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This unique school bus conversion is nestled on our small art farm + homestead, Rancho de Barnes, just 25 minutes outside of Nashville. This country getaway is close to town, while still feeling like an escape from society. Get back to basics with a campfire, composting toilet + outdoor shower. Unplug and experience bus life among mini pigs, chickens, ducks, and dwarf goats.

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This unique school bus conversion is nestled on our small art farm + homestead, Rancho de Barnes, just 25 minutes outside of Nashville. This country getaway is close to town, while still feeling like an escape from society. Get back to basics with a campfire, composting toilet + outdoor shower. Unplug and experience bus life among mini pigs, chickens, ducks, and dwarf goats. Leave rested, restored, and inspired by the rugged simplicity of it all.

A cozy camping experience with the added amenities of electricity, A/C, a Tiny Wood Stove, propane stove, cooking supplies, chest style fridge, and utility sink with running water. A lofted bed sits within the van, making this the perfect stay for two people. There is an easy to use composting toilet inside The Bus, and an outdoor propane heated shower behind The Bus. The surrounding area is yours to explore. Build a fire in one of the two private fire pit areas & plug in outdoor lights for a beautiful nighttime experience. Start your morning by sipping coffee as you watch goats and chickens play in the barnyard right out your window. While our house is close by on the property, there is a privacy wall to provide you with your own little oasis. We keep to ourselves, although you may catch us tending to the animals or working in the garden.

Lodging provided
Onsite rv or trailer
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at The Bus at Rancho de Barnes in Tennessee.

Forest
Suburban
Farm

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Hipcamper Nicole

Great days on the bus

Nicole F.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2021

We had a great time staying on the bus, we had everything we needed, the AC was great, so cold on one of the hottest days, and seeing the animals and the garden brought much joy. Plus, I always love an outside shower!

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Hipcamper Amy

Blissful weekend in tn

Amy S.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2021

We couldn't of asked for a better weekend here. The host are super friendly and available if needed. We love the animals that roam freely throughout the day. The outdoor shower is hot with great water pressure. We had 2 adults and a child and it was the perfect amount of space. We spent alot of our time visiting the stock tank pool which was perfect for entertaining our 5 year old. I would recommend this camping adventure to anyone.

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Hipcamper Camille

One of a kind

Camille M.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2021

The bus and farm are one of a kind. Very comfortable sleeping by quarters (we stayed cool in the 95 degree heat) and quiet environment. Excellent location just 25 minutes from Nashville; hour and a half from Cummins Falls. Overall a must visit!

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Hipcamper Sandra

This place is a gem

Sandra H.
recommends this listing.
June 25th, 2021

This was our second year to stay on the Bus. My two boys are absolutely enchanted with this place, and I love it, too. A peaceful and interesting refuge from city life. Gabi and Jacob’s love and dedication to their land and animals really shine and they are brilliant hosts. We can spend hours watching the ducks and goats and guinea fowl while sitting at the table on the bus. Sleeps 3 comfortably. The outdoor shower is the best part! Good vibes only. <3

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Hipcamper Melaney

Hit the reset button...

Melaney P.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2021

If you're looking for a peaceful, unique, unplugged getaway from life's stressors and monotony, recharge with a stay at The Bus at Rancho de Barnes. My boyfriend and I are avid travelers and adventurers. I am all about finding something eclectic and out of the ordinary. What Gabi and Jacob have created on their sweet little homestead tops them all! The outdoor shower was hot and refreshing after a long day hiking, the bus was clean, artsy, and comfortable, the farm animals sweet and entertaining, and the atmosphere peaceful and inviting. Don't forget to add on the Rancho eggs...a delicious must! Thanks, Gabi and Jacob...Looking forward to our next stay with you! :)

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Hipcamper Jason
Jason D.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2021

Fun easy creative spot to stay just outside of Nashville. Hosts were easy to communicate with and super responsive. Would stay here again.

Hipcamper Scott

Peaceful and quiet

Scott M.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2021

What a great little get away! Was so nice to enjoy the extreme peace and quite by the fire pit. I’m sure anytime we need a quick and simple place to escape, this won’t place will definitely be on our list! Thanks a bunch!

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Hipcamper Mavis

Wonderful experience!

Mavis F.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

It was a dreamy stay! Just the right amount of comfort and quiet. We had a very relaxing time and are so grateful you shared your beautiful homestead with us.

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Hipcamper Chelsea

Quiet peaceful getaway.

Chelsea W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2021

My wife and I stayed for a couple of nights and really enjoyed ourselves. I was apprehensive at first because I’m a big guy and staying in a bus isn’t really ideal for me but she loves buses and was right at home. It quickly grew on me and I really enjoyed the bus, animals, and fires we had. It was so peaceful and quiet the whole time we were there. The hosts live nearby but stay to themselves unless you’re in need of something. We only ever seen them out a couple of times feeding the animals or working in their garden. As soon as we got back home we had friends asking about our stay and we’ve recommended they check it out for themselves. We made breakfast over a fire and dinner on the gas camp stove. Overall such a great experience for some alone time with my wife away from our normal busy lives. Only about 20 minutes away from downtown Nashville so you get the best of both worlds with that! There’s also a very convenient Dollar General about five minutes down the road.

Awards

Best in 2021 Tennessee
Finalist
Best of 2019 Tennessee
3rd place
Property
Rancho de Barnes
State
Tennessee
Country
United States
$125/night
1 Site

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