Located just outside of Hay-on-Wye, a small town in Wales famous for its second-hand and antiquarian book shops, this charming little spot was lovingly converted from a 1960s bus. The tiny space features a fully-equipped kitchen, a surprisingly spacious living room, a patio area, and a dining nook that makes use of the original steering wheel. Solar panels attached to the roof power all utilities, save for the gas stovetop. The cottage is lovingly known as the Majestic Bus—a perfectly apt name for a space that’s as cosy and whimsical as the treasured book shops nearby.
Although the inside of the bus has been completely renovated to accommodate guests, the outside of the vehicle still looks like it’s straight from the 1960s.
Inside, the bus has new wood flooring, white pine boarding on the walls, and plenty of windows, providing picture-perfect views of the rolling hills. A custom-made double bed is tucked away in one end of the bus, next to a small seating area by the wood-burning stove. We love the bus’s colour palette of peachy pinks, pastel greens and little pops of orange.
During the day, this L-shaped couch is perfect for lounging and reading, and at night, it folds into another double bed. In total, the bus can sleep four people.
The kitchen features wooden countertops, mossy green cabinetry, and a gas stove that has two burners, which is just enough space to whip up eggs in the morning and boil water for coffee. Since there was no room for upper cabinets, the owners installed a small storage unit on the counter and wooden shelves that hang from the ceiling.
Next to the kitchen and nestled into where the old driver’s seat once was, there’s a cosy table that can seat three. We love how the owner’s decided to keep the original steering wheel intact.
On warm days, guests can take advantage of the beautiful property and go for nature walks. When they return, they can treat themselves to a cold beer out on the patio. The bathroom is located in the house at the end of the gravel path.