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for somebody.”

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