ruth wimpory skoolie stays

By Ruth

In this blog, we explore the glamping niche that Skoolie Stays inhabits. You’ll probably realise we are not the only converted bus or vehicle that you can while away few days in in the great British countryside! Look around and you will find double decker buses, old coaches, helicopters, and all sorts of wheeled trailers upon which glamourous cabins have been built. You may even stumble across a car with hot tub built into it. So cool.

We are pleased to be leading the way with the American School bus fleet that has popped up in the UK and offer short breaks and glamping stays in these iconic vehicles. Johnny Vegas’s Field of dreams glamping project and TV programme has opened eyes to some of the possibilities of boutique bus and vehicles getaways. Certainly that coverage has piqued interest in those who like their short breaks to be on the quirky side

Go glamping on a bus to find WOW moments!

But what makes staying in a bus so special? We know the ‘wow moment’ of seeing the inside of our beautifully converted ‘Skoolie’ is a clue to the joy that bus glamping brings. It looks like a bus from the outside, but step inside: WOW! Here the story begins and it is another genuinely important part of the experience for our guests. Every vehicle has this, I think. Be it a double decker, an American School Bus, or an old Leyland Coach, you know straight away that there’s a story.  This definitely adds some meaning to your choice of accommodation. As guests you become a part of the story, you are the latest chapter in the life of that bus or vehicle. And it’s an unusual one of course.


Our own School Bus started its life ferrying kids around Florida, then some adventurous Brits who had lived in a school bus for a year in the States bought it and shipped it across the Atlantic. They converted it and opened it for glamping experiences in the beautiful South Downs in Sussex. It first lived in Firle in East Sussex, then up on the cliffs of Beachy Head, and now its nestled amongst the oaks in lovely West Sussex.

In this blog we explore some of the best things about staying in a converted bus in a British field and look at what you might expect from the experience.  

The Quirky Appeal of staying on a Bus, Coach or another crazy vehicle

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One of the most alluring aspects of glamping in converted buses and vehicles is the sheer quirkiness and novelty factor. In a world where cookie-cutter accommodations are a dime-a-dozen, (to use an appropriate Americanism!) these unique retreats offer a refreshing change of pace. From the moment you lay eyes on your quirky abode, whether it’s a bright red double-decker bus or a sleek, repurposed helicopter, you know you’re in for an experience like no other.


This sense of whimsy and playfulness is precisely what draws many travellers to bus glamping. It’s a chance to embrace your inner child, to let go of the mundane, and to immerse yourself in a world where imagination and creativity are firmly in charge. Whether you’re a free-spirited adventurer or simply someone seeking a break from the ordinary, these unconventional accommodations promise to ignite a sense of wonder and excitement that’s often lost in our fast-paced, modern lives. Indeed a desire to ‘getaway from the normal’ is something we hear from our guests a lot. They know that’s exactly what’s awaiting them. Perhaps a Shepherd’s Hut or Yurt just doesn’t deliver in the same way

Converting vehicles for glamping: The Art of Transformation

Behind every converted bus or vehicle lies a remarkable story of transformation. What was once a utilitarian mode of transportation has been lovingly reimagined and repurposed into a cozy, luxurious retreat. This transformation is a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the designers and craftspeople who breathe new life into these vehicles. Ahem.


Step inside one of these converted gems, and you’ll be amazed by the attention to detail and the thoughtful design elements that have been incorporated. You’ll see this in the clever use of space and storage solutions to the carefully curated decor and furnishings. As on our bus, so often every aspect has been meticulously considered to ensure a comfortable and stylish living experience.


But the true magic lies in the juxtaposition of the old and the new. The exterior of the vehicle may retain its rugged, industrial charm, but the interior is a world unto itself – a cozy oasis of modern comforts and luxuries. This contrast between the past and the present adds an extra layer of intrigue and character to your stay, making it a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

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First Stop: Connecting with Nature on your glamping bus holiday

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One of the greatest joys of glamping on converted buses and vehicles is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the great outdoors while still enjoying the comforts of home. These unique vehicles are often situated in idyllic rural settings, surrounded by rolling hills, lush meadows, or tranquil woodlands.


Imagine waking up to a gentle breezie in the trees and gentle birdsong stepping outside your cosy bus or vehicle to breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Whether you choose to spend your days hiking on hills (like our own South Downs National Park) , picnicking, or simply lounging in the great outdoors with a good book, the natural beauty that surrounds you is sure to help you relax and achieve the ‘getting away from it’ you need.


Many of these glamping sites also offer additional outdoor amenities, such as fire pits, hot tubs, or even private lakes or ponds, allowing you to fully embrace the great outdoors while still indulging in a touch of luxury. Our very own firepit area and log burner are big hits for our guests on the Skoolie. 

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly bus conversions for glamping

In an age where environmental consciousness is becoming increasingly important, glamping on converted buses and vehicles offers a unique opportunity to embrace sustainable and eco-friendly travel practices. By repurposing and breathing new life into these vehicles, we’re not only reducing waste but also celebrating the principles of upcycling and creative reuse.


Many of the companies and individuals behind these converted accommodations prioritize sustainable practices, from using eco-friendly building materials and energy-efficient appliances to implementing water conservation measures and promoting responsible waste management. By choosing to stay in these unique retreats, you’re not only supporting a more sustainable tourism industry but also minimizing your environmental footprint while still enjoying the comforts of a luxurious getaway.

Converted vehicles as tiny homes make for unforgettable experiences

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Perhaps the most compelling reason to choose a glamping stay on a converted bus or vehicle is the promise of unforgettable experiences.


Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a solo escape, these unconventional holiday rentals offer a chance to create lasting memories and forge connections with loved ones or with yourself. Every moment, from the cozy evenings spent curled up by the fire to the awe-inspiring sunrises witnessed from your unique vantage point, will be etched into your memory, creating unforgettable experiences that will stay with you long after your journey ends.


If you’re looking for a distinctive and memorable outdoor getaway, glamping on a converted bus such as the Skoolie or any pf the other amazing options out there is an excellent choice. Embrace the quirky charm and cosy comforts these unique places  offer, allowing you to write your own part of their story, and find your own ‘wow moments’.

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