Accomodation and facilities


Skoolie Stays offers the chance to sleep in a beautifully converted iconic American school bus in both summer and winter.


Fully off-grid, stunning design detail and with 4 comfortable berths, this is your chance to escape it all without compromising on comfort.  

American bus near Storrington
the skoolie stays living area

sleeping in a school-bus

Off-grid living

The Skoolie Stays bus has been carefully designed to balance luxury, freedom and environmental impact. This is not your average ‘back-to-basics’ camping holiday, far from it!

The bus interior has been lovingly hand-built using pine, recycled American oak, and recovered teak. We’ve added our own design features, blending the earthy tones of the engineered oak herringbone flooring with the copper shine of the painstakingly assembled ‘penny-table’ epoxy resin countertop. We’ve recycled and repurposed where we can, using parts of the original bus to link to its history and give them new life.  


We have worked hard to transform this space in the most sensitive way we can, choosing materials that are environmentally-friendly. It’s fully insulated with sheep’s wool, incorporates water-saving technology and runs off of solar panels. 


A tiny-home it may be, but cramped it is not. American buses come in many different shapes and sizes and we chose this particular bus for conversion because it offered increased height inside and would allow us to maximise living space. The result is spacious accommodation that blends old and new, natural materials and modern technology and the best of American and British.


What you get:

  • Master bedroom with a king-sized bed (sleeps 2) with storage for bags and wraparound windows. 
  • 43 square foot Sun Deck raised above the fields – perfect for morning coffees and late nights stargazing.
  • Murphy’ style fold away bunk-beds (sleeps 2 children or adults up to 6ft), cleverly-designed to fold-up during the day.  
  • Full kitchen with a double burner gas-stove top, fridge, large sink and plenty of storage and surface space. 
  • ‘American diner’ eating area, made from the original recycled bus-seats and a vintage teak school table. 
  • Bathroom with fully tiled shower and a top-of-the-range composting toilet (no smells and no wasted water, helping you reduce the impact of your weekend away on the natural environment).  
  • Cosy lounge with a clean-burning log stove and a comfy leather sofa.
  • Plenty of USB electrical points – we have 2400W of solar power (plenty to charge your gadgets).
  • Super-cool driver’s cab area with all the original buttons and levers.
  • A cosy rural hideaway for all seasons and all weathers.

Luxury in the South Downs -click on the pics below!

  • Sleeps 2-4

    King-size master bedroom, 'Murphy' style folding bunk beds (6ft max height)

  • Kitchen

    Fridge, freezer box, 2-burner stove

  • Comfy lounge

    Large leather sofa, pouffe, folding wooden stools, all set around the....

  • Log Burning Stove

    Ecosy DEFRA approved log burner & separate instant hot-air heater

  • Outdoor deck

    Side deck, accessed from the bedroom, so you can walk straight out into your own private outdoor space.

  • Full bathroom

    Tiled shower, 'Simploo' composting toilet (no pong!)

  • Dining table

    Made from the original bus seats, and an old school desk - seats 4

  • Countryside location

    With the South Downs on your doorstep you are assured beautiful views and plenty of places to hike, bike and explore.

  • Original features, modern luxuries

    Our big yellow Florida School bus has the iconic shape and colour you will have seen in all those movies. Inside it's transformed, but we haven't forgotten our roots. Enjoy discovering some repurposed original parts amongst the creature comforts.

Walking south downs

Things to do

Hike or bike the chalky hills of the South Downs Way for fabulous views over the Adur Valley; picnic at the National Trust’s Warren Hill Park; explore the quintessentially English village of Amberley with its open-air industrial heritage museum; enjoy a day trip to Brighton’s bustling Laines; meander through Arundel’s cobbled streets toward the stunning Norman Castle or take a dip in the sea at Worthing Beach.

Little Thakeham Skoolie


Tucked in at the base of the  South Downs in a glorious, private meadow, the Skoolie Stays bus is surrounded by ancient woodland and lush, green grass. It is the perfect spot to unwind, get back to nature and hang out with your favourite people. And when you are ready to leave the cosy bus, you have the the best of West Sussex on your doorstep: charming villages, country-pubs, castles and the South Downs.