Our location and things to do

GLAMPING IN THE SOUTH DOWNS and other local adventures

Skoolie Stays are based at stunning Beachy Head on the South Downs Way. A rural bolthole with views of the sea.



Explore the iconic coastline of the South Downs National Park with its towering white cliffs, the sweeping beaches around Eastbourne, the cultural highlights of the Towner Gallery or the natural spectacle of Seven Sisters Country Park.

View of beachy head glamping
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Skoolie Stays is working with Visit Eastbourne to offer a unique setting for a very unique break. 

Room with a view

The Skoolie will be based in the heart of the South Downs National Park at iconic Beachy Head. Famed for dramatic white chalk cliffs that tower above the sea, this location is the perfect spot to to blend a rural escape with a visit to some of East Sussex’s cultural and natural attractions. We have a whole field to ourselves so there’s plenty of space and privacy. 


With the South Downs Way literally on our doorstep, there are excellent hiking and biking opportunities. Beachy Head itself is just one mile away and Birling Gap, Seven Sisters National Park and Cuckmere Haven can all be reached by foot (or by car). 


For those who want to explore the cultural highlights, Eastbourne offers the incredible Towner Gallery as well as a calendar of exciting citywide events and activities. 


And, at just 10 minutes from Eastbourne station and only 75 miles from central London, we are super easy to reach. We are also just a short distance from Newhaven Ferry Terminal. 

The South Downs

Britain's newest National Park

Extending for 87 miles from Winchester in the West to Beachy Head at it’s eastern end – not far from us – the South Downs is a range of hills of outstanding natural beauty.  Every year, thousands walk or bike the entire South Downs Way, following the crest of the rolling hills. Many more walk sections of this great walk at their leisure, using public transport to return them to their start point. 


“The Downs… too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness, if only they would look”


– Virginia Woolf, diaries


Walkers can also choose to walk over to the white cliffs of  Beachy Head, where you can walk along the coast toward Seven Sisters Country Park. In the other direction, you can drop down toward Eastbourne with its fabulous sweeping beach. Check out our suggestions for some great walks in the area. 


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the beachy head pub


Truly great pubs and produce

You’re in the country. First thought:  food and drink!


For those that want a lovely British pub, you will be pleased to hear that you are spoilt for choice.


The closest pub, The Beachy Head  is one mile away. Built in the 1880’s this large family pub offers superb views of the South Downs across to Belle Tout lighthouse from its large garden. Inside, the cosy fireplaces are perfect for a winter drink or a Sunday roast.



A little further away, in the village of East Dean (2.5 miles from the bus), is the Tiger Inn.  Built in the 16th Century, this quintessentially English pub is the heart of its local community and has a delicious menu full of hearty pub food.



The Pilot Inn is another great option. Nestled at the foot of the cliffs, on the way into Eastbourne, was the 2021 Travellers Choice on Trip Advisor and offers a menu that utilises the best of local produce. Or if you want to be right out on the seafront with unparalleled dining views, it’s Bistrot Pierre in town that you want. 


Not everyone wants to eat out, so the Skoolie Stays bus is fully-equipped for happy cooks to create their own  culinary delights. Nearby Eastbourne has supermarkets and local produce shops and markets that sell local vegetables, meat, cheeses and all manner of other perfect Sussex produce.



And what to drink? Beer lovers can choose from a host of local producers. We love the award-winning Longman Brewery and Firle’s Burning Sky Brewery. Wine lovers can find local award winning wines from locals vintners such as Rathfinney EstateWe can even organise a selection of wines and beers to be ready for you in your fridge to enjoy on arrival. Cheers!

Keep the kids happy

...keep yourselves happy!

The great outdoors is a happy place for adventurous kiddos and we have a few books on the Skoolie Stays bookshelf that will help you make the most of your time. But if you want more, more, more, fear not….


Eastbourne has crazy golf, indoor and outdoor water parks, an incredible beach and the fascinating Redoubt fortress, built to defend the South Coast from Napoleon’s forces.


Further afield, you can meet the animals at Drusillas Zoo or  head to Knockhatch Adventure Park for family fun. There is also the opportunity to visit Lewes or Brighton (only 45 minutes by car / 25 minutes by train). 

Living in a Skoolie
The nearby Towner Gallery

Culture & adventure

From an artistic impression of the Downs to a birds eye view!!

Towner Eastbourne sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. It’s a free, welcoming space with some incredible art on display. It’s the largest purpose-built gallery in the South East and is best known for its modern British art. We love their extensive collection of Eric Ravilious – he perfectly captures the curves of the Downs.



If you’ve got some energy to burn, keep it simple and get on your bikes and hit the trails all over the South Downs. Or take to the air, with the local flyers. Nearby paragliding experts Fly Sussex can take you up to catch a thermal and see this beautiful area from the skies. 

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