Like the age-old saying goes, bigger isn’t always better. That certainly rings true for the ever-increasing number of people who are embarking on the stressful yet rewarding challenge of building tiny homes – or converting vans, buses and even wagons into unique living spaces.
Whether it’s to live in permanently or to rent out as a holiday let, people across the world are opting to downsize and adopt a nomadic lifestyle. And while we’ve seen some stunning tiny home transformations across Cornwall, we’ve now taken a look at some stylish homes on wheels – and you can stay in them.
For dedicated DIYers, a bus can be a great starting point for a tiny home. And while turning one into a home on wheels is no easy feat, it can certainly become a small oasis for some, as these people have proven.
Here are four very different bus conversion transformations across Cornwall – and each of them are available to book for a short break or holiday.
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Betty the 1953 Bedford R
Betty is a bus conversion that sits in the village of Washaway, between Bodmin and Wadebridge. The Bedford R was lovingly rebuilt and converted by Hannah in 2021. It was a labour of love but Betty “has settled in well” into the lower end of the paddock nearby an orchard.
At 10mx3m she is pretty spacious despite how she may look. It’s been fitted with a king-size bed, fire, full size bathroom and a stunning kitchen with all the mod cons There is a main living area with a kitchen, lots of seating and an electric fire.
The bathroom has a standard size and loo and shower, all plumbed in. The bedroom hosts a king size bed and cupboards and curtain from the main living space. Externally there’s numerous seats and a barbeque and fire pit.
Woodland little blue bus retreat
Escape reality in this adorable converted Woodland retreat, in the renowned and secluded 40 acre Pendarves bluebell woods, near Camborne.
The characterful bus has been completed to a beautiful standard – with wood and blue accents. There’s a fully-fitted kitchen, shower room, sleeping space and a log burner in the living space. It even has its own little deck area.
For those staying here the bus itself is really tastefully and well kitted out with everything you need plus lots of thoughtful touches and treats. For something so small – it’s been very cleverly designed with plenty of storage.
‘Ellie’ 1968 Austin FG Bus
‘Ellie’ the bus is a 1968 Austin FG that as undergone a recent ‘glamping’ conversion . Located on the edge of an old orchard, in the grounds of a Manor House. The bus is on its own large pitch with parking, seating and a barbecue.
Ellie is solar powered with no mains electric. The solar power provides lighting, USB phone charging points and runs a 50 litre fridge. It has not been fitted with it’s own bathroom so there’s a separate shower room and compost toilet nearby The barbecue, shower, heating and cooker are run on LPG bottled gas.
There’s no TV or Wi-Fi in here which makes for a peaceful off-grid experience.
Converted Leyland Olympian double-decker
Buster’s Bus is a self-contained, unique holiday home near Perranporth with its own shower and flushing toilet, fridge, induction hob, full sized oven and DAB radio. There is a double bedroom and single bedroom upstairs, along with a cosy sitting area.
The dining area is downstairs and at night the two long benches by the dining table can be made up into two comfortable single bunks. It’s also dog-friendly.
The bus has panoramic views over open countryside all around and is in its own field on a small farm and horse livery yard where horses wander in the fields along with chickens, ducks and geese, dogs and cats.
You can view the Airbnb listing here.