Will’s family have been farming their land in Lincolnshire for generations. However, in order to generate some extra income, Will calls Simon to help create a unique agricultural-themed B&B – he wants to turn an old combine harvester into a quirky getaway that will appeal both to farm fans and those who like get away to somewhere out of the ordinary.
Turning a machine that weighs around 9,400 kilos into a compact but bijou place tests the design talents of Verity Coleman and Sophie Dunn, who can’t even get into the space until Simon cuts a door. However, the discovery of a mountain of antique apple boxes gets their creative juices flowing. Top carpenter Ian Tsang must start from scratch to build the interior bed, seating and storage, but working in a totally enclosed metal box brings some new challenges.
A visit to The Woodland Boat in Norfolk, another unusual vehicular B&B, provides some inspiration. The 1965 Broads cruiser is firmly grounded on owners Charlie and Alice’s stud farm, and shows Will that even a decommissioned boat can be reborn as a desirable place for people to stay.