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Escape to nature for a peaceful stay on our unique stationary American Schoolbus, nestled in its own private corner of Big Sky with garden, seating and firebowl.
The Schoolbus sleeps six, with an enormous super king bed to the rear and four snug single sleeping pods.
Chill out on the comfy sofa and chairs and make yourself at home in the kitchen which includes a two-hob gas cooker, sink, breakfast bar, power points and heater.
We've left the driver's seat in-tact for selfies and feet-on-the-dashboard coffee pauses.
Comfy accommodation for 6; one large super king bed and four single adult sized bunk pods
We provide bedsheets, mattresses and toppers but ask guests to bring their own pillows, duvets (or sleeping bags), and covers
Kitchen with double gas burner to cook inside or al fresco
Crockery, cutlery, mugs and cooking equipment
Ice box (we regularly resupply ice as needed) to keep foodstuffs cool
Fresh water through kitchen tap
Power points throughout the bus (2000W limit so no high draw items like slow cookers or high dryers)
Private eco loo
Exclusive garden for Schoolbus guests
Private firebowl (we sell firewood on site)
Access to our community barn for additional shelter, table tennis and general chill space
The bit where we're honest:
We're pretty confident that the unique benefits of our accommodations by far outweigh the downsides, but our site is off grid and can't offer all the shiny comforts of 5* hotel luxury, so if you like a long, hot bath on your holidays...well, you should read this before booking!
Buses are thin metal and lots of windows, which means they're super hard to insulate and can be cold when the climate outside is chilly. This is a strong appeal for many but if you feel the cold, choose Summer!
If you're not a fan of bugs, flies, spiders, fresh air, the distant sound of tractors or cows or anything much to do with being outside in the countryside, our site may not be your ideal getaway!
Our buses are powered by solar panels and while we do everything we can to ensure the batteries are topped up before our guests visit we can't 100% promise you'll have all-singing, all dancing power, especially during long, cloudy weeks (which are thankfully few and far between from Spring to Autumn in sunny Lincolnshire). Touch wood, we've only had one occasion when a guest didn't have power throughout - but they loved our backup plan with additional solar lights throughout and an electric generator offering three pin and USB power.
To avoid wasting water and the cost of providing infrastructure and mains supply across acres of land, we've opted for lower level eco friendly facilities. The toilets are composting and we ensure they stay clean and scent free, and showers are delivered in heated bags. As long as you're not expecting the Hilton, you'll be good!
While we love animals we can't allow pets on site as they stress our alpacas out.
We'll do everything we can to make your stay at Big Sky as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We love surprising our guests and making your stay unique so if you have any ideas we might be able to help with don't hesitate to ask :)
Once upon a time the Schoolbus featured in an earthquake movie (you might hear us refer to her as the Earthquake bus every now and then) and the central wood panelling on the kitchen side of the bus used to be a wide open hole, allowing the camera boom entry to the bus for all the shaking shots! We don't know which movie it was but it has proved to be a good excuse to watch as many as we can!
The School Bus was converted by our bus partners in crime Shred & Butta. They are masters at converting vehicles into living and working spaces and specialise in importing and converting American school buses. Here’s their origin story.
* Refund policy: Once paid, 95% refund is possible when cancelling more than one week ahead of your stay (we have to take into account admin fees). If you cancel within one week of your stay we can’t offer a refund (we recommend you offer up the stay to friends).
* * If your stay is impacted by government COVID or other pandemic restrictions (enforced national lockdown and site closure) you have two options: reschedule for an alternative date or choose a full refund. We’re afraid individual cases of Covid/ Pinging are not grounds for refund or date change.
We’re a peaceful, quiet hideaway designed to offer a lovely escape into nature. Please respect our lovely land and everyone you meet in and around it. These rules are in place to make sure all of our guests enjoy a peaceful break at Big Sky.
> Quiet time on site is between 9pm and 8am. Please be mindful of our animals, lovely neighbours and other guests on site.
> Arrival time is between 2pm and 8:30pm. If you're going to be later than this please let us know in advance.
> Checkout time is between 7am and 11am.
> We close our gates at 9pm. If you’re arriving late please let us know in advance, and if you’re out for the day please be back by 9pm - we have this rule this so other guests aren’t disturbed as they’re settling down.
> No smoking on site
> No amplified music on site
> No drunken antics
> No drugs
> No non-registered guests overnight, £5 each for daytime site visit (a contribution towards site maintenance, including toilet cleaning)
> No generators
> No shouting and loud noises near the alpacas
> All bookings must be made in advance