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 where you can stay on your next visit to East Sussex.
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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.
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.
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 (Amazon affiliate link):
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.
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.
Thanks to Unique Home Stays for telling me about Hummingbird House.
For photos and rental information, visit Unique Home Stays.
Read about Lily Elsie’s life in Edwardian Beauty and Anything But Merry (Amazon affiliate links).
Vintage photos found here.