What are the sleeping arrangements on Skoolie Stays?
The Skoolie has a comfortable king-sized bed and two 6ft bunk beds (slightly narrower than a standard single) that cleverly fold-away to create more space. Curtains are in place to screen off the bunks from the master bedroom and living area.
Firepit & Benches –
– and the Hammock Hang-out!
What's the outside space like?
You have your own private field! There is a dedicatd hammock hang-out space with three hammocks, a firepit with oak benches, a windbreak, a large camping rug, and just loads of space to safely run around in! The bus also boasts a large attached sundeck which is immediately outside the Master Bedroom reached through the large side door. Raised about a metre from the ground it is a great viewing deck for sea and sky-gazing, taking in the wonderful views all around.
Your own private field – – and miles of views
What footwear should we pack?
The Skoolie Stays bus is in a field and we recommend you take wellies, especially on wet days. Walking boots and / or trainers are a good idea too - there is lots of wonderful walking in the area.
What are the Cooking Facilities?
We have a two-burner gas stove on board with a frying pan, saucepan, milk pan and a Ridge Monkey...
A what? A Ridge Monkey is a clam-shaped frying pan that makes toasties, fantastic grilled fish and meat, cooked breakfasts, basically anything!
What are the bathroom facilities?
We have a proper tiled shower with hot water and a special shower-head that keeps up good pressure.
Our toilet is a top-of-the-range compost loo from Simploo. If you are scrunching your nose in distaste at the thought of campsite-style long-drops, this is entirely different. Simploo's award-winning toilet is smell-free and simple to use. We have left plenty of detail on board about how it all works and are confident you will be pleasantly surprised.
When are check-in and check out times?
Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is 11am. If you would like early check-in / late check-out, contact us and we can check availability and quote for any additional costs.
Yes you can! There are lovely pubs, tea-rooms, cafes and restaurants nearby. Check out our local area page for more info.
Is the bus warm?
The bus is fully-insulated with Cumbrian sheep's wool which keeps a lovely ambient temperature inside. We have a log-burning stove and a diesel heater for when the weather is cooler. On hot days, the reflective roof paint stops the bus absorbing the heat from the sun. Just open the hatches and plentiful windows to get a lovely through draft.
What is the bus site like?
Our location on the Beachy Head hills has views out towards the sea across the downland. You are not overlooked at all though a short walk takes you to the South Downs Way, pubs, and Beachy Head itself. The bus is in it's own private field with plenty of space for kids to play. There are hammocks and a firepit in the field/
Accessibility is largely dependent on your specific needs. Please note though, our location means the Skoolie is parked on uneven ground and has an uneven access route. There are also steep stairs from the bus door. Once inside, the floor surface is smooth but there are narrow areas. The bed is higher than a standard bed and may require use of a stool. The shower and toilet are ostensibly the same as standard shower and toilet facilities. Please do get in touch if you are concerned about accessibility and we can discuss things in more detail. There is no disabled access.
Can we drive the Bus?!
Afraid not! You are welcome to sit behind the wheel and take some photos of yourself in the driver's seat, but we are the only ones allowed to drive the bus.
If you would like us to drive the bus to an event or festival for you, please get in touch.
What kind of vehicle is the Skoolie and where's it from?
Out lovely Skoolie home started life as a school bus in Manatee District, Florida. We actually visited the area in our Skoolie and kayaked with the manatees, it's a beautiful spot.
Fact fans, the bit you want to know is that it is a 2001 International School Bus with a 7.6 litre Navistar and a 8T545 transmission.
There is masses to do! Hiking and biking on the Downs is wonderful, but it is just as pleasant to wile away the hours away In Eastbourne, which has a great gallery, theatre, restaurants and pubs. Check out our Local Area page for more suggestions.
Are dogs allowed?
Sorry, we have a no pets policy and do not allow dogs on the Skoolie Stays bus.
What is your Covid-19 cleaning protocol?
We thoroughly clean all surfaces between each guest, replacing all bedding, towels, cushion covers and blankets. A disinfectant spray is applied throughout the bus.
Can I cancel or reschedule my booking
We are unable to cancel or reschedule bookings within 8 weeks of your arrival date. Outside of 8 weeks, we are happy to help you move dates subject to availability. Please note you will need to pay the difference in cost (if there is one) for the new dates. If you still wish to cancel, we will refund your booking minus the non-refundable deposit. Please see our full Terms and Conditions for more details.
What is your Covid-19 cancellation policy
If your cancellation is Covid-19 related, any payments you have made (whether deposit or full balance) are not refundable, although they can be used instead towards a new booking within the following 18 months.
Can we play music?
We have a Bluetooth speaker in the bus as well as an acoustic guitar. We do ask that you are respectful to our neighbours and passing hikers, and also that you do not play music outside between 10pm and 8am.
Can we charge our phones and laptops?
Yes. We have 2400w of solar power and that is more than enough to charge your devices through the USB outlets on board. We've got a USB-C laptop charger too!
Is there parking at the bus
Yes, there is a private off-road parking spot just for you just by the field.