A quirky and imaginative hideaway, with all the delights of the Gloucestershire countryside literally on the doorstep!
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Sleeping up to six people in perfect rural comfort, The Red Bus is a joyfully idyllic haven for families looking to reconnect in nature (whilst having plenty of fun into the bargain).

A cosy, colourful and creative conversion of an Eighties’ double-decker Metro bus, this is one retro classic that will never date!

Your stop is located in the historic, riverside Gloucestershire village of Newnham-on-Severn. Secluded in a private spot that adjoins a paddock, your closest neighbours are a collection of friendly goats, while the panoramic views of whispering trees and wide open fields are quite literally stunning.

Meanwhile, The Red Bus itself is imbued with plenty of charm and character that will have you feeling welcome and relaxed from the moment you set foot on board. Well-behaved pets are welcome too, so there’s no need to leave your best friend behind.

With the driver’s seat and steering wheel beautifully in tact, there are plenty of quirky reminders that you’re on a bus – and with no annoying passengers to worry about (well, apart from your family, of course!), you’ll feel as though you’re travelling first-class all the way.

Discover two irresistibly snug double bedrooms, one on the upper deck and one on the lower, along with cosy bunks that the kids will love.  There’s a well-equipped galley kitchen and dining area on the lower deck, while the top deck lounge is equipped with comfortable furnishings, a TV and DVD player…and of course, those magnificent countryside views.

There’ll be no wandering around in the dark looking for the loo, either – there’s one on board, with a deluxe shower room in an adjacent building.

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At a glance

  • A quirky, lovingly converted double-decker bus, secluded in a private, view-filled location in rural Gloucestershire (with friendly neighbouring goats!) Ideal for fun family breaks in the countryside.
  • The bus is equipped with two double bedrooms and a set of children’s bunks, sleeping up to six guests (eight can be accommodated if necessary). One well-behaved dog is also permitted.
  • Self-contained, the bus also features a galley kitchen, dining area, lounge and toilet. There is a shower room located in an adjacent building. Linen and towels are provided.
  • Please note that the bus is not suitable for children under four years old, or those with limited mobility.
  • Close to wealth of country walks, with the Royal Forest of Dean and several attractions within easy reach.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs


Sleeps up to 6, double room, wall-mounted TV, upper deck double room, child bunks, bedding & towels provided, upper deck toilet & basin, external shower cabin, kitchen, oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, coffee machine, first floor lounge area, TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, electric panel heaters, outdoor decking area, picnic table, seating, fire pit, cooking utensils, sand pit, toys, parking.

Local activities

River walks, historic city, galleries, museums, birdwatching, wildlife park, country houses, gardens, canal walks, boating, horse riding, cycling, wetland reserve.

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Head outside to the furnished decking area to enjoy a tasty breakfast, or just drink in the scenery with an afternoon tipple. You’ll also find a firepit for sizzling suppers, plus a shared sandpit and toys for the little ones to enjoy while the grown-ups get lost in conversation (or a good book!)

While it’s easy to hole yourselves up on the bus, with so much amazing wildlife on your doorstep, why not get out and explore?

You could start with an invigorating walk through nearby Hangman’s Wood, or head to the Royal Forest of Dean for a traditional Gloucestershire countryside ramble (or Go Ape, if you’re feeling more adventurous!) Slightly further afield are the captivating Malvern Hills, Black Mountains, and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Head into Gloucester, the cathedral city of the Cotswolds, for an historic day out, or make for Clearwell Caves to view eerily captivating caverns as seen on TV shows Dr. Who and Merlin. There’s also an array of ancient market towns nearby, including Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye, which are home to some wonderful shops, bars and restaurants.

Gather round the firepit after a long day out, and toast some marshmallows as you swap holiday stories in the countryside. After a soothing stay aboard The Red Bus, you’ll never view a busman’s holiday in quite the same light!

Things to note

Dogs are welcome downstairs only upon prior arrangement at an additional cost. Not suited to those with limited mobility. Not suitable for children under 4. Maximum standing height in the shower cabin is 68 inches (1m 73cm). No smoking permitted. Wood fired hot tub available at an additional cost.

Where you'll be staying

Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

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