Inside Bluebird Penthouse in Devon, the 1950s caravan transformed into a stunning suite

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These photos show how a dilapidated classic caravan has undergone a dramatic transformation and is now being rented out as a luxury holiday home.

The quirky vehicle, located in High Bickington, Devon, was completely gutted before new retro-style fixtures and fittings were added.  

Called Bluebird Penthouse, it is now available to stay in for £95 a night. On the doorstep is a renovated Land Rover with a hot tub in the bonnet.

These photos show how a dilapidated classic caravan has undergone a dramatic transformation and is now being rented out as a luxury holiday home
The caravan after its refit , with a tiled floor and fresh interiors

These photos show how a dilapidated classic caravan has undergone a dramatic transformation and is now being rented out as a luxury holiday home


The quirky vehicle, located in High Bickington, Devon, was completely gutted before new retro-style fixtures and fittings were added. Called Bluebird Penthouse, it is now available to stay in for £95 a night. On the doorstep is a renovated Land Rover with a hot tub in the bonnet (pictured)

The quirky vehicle, located in High Bickington, Devon, was completely gutted before new retro-style fixtures and fittings were added. Called Bluebird Penthouse, it is now available to stay in for £95 a night. On the doorstep is a renovated Land Rover with a hot tub in the bonnet (pictured)

The quirky vehicle, located in High Bickington, Devon, was completely gutted before new retro-style fixtures and fittings were added. Called Bluebird Penthouse, it is now available to stay in for £95 a night. On the doorstep is a renovated Land Rover with a hot tub in the bonnet (pictured)

Mr Westmacott decided to craft a unique outdoor hot tub, which was been built using one of the farm's old vintage Land Rovers. This now sits alongside the caravan
The Land Rover's lights work, to illuminate the hot tub area

Mr Westmacott decided to craft a unique outdoor hot tub, which was been built using one of the farm’s old vintage Land Rovers. This now sits alongside the caravan

Corking idea: The caravan boasts a wine cellar that's hidden beneath a trap door

Corking idea: The caravan boasts a wine cellar that's hidden beneath a trap door

Corking idea: The caravan boasts a wine cellar that’s hidden beneath a trap door

The trapdoor is opened to reveal a hidden stash of champagne and wine 

The trapdoor is opened to reveal a hidden stash of champagne and wine 

The trapdoor is opened to reveal a hidden stash of champagne and wine 

Another unique feature is a trap door that hides a wine cellar.

The caravan holiday home was the brainchild of 39-year-old Ralph Westmacott. It had been rusting away on his father-in-law’s farm.

In total, over the past three years, more than 2,000 man hours were put into transforming the run-down trailer.

It is now decked out with stunning green and white interiors, which follow a vintage theme. 

In the main cabin area there is a kitchen and large double bed.

The caravan holiday home was the brainchild of Ralph Westmacott, who discovered it on his father-in-law’s farm

In total, more than 2,000 man hours were put into transforming the run-down trailer

In total, more than 2,000 man hours were put into transforming the run-down trailer

In total, more than 2,000 man hours were put into transforming the run-down trailer

There is also a chimnea fireplace to keep guests warm during the colder months.

In the bathroom, Mr Westmacott made full use of the space, installing a wash basin, toilet, shower and tub.

The handyman also decided to craft a unique outdoor hot tub, which was been built using one of the farm’s old vintage Land Rovers. This now sits alongside the caravan.

A website marketing the caravan holiday home describes the whirlpool as ‘a wonderful place to read a book, enjoy the view and watch the world go by (even in the snow)!’

Apparently the caravan has been such a success after hitting the rental market that it is fully-booked for the summer months.


An original advert for the caravan lists it for sale at £499. 

A blurb says the 22ft-long vehicle is ‘so spacious’ and ‘handsomely finished, it’s more like a breakfast room with two panoramic windows letting in lots of light’.

An original advert for the caravan lists it for sale at £499. A blurb says the 22ft-long vehicle is ‘so spacious’ and ‘handsomely finished, it’s more like a breakfast room with two panoramic windows letting in lots of light'

An original advert for the caravan lists it for sale at £499. A blurb says the 22ft-long vehicle is ‘so spacious’ and ‘handsomely finished, it’s more like a breakfast room with two panoramic windows letting in lots of light'

An original advert for the caravan lists it for sale at £499. A blurb says the 22ft-long vehicle is ‘so spacious’ and ‘handsomely finished, it’s more like a breakfast room with two panoramic windows letting in lots of light’

Apparently the caravan has been such a success after hitting the holiday rental market that it is fully-booked for the summer months

Apparently the caravan has been such a success after hitting the holiday rental market that it is fully-booked for the summer months

Apparently the caravan has been such a success after hitting the holiday rental market that it is fully-booked for the summer months

The caravan is now decked out with stunning green and white interiors, which follow a vintage theme

The caravan is now decked out with stunning green and white interiors, which follow a vintage theme

A wash basin, toilet and shower  have been squeezed in

A wash basin, toilet and shower  have been squeezed in

The caravan is now decked out with stunning green and white interiors, which follow a vintage theme. A wash basin, toilet and shower have been squeezed in

The caravan still has many of the original features, including these Bluebird-branded tyre covers 

The caravan still has many of the original features, including these Bluebird-branded tyre covers 

The caravan still has many of the original features, including these Bluebird-branded tyre covers 

The caravan has an outdoor deck, so guests can sit out and enjoy the country views

The caravan has an outdoor deck, so guests can sit out and enjoy the country views

The caravan has an outdoor deck, so guests can sit out and enjoy the country views

Cosy: Guests can enjoy a long soak in the caravan's indoor bath tub 

Cosy: Guests can enjoy a long soak in the caravan's indoor bath tub 

Cosy: Guests can enjoy a long soak in the caravan’s indoor bath tub 

Mr Westmacott said: ‘The whole idea started when my father-in-law was talking about scrapping an old caravan that had been wasting away on his farm.

‘I thought it seemed pretty cool and eventually managed to convince him to allow me to restore it.

‘It was a lot of work and I lost count of how many hours I put into it – somewhere around the 2,000 hour stage.

‘The hot tub was similar really, it was an old farm Land Rover that had not been used for years and was just rusting away.

‘With a bit of clever design we managed to use it as the foundation for a hot tub, which has turned out to be an incredibly popular feature.

‘We consciously didn’t do too much work to the exterior, because the ever so slightly tired look helps it to blend into the hillside.

‘It’s taken off hugely this year, just getting bigger and bigger and we’re all delighted with how it’s going.’ 

Mr Westmacott, who is a trained marine biologist, quit his job in the industry five years ago in favour of DIY.

Along with the Bluebird Penthouse, he has built a wooden wagon and wigwam which are located in Hampshire and also available to rent. 



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