at a Glance...
- 4-8 + 3 babies
- 4 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- Forest Retreat
- Family Friendly
- Dog Friendly
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Slip through the door and into a whimsical wonderland. Eat me Drink me Cottage is a higgledy-piggledy cottage found down a Forest track, (rather than a rabbit hole), on a private country estate. The beach is a 1km walk down a quiet lane. The (very good) pub is a 10 minute walk in the opposite direction.
The house is an inviting storybook cottage but it won’t suit everyone. Not one wall is straight. Not one bit is minimalist. The house is 350 years old and looks like it. It is hugely eccentric. 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 style is a maximalist hotch-potch of pattern, colour and charm, and the ambiance mixes memories of childhood, relaxed living and fantastical fun. It’s a great retreat for those into vintage, dressing up and all things theatrical.
It has been described as a fairy-tale cottage and even has its own Instagram page – right here!
All in all – a home with a lived-in and loved-up look that feels remote, located in a world of the imagination, however the Georgian market town and sailing resort of Lymington isn’t far away.
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.
more about this place...
The cottage is part of the Pylewell Estate, which, until 2019 hosted the Curious Arts Festival. According to The Guardian, it is one of Britain’s Top 10 summer festivals.
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.
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.
It is shabby chic – perfect for super relaxed holidays.
Downstairs: The farmhouse kitchen clashes cadmium yellow with leaf greens and sky blue-greys. There’s mix-and-match plates for casual kitchen suppers and the long kitchen table seats up to ten – great for birthday parties and messy baking sessions.
The sitting room is like a Forest den with woodland wallpaper, real fire, a wall of books (spot the secret ‘library’ door), deep sofas for snuggling down and Beckstein piano. The playroom is Father Christmas red with a TV and knee-deep in toys.
Accommodation is cleverly divided to suit two families or three generations holidaying together.
Go through that secret door from the sitting room and you’re in a long hallway painted the vivid glossy lime green of rain-wet leaf – leading to a kids’ bedroom with bunk beds and day bed, foresty double bedroom and shower room.
There’s also a useful old-fashioned bathroom (shabby in places) off the kitchen (well located for muddy kids) with Alice in Wonderland design tiles.
Upstairs there’s another kiddies’ bedroom, this one straight out of the Darlings’ nursery in Peter Pan, a main bedroom with fancy mahogany sleigh double bed and another family bathroom.
This place is kids heaven. The garden is fenced (this is not toddler-proof – although the part they could escape through goes into a large meadow) and there is a 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.
Bohemians. Romantics. Poets. And their wild children…. or those who want to bring their pet goose (yes really) …
Dogs and other pets. The beach is near and there is great dog walking there.
What are the quirks here?
The lane to the beach is quiet and our kids (6-9) cycle on it, but do keep a watch on them. As the tide goes out lots of silty mud is revealed from the tidal marsh area. It’s sandier to the right. Keep going for secret lakes and places where the ponies love to live on the seaside.
There is no BBQ here. The thatched roof is too precious! No campfires in the garden either please.
Downstairs the only step is through to the extension area. 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’
£230 per night