Double-decker bus converted into stunning home on wheels now on sale for £45k

A couple who bought and revamped a bus during lockdown have now put the vehicle on the market for £45,000.

Husband and wife Manjula and Reuben Cote purchased the 1978 Bristol VR double-decker early last year in the hope of using it at festivals, but the coronavirus pandemic scuppered their plans.

Having carried out a major renovation of the vehicle, which ended its career working as a shuttle bus at the Amberley Museum in Sussex, they are now looking for new owners to make the bus their home.

‘Betsy Boop’, as Manjula and Reuben have affectionately named her, could be the dream family home or a quirky Airbnb or glamping opportunity.

‘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.

‘We originally bought the bus to use at festivals and we would have used it for us to live in. 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, who has a brand-new engine and full MOT, said: ‘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 is fully fitted and boasts solid oak worktops. It also has a full-size sink, and an under counter 3-way fridge and 4-burner gas hob.

The dining area has space for eight, too, and there’s a toilet under the stairs with a rainfall shower.

Head up the curved staircase to find a cute seating area (at the front, which everyone knows is best spot) to chill and do some star gazing.

Behind that is the bedroom, with a full sized double bed and the usual amenities you’d expect.

Manjula said: ‘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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