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.
House in Icklesham, Nr. Winchelsea, Sussex, England - Peaceful Rural Location In Icklesham In Brede Valley, Close To Rye & Camber & Winchelsea Beaches
- Calendar last updated:
- 9 Dec 2018
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 Icklesham
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!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
We had a wonderful stay at The Old School. Would highly recommend.
The Old School was fantasic. The owners were really great to communicate with and the house was clean, well managed and there was bubbly amd cake waiting for us! The house is in a good location and is a lovely spot for a holiday.
So pleased you had fun Kate - we loved having you to stay! Enjoy the rest of your trip over - you've brought the sunshine with you!
Thank you for your booking - we hope to see you again.
Lovely characterful property well equipped for the whole family.
We had a lovely weekend stay in this lovely characterful property. It comes fully equipped for the whole family with a wonderful open kitchen and large entertaining space.
The owner was very accommodating and sent us a great information pack.
Location was just as described and we enjoyed the outdoor space, local pub and garden.
Apart from a few wear and tear/decorating needs, we had a most comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Thank you so much for your feedback and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay - we hope to see you again!
Very well equipped, characterful house, in excellent area, with plenty to do for all ages.
The Old School was a fab setting for a family get together. It had everything (and more) we needed. Highly recommend!
Spacious, well equipped home
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.
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.
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
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.
Additional pricing information
All prices are inclusive of pre-arrival and departure cleaning, fresh towels and linen. Daily housekeeping and luxury special extras are available upon request. 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%. The preferred changeover day for weekly lets is Friday but this is flexible depending on lettings. Check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 10.30 am. For weekend stays, we will always offer you late check-out on the Sunday until 6pm for no extra charge so you can enjoy the whole weekend...as long as we don't have any other guests arriving that day. For other stays, again we'll offer you early check-in or late check-out if desired if we can. Please request this and we'll confirm nearer the time of your stay.