A vintage, dog-friendly ex-‘farmyard flyer’ with cosy onboard facilities, ample outdoor space and soothing farm views, secluded on the rural outskirts of Darlington.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

If Holiday Farm Bus looks a little familiar, that’s because you may have seen it before… trundling its merry way through the streets of Darlington!

Constructed in 1987, the double-decker bus notched up many faithful years of service, transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers across the region. Then, owners Gill and Dave had an innovative idea: why not turn the bus into a mobile farm?

The ‘Farmyard Flyer’ quickly became a Darlington legend, attracting local media attention and helping Gill and Dave fulfil their goal of bringing all the fun of life on a farm directly to the people.

Sadly, engine trouble meant the bus faced a long and lonely retirement. That is, until Gill and Dave decided to transform it all over again… and lo, the Holiday Farm Bus was born!

Sleeping up to four guests in luxurious king and double rooms (yes, on a bus!) there are plenty of onboard facilities that make holiday life a breeze, with peaceful farm views that will help everybody relax and unwind.

Oh, and did we mention your best four-legged friend is more than welcome to join you on this fun family break, too?

There’s plenty of space to catch up with your loved ones, including a scenic seating area at the front, and a cosy lounge at the back (where the cool kids sit!) in which the engine has been replaced by a gorgeous log-burner to warm your evenings.

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At a glance

  • A quirky converted 1987 double-decker bus once used as a mobile farm, now secluded on private farmland on the outskirts of Darlington.
  • The bus sleeps up to 4 guests in king and double rooms. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome to stay.
  • Facilities include a full kitchen, a shower room – and a loo in the former driver’s cab (with the wheel intact!)
  • The local pubs are a five-minute drive away, with the centre of Darlington accessible in 15 minutes. Teesside, Durham, and the Yorkshire Dales are in easy reach.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly


Seating with farm views, rear lounge with log burner, heating, air conditioning unit, large well-equipped kitchen with full cooking facilities, king and double bedrooms, shower room, WC in former driver’s cab. Secure enclosed garden with seating, picnic area, chiminea, ample parking.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature watching, picnic spots, market towns, pubs, restaurants, historic sites

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The kitchen, meanwhile, is large and lovely, with huge windows that mean you’ll be preparing on-board catering to a beautiful rural backdrop. Full cooking facilities mean you can pack perfectly light, too – there’s no need to bring the kitchen sink!

There’s a shower room to freshen up in, and a gloriously quirky loo in the original driver’s cab… where the wheel has been left joyfully intact.

Outside awaits a secure, enclosed garden that’s ideal for dogs and kids alike to let off some holiday steam, along with an al fresco picnic area and seating with a chiminea to keep you warm as the stars come out.

You won’t need to leave if you don’t feel like it – especially since most of the local takeaways will deliver to your door! If you do, the pubs in Sadberge Village are a mere five-minute drive away, and you’re just 15 minutes from Darlington’s bustling town centre.

Further afield, you can explore the delights of Teesside, Durham, and even the Yorkshire Dales, in around a half-hour journey.

All you have to do is decide which stop you’re getting off at first!

Things to note

Check in after 3pm, check out before 11am. Please note there is no Wi-Fi on board, but you should get good mobile coverage on most networks.

Where you'll be staying

Darlington, County Durham

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