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Beautiful Country House, Period Features, Modern Decor, Great Entertaining Space



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
House in Icklesham, Nr. Winchelsea, Sussex, England - Peaceful Rural Location In Icklesham In Brede Valley, Close To Rye & Camber & Winchelsea Beaches

Built in 1847, The Old School is a beautiful 4 bedroom Grade II listed country house in the village of Icklesham which was completely renovated to a high standard in 2011. A stunning high-end interior designed house (featured in September's 2012's Edition of Ideal Homes Magazine) that has everything you want for a fantastic holiday, providing a relaxing environment to unwind, especially well-equipped for families with children. Outside, it has a lovely fully enclosed lawned garden with a summer house, equipped with its own bar and a large patio area. Located in the pretty rural surroundings of the Brede Valley, in-between the historic towns of Rye & Hasting, it is also within easy reach of Camber Beach and Battle, so you can enjoy both country and coastal life at The Old School. There's lots to do for all ages in the area - walking, golf, cycling, watersports, kite-surfing, shopping, eating great food, visiting historic castles, art galleries or public gardens to name a few.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in London, England with my husband, daughter and son. We both work in London but bought The Old School in 2010 as we wanted to spend weekends out of the city and enjoy the English countryside at its best. We love the house and buying in the beautiful area of Icklesham, on the Brede Valley, with the beach a short distance away, was the best decision we ever made for us and our children. We both love travelling and are lucky enough to have visited many far flung countries and have brought pieces of furniture back with us from our travels which we've used to decorate the house. Our favourite past times are cooking, socialising with friends, playing and watching sports and skiing.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We've loved our stay at The Old School - thank you for making it feel like 'home from home'. The kids loved running around in the garden and the playground - we'll be back next summer!".

"The house has so much character with every modern luxury you need for a great weekend - thank you."

"We loved the pub nearby in staggering distance - an essential part of any weekend in the country! Your house is lovely and thank you for the advice on what to do - Rye is beautiful and the children loved the beach."
Apr 2013
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Lovely property, perfect for family get together

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 12 with children ranging in ages from 1-15 and we were perfectly accommodated and very comfortable in The School House. The house was well presented and the thought and attention given to children's facilities was fantastic. We had everything we needed for a great weekend away to celebrate a special birthday. Contact with the owner was good and all queries were answered well with great suggestions provided for places to visit and how we could make best use of the space.

We all really enjoyed our stay and would love to return in the summer months to enjoy the fabulous garden. The house is really well suited to family groups with very nice rooms all of a good size with amazingly comfortable beds! Thank you to Lucy for enabling us to have a special family break in your lovely house.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought The Old School after falling in love with the area. We wanted a house with lots of character in a village with a great pub, close to the beach and beautiful country walks. Icklesham gave us all of that -its on the edge of the stunning Brede Valley with plenty of walking and cycling routes and we have the award-winning, family-friendly Queen's Head pub a few minutes walk away with wonderful staff and food. The picturesque towns of Winchelsea and Rye are close-by and there is lots to do in the area for all ages, whatever the weather. Being close to Camber Beach is heaven in the summer time although we can enjoy blustering walks all through the winter too. The location is easy to get to from London via road or train. Overall, we love the area!

Activity and Interests


Camber Beach - an award-winning sandy beach with rolling sand dunes is one of the south-east coasts' most famous beach destinations - 5.4 miles away by car.

Winchelsea Beach is 2 miles away by car and is one of the few remaining undeveloped parts of the south coast. The whole area is much valued by those who like fresh air, flocks of birds and open and empty spaces. The beach is rarely crowded with shingle at high tide and level sand at the low. There is a beautiful 4 mile walk to Rye.


By Train: from London use the High-Speed 1 Rail-link from St Pancreas International or Stratford International to Ashford International, then change for Rye Station or Winchelsea Station. Hastings Railway Station serves a number of south-east and west locations including Gatwick Airport.

By Air: Gatwick - 40 miles, Heathrow - 88 miles, Lydd - 11 miles.

Ports: Dover - 46 miles, Folkestone - 38 miles (Eurotunnel), Newhaven - 38 miles.

Car hire or use of car recommended to view the area.


The Old School is located in the village of Icklesham.

Winchelsea Village - 2.4 miles

Rye - 4.5 miles

Hastings - 6.2 miles

Battle - 11.4 miles

Tenderden - 17.5 miles

Brighton - 41 miles

London - 68 miles

Further Details:

From hiking, cycling, kite-surfing, shopping, eating great food, visiting historic castles, art galleries or public gardens, there is lots to do for all ages in the area. The Area section of our website lists our top recommendations for what to do, where to visit, eat and shop and how to entertain the kids in the area.

Our highlights are:

Our recommended highlights are:-

•Visit the historic town of Rye– walk the lanes, browse the shops, climb the Church Tower for amazing views over Romney Marshes, have a cream tea in the numerous tea rooms or a pint at the Mermaid Inn.

•Go for a walk or bike ride – you will be spoilt for choice for which route to take – the Brede Valley, Rye Nature Reserve etc.

