Once home to a famous Edwardian music hall starlet, this unique Grade-II listed manor near Lewes steals the show with her subtle glamour and undeniable grace. Flaunting a rich and oh-so-homely interiorscape, Hummingbird House's starring turn as one of the most beautiful self-catering homes in East Sussex is worthy of an encore.
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 17th century carved wooden porch leads through into a luxurious abode where carefully placed colour, texture and light sits in harmony with the heavy wooden beams and hand-carved oak throughout. This historic self-catering home is named in homage to Lily Elsie (the most photographed woman of Edwardian times) who lived in Hummingbird House and once played a character of the same name.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Each of the four bedrooms radiates grown-up sophistication where luxurious linens, plump duvets and cloudsoft pillows abound. The master superking-size bedroom on the first floor has an en suite shower room and a Smart TV, whilst the other two first floor bedrooms (one zip-and-link superking with en suite steam and shower room, and one king-size double room) share a family bathroom with roll-top bath and hand-held shower. There is a sweet single room in the attic, reached by a staircase, which provides the perfect hideaway for storybooks and midnight feasts.
This exquisite private home near Lewes is steeped in nature and the expansive gardens are completely bewitching, especially when spring is in full thrust. The carefully chosen interiors reflect the bountiful natural beauty surrounding Hummingbird House; the arboretum and landscaped gardens comprise two acres and revel in tranquility within the heart of the Sussex countryside. The lucky among you might hear Mr Woodpecker, spot the shy deer or iridescent dragonflies skitting beside the Koi pond. Grown-ups will enjoy evenings sat out on the private terraces enjoying some long-awaited relaxation, whilst little ones will spend long summer afternoons playing make-believe in the treehouse before being reluctantly called in for supper.
If you can drag yourself away from Hummingbird House and its bubbly hot tub, 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. This corner of England is home to medieval villages, rolling countryside and gorgeous coastlines so it's easy to see why it's such a hit with Londoners in the know. After a day exploring the local area, returning to your luxury home stay and curling up alongside the inglenook fireplace with a glass of burgundy in one hand and a compelling novel in the other will be nothing short of magnificent.
There is parking for up to three cars. This well-equipped luxury home has a four-oven Aga, ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave and an American-style fridge freezer with ice machine. The washing machine and tumble dryer are in the utility room.
- SleepsUp to 7 guests
- Alternative Group OptionUp to 4 guests
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- Personally VisitedYes
- BedroomsDoubles: Two double bedrooms, one with en suiteSingles: One single attic room reached by a staircaseZip Link Beds: One super king zip-and-link bedroom with en suite shower room
- BathroomsOne family bathroom, two en suite shower rooms (one shower room is a steam room)
- FamilyChildren: Yes, children are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
- BBQYes a BBQ is provided
- HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request at an additional cost
- FacilitiesA hot tub in the garden, steam room shower, media room, competition standard table tennis table
- PetsSorry, no pets permitted
- Mod ConsSmart TVs, DVD, Blu-ray, Sonos surround soundInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
- Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Arrival day is FridayArrival Time: Arrival time is 4pmDeparture Time: Departure time is 10am
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AROUND THE PROPERTY
Style: Sensitively restored to exceptional standards, Hummingbird House flaunts bold colourpops and is awash with the wow factor. Full of texture and layered up with sumptuous fabrics, this home has a touch of hotel luxe.
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.
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FOOD AND DRINK
The country-style kitchen-diner gives a nod to the retro fifties style with its cheerful colourway and feature flexed pendant lights. Sunday lunches have never tasted so good as when cooked on the large traditional four oven Aga, or stock up on delicious artisan breads and farmhouse cheeses for a long lazy summer picnic in one of the surrounding pretty villages. Don't miss Lewes farmer's market on the first Saturday of the month!
If you’d rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).
There's no shortage of delicious restaurants and cafes when staying at Hummingbird House; Bodiam is not far away and is the home of delicious popular eatery The Curlew (voted Sussex's Best Dining Experience three years running). The Blackboys Inn is a 14th century former coaching inn and the owners' favourite local watering hole with all the character you expect from an old English pub.
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