- 27-year-old Amy Butler and 33-year-old David Laws quit their jobs and spent four months converting a 2005 Fiat Ducato mini bus into a luxury beach hut on wheels.
- The souped up mobile home now resembles something closer to a plush holiday cottage, with a private cinema, shower room, fitted kitchen, guest bed, and wine rack.
- The couple are selling it on Ebay in order to go travelling.
- Bids are currently at £6,100.
Fancy your own travel adventure across Europe, but don’t have a big budget? You could be in luck, because a luxury beach hut on wheels complete with a private cinema, fitted kitchen, guest bed, and wine rack has just gone on sale, with bids currently sitting at £6,100.
27-year-old Amy Butler and 33-year-old David Laws quit their day jobs and spent four months working 12-hour days converting the 2005 Fiat Ducato mini bus.
They then used it to travel around in Europe in style, spending just £15 a day.
The couple announced the sale on Instagram, with a post captioned: “We are moving abroad so we are now selling our bus! This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in travelling Europe. It would even make a great Airbnb!”
We are moving abroad so we are now selling our bus! This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in travelling Europe . It would even make a great air bnb ! The bidding has started on eBay : https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bespoke-Recently-Converted-4-Berth-Luxury-Beach-Themed-Motorhome-Campervan/253262080154?hash=item3af798a89a:g:7RwAAOSwQcJaAjTW&_trkparms=gclientid%3D3R8QvKWtLWtagX6TYNoNY37YzFmLxxqk_kEki7k7HUMt1vsxIrUTdd-ismMD9QNA&_trksid=p2489528.m4335.l8656
The vehicle was listed on eBay yesterday, and has already received eight bids, with a current bid price of £6,100 – just over what they initially paid for the van, but there are still nine days of bidding left.
The couple said they spent about £18,000 on the project.
The pair met in 2014 while living in Dubai, where Butler was working in oil and gas recruitment and Laws was a design technology teacher.
Three years later – having got engaged while taking a Tuk Tuk ride in Sri Lanka – the couple set off on what they thought would be their final adventure before settling down and opening their own eco-friendly guesthouse somewhere in Europe.
They said they paid £5,500 ($7,365) for the 2005 Fiat Ducato mini bus in April.
The couple documented their experience from start to finish via Instagram and their blog, including the build which they said took four months of long 12+ hour days, and two months longer than expected.
They initially had a budget of £12,000 for the conversion project and £5,000 for the travelling, but on their blog said that they ended up going about £6,000 over budget on the renovation.
Here’s a video of the restoration process.
“Our ambition had always been to make something that resembled the quality, finish and function of a small studio apartment, and we think that is what we achieved; with the slight ramshackle look of an old seaside beach hut,” the couple wrote on their blog.
“We stripped it back to its very aluminium shell core state, insulated it, installed electrics, plumbing and gas – with no idea of how any of these systems worked.
“(It) completely drained our bodies and soul to get it here – but we were finished – and what we saw we were in love with.”
Take a tour of the luxury beach bus
Their hard work appears to have paid off. The bus now resembles something closer to a plush – albeit cosy – holiday cottage rather than a mobile home, thanks to the attention to detail and luxurious soft furnishings.
There’s a kitchenette, which is decorated with handmade turquoise tiles, and comes complete with a hob, ceramic sink, mixer tap, cupboards, and shelves for cookery books.
The couple wrote it was “[the] hardest part of the build, took us days to work out how to get the cupboard doors on, and we had to router out the solid wood counter top for the sink and stove. We also made all the tiles and the spice rack.”
The couple have made the most of the tight space. There’s also a stylish (mini) lounge area with a large window, presumably a good place to admire the surrounding landscape.
We have a pull out chair at the end of the sofa that doubles up as a laundry box inside, and then under the sofa is all baskets for storage and the sofa pulls out to become a spare double bed ???? #Bushome #busliving #busconversion #vanliving #vanlife #vanconversion #vancrush #skoolieconversion #skoolie #campervan #campervanlicious #eurotrip #eurovan #tinyhome #tinyhouse #homeiswhereyouparkit
At the end of the sofa, which pulls out to make a double bed for guests, there’s a pull-out chair that doubles up as a laundry box, as well as baskets for storage underneath.
Some of the luxury finishing touches include the copper light fixture and handmade art and cushions pictured below.
The kitchen and lounge area leads on to the bedroom, where the beach hut style is carried through. They added that they used a moodboard of “loads of images stuck to a corkboard” to create the interior design of the bus.
The bedroom is fitted with a “comfy” double bed, as well as a projector, which the couple use to transform their room into a private cinema.
The bus also has its own shower and toilet, which look pretty luxurious by mobile home standards.
And, of course, its very own homemade wine rack, which they call “the the most important part of the bus.”
The Wine rack, obviously the most important part of the bus! To see how we built it check out our website www.ourbeachbus.com #busconversion #busliving #buslife #vanliving #vanlife #vanconversion #skoolieconversion #skoolie #campervan #campervanlicious #homeiswhereyouparkit #tinyhouse #eurovan #eurotrip #tinyhome #selfbuildcamper
The couple told MailOnline Travel that they manage to get by on a budget of just £15 a day while travelling Europe on the bus, partly thanks to making their own food.
Butler and Laws started their trip in August driving from the UK to France, from where they headed to northern Spain before driving through Portugal. They were last in Spain travelling from Seville, to Valencia, and Barcelona, among other destinations.