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

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Lucy Krigstein
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Lucy Krigstein

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.

Lucy Krigstein purchased this house in 2010

Why Lucy Krigstein chose Rother

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!

What makes this house unique

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!

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Icklesham in Icklesham

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
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, 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 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 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.


4.4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Country House, Period Features, Modern Decor, Great Entertaining Space
average rating of 4.4 based on 6 reviews

Lovely retreat!

  • 4 of 5

The Old School was a fab setting for a family get together. It had everything (and more) we needed. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing property

  • 4 of 5

We had amazing weekend with oour family for my husband 60th birthday. The house is amazing has all you require in it. We would recommend you stay at the house for a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious, well equipped home

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely long weekend break at the Old School House. We were a mixed age family group staying with one baby and a 3 year old. We found the house to be very well equipped for kids, we didn't need to touch any of the toys we brought as there were so many for my son and daughter to choose from! Nice to have such a large communal living area - many houses don't have living accommodation that can actually fit everyone who is staying. I would recommend the Old School House to friends looking to stay in the area.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious home from home

  • 5 of 5

The House is large enough to have Social gatherings with personal space when required. We stayed for 2 nights (4 Mums & 6 Kids) It is extremely well equipped, feels like you're staying at your best friends House. Everything is catered for. I've lost count of booking a Holiday home for 10 and finding there's only enough room on The Sofa for 4. This is so far removed from that. Decorated to a high standard without feeling precious. Kids have everything they need or want from Buggies, Highchairs, Toys to Garden fun. The Sleeping Pods for them were very popular. The Pub across The road serves delicious honest Pub Food (child friendly) Lots of great days out locally. The Master Bedroom doesn't have Curtains or blinds. Not a problem for us as eye masks were provided. I contacted the owner before arrival and she was most accommodating. A really special House which we will return too.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Icklesham, East Sussex

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
7 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
8 Sep 2017 - 9 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season
10 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
22 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
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.