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I turned a rusty old horse box into a 'après ski bar on wheels'

I turned a rusty old horse box into a ‘après ski bar on wheels’ – now people want to rent it for their weddings!

A man who turned a converted horse box into his very own ‘après ski bar on wheels’ has begun renting his mobile bar for weddings and music festivals.

Guy Williams, 44, left his career as a chartered surveyor to pursue his dreams of carpentry, where he has been able to construct the incredible truck-turned bar from entirely recycled materials.

The once rusty truck now boasts beautiful upholstery, stable woodwork and a metal fireplace next to a cosy bar table.

The bar is fully functional and has hosted guests at various weddings and music festivals, with Mr Williams revealing how most are shocked to discover they’re actually having a drink in a converted horse box.

Mr Williams, originally from Swansea, said: ‘I live a nomadic lifestyle and have always wanted to earn a living on the road – I’ve run bars and hotels in the past and wanted to build something for myself.

A man who turned a converted horse box into his very own ‘après ski bar on wheels’ has begun renting his mobile bar for weddings and music festivals

Guy Williams, 44, left his career as a chartered surveyor to pursue his dreams of carpentry, where he has been able to construct the incredible truck-turned bar from entirely recycled materials

The truck prior to any conversion by Mr Williams

The once rusty truck now boasts beautiful upholstery, stable woodwork and a metal fireplace next to a cosy bar table

The bar is fully functional and has hosted guests at various weddings and music festivals, with Mr Williams revealing how most are shocked to discover they’re actually having a drink in a converted horse box

‘I love creating cosy spaces and am in my element in an après ski bar in the Alps. So the goal was to create an après ski bar of my own which is on wheels and travel the country sharing a good time with others.

‘Everything in the bar has been made from recycled materials, from floor joists for the back bar to a cork ceiling in the bar area. 

‘The bench seating was given to me by a friend who took over an old café premises and that was left when she took it on.

‘Having a mobile bar means I have no business rates, I don’t have to pay permanent staff and I can work when I want to work. 

‘Plus, every time I “work”, I’m surrounded by people who just want to have fun and I’m making people happy.’

Mr Williams, who is now based between Bristol and Bath in the UK, added: ‘I love arriving for the first time at an event and unfolding the bar in the middle of a field. It’s as if it’s a permanent feature everywhere you go.’

The bar, now called the Fat Pony Social Club, was originally a 1983 Mercedes Horsebox.

The bar, now called the Fat Pony Social Club , was originally a 1983 Mercedes Horsebox

The cosy bar boasts various decorations as well as being fully functional

Mr Williams pictured in the process of folding the bar down

The bar includes beer coolers and a fridge

Mr Williams embarked on the project to see how big he could make the mobile bar

Mr Williams embarked on the project to see how big he could make the mobile bar.

From adapting one side into a ramp and using an infill in the corner, he managed to make it big enough to fit roughly 19 people.  

This is one of many projects taken on by the Welsh carpenter.

Another was transforming a horsebox into tiny home and wellness retreat – complete with a home theater with surround sound, a log burner, a full kitchen, a king-sized bed, underfloor heating and jacuzzi.

He then took the stunning make-shift motorhome on a trip of a lifetime to The Alps – taking his 107k Instagram followers with him via regular updates and snaps.

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