Eat me Drink me Cottage – East End, near Lymington.
View the Eat me Drink me Instagram account here.
Families who love all things theatrical, dressing up, vintage-y stuff and treasure troves on shelves will love Eat me Drink me Cottage. It is hugely eccentric, colourful thatched and a not-far-from-the-beach cottage.
It is higgledy-piggledy in the best possible way. Not one wall is straight. Not one bit is minimalist. Do not come here if you want matching white plates and tea cups! But do come here if you want to play a wonderful Beckstein piano and love red roses and honeysuckle running away over the thatch.
Kids and grannies alike will delight in stepping back in time and stepping out to beach – a short bike-ride and walk 1 km away.
Up to 8 adults + 3 infants
Priced from £700-£900 for 2 night midweek breaks, £900-£1350 for weekends and £1400-£2900 for weekly stays.
For more info’ click the Check Availability tab or use the date search function on our homepage.
Upstairs, 1 Queen sized sleigh bed, 1 twin. 1 small bed (for a 5 year old and smaller).
Downstairs, 1 double and 1 twins.
1 wooden swing cot, 1 travel cot provided.
Upstairs, 1 bathroom
Downstairs, 1 shower room .
Children are especially welcome. The garden is fenced (this is not toddler proof – the part they could escape through goes into a large meadow).
Lego, books, vintage toys, a big bog of dressing up outfits, a swing.
The garden has a large fenced trampoline, play dens, toys.
A vintage wooden highchair is provided.
This house best suits guests…
…who bring their pet goose (yes really), who have lots of dogs, whose kids need to go wild…
Pack a picnic and go to Tanners Lane Beach for the day – a 1km flat-ish walk down a quiet lane. Set up for the day and explore, Swallows and Amazons style along the foreshore. You can swim from here too when tides are gentle. Lymington has fantastic Saturday foodie markets for picnics.
We can arrange storytellers, chefs, babysitters for you – please just ask.
Dogs welcome. There is a cleaning charge of £20.00 for your dog to stay.
Speakers provided, 15″ TV with Freeview TV, DVD player and good DVD selection, Wi-Fi internet (sometimes slow)
Mobile Signal: Reasonable.
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival Day: Any day please ask.
Arrival is at 3.30pm and not before. Departure time is 10am please.
About this place
About the cottage
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 dinner parties for 16.
The cottage is higgledy-piggledy in the best possible way. Not one wall is straight. Not one bit is
minimalist. Do not come here if you want sparkling, luxury, glamour – you won’t get it. Some of it is shabby and some shabby-chic, it’s all charming and fairly discombobulated.
Downstairs; a cadmium yellow kitchen with long table. Plenty of cupboards and kit for cooking, messy baking sessions and birthday parties.
Bathroom and shower room (a bit rough around the edges) off 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 glorious mahogany king size sleigh bed. Next to it a wooden swing cot. Along the corridor a white and quirky bathroom, just past that, a kids bedroom with 2 vintage cast iron single beds, a small wooden bed for 5’s and unders, and 1 wooden cot.
Other essentials; In order to survive your kids for the week, you will appreciate free WIFI, BT Vision (with full kids channels including Disney) and Netflix. There’s also a good sound system docking station (with aux’ cable for iPhone connection) in the kitchen. And a Roberts Radio for some great Radio Solent listening.
Baby kit; wooden (bit rickety but functional) high chairs, bouncy chair, travel cot, door bouncer, mini rocking horse.
In the garden which is enclosed; Olympic sized Trampoline with cage, rope swing on tree, ride on plastic toys, see saw. Adventurous kids can camp in the garden too.
More stuff for kids; Masses of dolls prams, kitchen toys, wooden football net, Lego, swords, Barbies, several dolls houses and a comprehensive library of loved and lived-in kids books.
What are the quirks here?
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 adventure – you’d be mad to miss it.
Just outside the house there is parking for one car and another pull-in for one more car just by the front gate. These spaces are on the private estate and there is little traffic.
