And finally… Farmer to transform retired search-and-rescue helicopter into Stirling holiday home

A retired Navy search-and-rescue helicopter is to be turned into a holiday home in Stirlingshire.

Farmer Martyn Steedman bought the Sea King helicopter in an online auction for £7,000 and decided turn it into “glamping” accommodation.

He plans to construct a dining area in the cockpit as well as erecting a mini kitchen and an en-suite shower.

The helicopter retired from active service in 1994 and was used in naval training until 2002.

Its new residence is at Mains Farm Wigwams in Thornhill.

Martyn said: “We couldn’t bear to see these much loved helicopters go on the scrap heap and thought why not give one a new life in the country.

“Our plan is to adapt it into ‘glamping’ accommodation for a family of five with a quirky cockpit dining area, a mini kitchen, en-suite shower room and ‘flight’ deck.

“We like to think we offer customers something special to keep them coming back year after year and staying in a Sea King will certainly be a unique experience.”

Share icon
Share this article: