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Phoebus Glamping

England / Stisted, Essex
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Full description
A cheerfully converted vintage American school bus, solar-powered and beautifully nestled amongst ancient Essex woodland for fun-filled family adventures.

Cleverly named after the Greek God of the sun, Phoebus is a beautifully converted, vintage American school bus that's solar-powered for joyful, off-grid family escapes.

Nestled amongst ancient Essex woodland on a vast private site comprising almost 100 acres, there's plenty of fresh-air adventure to be enjoyed... so you'll find Phoebus gainfully equipped to store outdoor gear of just about every description!

Happily, you'll discover plenty of creature comforts on board the iconic yellow bus, too. Along with the obligatory kettle and toaster, kitchen facilities include a fridge, a 4-hob induction cooker, and a full-sized oven. Though on summer evenings, you might prefer whipping up an al fresco feast on the campfire, instead.

You'll also have a bathroom to freshen up in (this is glamping, after all!), including a flushing loo and a washbasin, plus a separate cubicle that houses a high-pressure shower with a ready supply of piping hot water.

What about sleeping spots? Creatively positioned to save space, you'll find enough for up to six guests.

Adorned with plump cushions, there's a comfy 6ft single sofa bed - and if needed, a second can be created from two chairs with a table in-between. If you prefer a superking, you can simply use the dining table-tops to join the two single bunks together.

There are also two single bunk beds, each with their own privacy curtain, a USB charger, and a soft reading light. Last but by no means least is a downy superking bed right at the back (the best part of any bus!) with plenty of storage space, and a floor-to-ceiling curtain.

With your scene so perfectly set for outdoor escapades, it'll be tempting to indulge just as soon as you've settled in!

Those invigorating woodland surroundings are ideal for wildlife-watching, den-building, and games that unleash gleeful childhood imagination... in the big kids as well as the little ones. If you'd rather enjoy tailored activities, there's a range for you to choose from during your stay, including bushcraft, target sports and canoeing.  

There's also an array of well-maintained footpaths close by, and the shimmering Gosfield Lake is within walking distance - perfect if you've always fancied giving water-skiing a try! Meanwhile, Halstead and Braintree are both a short drive away, with shops, restaurants, and leisure facilities that offer endless ways to spend your time.

Finally, if the weather refuses to play ball, you'll find a handy projector and screen on board your fully-insulated bus... so you can snuggle up with your loved ones in front of an old favourite, and savour this blissful re-connection time all together.

Things to note

Additional guests can be accommodated in tents, and well-behaved dogs are permitted to stay on request. Both options are subject to an additional cost.

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The basics

The basics

Region: Stisted, Essex
Cost (from): £140 per night (2 guests midweek)
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 2034



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Converted vintage American school bus, sleeps 6 guests.  Storage for outdoor gear, USB charging points, 3-pin plugs, sofa bed, chairs, dining table, movie projector and screen, kitchen with large fridge, 4-ring induction hob, full-size oven, kettle toaster, sink, draining board, bathroom with flushing WC, washbasin, shower cubicle with pressurised hot water.  2 single bunk beds with privacy curtains and reading lights, superking bed with storage space, floor-to-ceiling curtain.  Provided: fresh filtered drinking water, hot-air fans, campfire wood.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature-watching, on-site activities, games, den-building, watersports, picnic spots, shops, restaurants

At a glance

At a glance

  • An iconic yellow American school bus, expertly converted to provide self-contained comfort for up to 6 guests in rural Essex.
  • The bus is solar-powered for off-grid accommodation, with full kitchen and shower facilities on board.
  • Sleeping spaces include 2 single bunks and a kingsize bed, with an additional two bunks/superking bed created from seating spaces.
  • Whip up tasty meals inside before enjoying a film on the projector, or cook outside on the campfire - ideal after exploring the vast, private woodland that surrounds the bus!
  • There's plenty of scope for walks and adventure, with Gosfield Lake in walking distance for watersports. Tailored activities can be booked on request.
  • Halstead and Braintree are both within a short drive of the bus.

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