Located in the attractive village of Old Bedhampton, between Chichester and Portsmouth, one mile from the sea and close to the South Downs National Park, the Old Mill House provides a superb setting for a holiday and a wonderful base for exploring the south coast as well as the countryside of Hampshire and West Sussex.
Chichester, with its cathedral, ancient city walls, theatre, shops and art galleries is about 10 miles away and Emsworth, only 3.5 miles away, has a picturesque harbour and a number of good cafés, restaurants and pubs.
The nearest point of the sea at Langstone Harbour is about 20 minutes walk away and from there you can walk along the coast on the Broadmarsh Coastal Path. Hayling Island, just a short drive away from the house, has over 3 miles of beaches, a funfair, plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants and also provides the opportunity to enjoy a variety of water sports. The natural and unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering is about half an hour’s drive from the house and has been a favourite destination for a family day out for generations. The highest water quality and excellent facilities have made it one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the county. It offers wonderful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond and the whole area is internationally recognised for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty.
The Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire’s biggest Country Park with 2,000 acres of open access woodland and downland set within the South Downs National Park, is about 20 minutes drive from the house as is the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve, a large area of grass downland and a yew woodland including some trees which are over 500 years old. From the top there are outstanding views over Sussex and the south coast.
Other places to visit in the local area include HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth as well as Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays with excellent shopping and places to eat, the Roman archaeological site of Fishbourne, Staunton Country Park, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton with around fifty reconstructed historic buildings in a beautiful rural setting, Goodwood Park, Petworth House and Park, Bosham Art Gallery and Craft Centre, The Playzone at Cosham and Hinton Ampner House and Garden at Bramdean. Further attractions include an historic railway, the 'Watercress Line', which winds through the Meon Valley and regular ferries to the Isle of Wight.
There is plenty of opportunity for sporting activities as the house is close to the yachting, dinghy sailing and windsurfing facilities of Hayling Island, Chichester harbour and the Solent. Walking and cycling routes are within easy reach most notably in the Broadmarsh Coastal Park, the Sussex Downs, the Meon Valley and the New Forest. There are outdoor tennis courts in the village near the church and indoor tennis courts and real tennis courts a short drive away. There are three golf courses within 6 miles. The nearest is the Portsmouth Golf Course (Glendale) just 2 miles away from the house on Portsdown Hill. It is one of the best pay and play courses in the South and has great views over Portsmouth, Southsea and Langstone Harbour. There are several riding stables within 3 miles of the house including one at Fort Widley run by Peter Ashley Activity Centres who also offer a wide range of other activities for children at nearby Fort Purbrook. Also nearby are ten-pin bowling, ice-skating and a water park with slides.
Shopping in the area is easy. There are several small shops in Bedhampton selling all the basics and two supermarkets about 10 minutes drive away, a Waitrose and a very large ASDA.