Farming couple build the world’s first B&B made of a 1960s MILK FLOAT

November 19, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A farming couple are hoping to cream off the profits after building the world’s first bed and breakfast – out of a 1960s MILK FLOAT.

Emma Collinson, 28, and partner Stuart Billinghurst, 36, spent £1,051 on the 50-year-old vehicle which they will rent out to guests for up to £95-a-night.

Incredibly, despite being just 15ft long and 8ft wide, the 15mph milk float features a double bed in the back, a shower and toilet at the rear and even a LOUNGE in the cab area.

The mobile bedroom also has a sink and cooking area concealed under the bed by the chassis and an awning comes out to provide protection from the elements.

Guests can now pay up to £95-a-night for the privilege of staying in the milk float B&B at the couple’s alpaca farm where they run animal husbandry courses in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

The couple bought the float in June for £500 from a milkman in Bath and have now completed converting it ready for guests from Easter next year.

Emma, who used to run a gym in Plymouth, and Stuart, who is a technician at Plymouth University, appeared on Channel 4’s series George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces last week.

She said: “We only have our static park home here on the farm so it would be impossible for people to stay but when the courses are for more than one day it is often good for those doing them to spend longer on the farm so they get the feel for it.

“Stuart used to own a milk float and even went to work in one.

“This gave us the idea, so we tried to get hold of that one but we weren’t able to so we got this one instead.

“We managed to do all the work over just five weekends, it was a really crazy time but we had lots of friends who pitched in.

“I fought with Stuart to have a loo and he wanted a shower so we worked out a way to attach both to the back.

“There is a sink under the bed which folds up. In the cab there are seats and the steering wheel is still there and all the buttons.

“That is my favourite bit – being able to sit in the cab with a cup of tea.

“In total it has cost us £1,051.09 to refit it and it will be only be available during the summer months.

“It is kind of like glamping as the sides around the bed is a canopy which can be rolled down.

“We will provide the breakfast which will be produce from the farm as much as possible.

“It is just something really different, I never imagined I would be doing this. I’m quite proud that we own the world’d first, and only milk float B&B.

“It will stay in the field where the alpacas are as it doesn’t have a motor and hopefully make people feel like they are away from it all.”

To stay in the milk float from Sunday-Thursday it costs £75-per-a-night and from Friday to Saturday it costs £95-per-night.

To find out more visit www.moorviewalpacas.com

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