Property Info

General Info

The Red Bus is one of the most unique places you could spend a weekend. Set in a beautifully secluded spot adjoining a paddock, with the friendly goats as neighbours! With a children's play area directly in front of the bus this turly is a great escape for families. Much skill and imagination has been employed to renovate this 1982 Metro bus to create an attractive and practical living space on both floors. It really is a characterful and cosy space with charming décor and furnishings, all designed with comfort in mind. However, what makes this place truly special is its settings there is wildlife in abundance with lots of wonderful walks right on you doorstep. Simply walk through the owners land and you are in Hangman’s wood, where you can walk for miles undisturbed. The views over the wooded hills of the Forest of Dean are not to be beaten. Newnham-on-Severn nestles on the banks of the River Severn. The Royal Forest of Dean is nearby providing plenty of opportunity to go for walks within the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. A little further afield, discover the beautiful Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacon National Park. A great location for a relaxing break or activity holiday at any time of year. You will soon find yourself sinking into the countryside lifestyle while taking in the fresh air and breath taking views – The Red Bus is an unusual, quirky property that will put a smile on your face no matter what the weather! Wood fired Hot tub available for £50 for 5 nights & under or £70 for 7 nights and over. Dogs are welcome but are only allowed on the ground floor/lower deck of the bus.£25 pet charge per pet per holiday. Read More

Property Info

The Red Bus. Two bedrooms and 2 sets of child bunks: 1 x ground floor double with wall mounted TV (limited head room), 1 x first floor/upper deck double with TV (limited head room), 2 x child bunks with narrow single mattress. 1 x first floor/upper deck small WC and basin, 1 x external private outbuilding with shower (NB head height is 68 inches (1m 73) 1 x ground floor kitchen and dining area, 1 x first floor/upper deck living area. Children's play area with climbing frame,

Facilities

Electric panel heaters. Oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, coffee machine. TV, DVD, WIFI. Fuel and power inc in rent. Bed linen and towels inc in rent. Decking area which has a picnic table and further seating. A fire pit with cooking utensils, shared sandpit and toys for young children. play area with large climbing frame. Two well behaved dogs welcome at £25 per dog per week (downstairs only), sorry, no smoking. Shop 1 mile, pub 1.5 miles. Note: Wood fired Hot tub available for £50 for 5 nights & under or £70 for 7 nights and over, this is to be paid directly to the owner upon arrival. Due to the layout of the hot tub, it is not permitted for children under the age of 12 to use, any children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. PLEASE NOTE: the owner will instruct on the use of the Hot Tub, however the running of the hot tub is the responsibility of the guests. This property can accommodate 8 people a maximum of 4 adults and 4 children, best suited for a total of 6 guests

Note: Due to the nature of the property it may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. Note: Not suitable for children under 4 years old. Note: Maximum standing height on the bus is 68in (1m 73)
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The Hot Tub

  • Hot tub is private for your use only
  • Wood Fired
  • Seats 4 people
  • Not sunken
  • Not undercover
  • Located outside
  • Extra charge to include hot tub use

Location

Reviews

A fun place to stay, but some cleanliness issues

To start with, this is a fun place to stay - the kids loved it, there are great views, and lots of great walks in the area. There are also friendly pets on site, and 'George' was a great help, showing us where everything was, and lighting the fire for the hot tub. It was great eating outside, and for such a small space, it's well equipped, with a microwave, cooker, oven, fridge, and sink all inside the bus. We were perfectly able to cook (simple!) meals onboard. There's a separate block next to the bus with an electric shower, which is fine. The hot tub was fun, however, it isn't really a hot tub. There are no jets (so it's just a big bath really). It's also heated by a log burner, and it takes a LONG time to warm up (and never gets 'hot'). Also, the smoke from the log burner goes straight into the bedroom window. Besides the smoke blowing into the bus, I think the main issue is as another review commented, which is that the bedding was very smelly, and the mattresses seem very old and uncomfortable - sadly that's what brings this down from a 4 or 5 star review. The other thing that brings the score down is that the toilet (unlike some of the bedrooms) has no door, no windows that open, and no extractor fan (bring some air freshener!) - this is really needed, there's just a sheer curtain, and no privacy. Overall, we'd consider staying here again, but only if the reviews reflected that the cleanliness has improved.

Not as the pictures show!!

We booked to stay in the bus for a week, however only stayed for 2 nights. The pictures show a nice fresh, clean looking interior but it's not as it seems. The bus was dusty and dirty, especially around the mattresses. I wouldn't advise people to look under them! The bus was cold and had a damp smell. The bedding also smelt stale. We purchased some new duvets from the nearest town so we could sleep with clean bedding. It says it can sleep up to 8, there was 5 of us and we couldn't all sit and watch a dvd in the evening as the dvd player is in one of the bedrooms. 5 on the sofa is a struggle anyway. Dog hair on the carpets! You can't arrive before 6pm and have to leave by 9am so it's not as if the owners don't have time to clean it! The hot tub was also a disaster. The wood burner for it was lit when we arrived but didn't manage to heat the water before bed. We were up for 8am and got the wood burner lit and kept it going all day and by about 10pm the water was still too cold!!!!! I would not recommend this place. The picture is from when I lifted up one of the mattresses from one of the bunk beds! I wouldn't say it was covid clean!

Red Bus - perfectly quirky!

Very different - great fun - everything we needed - very peaceful - very relaxed - cooking sausages and marshmallows on an open fire was perfect. Great hosts - attentive but respectful and provided a lovely hamper of goodies. Lots of things to do in the area - Forest of Dean, Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood all beautiful with steam trains, art and fresh air. We will return even though there wasn’t wifi!

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