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Skoolie Stays

Nr Lewes, East Sussex

Off-grid glamping in a beautifully converted American school bus located in the South Downs in Sussex for an eco-friendly escape.

  • 4
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
SAVE TO WISHLIST
£155-195 per night

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Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights

How to book

Skoolie Stays is owned and managed by Ruth Chapman.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Ruth Chapman.

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The highlights
  • Genuine American school bus with hand-built interior incorporating original features, modern technology and natural materials.
  • Completely off-grid with solar power, sheep’s wool insulation and water-saving technology for an eco-friendly stay.
  • Clean-burning log stove and efficient insulation mean that this is a cosy hideaway at any time of year.
  • Located on a private estate in the South Downs in Sussex near Lewes and just 25 minutes from Brighton.

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  • Not suitable for pets.

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The detail

Tucked away on a privately-owned estate in the South Downs in Sussex, you’ll stumble across this delightful yellow school bus, originally from Florida. Chosen for its spaciousness and impressive headroom, the Skoolie Stays bus is now living a second life as luxurious, off-grid accommodation with plenty of room for a family of four to enjoy a unique glamping experience. Solar panels, water-saving technology and sheep’s wool insulation ensure that your stay is as environmentally friendly as possible, while the sensitive restoration has retained much of the character of this iconic bus.

From the outside, the striking colour and profile of an American school bus are immediately recognisable. However, step inside and you’ll find that the interior has been carefully designed to create spacious and unique accommodation. It has been hand-built using environmentally-friendly materials where possible, such as recycled American Oak and recovered teak. Original parts of the bus have been recycled and repurposed and you’ll find all the buttons and levers still in the cab.

In the cosy master bedroom at the rear of the bus, there’s a king-sized bed with beautiful views out over the surrounding fields on all sides. There’s space for two children to sleep, or two adults up to 5ft 8, in bunk beds that are designed to fold away during the day. The bathroom features a fully tiled shower and a composting toilet which means no wasted water and no smells.

The centre-piece of the eye-catching kitchen is the ‘penny-table’ countertop, the copper beautifully complementing the wood of the herringbone floor. The kitchen is equipped with a gas stovetop, a fridge and a large sink and is set across from an American diner-style eating area. Two of the original bus seats have been used on either side of a vintage teak school table to create this cosy dining space. There’s also a comfy lounge area with a leather sofa in front of a clean-burning log stove keeping you toasty all year round.

The Skoolie Stays bus is set in a beautiful rural location on a private estate in the South Downs near Lewes, about 25 minutes from Brighton. The precise location of the bus on the estate varies but you’ll always be surrounded by nature and some stunning views. There’s plenty to do, from tackling part of the South Downs Way to days out at the beach. Charleston House and Firle Place are both nearby and there are plenty of cosy pubs and pretty villages in the local area.

Features
Essential
  • Baby Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • No Smoking
  • No Dogs
  • Heating
Living Spaces
  • Open fire/Woodburner
Kitchen/Utility
  • Fridge
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/freezer
Bed/Bath
  • Towels (bath)
  • Shower
Tech
  • Stereo music system
Outside
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Cleaning service
  • Walking distance to pub
  • Off road free parking

We also can provide local produce hampers and plenty of advice about what to do in the local area.

Nearby
  • Pub/Bar
  • Markets
  • Restaurants
  • Beach (sea)
  • Fishing
  • Theme park
  • Kite surfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Cooking classes
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Wellbeing
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Zoo/Wildlife park
  • Wildlife
  • Massage
  • Nightlife (lively)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Windsurfing
  • Supermarket/food shop
  • Sailing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horse riding
  • Bird watching
  • Art classes
  • Mountain Walking
  • Swimming pool (public)
  • Yoga
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • Nightlife (low key)
  • Golf
  • Boat trips

We are based in a rural location, close to the coast and the South Downs Way. A short drive takes you to Brighton or Lewes, where you can access all that the city / town has to offer.

£155-195 per night
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Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights

SAVE TO WISHLIST
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How to book

Skoolie Stays is owned and managed by Ruth Chapman.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with Ruth Chapman.

Request To Book
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  Nearest Airport
London Gatwick - 36 miles

Detailed pricing info

Minimum 2 night stay.

HIGH SEASON (1ST APRIL – 30 OCTOBER):

Weekends, Bank holidays & Special Events: £195 per night
Mid-week (Sun – Th): £175 per night
Week special (7 nights): £1225 (£40 saving)

LOW SEASON (1 NOVEMBER – 31 MARCH):

Weekends, Bank holidays & Special Events: £175 per night
Mid-week (Sun – Th): £155 per night
Week special (7 nights): £1085 (£40 saving)

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