The Old Mill House is a charming 18th Century house where John Keats finished his poem 'The Eve of St. Agnes' in 1819 and spent his last night in England in 1820. The house is situated on the edge of the attractive village of Old Bedhampton in a large garden between a 3-acre lake and a tidal stream. It has its own outdoor heated swimming pool. It is very well located for visiting the beaches, countryside and many attractions of the south coast but also provides a home from home for staying in and relaxing. The 8 bedrooms, of which 6 are en suite, all have TVs and views over the lake and/or garden. The spacious main sitting room, with French doors to the terrace and garden, has a piano and overlooks both the lake and stream. A smaller sitting room with TV/DVD has comfortable sofas, a wood burning stove and board games. There is a well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room, a dining room with a large dining table seating 16 people and a conservatory with views over the swimming pool and lake.
- Outdoor heated swimming pool available from end of May until end of September. Loungers provided.
Garden and Grounds:
- Large garden including a 3-acre lake and tidal stream.
- Built-in barbecue beside the swimming pool.
- Table tennis table in covered area.
- Free parking in the grounds.
- 8 bedrooms (6 are en suite) and three separate bathrooms. All bedrooms have TVs and views over the lake and/or garden.
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room with electric cooker, microwave, plate heater, dishwasher and large fridge/freezer.
- Conservatory with views over swimming pool and lake. Second large fridge/freezer.
- Utility room with washing machine/drying room.
- Main Sitting Room, a spacious, well-furnished 25 foot double aspect room overlooking the lake and stream with French doors to terrace and garden. It has comfortable sofas and armchairs and also a marble fireplace and an upright Bechstein piano.
- Smaller Sitting Room with TV/DVD, wood-burning stove, board games, a large coffee table and 2 comfortable sofas and an armchair.
- Dining room with a large dining table seating 16 people.
Location and Getting There:
- The village of Old Bedhampton is between Chichester and Portsmouth, one mile from the sea and close to the South Downs National Park.
- It takes about 90 minutes by train from London Waterloo to Bedhampton station which is half a mile away, and about 75 minutes from London Waterloo to Havant station which is 1½ miles away and where there are taxis available. It takes about 1½ hours by car from central London.
We had a wonderful family gathering and found the accommodation spacious and entirely suitable for our needs. We enjoyed having the use of the piano on several occasions for making music and my daughter and sister created an evening of music and poetry as befits a house with so many rooms named after poets. A good time was had by all.
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.