That same year, Ellie saw one of those motivational posts on Pinterest, urging her to seize the moment, buy a bus and go travel the country with people she loved. Because she was itching for a change, she did just that, saying in later interviews that she picked the only blue bus she could find for sale.
That bus was a double-decker, a 1977 Bristol VR Series Two that had seen far better days but was still running. Ellie drove it home and set out to work on it – a monumental task, considering she had no experience in this sense. She had help, though, from local companies, some of which even sponsored the build because of its uniqueness, offering stuff for free.
Ellie moved into Betty in 2018, and lived full-time inside the bus home for two years. At the start of the health crisis, she moved into a brick-and-mortar home, and offered Betty for rent. Today, she’s parting ways with the tiny house, asking the same amount she invested in it: £35,000, approximately $44,000 at the current exchange rate. Asked about her decision, Ellie tells DevonLive that she needs money for her next project and she hopes Betty will find a loving owner to fully appreciate it.
Betty deserves the appreciation. As Clark himself noted in 2018, it’s more than a tiny house; more like a luxurious tiny. Offering sleeping for four people, it has a dining area that converts into a bed on the ground floor, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and plenty of storage space. Upstairs is the master bedroom and it comes with its own ensuite bathroom: a free-standing tub and a sink with vanity towards the middle of the bus. On the opposite end is the office, offering almost panoramic views of the valley.
Given the many bus conversions that make the headlines today, you’d think that it’d be difficult to stand out, but Betty does it with its generously-sized layout, “hygge” Scandinavian styling, and adorable vintage touches from the bus elements Ellie decided on keeping (the ring bells have been repurposed as light switches, and many of the bus plaques are still on display, as retro art).
Betty is spacious, elegant, airy and practical. Even if you’re not on the market for a new bus home, Betty can serve as inspiration for future projects, or at the very least, it’ll make for a good eye cleanse.