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Family convert double-decker into dream holiday home because they didn’t fit in a caravan

A couple have spent £15,000 creating their dream holiday home – converted from a double-decker BUS bought off eBay.

Despite millions of kids returning to school this week Andrew and Lisa-Jane Powis are already looking forward to their next break away in their own unique camper van.

Andrew and Lisa Jayne-Powis inside the bus they have transformed into a holiday home.  A family sick of being rejected by cottages because of their big dogs, and too tall for caravans, bought a double-decker bus and turned it into a luxury holiday home.  See NTI story NTIBUS.  Andrew and Lisa Jane-Powis always struggled to find somewhere that would host them on their weekend adventures with their two Great Danes, Dean and Sauni.  With three lively kids and Andrew standing at 6ft 5in (1.95m), caravans had never been an option either for the outdoors loving family.  So four years ago they took the astonishing decision to buy a double-decker bus off Ebay, in the hope they could take it around Europe with their family.  But the Ã2,500 Leyland Atlantean just sat in the shed for three years, so the intrepid couple decided to transform the double-decker into an extravagant country retreat instead.  After six-weeks work and Ã15,000 later they began taking bookings for "Betsy Blue".  Betsy boasts three bedrooms on the top deck - one double, one bunk beds, and a single - and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs complete with a wood burner, as well as a hot tub outside.

The bus has been transformed

They purchased the clapped-out Lleyland Atlanteen bus three years ago for £2,500 but have recently spent six weeks renovating the vehicle.

It now boasts a hot tub, wood burner, and three bedrooms after the pair splashed out over £15,000 converting it into a luxury holiday home.

Lisa, 41, says she and husband Andrew , 43, decided to create the Cliff Richard ‘Summer Holiday’-style bus – because they are too tall for caravans.

The pair can now enjoy breaks away with their two Great Danes and three children Charles, 13, Clara, seven, and George, four.

Andrew and Lisa Jayne-Powis with thier children Charles, 13, Clara, 7 and George, 4 with the bus they have transformed into a holiday home.  A family sick of being rejected by cottages because of their big dogs, and too tall for caravans, bought a double-decker bus and turned it into a luxury holiday home.  See NTI story NTIBUS.  Andrew and Lisa Jane-Powis always struggled to find somewhere that would host them on their weekend adventures with their two Great Danes, Dean and Sauni.  With three lively kids and Andrew standing at 6ft 5in (1.95m), caravans had never been an option either for the outdoors loving family.  So four years ago they took the astonishing decision to buy a double-decker bus off Ebay, in the hope they could take it around Europe with their family.  But the Ã2,500 Leyland Atlantean just sat in the shed for three years, so the intrepid couple decided to transform the double-decker into an extravagant country retreat instead.  After six-weeks work and Ã15,000 later they began taking bookings for "Betsy Blue".  Betsy boasts three bedrooms on the top deck - one double, one bunk beds, and a single - and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs complete with a wood burner, as well as a hot tub outside.

Family time has never been easier

GV of the bus Andrew and Lisa Jayne-Powis have transformed into a holiday home.   A family sick of being rejected by cottages because of their big dogs, and too tall for caravans, bought a double-decker bus and turned it into a luxury holiday home.  See NTI story NTIBUS.  Andrew and Lisa Jane-Powis always struggled to find somewhere that would host them on their weekend adventures with their two Great Danes, Dean and Sauni.  With three lively kids and Andrew standing at 6ft 5in (1.95m), caravans had never been an option either for the outdoors loving family.  So four years ago they took the astonishing decision to buy a double-decker bus off Ebay, in the hope they could take it around Europe with their family.  But the Ã2,500 Leyland Atlantean just sat in the shed for three years, so the intrepid couple decided to transform the double-decker into an extravagant country retreat instead.  After six-weeks work and Ã15,000 later they began taking bookings for "Betsy Blue".  Betsy boasts three bedrooms on the top deck - one double, one bunk beds, and a single - and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs complete with a wood burner, as well as a hot tub outside.

Finishing touches

Lisa, from Ryton, Shrops., added: “We love being outside together, but it’ was just so hard to find a venue for us.

“A lot of cottages don’t take dogs and Andrew is 6ft 5ins so a caravan was out of the question.

“This seemed the best idea, you can’t think about the money with something like this, it’s not about that.

“We wanted a holiday home that we could go travelling around with a bit more space.

“It nearly killed us, and we had a bit of help from friends too, but we’re so glad now its finished and we’re delighted with the final product.”