Enjoying yourself here
The National Park is very beautiful in it’s foresty interior and along it’s quiet coast.
In our blog we have ideas for adventure and birthday walks; tracking unicorns, treasure hunts on the beach, best places to bonfire, bluebell picnic locations etc.
Local beaches are very lovely, very quiet and very British (some mud, some sand) and very much home to cows, donkeys and ponies who love to roll in the sandy bits. Its great to track them….Gruffalo-style!
Tanners Lane beach, our nearest at 3/4 mile from the cottage, faces the Isle of Wight and its a perfect spot for catching the last rays of evening sun for champagne or a takeaway pizza/curry. You can park at Tanners too. There are no rocks for rock-pooling but there is good mud to scratch about it, a stream and some great trees for climbing.
Further afield; Beaulieu Palace, Church and museums, Beaulieu village is lovely too as is the walk from Bucklers Hard there and back), Exbury Gardens, Lymington markets on Saturdays, the sea wall paths, the Lym’ Lido with it’s water assault courses (summer only). Walking in the forest is superb, especially the old forest – you can track the most ancient trees via GPS on your phone.
Special Days Out and celebrations
For more information about celebrations for golden oldies read our blog here.
For children, we have posts about Catching Unicorns – great for little girls birthday parties. Or beach treasure hunts. Or my favourite, Swallows and Amazons days out on nearby beaches (with important preparation including watching Ray Mears series on TV for lots of Sunday evenings before your stay).
For an easy and cheap family outing we suggest packing a picnic and walking down to Tanners Lane Beach for the day – a 1km flat-ish walk or cycle down a quiet lane. Suitable for kids to cycle on, the road is public with cars but they are usually slow, most people walk in the middle of the road and there are often wild ponies and cows wandering about too. You can park on the beach at low tide too. Walk right and set up for the day and explore, Swallows and Amazons style along the foreshore. The sun sets over the Isle of Wight and you can watch the boat-y traffic and many birds. You can swim from here too when tides are gentle.
Lymington has fantastic Saturday foodie markets for picnics and a french market once a month.
For a nice trip out to a different beach, consider jumping on the ferry to Yarmouth and to the lovely white sand there. Easily walkable (or pram-able) from the ferry and the town has lovely deli’s and shops to wander about too.
Head to the nearest beaches (Tanners Lane) and hide away with a book. For spoiling, we head to Limewood Spa. It is pricey but it’s good and our guests have a 15% discount on mid-week treatments too.
Otherwise we can help you organise a ‘wild spa’ experience on the beach or in the forest – best April/May when the bluebells are out.
For those of you who can’t leave the kids for too long, we’ve set up a partnership with My Personal Sanctuary, who’ll come and spoil you rotten at your home from home.
They’re a luxurious, relaxing and truly indulgent visiting spa service available across all our homes. Their highly experienced handpicked therapists will ensure you receive a luxury spa experience from the moment they arrive.
They have a comprehensive range of treatments and pamper packages to treat you from head to toe (using only the very best organic products). If you’d like them to tailor a treatment to suit you or your timings just let them know.
We couldn’t think of a better way to relax and add a touch of decadence to your stay with us.
Explore the full menu of treatments and pamper packages here.
1/2km away is The East End Arms gastro pub – it’s well supported and has a locals bar and smart restaurant. Further afield is The Pig in Brockenhurst and Limewood Hotel – both extremely well regarded. Book early for any of these 3 places. The Yacht Haven has some lovely tables with marina views and the food has got better and better. Again, book early.
To buy good meat – The Beaulieu Farm Shop is superb. For markets – Lymington has a street market every Saturday morning and a French market once a month.
Important information fireworks and noise at the cottage:
Fireworks or any kind of floating lantern are absolutely not allowed on the property – ever – they often cause damage to the wild animals in the National Park when they land.
What is included?
Your quoted rate is for the private use of the property for the agreed number of guests.
