This retro and vintage holiday cottage in East End near Lymington is great fun. Families who love all things theatrical, dressing up, vintage, pattern, and treasure troves on shelves will feel very at home.
It is higgledy-piggledy. Not one wall is straight. Not one bit is minimalist. The house is 350 years old and looks like it. It is hugely eccentric and therefore not for everyone. In places it’s vintage-ness lends to shabby-and-chic. But if you love mixing and matching, want to play a wonderful Beckstein piano and love red roses and honeysuckle running away over the thatch – this is your place.
The beach is a short bike-ride and walk 1 km away. Here you’ll find shingle, some sand, muddy banks for birds, streams and tyre swings.
Eat me Drink me is a family house. It’s lived in by the owners and their four busy kids for much of the year and so it’s definitely the lived-in-look. We take over the house before rental periods and do ‘a full service’ but there will be some scratches and bumps that we wont’ be able to iron out; scratches in the bath, rust on the odd tap, weedier than we’d like garden etc – but it is charming and if you like vintage or adventure – you’d be mad to miss it.
The cottage is part of the Pylewell Estate, which, according to The Guardian, is one of Britain’s Top 10 summer festivals – Curious Arts Festival – set apart from other festivals from it’s happy embrace of British eccentricity, style and fun.
Owners Peter (concert pianist) and Victoria (owner of Elfie London) use this house through the year. Their enthusiasm for colour, quirky vintage, theatre and music fills the house. The dressing up box here is comprehensive (wizards, lizards, princesses, pigs, pirates etc) and so is the kit to host (un-matched) plates for kitchen suppers.
Downstairs; a cadmium yellow kitchen with long table. Plenty of cupboards and kit for cooking, messy baking sessions and birthday parties.
Shower room (a bit rough around the edges) off on one side. A sitting room that wears bold wallpaper, oil paintings and a wall of books.. Then a red play room/kids sitting room with TV and knee-deep in kids kit. There are two further bedrooms downstairs that are newly painted and a shower room.
Upstairs; The main bedroom has a mahogany sleigh double bed. Along the corridor, a white and quirky bathroom, and just past that, a kids bedroom with twin beds and a small wooden bed for smalls (prob 5’s and under).
This place is kids heaven. The garden is fenced (this is not toddler-proof – the part they could escape through goes into a large meadow) and there is an olympic sized trampoline with a net. Adventurous kids can camp in the garden too. More stuff for kids; Masses of dolls prams, kitchen toys, castles and knights, Lego, swords, Barbies and a comprehensive library of loved and lived-in kids books.
We provide 2 cots and 1 high chair.
This house best suits guests who bring their pet goose (yes really), who have lots of dogs, whose kids need to go wild…
For those of your interested Eat Me Drink Me Cottage has its owns Instagram page, right here
Best for equines! We love bringing our ponies here. You can stable or graze your horses at the bottom of the track (30 seconds walk).
What are the quirks here?
The trampoline net zip is broken and not likely to be replaced soon. We can lock kids out if you’d rather they didn’t bounce with the zip broken. Let us know and we’ll sort it for you.
The lane to the beach is quiet and our kids (6-9) cycle on it, but do keep a watch on them. The beach can be muddy. It’s sandier to the right.
Downstairs the house has no steps up or down. The stairs are slightly steeper than in modern houses and wooden. Upstairs floors are uneven in places.
There is a step up to one of the downstairs bedrooms.
So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’
And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’