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Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

This is the Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage located in Keswick, United Kingdom.

What used to be an old fire truck, is now a beautiful and one-of-a-kind vacation retreat with wonderful views of the Blencathra Fells.

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Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage in Keswick, United Kingdom

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Images via FamilyHolidays.co.uk

If it couldn’t get any better, this fire-bus turned cottage is located on a working beef and sheep farm. And of course, there’s a fireman pole to enjoy.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

No modern home is complete without Netflix, I suppose.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Are you going to be using this to get down, or would you rather take another route?

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Full-size bedroom to enjoy in this fire-truck cottage.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

But no worries, this bus isn’t going anywhere. It’s staying put right here.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

How cool is this? There’s even a little desk up here in the bedroom/loft.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Nothing like a little toy firetruck to pay homage to this home’s past.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Looks like the firefighter pole is there for decorative purposes only.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Off to the children’s area!

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Oh okay, there’s a children’s area. That’s why the pole is railed off. Making sense.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

The kitchen is luxurious, compact, and super-beautiful!

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

The bathroom is like something out of a five star resort…

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Did I mention that there is a sauna?

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Enjoying your life…

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

A fire truck turned into a cottage.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

With magnificent views, too.

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Imagine calling a place like this home..!

Red Rescue Retreat Tiny Bus Cottage

Images via FamilyHolidays.co.uk

Video Tour of the Red Rescue Retreat

Entering the fire truck from the lovely decked patio area, into the fantastic open-plan unique accommodation with an array of quirky features including the firemans pole and replica tied ceiling cables. The lounge area with a Smart TV, comfortable sofa, that can convert into a double bed and large bean bags, is the ideal place to relax and perhaps watch a great movie, after a day out exploring the local area. The dining area has lovely views over the patio with ample seating, perfect to enjoy family or romantic meals together. The kitchen is well-equipped with electric oven and hob, plenty of storage space, drop down table and wine cooler/fridge. Next is the fantastic sauna room with glass door. Followed by the lovely shower room with shower and WC. Completing the ground floor is the wonderful kids twin bedroom, with fantastic fire engine bedsteads and funky sleeping bags (please note they are only suitable for children up to the of age of 12 years). Heading up the ladder, you will find the spacious master bedroom, with lovely comfy king-size bed, TV, dressing table and the gated lockable fireman’s pole.

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  • Sheila Plourde
    November 20, 2018, 2:53 pm

    So am the first comment! 😀 Love this. I want that pole. This is beautiful inside and out. Perfectly designed. Nothing that I don’t like. The beds are so cool. The deck and table is inviting. Now I will go eat some lunch.

    • Alex
      November 21, 2018, 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Sheila! I think it’s perfect too 😀

  • D. Pedersen
    November 21, 2018, 4:20 am

    Top floor looks like a death trap – in case of fire. The windows do not look like one can get out of them – too narrow, unless one is really skinny. I would definitely put in an emergency opening.

    • James D.
      November 22, 2018, 11:11 am

      Mind the height, it’s not exactly safe to just drop down to the ground when it’s that high… So the fire pole that drops you right down in front of the glass sliding doors will be a first choice of rapid egress.

      For families, this also means quick access to the kids room to assure they are safe on the way out… and the kids room has a door for another way to rush everyone out in case the fire is too close to the sliding glass doors that would be quicker than going through the windows… Plus easier for kids and elderly to get out…

      That said a secondary egress option would be preferable for backup, along with being required if this was in the states, and I’d recommend a forward end trap door to get on top of the front vehicle section. So you can more easily lower yourself to the ground and possibly have a drop down rope ladder to make that even easier… Plus have quick access to that kids room door to make sure they got out without having to go back in through the sliding glass doors…

      Though, the couch converts into a bed to avoid going upstairs and being right next to the sliding glass doors… But the kids room is only suitable for kids up to age 12… So may need the couch bed, if the kids are older, for them…

      They can also consider converting the roof of the front section into a patio roof deck and just have a door then to access it… Adds a nice above ground space to enjoy the view of the area with your favorite beverage and still provides an easy egress option with one section of the railing could be a kick down ladder or drop down stairs… Along with making the kids room less noisy when it rains…

    • Marsha Cowan
      August 10, 2022, 5:04 pm

      There’s a fast pole to the bottom floor : )