We provide: utilities; all bedding, tea towels and towels; handsoap; toilet rolls, dishwashing tablets, laundry powder, matches. In the kitchen; salt and pepper, olive oil, a selection of teas and instant coffees.
We supply a selection of baby equipment including 1 travel cot, 1 high chairs, plenty of toys (outside toys are mainly for toddler ages), some of which aren’t in great condition.
What you need to bring?
Please bring whatever your baby sleeps IN and ON, eg, sheets, Grobag, blanket – bring a flat sheet is best so it will definitely fit on the cot mattress.
Please also bring your own beach towels and additional kitchen and bathroom items you may use, eg, cling film, silver foil, hair conditioner, shower gel, etc
Parking here isn’t private although it is off the public road on a private estate road with little traffic. Just outside Eat me Drink me Cottage there is parking for one car and another pull-in for one more car just by the front gate.
Please let us know if you require additional services such as catering, childminding or housekeeping and we will happily put you in touch with excellent local providers.
Breakages – We have a £350 damages deposit.We only release the Joining Instructions for the property after we have arranged the breakages deposit with you.
If you have paid using a credit or debit card, we will hold these details securely on our system and use this account for holding your breakages deposit. (No transaction occurs; similar to a hotel, it is simply held against your debit/credit card until we are happy the house is checked over – usually 3 days). If you do not want us to use this account for your breakages deposit, then please let us know, we can also take breakages deposits by BACS transfer.
The deposit will then be returned to you as soon as we can, (max 7 days) do remember that we are not a hotel and that in quiet times, it may be a few days before the cottage is checked.
If we do need to charge you for a breakage, we will send you pictures of the problem, discuss it with you, and then you can choose whether to pay by card or by BACS.
We fully expect you to take advantage of all that Eat me Drink me Cottage has to offer, and with that comes certain responsibilities. These are set out in the information pack provided in the cottage and in our terms and conditions. You and your party should take the time to read these documents.
Please pay particular attention to health and safety requirements, waste and recycling management, care and consideration of the property and its neighbours, and actions required prior to check out. You won’t find any of these too onerous.
Extra charges you can expect when you stay at Eat me Drink me Cottage:
Extra cleaning fees – where they become applicable;
The main clean inside the cottage is covered in your rental fee. However where the cottage has been left particularly messily; toys/books/DVDs spread around, washing up to do etc we will take a charge from the breakages deposit. Usually this is £20-£40.
We are a no smoking property.
Eat me Drink me Cottage is in East End, just within the National Park boundary area, 1 km inland from the beach. The property is within the Pylewell Estate boundaries and is 2 miles from the Lymington Ferry Terminal.
Brockenhurst is 20 mins away to the north.
Lymington Pier is at the ferry terminal 4 mins to the west.
Southampton is 30 minutes to the east.
(2 miles from Lymington Pier train station) are;
Lymington Taxis 01590 688888
All Ports Taxis 01590 679 792
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.
Accessibility for days out
There are masses of things to do with the less mobile.
Definitely go to Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museums (there are mobility scooters and trains).
Definitely take the ferry as a foot passenger to Yarmouth from Lymington and go for lunch at The George or a tea shop.
Back on the mainland, Fairweathers Garden Centre and Cafe in Beaulieu is good value and all flat.
The short walk around Bucklers Hard is nice as are their tea rooms. If you are bringing a mobility vehicle for walks the area has very few hills and the roads fairly quiet.
If you go for wanders via the car, you can drive onto the closest beach to the house at Tanners Lane (treat your group to a champagne picnic or get a takeaway and eat it there). Or venture a little further and use the many hard-core tracks that traverse the National Park, again, most of which is flat or nearly flat.
To get a quote for your holiday, please click on a date and follow instructions to generate a price and book.
Most of our system is set for pricing for 2/3/4 nights midweek, 2/3 nights for weekends and 7 days.
If you want a start date or length of break that are not quoted please contact us.