A Cork family who turned an old bus into a fabulous Airbnb to create a 125-acre agricultural tourism hub
The Cork siblings who created the unique Airbnb ‘Bus Ballinadee’ from an old 1999 Dublin bus expanding their operations, with impressive plans to transform their 125-acre farm into a tourist hub that includes a second bus, which is already there.
Thomas McCarthy and his siblings Anna, Rachel and Niall regrouped and began the bus conversion after being shocked by the loss of their father, Patrick, to suicide. They also – incredibly – raised over € 32,000 for the mental health charity, Pieta House.
They denounced the lack of warning signs before his death, and say that Patrick was very proud of his farm, that he loved parties and bringing people together – and they are sure he would love the sparkle of life. that the AirBnB bus brought to the farm.
Thomas says the conversion of the Ballinadee Bus brought them closer together, attracted tourists to the area, and gave them a way to honor their father.
“Initially the project gave us a distraction and something positive to do together while we saw the bus take shape, but since then Ballinadee Bus has been a huge success, we have an occupancy rate of 98% on AirBnB and we can’t believe how far off it is.
“Now with a brand new bus on site we plan to expand our operations and turn the farm into a visitor access point, we are also excited to say that we will soon have a coffee truck on site with Fika Coffee Cork, which we think is a great way to bring locals and our visitors together, ”he said.
Thomas currently lives on the farm with his sister and fiancé, he says he enjoys meeting people who are coming to stay and is looking forward to further developing the business.
“We are currently digging the site for the second bus, we have recovered it from Scotland and it was already serving as a house, so there is not much work to dig to dig the site, but we are planning to give it a bit of a transformation.
“We already have a bar and hot tub for guests on our first bus and with this second we take inspiration from its bright green exterior, we want to include lots of plants and involve grass in weird places,” did he declare. .
Thomas and his siblings have many plans for the future of the farm.
“Of course we want to do a few more buses and also look at the glamping pods, and what I would really like to do is convert an old plane – but that could be one for later, there is no shortage of demand. . when it comes to vacationing in West Cork and we’re giving people something a little alternative – it’s pretty cool to spend the night on a bus, “he said.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the McCarthys and their farm-turned-vacation spot.