Welcome to Hummingbird House in English countryside. It looks like something out of a storybook, doesn’t it? In the early 1900s it was home to the famous music hall star Lily Elsie, and the house was named in honor of a character she once played. It’s now a holiday rental, so take a look…
Hummingbird House in East Sussex
According to the listing for this holiday rental home:
Style meets stile at Hummingbird House, not far from the beautiful market town of Lewes in the heart of rural Sussex. Stepping through the huge gates and into the grounds of this extraordinary listed Wealden farmhouse will send shivers of anticipation down your spine.
There are heavy wooden beams and hand-carved oak in the entry hall and throughout the house.
The House has Four Bedrooms
“The bedrooms radiate grown-up sophistication with luxurious linens, plump duvets and cloudsoft pillows.”
“A sweet single room in the attic provides the perfect hideaway for storybooks and midnight feasts.”
“If you can drag yourself away from Hummingbird House, the medieval streets, old English churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway) of Lewes offers a mixture of the unusual and intriguing which is so typically Sussex.”
Property Owner Charlotte says:
Enjoy morning tea on the sunny front terrace and afternoon tea in the gazebo, warming yourselves by the Aga after a long day tramping in the countryside. There is so much to look forward to. The yellow bedroom is well positioned for hearing the pair of tawny owls at night and waking to bird song.
The Four-Oven Aga:
“The country-style kitchen gives a nod to retro Fifties style with its cheerful colourway.”
“The arboretum and landscaped gardens comprise two acres within the heart of the Sussex countryside.”
Former Homeowner Lily Elsie in 1907:
Lily Elsie was in several successful Edwardian operettas, comedies and musicals, but became most famous for playing Sonia onstage in “The Merry Widow.” Known for her beauty and charm, she became the most photographed woman during the Edwardian Era in England.
Her Wedding Photo in 1911:
According to the book Anything But Merry:
Her image would endorse everything from toothpaste to face creams; the costumes and hats she wore for The Merry Widow were emulated everywhere. Retiring from the stage in 1911 to marry a handsome and wealthy husband, she enjoyed a brief period of domestic harmony as Mrs Bullough. But it wasn’t to last.
For more information about Hummingbird House and how to book it for your next holiday, visit Unique Home Stays. You can learn more about Lily Elsie’s fascinating life in Edwardian Beauty and Anything But Merry.
P.S. Another house that looks like something out of a storybook:
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