Pack Your Bags: How an Old Double-Decker Bus Is Being Turned into a Dream Vacation Spot
There is certainly no shortage of beautiful homemade creations from fans of the Harry Potter universe. We see many of them at MuggleNet, and to be honest, we love it! One fan in particular has decided to take on the challenge of tackling a massive Harry Potter project, and we just had to share it.
Shannon Moore, the owner of Magical Mountain Vacation Rentals and Green Lion Realty, is restoring a 1955 Scottish double-decker bus. Now, we wouldn’t hype up an exciting find like this if there wasn’t some magical twist to it. It’s being transfigured, as the knowledgeable witch might say, into a version of the Knight Bus and will be used as a unique vacation rental. Such an exciting venture begs for answers. MuggleNet had the opportunity to speak with Moore about the project.
This restoration journey has just begun, but Moore, a proud Hufflepuff, let us in on how she came about finding the old double-decker bus.
After stumbling upon a beautifully restored bus home (known as a skoolie) at a tiny home expo, I began searching for my own bus in need of a little magic to bring back its former sparkle. After months of searching the Daily Prophet (known as Craigslist in the non-magical world), negotiating, and untangling logistical snarls, I successfully purchased and transported a 1955 Scottish double-decker bus to the location in Mars Hill, North Carolina – just outside of Asheville.
With the bus now in her possession, Shannon Moore has been working diligently to bring it back to its former glory. The process takes time, of course, and there is still plenty to be done since “it sat in an open barn for the last 20 years, and we exposed to the elements.” Many have been following the restoration of the bus on the Magical Mountain Vacation Rentals TikTok page. So far, the videos have gotten over 1.5 million views.
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Moore explained some of the planning that goes into revamping a large vehicle from 1955.
I’ll need to completely gut [it] and start again. I am, however, leaving most of the original parts – the running lights, original front grill [sic], headlights and drivers [sic] seat. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to make the bus sparkle again.
Of course, this kind of project can’t be accomplished alone. Hiring help is all part of the process.
Well, right now it’s really hard to find people to work on the bus. Our bus builders had to take off to [Tennessee] for two weeks to work another bus, but they are returning tomorrow. We’ve also hired an additional crew to help them get it finished because they have another bus build in mid[-]May. We’re hoping to have it completed by the [f]all of 2021.
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It takes a village, as they say. But due to the fact that there has been so much careful planning, love, and attention going toward the bus, we expect nothing short of a spectacularly magical vacation experience once it’s completed.
We also love being able to tell you that Shannon Moore has no plans to stop once the bus is done. She wants to purchase and restore a train car and build a version of Hagrid’s stone hut too. In addition to the bus, the train and hut will also be utilized as vacation rentals under Magical Mountain Vacation Rentals in the Asheville, North Carolina, area. You can probably guess this isn’t just a weekend hobby for Moore.
In addition [to] the Magical Mountain Vacation Rentals, I do own a real estate company in SW Florida named Green Lion Realty. Both are company’s [sic] that I’m very passionate about.
A full website for Magical Mountain Vacation Rentals is going live in the coming days for future guests to explore. Moore also plans to hold an essay contest for a free three-night stay on the Midnight Bus after it’s finished. All applicants can submit their essays to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Midnight Bus Essay” as the subject line. More information can be found on the Magical Mountain Vacation Rentals website after it goes live.
MuggleNet would like to extend a very special thank you to Shannon Moore for her interview.