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.
The Old Mill House with it's individually decorated rooms with some delightful pictures on the walls turned out to be the perfect setting for our family celebration. With plenty of space we never got under each others feet even on the day it rained.
The view from many of the windows was enchanting, the whole setting was very peaceful, we felt secluded whilst being in a very accessible location with many interesting places fairly close by. The number of bathrooms was a particular plus point as was the very well equipped kitchen which was perfect for an outside caterer, we all fitted round the dining room table very comfortably.
I imagine in the summer the conservatory and outside spaces come into their own, but while we were there, in what turned out to be a very cold week, the log burner was very cosy.
A lovely large house in a beautiful location. Surrounded by water it feels almost like you're on a little island. The house was perfect for a group of 13 of us with extra beds to spare. The location was great and there were nice areas to go for walks or runs. The mint colour of one of the sitting rooms seemed like a rather bold choice but other than that, the house was great and I would definitely go there again for a similar-type group holiday. I imagine in summer it is even better with access to the pool and more outdoor activities. The owner was very easy to communicate with and there were no problems with sorting out any details. Many thanks.
Amazing space and virtually everything en suite. Plenty of room inside and out for a great family break. The owners were also really helpful with an item that was left behind afterwards in sending it on through the post. Will definitely return here.
The children loved the ducks, the swan and the heated the pool and the few musicians among us enjoyed the piano. There is a large very well appointed kitchen. We took away the cleaning products, foil, kitchen rolls etc we had brought with us as there was so much there. The property is about 10 mn walk from the nearest shops (grocer, fish&chip shop, chinese t/a, pub) and about 10 mn drive from two hypermarkets. The booking process was very straight forward. The staff looking after the property (manager, gardener, cleaners) were very friendly and helpful. We would take a lot more towels next time as only 1 small hand towel is provided in each bathroom. Everyone said they were very impressed and that they would recommend this property.
Our weekend was to celebrate two family birthdays and the house was large enough to accommodate us all. It was warm, cosy & comfortable and it's location is absolutely stunning. We were very lucky with the weather and the sun shone every day; every morning spent outside feeding the gathering of ducks and two swans that dwell on the river to the front of the house. We had such a great time that we have all agreed we would really like to return in the Summer of 2013.
To celebrate a ‘significant birthday’ our extended family spent a week at this stunning house, with its ideal location, excellent facilities and spacious accommodation. A meal for 21 created no problems due to the impressive array of catering equipment and tableware + many cosy evenings were spent around the log fire. The holiday was a resounding success which we hope to repeat in the not too distant future. We were fortunate enough to have a gorgeous sunny Saturday and made full use of the outdoor pool, sun-loungers and barbecue.
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.