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The Red Bus!

Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire (Ref. 990350)

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Highly recommended."

    My 25 year old autistic son is totally obsessed with buses. This was his dream come true. The bus is amazing and everything has been so well thought of with everything you need. On arrival Archie and his 2 carers were welcomed with drinks of their choice and for 3 nights just had the best time. I went to visit and ... Continue reading

    My 25 year old autistic son is totally obsessed with buses. This was his dream come true. The bus is amazing and everything has been so well thought of with everything you need. On arrival Archie and his 2 carers were welcomed with drinks of their choice and for 3 nights just had the best time. I went to visit and was even more impressed than when seeing on website. The bus is located on the quiet Gloucestershire countryside and was perfect for my son who doesn't like lots of noise. He loves his nightly hot tub sessions and the guys were so accommodating. Even on last day extended his stay til 3pm as he didn't want to leave. Heating and WiFi all worked well which I was particularly worried about. Thank you George, Lee & Jane. It has made me so happy that Archie just had the best experience. Will be booking again very soon

    Mrs CooksonNov 2021

  • "Wonderful host, had a great time."

    Would recommend anybody stay for something a little bit different.

    Mr TaylorNov 2021

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic stay on The Red Bus!"

    The hosts could not have done more to make us feel welcome and the bus was everything we had hoped for. Our children loved cooking on the open fire and roaming the woods with our dog. The bus is a gorgeous shabby chic and had everything we needed to feel comfortable. The wood fired hot tub was brilliant and definitely ... Continue reading

    The hosts could not have done more to make us feel welcome and the bus was everything we had hoped for. Our children loved cooking on the open fire and roaming the woods with our dog. The bus is a gorgeous shabby chic and had everything we needed to feel comfortable. The wood fired hot tub was brilliant and definitely hot!! As a family we really loved the fact that there was no mobile phone reception or WiFi as it meant we called had an enforced screen break and there was so much to do that we didn’t miss it! If we came back I would bring some extra towels as we were in and out of the tub so much abs in a damp October it was tricky to dry things. I would also bring head torches and extra lanterns as it is dark getting down to the bus. I would highly recommend the Red Bus and we would all love to come back again.

    Dr BarwellOct 2021

  • "Such an amazing experience for the family."

    Our children were super excited. Everything was perfect. The location, the bus, the experience. We will be back next year.

    Mr BackerSep 2021

  • "We’ve just returned from a week on the Red bus."

    There were 5 of us, 2 adults, three kids and we had a brilliant time. The bedding was freshly laundered and kept us lovely and warm throughout our stay. The kids loved the bunk beds hidden away in the side of the bus. The hot tub was a great addition and even when we didn’t light it until 2 or 3pm it was hot enough for ... Continue reading

    There were 5 of us, 2 adults, three kids and we had a brilliant time. The bedding was freshly laundered and kept us lovely and warm throughout our stay. The kids loved the bunk beds hidden away in the side of the bus. The hot tub was a great addition and even when we didn’t light it until 2 or 3pm it was hot enough for a 9pm dip. It does take a bit of a commitment to keep the fire lit however the owners are happy to help if needed. A highlight for us were the goats in the field in front, such characters!

    Mrs BagwellAug 2021

  • "We have just returned from our stay on the red bus, I can honestly that we had a fantastic time."

    It is set in a fantastic location with fantastic views everywhere you look. There are lots of things to do in the area all within a 30 minute drive. we loved using the fire pit in the evenings and once the hot tub gets going it does get hot! Nothing really negative to say about our stay, everything was really good. I ... Continue reading

    It is set in a fantastic location with fantastic views everywhere you look. There are lots of things to do in the area all within a 30 minute drive. we loved using the fire pit in the evenings and once the hot tub gets going it does get hot! Nothing really negative to say about our stay, everything was really good. I would definitely recommend a stay here and I would come back.

    Mr AndersonAug 2021

  • "The Big Red Bus was very cold at night."

