The team at Shred & Butta have done it again. They’ve pulled off another incredible vehicle conversion, this time under the guise of TV show Full Metal Junkies for Quest. Each episode sees Jim and his team creating unbelievable transport make overs, from scrap heap ready to outta this world. The ultimate upcycle.
Episode 6 sees the completion of a double decker bus conversion project – using not only one, but two buses to create a real life fun house. The build includes creating a rooftop plunge pool, ball pool, climbing wall and indoor swing. Of course, once the camera crews and bright lights are all packed up these unique vehicles need a new home. Enter Mat and Lisa Grant with Wold of your Own…
Wold of your Own
As everyone knows, a double decker bus conversion isn’t just for Christmas.. so what happens after the show? It just so happens that friends of Jim, Mat and Lisa were looking to diversify their farming business in Lincolnshire by adding glamping accommodation. They wanted something unique and quirky with a sustainable element – the buses were perfect! Double Deckerdence, as the buses had become known, had found a new home.
Over the following months Mat and Lisa worked with authorities to gain planning permission in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding and Natural Beauty. They tweaked the bus interiors – adding a cosy wood burner and changing the plunge pool to hot tub. They also created a washroom and outdoor cooking area, including pizza oven. Months of hard work later Double Deckerdence is ready to receive her first guests.
We were invited to spend a weekend on Double Deckerdence in early July. Having battled the M25 and Dartford Crossing traffic we arrived on a wet and blustery Friday evening to a warm welcome from Mat who guided to the bus’s secret location. The bus sits in the heart of stunning farmland with only the local wildlife as neighbours. Mat and Lisa have purposely created an experience that allows guests to feel relaxed in their own space during their stay, hence the name a Wold of your Own.
The wild weather only made the inside seem even cosier. With rain pattering on the the windshields the kids excitedly explored their new home. The buses are divided into two bedrooms on the lower level with one bus offering a luxury double suite with roll top bath tub, and the other working as a children’s twin with ball pool, tunnel and climbing wall. It works perfectly – you can see what your children are up to but can barely hear them! Genius.
Upstairs the buses have been knocked through to create a huge open plan living space. There’s a kitchen area with hob and sink; hanging dining table; snug sofa corner with log burner; futon with additional sleeping for 2 and a swing seat…of course! The space is fun, sociable and bright yet functional and easy to live in. There’s also access to a roof top seating area and hot tub, although sadly the hot tub wasn’t quite ready for our visit.
Our children (especially our 7 year old) loved the kid’s bus. Logan spent hours playing in the ball pool wallowing about with his teddies. They both felt that this was very much their space, so much so it was hard to entice them out.
Just across from the bus Mat has created a wash house with walk in hot shower and compost toilet. This outside space also works a wood store and cooking area complete with pizza oven and BBQ. Sadly the weather wasn’t on our side during our stay – we would usually spend much more time outdoors cooking but the elements were against us. We did have a pizza session on our first night which was so much fun (including shuttle runs with pizzas sheltered from the torrential rain!). Can’t beat a British summer hey?
For me, highlights of our brief stay were soaking in the bath with a coffee in the mornings; spotting deer as I made my breakfast; cooking dinner with the family in the open plan living space and finally, winding down with a game of Uno and a glass of red in front of the fire at the end of the day. If only every day were like this…
We only had one full day to explore, but undoubtedly there is so much to do in the area. The Wolds are a haven to explore in their own right but close by you’ll also find coastland, pretty villages and the city of Lincoln. We headed to the coast to discover an abandoned WWII tank in the dunes at Saltfleetby. I was amazed at how quiet and empty the beach was – you just don’t find this level of solitude in the South East. We walked along the nature reserve with just ourselves and the birds practising their murmuration manoeuvres for company. Wholesome, wind swept bliss.
Mat and Lisa have created a truly special and unique holiday experience in Wold of your Own. A stay here is more than just a glamping trip, it’s about relishing the local area, wildlife and regional culture. They have gone to great lengths to share local produce and knowledge with guests meaning you can’t help but feel immersed in the Wolds. The fact that you get to stay in such a fun, creative and unusual property throughout is just the icing on the cake. About as far from a busman’s holiday as you can get, this place is simply amazing.
Wold of your Own is now taking bookings – please visit their website to find out more.