RETRO Tiny House Bus ON Creeper Trail+Mini-Donkeys


Bus hosted by Christal

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bath
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***Thank you for reading our ENTIRE listing before booking. BAB (Big-Ass Bus) is a 1957 Greyhound bus turned tiny home on a miniature-donkey farm in SW Virginia. She's ON the Creeper Trail, with a view of the river out her front windows--w/all the amenities of a full-size home, but in a smaller package: hot+cold water; electricity; full kitchen; heat; A/C; HS Wifi; smart TV; +a cute little bathroom with toilet+shower. Perfect for 2 people (over 12 years old+under 6 feet tall). *No pets, please.

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*NEW Airbnb listing: Welcome to BAB (Big-Ass Bus)--one of the most unique stays in all of SW Virginia, on the farm of the 5-star Abingdon Donkey Lodge, a historic inn and miniature donkey sanctuary. BAB is tucked away to the side of our property, away from our (maximum of four) house guests at the inn, so you'll have plenty of privacy. Thank you so much for reading ALL DETAILS below before booking.

BAB is a 1957 GMC 4104 bus that was part of the intercity transit system out of San Francisco, California, after World War II. In a time before San Francisco had a subway system, Greyhound buses were one of the primary means of public transportation inside the city--and between cities as well. Using San Francisco as her base, BAB served the entire central valley of California. BAB was there for the Freeway Revolt, the creation of Candlestick Park, the Summer of Love, the rise of The Castro as a Gay Mecca, the Vietnam War, and the "Manhattanization" of San Francisco.

In the early 1970s, she was retired from Greyhound and purchased by the children of one of her drivers. In 1983 she was converted to an RV. She was used lightly and then sat quietly inside a barn for 20 years. When she was sold again, she became an off-grid tiny home, complete with solar panels, much beloved by her family of four, who lived in her full-time for eight years while they traveled all over the United States.

We are her fourth owners--and after between one and three MILLION MILES (no one knows for sure)--she's happily and permanently parked adjacent to our miniature donkey sanctuary. She still runs, but we don't plan on taking her anywhere. Her off-grid solar panels still work too, but we've converted her to a 50 amp electrical connection so you can run higher-wattage appliances like coffee makers, air conditioners, and hair dryers.

BAB is a house on wheels, complete with living room with smart TV; full kitchen with propane mini-range/oven, microwave, and fridge with freezer; a separate bathroom with shower and flush toilet; and a bedroom in back with two side-by-side memory foam twin beds. She has electricity, fans, heat, air conditioning, high-speed Internet, a coffee station, filtered water, privacy curtains, overhead and cabinet storage, and camera security outside the entrance. BAB is spacious and comfortable and feels more like a house than an RV, with the exception of her camper-style bathroom, which is meticulously clean and well-vented, cute as a button, and gets the job done. From her windows, you have views of the river, the Creeper Trail, AND our miniature donkey farm. *One parking space is included--although in a pinch, two could be arranged.

You also have your own private outdoor space, which includes a picnic table, a small charcoal grill, two Adirondack chairs, and a fire pit. (Please bring your own charcoal; we provide grill utensils, as well as two buckets of logs for the firepit). Less than 100 yards away (just walk there on The Creeper Trail) is public waterfront access where you can swim, tube, launch your kayak, or relax on the amazing covered swings overlooking the river.) Want to pet our friendly, fuzzy donkeys? A farm tour is included with your stay! Please let us know 24 hours in advance and we'll work with your schedule to give you a donkey immersion experience that you won't soon forget! Because your hosts both work full-time, we are doing most donkey tours at 8:00 PM this summer. This also allows for a cooler experience later in the evening.

Here are SEVEN things you need to know about BAB before you book, besides her being the cleanest, coolest, most retro glamping stay in all of SW Virginia (I mean, where else can you stay in a hippie bus ON The Creeper Trail ON a miniature donkey farm next to the river?):

1. You'll be able to hear some farm and road noises through BAB's spectacular, history-filled aluminum walls. After all, she is a bus with single-pane windows--and she sits on a farm and on a back country road. Early risers will love the charming sounds of our tiny bantam roosters and the brays of donkeys. (We consider this part of the adventure, but we've added a noise cancelling machine and disposable ear plugs to the bedroom for people who are more sound sensitive. The sounds don't bother us at all.)

2. If you are big and beautiful (over 6 feet tall AND/OR over 275 lbs), you may not be comfortable in BAB. Her ceilings are 6 feet in height, and if you're taller than that, you'd spend your time inside the bus bending down or leaning. Her bathroom is small and efficient like most camper bathrooms, with a small flush toilet designed for less grand buttocks.

3. BAB is now an off-grid tiny house, so her fresh water supply, grey water, and black water are all stored in tanks in her "basement" area. (There are no direct-connects to water or sewer like you would see in campgrounds.) BAB stores 25 gallons of fresh water at a time, so you may need your freshwater tank refilled during your stay. This means that your friendly and easy-to-reach hosts will need to enter BAB once a day for 2-3 minutes--at your convenience--to keep track of your water and sewage levels. Then we can add water or empty the sewage as necessary, which is done from the outside of the bus, without disturbing you at all. ***BAB is all about conserving water. Compostable dishes, bowls, and silverware are provided to help you do just that.

4. BAB has a small 6-gallon hot-water heater--which means showers should be FAST (less than 5 minutes.) You may also want to give her 15 minutes or so BETWEEN showers to reheat the water.

5. Please let us know if you plan to cook indoors during your stay and we'll light your pilot light inside the propane gas range. (We provide an electric kettle for heating hot water, and there's a Keurig-like coffee maker in BAB too. There is also a small outdoor grill with utensils for your use, though you'll need to bring your own charcoal. Plus, Abingdon has AMAZING restaurants.) We don't keep the pilot light on the indoor range lit all the time because in such a small enclosed space as BAB, there's a hint of propane that some people can smell if the pilot light is on 24/7.

6. If there are torrential downpours, BAB has a couple of windows that may drip a little. We just wipe it up with a paper towel, give thanks that we are not in a tent, and keep it moving.

7. Thank you in advance for understanding that BAB is a NON-SMOKING and CANDLE-FREE listing.

Your two hosts are fully-vaccinated and we can't wait to meet you! Please let us know what we can do to host you--and what we can do to make your stay incredible too!

We also have another 5-star Airbnb listing on this property about 200 feet from BAB: the upstairs of our home, built in 1760 and a former Civil War hospital. It accommodates up to 4 people. For more information, search the web for Abingdon Donkey Lodge. See you soon!

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Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Fire pit
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Abingdon, Virginia, United States

The historic farm, settled in 1760, is located in the small community of Alvarado on a bustling section of The Creeper Trail. Head into Abingdon for breakfast at The Girl & the Raven, White Birch Food & Juice, or Cracker Barrel. Fly fish the day away in the South Fork of the Holston River, one of the premier trout streams in Southwest Virginia, and treat yourself to a wine tasting at Abingdon Vineyards. Bike on the Creeper Trail, hike the Appalachian Trail, kayak at South Holston Lake, or visit The Channels Nature Preserve, a secret local gem. Our favorite restaurants for lunch and dinner are Rain, 128 Pecan, Luke's Cafe, and Greeko's Cafe' and Grill, all in Abingdon. Dinner at The Tavern is a special treat! Enjoy made-from-scratch ice cream or cake at Anthony's Desserts, too.

Hosted by Christal

Joined in February 2020
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Your friendly and accommodating hosts, Jane and Christal, live in the house on the other side of this property, about 200 feet away from BAB. Our level of interaction depends on you. Let us know how we can make your stay extraordinary!

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Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection

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