•Visit Camber Beach – an award-winning beach with rolling sand-dunes – one of the only sandy beaches in the South East. Activities available nearby at Rye Water Sports, The Kite Surf Center and Full Throttle Boat Charters.

•Treat yourself to a hair or beauty treatment at The Rye Retreat.

•Take the kids to see the animals at the Rare Breeds Farm near Ashford.

•Visit a winery and sample the local wines and ciders – Chapel Downs Winery in Tenterden.

Our top recommendations for eating out are The Queen's Head - Icklesham, The Ship Inn - Winchelsea and in Rye The George, The Tuscan Kitchen, The Lemon Grass & Mario's Fish Bar (best fish and chips in Sussex!).

Food shopping can be done at the Winchelsea Farm Shops located in Icklesham, Winchelsea and Rye, Rye Bay Fish – New Road, Rye, Salt’s Farm Shop, East Guldeford. Local Supermarkets – Jempson in Rye, Co-op in Winchelsea Beach and all major supermarkets can be found in Hastings & Bexhill.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
7 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
16 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Pet Fee £20

Notes on prices:
Shorter lettings than a week are available for the following prices:
2 nights: 60% of weekly rental
3 nights: 65% of weekly rental
4 nights: 70% of weekly rental
5 nights: 85% of weekly rental
6 nights: 95% of weekly rental
All prices are inclusive of pre-arrival and departure cleaning, fresh towels and linen. Daily housekeeping and luxury special extras are available upon request.

All booking email.
Deposit: 40% of total fee payable upon confirmation of booking with balance due 2 weeks before arrival.
A refund of deposit is permitted for cancellations prior to arrival date as follows:-
Up to 8 weeks before: 100% refund.
Between 8 and 4 weeks: 50%.
4 weeks before: 0%.
Refundable £300 damages deposit: payable 2 weeks before arrival, refunded within 3-5 days from end of stay, subject to inspection.
£20 per pet fee.

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Friday but this is flexible depending on lettings.

Check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 10.30 am. We can occasionally accommodate alternative times – please contact us with your request.

40% of the booking fee is payable to secure your booking. The remaining 60% is payable 2 weeks before the arrival date plus the £300 refundable deposit. Cancellation policy applies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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From the Owner

The Old School, dating from 1845, is a unique property with great open plan, double height ceiling space in the living area and cosy bedrooms. We've completely refurbished it inside whilst retaining the important period features such as the huge fireplace. It's perfect for families too with the large self-contained garden making is safe for kids to run around in. We've tried to supply all the practical and fun things you need when holidaying with children. If you love good food, there are numerous fantastic restaurants in the area and the beaches of Camber and Winchelsea are a short drive away for all the beach-lovers. If you like an active holiday, there are so many options available from watersports, golf, tennis to bowling to name a few. There really is something for everyone!

Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: En-suite shower room with WC and sink to Master Bedroom, Bathroom 2: Family Bathroom with shower/bath, WC and sink on the ground floor and Bathroom 3: Separate WC with sink on the first floor.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom with kingsize bed, Bedroom 2 with single day bed which converts to a double and Bedroom 3 and 4 with double beds with 2 additional children's sleeping areas in each. All bedrooms have TVs, hair-dryers, radios and Master has a DVD player.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The house has free WiFi available and a landline telephone to receive incoming calls. We've tried to provide everything you need for families with small children. We can also baby-proof the house to include stair gates and safety plug socket protectors. Let us know what you need as we can provide 2 highchairs, baby cutlery and tableware, 6 bottle steriliser, food processor for making baby food, 2 travel cots and 1 Moses basket with bedding, baby monitor, infant bath cradle, baby bath seat, Flexi-Bath and Aquapod bath seat and mat and plastic toddler steps to reach the sink. McClaren Techno XLR buggy, baby gym, Baby Bjorn rocker, Baby Activity Station, Leapfrog Learn & Groove Musical Table, V-Tech Push-Walker, alphabet rubber baby play floor mats. There are jigsaw puzzles, children’s books, toys, DVDs, Xbox Console and plenty of games for the garden. Outside: The property has a large, self-contained back garden which is fenced in and has a lockable garden gate making it safe for children from the main road. There is a large patio area with a gas barbecue and a dining table with 8 outdoor chairs and cushions. Additional outdoor seating is provided via 2 deck chairs and you can take our 8 indoor dining room chairs outside too during the day as they are wicker if needed. We have a large summer house at the end of the garden fitted with a fully functioning bar with bar stools, fridge and electricity. Kids and men alike seem to love this feature of the house! A variety of outdoor games including jenga, boules, skittles, badminton, Swingball and rounders are available to be played on the lawn area. At the back of our house is a public Sports Ground with a playground with swings, climbing frames etc to use too. Utility Room: Butler's sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron & ironing board, hoover, brooms, dustpan & brush - all necessary cleaning equipment provided - cleaning before and after your visit is included - additional cleaning available upon request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 100% cotton bed linen, fluffy large bath and hand towels and beach towels are provided. The property, linen and towels will be cleaned on a weekly basis and before and after your stay - additional cleaning services can be provided upon request.

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