Just when you thought the staycation inspo couldn’t get any better, we stumbled upon this absolute gem.
Keswick is full of unique accommodation, but if one of them ticks all the boxes – it’s The Old Fire Engine. Nestled in a quiet and secluded spot in a little place called Scales, near Keswick, the incredible converted fire truck makes for a memorable stay – and it’s fun for all the family.
Big, red and full of little nods to its past, the truck takes alternative accommodation to the next level, with a pole in its living room (that you can actually slide down), a ladder-style staircase making going to bed a little adventure, and all the luxuries you need to feel home-from-home. The living room is fully equipped with a TV and WiFi, so you can wind down from a long day of exploring the beauty of the Lake District with an episode of Emmerdale before heading to bed.
The main bedroom can be found at the top of the truck, with cosy features including a red carpet and checkered red furnishings, keeping in-theme with the Big Red’s heritage.
Downstairs by the living room, you’ll find a smaller bedroom equipped with two beds – which are actually single-sized fire trucks, perfect for keeping the kids happy. Complete with bright red bedding, they’ll feel like a real fire fighter for the entirety of their stay. If the lovely little touch of the beds wasn’t exciting enough, there’s also a little cabin at the end of the truck full of dress-up items such as fireman uniforms, hats and even a truck hose. That’ll keep the little buggers busy.
The dining space and decking overlooks the countryside, providing undisturbed views of Blencathra fells, where you can kick back with a glass of wine and have an al fresco dinner before checking out the truck’s very own sauna. Yep, you read that right.
Just five miles from the truck is the lovely town of Keswick, as well as the nearby Lakes Distillery and the uber-fun Go Ape. Head towards the picturesque Derwentwater, potter around the town, or check out the historic Castlerigg Stone Circle – either way, you’ll get some stunning photos to remember your trip with.
Fancy yourself an idyllic trip to the Lakes? Find out more about the unique fire truck and book your stay here.