  • NoraGreene
    November 21, 2018, 7:51 am

    DPedersen, I have noticed that you seem unable to make a comment that isn’t a criticism in some way. There was a nice THoW in New Zealand which you claim is overpriced, maybe by the US market but normal for some other countries. This house is apparently a death trap unless you are lucky enough to be skinny. Both these comments have been levelled at other THoWs as well. If you can’t be nice or make a genuinely constructive remark then don’t say anything. The UK has a high compliance requirement for living places, much higher than many countries, so I very much doubt this is a death trap foir anybody who isn’t skinny. If you must criticise try focussing on the fact that it seems every THoW has a big TV screen, and, especially in the US, a washer/dryer and AC unit. Neither are eco friendly and almost every THoW has all of the above. Unnecessary, expensive, wasting resources which the owners/builders claim to want to save, criticise them if you must. Otherwise your comments are your oiwn personal opinions unless backed up by the relevant govt laws or, price wise, examples of similar THoWs of the same standard in the same country for less $s.

    • Carol
      August 17, 2019, 9:48 pm

      Telling someone to not say anything unless it is “genuinely constructive” is ridiculous! The idea that every comment must be “Positive” is not reasonable.

      I would rather individuals be Honest (compliments and criticisms) and give me suggestions on ways to improve my Tiny Home or for my next TH.

  • November 21, 2018, 9:25 am

    It’s a complex change, a variation on a brillant and creative theme…
    “Not from riches but from virtues born the beauty”, Socrate.

  • Sally B
    October 18, 2019, 9:58 pm

    Growing up in a firefighters’ household, I love this unit! Dad was a full time firefighter for over 28 years and would have enjoyed the novelty of this THoW. Sadly, it would not have room for the eight kids plus Mom and Dad. Hand rails for the stairs would be great this aging body. You definitely have a great imagination. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nita Hiltner
    November 16, 2019, 11:42 am

    It is very cute, but the kitchen is way too small for me.

  • Amber Wildman
    May 16, 2021, 12:25 pm

    I’ve got to admit, maybe for the first time, I’m actually really disappointed by this one. The title had me scurrying over thinking, “How on earth…..?” So I was a little underwhelmed by effectively sticking a cute box in the middle of a firetruck. Much as I like the cute box apart from small touches, outside of the kid’s area and the pole, there’s little to speak of the original vehicle inside. Or maybe I just like to overdo a theme lol I was just hoping for something a little truer to form, like in a bus conversion. Maybe if the original truck was left intact and the new addition been placed along the side of the vehicle, to the rear, it could have been a firetruck/firehouse combo. But that’s just my own nod to “If you’re going to do something nutty, go for it big time!”

  • Aaron Gilbert
    August 10, 2022, 3:19 pm

    I’m pretty sure the pole is actually functional. If you examine the close-up photo looking up through the underside of the opening, you’ll notice that there’s a joint where the two red edges of the frame meet, left of the pole in the photo. To the right of the pole, on the top and bottom of this frame (a sideways ‘U’), you will see vertical pins joining the frame to the rest of the railing. I believe these act as hinges. So, I believe this would be an excellent means of egress, much faster and easier than stairs or a ladder. Based on the photos of the children’s area, it’s located in the lower front area of the house (cab of the truck). Whereas, the commentary seems to imply that the children’s area is upstairs – necessitating the railing around the pole.
    I really like this one, very well done inside and out. Though, I’m kind of curious about what appear to be bundles of wires on the first floor ceiling. Are those functional, or just for decoration? Seems like a lot of wires for one house, so I’m guessing the latter. If they’re functional, why leave them exposed like that?
    I see where Amber is coming from that there isn’t a ton of the original vehicle left inside, and I, too, would probably have preferred to retain more of that character. I like the touches they do have, any everyone has their own desires when deciding how far to take a particular theme. 🙂

  • August 10, 2022, 4:48 pm

    I agree – a little disappointed with the loss of the original truck sliced to add a box in the middle.
    Although I think the interior overall is fairly well done.
    Hopefully there is a foundation for the truck and not counting on the tires to stay inflated for stability.

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 10, 2022, 5:08 pm

    I love it! Sitting outside taking in the beautiful views is worth the stay. The truck house is unique and fun, and I love the kitchen. It’s plenty big for the few meals that will be eaten there. Most will want to try out the local cuisine in the area. I can imagine the most beautiful walks down those roads. I love it!

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