Inside the former 1950s fire truck that you can now book for a camping holiday

Forget traditional canvas tents – campers can now spend the night in a quirky fire truck from the 1950s. The Beermoth, a 1956 Commer Q4, has been completely transformed into a camping spot complete with a double bed, woodburning stove and dining area. Originally located at the Manston Fire Museum in Kent, it now lives on the Inshriach Estate in Aviemore, Scotland, where owner Walter Micklethwait converted it into the unusual accommodation.

The makeover included raising the roof by a foot, laying down an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, and using a snooker table slate to make a hearth.

The Beermoth

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The fire truck has all the basic amenities you need including a double bed and a woodburning stove. On sunnier days, the side of the truck can be lifted so you can get uninterrupted views of the surrounding scenery. However, the Beermoth may be better suited to seasoned campers.

Inside the former 1950s fire truck that you can now book for a camping holidayThere’s a woodburning stove

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For a start, when you arrive you get driven out to the truck’s remote location on the estate – but then you’re left to your own devices. (That includes getting back unaided at the end of the trip).

There’s no electricity in the truck, although it is lit up thanks to lanterns with tealights and solar powered lights. (Guests are advised to bring a torch).

Inside the former 1950s fire truck that you can now book for a camping holidayThe truck offers a basic but quirky stay

Bedding and towels are provided, but on colder nights it’s worth packing a few thermals and extra layers. As it’s a former fire truck, there’s no toilet or shower in the property, however guests are able to use the hot shower and facilities at the farmhouse, approximately 700m away. (It’s worth noting that these facilities are also open to the guests staying in the estate’s glamping yurt).

It’s a former fire service truck dating back to the 1950s

Still, there’s no denying that it can make for quite the memorable – and unusual – camping experience. Want to check it out for yourself?

Prices start from GBP72 per night with Canopy & Stars, based on two people sharing.

You can also find out more on the Inshriach House website.

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