At the summit of cobbled Mermaid Street, Rye’s most famous thoroughfare, stands Lamb House. A quintessential Georgian town house, it is quietly elegant, almost modest, but when one climbs the stone steps and prepares to knock, the enormous size of the black front door is slightly intimidating, its height subtly emphasising the importance of such a residence to this seaside town. 

view from the landing into the family’s two reception rooms

view from the landing into the family’s two reception rooms

the pannelled King’s Room was slept in by George I after he was swept ashore at Camber Sands

the pannelled King’s Room was slept in by George I after he was swept ashore at Camber Sands

the kitchen

the kitchen

breakfast room at Lamb House where the apple green walls and blue and white china and fabric were added by Francesca

breakfast room at Lamb House where the apple green walls and blue and white china and fabric were added by Francesca

the view into the guest bedroom

the view into the guest bedroom

the boys’ attic bedrooms are decorated with Kath Kidston sailing boats

the boys’ attic bedrooms are decorated with Kath Kidston sailing boats

the generously proportioned playroom was used by previous tenants as a drawing room

the generously proportioned playroom was used by previous tenants as a drawing room

the imposing facade of Lamb House from the cobbles on West Street, in Rye

the imposing facade of Lamb House from the cobbles on West Street, in Rye

a glimpse of the walled garden from the family’s private courtyard

a glimpse of the walled garden from the family’s private courtyard

the walled garden is filled with roses. Francesca and Dominic both enjoy working in the garden where they grow soft fruit and vegetables as well as flowers

the walled garden is filled with roses. Francesca and Dominic both enjoy working in the garden where they grow soft fruit and vegetables as well as flowers

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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