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Double Decker Hideaway Is a Gorgeous Home on Wheels With Impressive Features and Amenities

With the increasing popularity of mobile living and digital nomadism, we're seeing lots of DIY motorhome renovations, inspiring bus conversions, and stunning camper vans all over social media, but few manage to make a long-lasting impression like the Double Decker Hideaway. This thoughtfully crafted home on wheels is a labor of love and serves as inspiration as to what one can do with a double-decker bus if you want to breathe new life into it.
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Converting a double-decker bus into a motorhome can be challenging, but it's a fantastic project. That's what the Mori family would tell you after going through the experience of turning a British Leyland double-decker bus into a charming miniature abode. The motorhome is located on an expansive piece of land at Double Acres in Caldwell, Idaho, and serves as a guest retreat for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

This is not the first double-decker project for Dustin and Angie Mori, who also have a family business that they run out of a retired double-decker bus. It's a mobile coffee shop called Double Decker Espresso, which opened its doors in 2018. Seeing how successful their business was, they decided to take the leap a second time, this time with an Airbnb rental bus.

The Hideaway started life as a 1995 Leyland Olympian double-decker bus the Mori family had delivered all the way from England. They received the vintage bus in August 2020, and after 13 months of hard work, they turned it into a stylishly luxurious two-story rig that comes with impressive features and amenities. They started to welcome guests into this unique home on wheels in the autumn of 2021.

Double Decker Hideaway bus conversion
Photo: Double Decker Idaho
The owners had to remove all the vinyl-wrapped seats inside the bus for the remodel. They also took off the upper ceiling material and got rid of a heater that was taking too much room inside the bus.

A lot of thought went into the design and construction of the RV, which offers a unique and spacious layout. Inside the 33-foot (10-meter) long bus, you will find a ready-to-cook kitchen, a dining area, and a spacious lounge on the ground floor, along with a private bedroom and full bathroom upstairs, all offering stunning views of the surroundings farms and the Owyhee Mountains in the distance.

The exterior of the bus was painted a classic race car green that allows it to easily blend in with the picturesque backdrop. The same color dominates the common living area inside the bus.

For the downstairs area, the designers went for a cozy English pub-like ambiance with natural materials like leather, dark woods, and metals, and an overall warm feel, while the upstairs has an English cottage feel with lighter colors, floral prints, and an airy atmosphere.

Double Decker Hideaway bus conversion
Photo: Double Decker Idaho
The first floor of the Hideaway bus, which is considerably taller than the upstairs, is dubbed "The Pub." It harmoniously combines vinyl plank floorings with white walls and custom green furniture pieces. The kitchen is the first area of the bus and features butcher block countertops, custom-made cabinetry, and a few appliances for cooking, including a two-burner cooktop, a toaster oven, and a farmhouse sink. Various copper touches make a great impact, especially the beautiful backsplash near the sink.

A custom-built bench with integrated storage and a dining table aligned next to a large window create the perfect spot for having dinner with a view.

The U-shaped lounge area at the back of the bus is impressively large and looks stylish and luxurious with leather-wrapped sofas and built-in shelves for books. Some vintage decor items and an electric fireplace add extra charm to the space.

Double Decker Hideaway bus conversion
Photo: Double Decker Idaho
The bus's original stairs lead up to the upper level, which is decorated like a cozy cottage and includes a lush bedroom, a gorgeous bathroom, and an inspiring seating area. The main sleeping area fits a queen-size bed and two nightstands and is flanked by windows on all sides. Actually, every area inside this bus is bright and luminous thanks to the abundance of windows. But in a bus, too many windows can also mean a lot of heat, so the owners applied heat-blocking tint to all the windows and added custom curtains.

The compact bathroom is not only functional but also very chic, with a rounded wall, a faux-marble shower stall, a beautiful vanity, and a flushing toilet. The windows have a beautiful pattern painted on them, giving the space a nice old-fashioned vibe.

The seating area upstairs is where the English cottage style is more prominent, with a custom day bed with wicker baskets underneath, a classic cushion chair, and a vintage chest acting as a center table. This is the ideal setting for reading, writing, having conversations, or simply relaxing. This part of the bus is multifunctional, as it can also double as sleeping space for two, one on the day bed and one on the floor with tufted cushion.

Double Decker Hideaway bus conversion
Photo: Double Decker Idaho
On the technical side, the bus comes with an L10 Cummins engine, which ensures a modest top speed of around 45 mph, a custom-made 25-gallon gray water tank, no fresh water tank, a black water tank fitted inside a utility closet, a tankless hot water heater, 120V power outlets, and air conditioner on both floors.

The creatively converted Hideaway double-decker bus is suitable for couples, families, and groups of friends who want to escape the rate race for a few days and recharge in a serene home on wheels.
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About the author: Ancuta Iosub
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After spending a few years as a copy editor, Ancuta decided to put down the eraser and pick up the writer's pencil. Her favorites subjects are unusual car designs, travel trailers and everything related to the great outdoors.
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