The vehicle – which the couple have named “Betsy Blue” – can also be hired out by the public for £105 per person per night, with a minimum two night stay.

Inclusion Manager Lisa added: “We wanted to help other families who have found themselves in similar positions to us.

“The feedback has been amazing, because there’s loads of space, little things like the hot tub and the log burner make a big impression too.”

“We didn’t have any experience with this sort of thing, but as Andrew’s a farmer he’s pretty practical so we just kind of worked it out as went along.”

Siblings Charles, Clara and George inside the bus their parents Andrew and Lisa Jayne-Powis have transformed into a holiday home.  A family sick of being rejected by cottages because of their big dogs, and too tall for caravans, bought a double-decker bus and turned it into a luxury holiday home.  See NTI story NTIBUS.  Andrew and Lisa Jane-Powis always struggled to find somewhere that would host them on their weekend adventures with their two Great Danes, Dean and Sauni.  With three lively kids and Andrew standing at 6ft 5in (1.95m), caravans had never been an option either for the outdoors loving family.  So four years ago they took the astonishing decision to buy a double-decker bus off Ebay, in the hope they could take it around Europe with their family.  But the Ã2,500 Leyland Atlantean just sat in the shed for three years, so the intrepid couple decided to transform the double-decker into an extravagant country retreat instead.  After six-weeks work and Ã15,000 later they began taking bookings for "Betsy Blue".  Betsy boasts three bedrooms on the top deck - one double, one bunk beds, and a single - and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs complete with a wood burner, as well as a hot tub outside.

Siblings Charles, Clara and George

GV of the bus Andrew and Lisa Jayne-Powis have transformed into a holiday home.   A family sick of being rejected by cottages because of their big dogs, and too tall for caravans, bought a double-decker bus and turned it into a luxury holiday home.  See NTI story NTIBUS.  Andrew and Lisa Jane-Powis always struggled to find somewhere that would host them on their weekend adventures with their two Great Danes, Dean and Sauni.  With three lively kids and Andrew standing at 6ft 5in (1.95m), caravans had never been an option either for the outdoors loving family.  So four years ago they took the astonishing decision to buy a double-decker bus off Ebay, in the hope they could take it around Europe with their family.  But the Ã2,500 Leyland Atlantean just sat in the shed for three years, so the intrepid couple decided to transform the double-decker into an extravagant country retreat instead.  After six-weeks work and Ã15,000 later they began taking bookings for "Betsy Blue".  Betsy boasts three bedrooms on the top deck - one double, one bunk beds, and a single - and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs complete with a wood burner, as well as a hot tub outside.

Plenty of room for the family

The couple purchased the bus before ripping out all of the seats and installing furnishings, which includes a cooker, oven hob and fridge.

There is a bathroom downstairs as well as a double and single bedroom with bunk beds on the top deck.

Andrew added: “I’d struggle alone in a caravan, let alone with three kids and two Great Danes charging about.

“A lot of holiday cottages are pretty dog-unfriendly too, and we always found it really tough to find somewhere that would have us.

“So we thought ‘Why not build out own super-size caravan?’

“Although we don’t have any experience with this sort of thing, we thought we’d give it a go and it’s really worked out.

“The kids absolutely love it. They hoped it was just for us, I think they’re a bit gutted that we keep renting it out.”

“It was quite hard work, but the toughest part was the paperwork.

“The problem is not many people tend to convert buses into homes.

“As soon as you mention ‘double-decker bus holiday home’ to the insurance man, his face drops.”

GV of the bus Andrew and Lisa Jayne-Powis have transformed into a holiday home.   A family sick of being rejected by cottages because of their big dogs, and too tall for caravans, bought a double-decker bus and turned it into a luxury holiday home.  See NTI story NTIBUS.  Andrew and Lisa Jane-Powis always struggled to find somewhere that would host them on their weekend adventures with their two Great Danes, Dean and Sauni.  With three lively kids and Andrew standing at 6ft 5in (1.95m), caravans had never been an option either for the outdoors loving family.  So four years ago they took the astonishing decision to buy a double-decker bus off Ebay, in the hope they could take it around Europe with their family.  But the Ã2,500 Leyland Atlantean just sat in the shed for three years, so the intrepid couple decided to transform the double-decker into an extravagant country retreat instead.  After six-weeks work and Ã15,000 later they began taking bookings for "Betsy Blue".  Betsy boasts three bedrooms on the top deck - one double, one bunk beds, and a single - and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs complete with a wood burner, as well as a hot tub outside.

Hot-tub heaven

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