    It had a damp smell which we tried to get rid of with candles and sprays. The bedding didn't seem that clean so bought duvets from shop. The mattresses in the bunk beds were awful, they were very stained - not very appealing to sleep on. The bus had a lot of cobwebs and was quite dusty. The hot tub was cold despite constantly ... Continue reading

    It had a damp smell which we tried to get rid of with candles and sprays. The bedding didn't seem that clean so bought duvets from shop. The mattresses in the bunk beds were awful, they were very stained - not very appealing to sleep on. The bus had a lot of cobwebs and was quite dusty. The hot tub was cold despite constantly adding logs to the wood burner therefore we never got the chance to use it. We arrived on Friday 30th July and left on Sunday 1st August. There was a generous hamper on our arrival which was nice. We won't be going back though.

    Mr AndrewsJul 2021

  • "Great safe getaway with my mother."

    . but close enough to facilities for convenience! We had a really warm welcome and will be back

    Miss LewisMay 2021

  • "Friendly relaxed hosts."

    Idyllic location

    Mr RidingsApr 2021

  • "Lee, Jane and Louie were totally fantastic from the extremely friendly welcome and the warmest goodbye."

    We had such an amazing time. The bus was just fabulously quirky and the surrounding scenery just took your breath away. It was a shame that it went so quickly. We would quite happily have stayed longer. We highly recommend this place and we can’t wait to go back. The hot tub was so lovely to relax in during the evening ... Continue reading

    We had such an amazing time. The bus was just fabulously quirky and the surrounding scenery just took your breath away. It was a shame that it went so quickly. We would quite happily have stayed longer. We highly recommend this place and we can’t wait to go back. The hot tub was so lovely to relax in during the evening and the fire pit was so good to snuggle around. If you don’t book this place then you are definitely missing out on an amazing experience.

    Mrs WelshDec 2020

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    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

  • "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

  • "Great place to be and quirky accommodations"

    Grygiel

  • "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, ... Continue reading

    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

  • "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

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    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

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    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

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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, ... Continue reading

    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

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    .. 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

  • "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 ... Continue reading

    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

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The property

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.

Summary

  • 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,
  • 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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About the location

NEWNHAM-ON-SEVERN

Gloucester 13 miles.

The thriving village of Newnham-on-Severn nestles on the banks of the River Severn. The village is steeped in history, and offers specialist shops to suit all interests, along with traditional pubs and cafes. This charming village, part of which is designated Conservation Area, has a tree-lined main street, many listed buildings, a striking central clock tower and is ideally located for watching the spectacular Severn Bore. The Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest, offers numerous trails that can be explored on foot, bicycle or horseback. Caving, abseiling and a high-wire rope course are on offer for the more adventurous, while fishing, golf, kayaking and canoeing are also available. Gloucester is just a short drive away, where you will find Roman foundations, Victorian docklands and a spectacular Norman cathedral (whose cloisters were used in the Harry Potter films). Littledean with its unique Jail Museum and Quadrophenia Collection, Westbury Court Garden, the only restored water garden in the country and the ancient caves and eerie caverns of Clearwell Caves (as seen in Dr Who and Merlin) make a great family day out. The ancient market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth have excellent shops, pubs and restaurants, plus many black and white timbered buildings, or visit the historic walled town of Chepstow with its celebrated race course and impressive Norman castle. 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.

Region Information

Note: This property can accommodate 8 people at a maximum of 4 adults and 4 children. Due to the layout of the property it is best suited for 6 people in total
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 due to the stairs
Note: Maximum standing height on the bus is 68 inches (1m 73).
Note: Dogs are welcome but are only allowed on the ground floor/lower deck of the bus.
£25 pet charge per pet per holiday.
Note: The property is located in the owners ground, along with The Tin Barn (990351) and Rose Cottage (988872)
Note: The owners friendly dogs will be seen around the grounds.
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 offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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