George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces bus is being sold as an ‘affordable home’ – for £35,000

Owned by Ellie Banner-Ball for six years, the 1977 Bristol VR Series Two can sleep up to four people, with the open-plan accommodation being built into the bus’s existing chassis and hull.

Ellie Banner Ball
Ellie Banner-Ball is selling her vintage bus for £35,000

It’s both a bus driver’s holiday and a vehicle that Cliff Richard may have written home about after his appearance in the 1963 film Summer Holiday.

A light blue vintage double-decker bus featured in George Clarke’s TV series Amazing Spaces, named ‘Betty’ after being converted into a one-of-a-kind, quirky home with a bath, is selling for £35,000.

It features a unique Scandinavian ‘hygge’ decor – reminiscent of Cliff Richard’s cult film, in which he and his friends go on a summer holiday in a former London bus.

The 1977 Bristol VR Series Two has been owned by Ellie Banner-Ball for the past six years. It sleeps up to four people and the open plan accommodation has been built into the bus’s existing chassis and hull.

Ellie Banner ball with the vintage bus she restored


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The bus stop buttons are now light switches and the original bus driver’s luggage compartment is now a useful storage space in the kitchen. The front seats on the upper deck have been converted into a work and dressing area. The conversion cost £35,000.

On the ground floor there is a fully equipped kitchen with hob, oven, fridge freezer, double sink in stainless steel and storage space for wardrobes. Here you will also find the living room with a wood-burning stove and a seating area with a removable dining table and storage space under the seat.

Upstairs there is a study/dressing area, a bathroom with a roll top bath and washbasin and a bedroom with a king size bed and bedside tables. Since there is no toilet installed in the bus, the new owner would have to consider an outdoor composting toilet or possibly remodel the driving area.

Betty – the same model that starred in the 1997 film “Spice Girls” – has been run as a stationary bus house since 2018 and has been rented out as a vacation rental for two years since April 2020. It is set in private grounds near Ashburton, Devon.

Ellie Banner-Ball prepares dinner on the vintage bus


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Ellie, 36, from Exeter, said: “I bought the bus in 2016. I was inspired by an Instagram post that said ‘buy an old bus, take out the seats and travel around your country with good people’. It sounded like a great idea so I looked online and found a gorgeous light blue bus. It was a historic Bristol VR and I picked it up in Runcorn two weeks later.”

She added: “I liked the idea of ​​living in a house that could move with me and being simple and minimal – although it was far from simple! My friend Willow inspired me because when I first arrived with her in Devon I was staying in a shepherd’s cottage and I loved it.

Cliff Richard pictured himself performing on stage during the Eurovision Song Contest on April 6, 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


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“I lived in Betty for two years before moving into a brick and mortar house in 2020 just after the pandemic. I was so sad when I left. It took me a long time to get used to living ‘inside’ again. I loved living outside. It was such a privilege to live in such a beautiful place.”

Explaining why she is now selling the bus, Ellie said: “I am very sad to let Betty go because she was such a big part of my life and I have such happy memories of living in her. I want to start a new chapter in my life now and I want the capital for a new project.”

Elie explained how modern comfort can be enjoyed on the bus: “It has a hot water system with a boiler and wired electrics. Betty plugs into an outside socket and has an electrical box with circuit breakers, just like a normal house has solar panels to be completely off the grid.

To learn more about the bus, please email Ellie at Viewings are only possible by appointment.

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