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Farmer Turns Massey Ferguson Combine Into Guest Accommodation

A farmer has transformed his old combine harvester into a quirky holiday home that sleeps up to four guests for £120 a night on his campsite in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Will Roughton, 46, spent four months converting the giant machine into a cosy BnB  after buying it for £5,000 from a family that once used it to harvest 20-tonnes of wheat an hour on their farm.

The first step was ripping out all the working parts of the combine – a Massey Ferguson 860 that he nicknamed Kaleb – so that he had an ’empty shell’ to work with.

He said: ‘I’m absolutely not experienced in this kind of thing. I looked at it from the outside and thought you could fit a bed in there.

‘So I stripped it from the inside out. Once it was hollowed out, I could look at it as a house and fit it with insulation and wiring.’

The combine harvester that farmer Will Roughton was transformed into a holiday home

He left the engine in so that he could drive it to his campsite where he would later park it up ready for guests.

Mr Roughton added insulation, under-floor heating and wiring to transform it into a livable space.

He decked it out with furniture including a king-sized bed, kitchen counter, a staircase and a fridge.

The farmer was keen to keep the interior design on theme, opting for agriculture inspired decor with handcrafted shelves, a dog bed made from potato chitting trays and windows made from up-cycled grain-hatch lids.

He said the conversion was hard work at times especially when the weather was bad but after four months of hard labour the makeover was a success.

He decked it out with furniture including a king-sized bed, kitchen counter, a staircase and a fridge

The farmer opted for agriculture inspired decor with handcrafted shelves, a dog bed made from potato chitting trays and windows made from up-cycled grain-hatch lids

It now sits on Mr Roughton’s campsite, the old RAF Wainfleet base that went out of use in 2010

He said: ‘We have a mixed bag of guests. We have had a lot of couples coming and staying as well as families’

The RAF tower on the campsite has also been turned into accommodation

The combine harvester and the price of the renovations in total cost him £20,000

Now the combine harvester holiday home sits on Mr Roughton’s campsite, the old RAF Wainfleet base that went out of use in 2010.

For £120 a night up to four guests can stay in the combine but they will have to use the communal facilities block if they want to use the loo or have a shower.

Mr Roughton’s campsite is also home to other bizarre holiday home conversions including a WW2 tank, ambulance and RAF watchtower.

He said: ‘We have a mixed bag of guests. We have had a lot of couples coming and staying as well as families.

‘I did this for kids – they got so excited seeing me in a tractor. It’s a picturesque location just seven miles from Skegness.

‘We’re near the beach, lakes where people can paddleboard. It’s a very peaceful location.’

He said the combine harvester and the price of the renovations in total cost him £20,000.

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