The Red Bus

Pope`s Hill, Forest of Dean
H198
Price: £693-£1002 per week
Sleeps: 6 (max 4 adults)
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
  • Highly unusual accommodation in a transformed 1970s double decker bus
  • Forest walks on the doorstep
  • Generous decking area and firepit
  • Dog friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 night bookings accepted

What our guests say

Our family had paid for us to spend a weekend at the Red Bus for our 25th wedding anniversary. What a fantastic gift. Jane and Lee gave us a very warm welcome (including decorati....

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The price for your stay will be £596

Small Party Discount

Details

A 20% discount applies at all times for three or four guests. A 30% discount applies if there are just two of you.

If you think your booking is eligible please select the discount amount below. Our office staff will check your booking before confirming it.

Where applicable, the Small Party Discount supersedes any other Special Offer, available at the time of booking.

Introduction

Superbly sited in a secluded spot adjoining a paddock on the owner’s land, The Red Bus is the ingenious transformation of a 1970s double decker bus into unique and highly unusual holiday accommodation.

This is a wonderfully peaceful location with only the bleating of sheep and the owner’s friendly goats in the adjoining paddock to break the silence. There’s wildlife in abundance here and of course lots of wonderful walks right on your doorstep. The views across the adjoining fields to the wooded hills of the Forest of Dean are truly spectacular.

The Red Bus is also perfectly placed for the wide variety of attractions to be found in the area – Symond’s Yat Rock on the River Wye with its spectacular views spanning several counties, historic sites such as Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle further downstream; Offa’s Dyke Path and the border castles or, to the east, the cathedral cities of Gloucester and Worcester and the Cotswold hills beyond.

The owner of The Red Bus has used his considerable talent, skills and imagination to create cleverly designed, highly attractive, practical living and sleeping spaces on both floors of the bus - a real masterclass in making the best possible use of the limited inside space available. You can also spill out on to the generous decking area outside which has a picnic table and further seating. There’s a sandpit with toys for smaller children just below and a firepit with cooking utensils and benches around it where all the family can gather and enjoy this magical setting. The deck is illuminated by soft ‘fairy’ lighting in the evening making this a truly special place to stay.

The Red Bus will accommodate a maximum of four adults and four children but is better suited for a total of six guests. NB maximum standing height on the bus is 68 inches (one metre 73).

Accommodation

Pathway from the parking area down to the bus. Lower deck: driver’s area, seat and steering wheel. Neatly designed, fitted kitchen area on both sides of the bus and beyond this a dining area with oak gateleg table for which extra folding chairs are stored in a cupboard. At the end, a ‘cabin’ with fitted standard size double mattress and wall-mounted TV provides a cosy sleeping area for two adults. (NB limited head room).

Steep stairs with hand rail lead to the Upper deck where the front of the bus provides a small bathroom (wash basin and loo with a great view from the front windscreen across the countryside). The central part is taken up by a well-designed sitting/TV/music area. A separating door leads through to a sleeping area with two children's ‘cabins’ with 6ft x 2ft mattresses on each side and a further ‘cabin’ at the end with a standard size double mattress and TV (NB limited head room).

A separate outbuilding a few yards from the bus provides showering facilities (NB head height is 68” (one metre 72).

Services

  • Electric heating, bed linen, towels and a complementary welcome pack of locally sourced produce included in rent
  • Pick your own fruit (apples, pears and plums) in season
  • Flat screen TVs with built-in DVD players – sitting area and downstairs bedroom
  • Radio/CD player with USB port
  • Useful selection of DVDs & children’s books provided
  • Microwave
  • Shop/PO one mile
  • Good pub – The Red Hart at Blaisdon 1,5 miles
  • One well behaved dog – downstairs only
  • Not suitable for children under 4
  • Non-smokers only

Location

What our guests say

Relaxing and quirky retreat

Our family had paid for us to spend a weekend at the Red Bus for our 25th wedding anniversary. What a fantastic gift. Jane and Lee gave us a very warm welcome (including decorating the bus with bunting!). The bus is just great, quirkily converted it retains enough of its original fixtures and fittings (including driver's seat and steering wheel) so you are always aware you are on a bus, but has comfortable bedrooms, galley kitchen, living room and toilet (shower room is in a small building alongside). Outside is a decked area, a fire pit and large area of grass. The Red Bus is set in a quiet valley, so wherever you are in the bus you get a great view of open fields, trees and the wider Gloucestershire countryside. There are some very entertaining goats in the neighbouring paddock. Our two children (girls 8 and 11) loved our stay. It's a great location from which to explore the Forest of Dean, but equally you could have a great break if you never left the bus at all! Despite being close to other houses and holiday let's it still feels remote. (We were told there had been a lovely party taking place nearby during our stay, but we never heard a thing!) As a family we couldn't recommend The Red Bus highly enough.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 31 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

The trip of a lifetime

I booked the Big Red Bus as a birthday treat for my two granddaughters and their Mum came along for the ride and what a ride it was. The views from different windows gave the impression that the bus was moving although it was stationary. The peace and tranquillity and fantastic views, the friendly goats and horses together with the friendly hospitality of Jane and Lee made it a truly wonderful experience and we hope to return real soon.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 24 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

A truly magical experience

Booked this as a surprise for my wife's 50th birthday and can honestly say it surpassed all my expectations. The setting is absolutely magical and the bus has clearly been renovated and designed with much love. Lee and Jane's attention to detail is second to none. Sitting outside in the evening watching all the local wildlife while cooking over the fire pit was an experience not to be missed and Jane had even decorated the bus with birthday bunting and provided a cake and champagne - honestly we didn't want to leave.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 18 May 2017. 5 of 5 stars.
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Best Bus Ever

So glad we booked the bus! Our children had a great time feeding the goats and roaming the site. So much to do in the area and the renovation of the accommodation is absolutely amazing. Fabulous welcoming hosts too. Just wish we stayed longer :D

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 28 April 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

We had a magical Christmas on this amazing bus which ticked every single box for a peaceful but exciting Christmas. Me & this bus were made for each other particularly when I discovered The Old School CD, Faithless DVD and Madonna. Everything was pretty perfect and I will be back every season to see how the setting changes in warmer weather - 10/10 recommendation.

