An iconic American school bus, creatively transformed into an off-grid haven with loving attention to detail, nestled beneath the South Downs National Park.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 1 & bunks
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Skoolie Stays is the spectacular result of an epic family gap year, spent travelling 14,000 miles through the good ol’ US of A!

Living on board an off-grid Skoolie – an iconic American school bus – the friendly owners even stayed for a few months with a dedicated Skoolie community, learning how to convert these iconic vehicles into truly spectacular living spaces. When it came time to return home, they felt inspired to bring a new bus back with them to convert themselves.

Sleeping up to four guests, their amazing bus is now beautifully positioned on a quiet farm close to the South Downs National Park, for a unique off-grid glamping break that offers a perfect balance of luxury, freedom, and low-impact living.

From the moment you step on board, you’ll marvel at the imagination and pure attention to detail throughout.

Toastily insulated with sheep’s wool, and warmed by a clean-burning log stove, the high-ceilinged interior has been lovingly hand-built using recycled American oak and recovered teak… including solid oak herringbone flooring.

Along with artistic flourishes and craft-led décor, there are plenty of creative nods to the past, including a gorgeous ‘American diner’ eating space, expertly crafted from the original bus seats and a real school table. Not to mention the driver’s cab area, with all the buttons and levers perfectly intact!

Fully self-contained, you’ll discover a spacious on-board kitchen with a gas-stove top and a fridge-freezer, while the bathroom is much more than you might reasonably expect in a bus, featuring a shiny-tiled shower. There’s also a state-of-the-art, odour-free composting loo.

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At a glance

  • An iconic, lovingly converted American school bus with original features, nestled on a farm beneath the South Downs National Park.
  • Fully self-contained with kitchen and shower facilities, the off-grid bus sleeps up to 4 guests.
  • Sleeping arrangements include a kingsize master bedroom, and two ‘hidden’ foldaway bunks, which are suitable for adults and children.
  • Off-grid means you will be away from the crowds in your own rural idyll.
  • Explore the South Downs, visit the coast, or the many charming villages, local pubs, and sightseeing spots in the local area.


  • Family Friendly
  • Off-Grid
  • Seaside Breaks


Off-grid, converted American school bus, sleeps up 4 guests.  Lounge area with leather sofa, blankets, cushions, clean-burning log stove, original driver’s cab with buttons and levers, foldaway 6ft Murphy bunk beds.  Full kitchen with gas-stove top, fridge, freezer box, storage and surface space.  ‘American diner’ eating area with upcycled bus seats and school table.  Kingsize master bedroom with storage.  Bathroom with fully tiled shower, modern composting toilet.  USB electrical points, solar panels, sheep’s wool insulation.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, wildlife watching, South Downs Way, beaches, coastal towns, villages, farm shops, pubs, historic sites, adventure

More information

When it’s time to turn in, you’ll have a master kingsize bedroom to retreat to, along with comfy 6ft Murphy-style foldaway bunks that hide during the day.

The Skoolie is off-grid and sites are chosen because they offer access to jaw-dropping rural views and mesmerising Sussex sunsets..

Wherever you happen to be, you can immerse yourselves completely in the rural charms of the South Downs, Britain’s newest National Park, and a renowned natural beauty spot.

Explore the 160km South Downs Way on two feet or two wheels, with easy access to with easy access to Chanctonbury and Cissbury Ring as well as Arundel with its stunning Normal Castle.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pay a visit to the beautiful local villages of Amberly or Thakeham, where you will find heritage pubs and museums. And then, Then return to your iconic retreat, pour a glass of wine, and sink into the deep leather sofa to mark the beginning of yet another perfect evening.

Things to note

The Skoolie can’t be hired to drive yourself, but if you’d like to choose your own scenery, you can arrange for it to be dropped off at a destination of your choice (subject to conditions.) Not suitable for pets.

Where you'll be staying

Ashington, West Sussex

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