Helen Flanagan, December 2016.

Can we live here!

This was surely the most unusual but fantastic mini-break to date. From arriving to the time of departure we were totally relaxed. The setting, the accommodation, the friendly goats and the reception we had was second to none. It was the greeting with the goody hamper that set us up for the first night. would we go again? we would be mad not to! So when can we buy it???

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 09 November 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Amazing time on The Red Bus

We stayed for 2 nights and did not want to leave, it was not long enough. The bus was amazing and it was so comfortable and so much fun. The surrrounding area is peaceful and idyllic, everything was thought about and it was such a fun stay. We loved it so much that we have booked to return next year.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 29 October 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

What a magical place

Spent a lovely week in a beautiful setting, on a quirky and extremely comfortable red bus. The welcome pack was lovely and much appreciated and this was cooked on the outside fire. Jane and Lee, as well as Lee's parents were very friendly and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. We loved every moment of our stay, from feeding the goats to the fairy lights in the evening, to sitting on the toilet - what a view! We can't find any fault and will be going back again.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 14 September 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Idyllic, iconic, inspirational, impressive, indulgent - just marvellous

Lovely caring touches abound from this classic... From gorgeous hamper with Prosecco, eggs, sausages, bacon & butter to cosy comfortable warm beds and an amazing firepit plus beautiful vintage decor (and a loo with a view!), to overlooking goat and sheep pastures plus allowing our dog to roam & become best friends with one of their rescue goats, to helpful information about the local area (thanks for the classic cinema at 2.50 suggestion, we loved the venue and movie on the rainy day) - this has been the best stay ever, thank you Jane and Lee. (ps Local things to do are plentiful (we adored Puzzlewood and the Iron ore mine/cave, were awestruck by the beauty even just driving around, enjoyed Maize Maze - to mention but a few!)

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 11 September 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

A wonderful place to stay!

We had a wonderful three night stay, the bus was perfect for our family (2 adults, 11 and 7 yr old children and one very active dog). We were so comfortable we never got to the local pub in the evenings for a meal and the children loved cooking on the open fire. The welcome goodies are inspired and I won't ruin the surprise! The view when you walk up the opposite field is amazing. This bus only opened this summer, all I can say is book now, before everyone finds it!!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 26 August 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Unique and unmissable experience

A relative who knows his buses told us that Bristol VRs were beautiful buses in their time. Well this Bristol VR must be the most beautiful one of all! The craftsmanship and imagination that has gone into its conversion is almost as impressive as the views out of the windows, from the decking and from the firepit area. It is of course limited for space so the bedroom areas are quite tight. There's a small bathroom with toilet at the front of the top deck ahead of the stairs so reasonably well separated with a curtained entrance, but a far more spacious shower room in a building just a few steps away (it would be great if a loo could be put in there too). Outside of the doors there's acres of fields to explore and meet the goats, sheep and horses. Lovely hosts and dog friendly (bottom deck only and owner's dogs show their visitor around).

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 14 August 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Quirky, comfy and back to nature!

We loved our 4 night stay in the beautifully converted red bus. The owners have done a truly amazing job of converting the space into really comfortable accommodation. Waking each morning to the sound of sheep bleating across the hillside and then enjoying a morning coffee outside with the most wonderful country view... it was literally a breath of fresh air. Plenty to do locally to keep our young family occupied; cycling and 'go-ape' in the near by Forest of Dean, a day canoeing down the River Wye to Symonds Yat, a visit to the Dutch Gardens in Westbury. After a busy days' activities, what better way to spend the evening than gathered round the camp fire just below the bus. We really did love it here and can't recommend a stay in the bus highly enough!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 08 August 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Even better than the photos

We're a family of four, first time in England and bumbled into the Big Red Bus. Lucky us! I wish we could have stayed longer than two nights: the setting is wonderful, the bus is just the neatest thing, and the hosts hooked us up with a lovely welcome basket that made life easy. Jane and Lee are so creative and nice to boot.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 04 August 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Best holiday we've ever had!

Thank you to Jane and Lee (the owners/creators) for sharing their fabulous Red Bus with us. It was the most wonderful and relaxing holiday we've ever had. The bus is quirky with a modern twist. We found it really hard to go to bed sat there next to the warm fire, chatting and listening to owls hooting. Located on the door step of Forest of Dean, we would recommend this place to anyone. Woodland walks, real fires, interaction with animals, bird watching bonanza and breathtaking nature that surrounds the Red Bus, along with total privacy, sandpit and large trampoline for kids. The owners really thought of everything. From small details like wild flowers in the vase, to drawing supplies for kids, to children's DVD selection, to comfortable deck chairs for outdoors. We would have no hesitation to recommend the Red Bus to anyone.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 20 July 2016. 5 of 5 stars.
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