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Toll House - a family house that sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Toll House - a family house that sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms

Toll House is the southern wing of Lumley Mill, a beautiful Grade II listed building which dates back to the 18th Century and is nestled at the end of a leafy lane just outside the harbour town of Emsworth. Imposing in appearance, the building has a notable history, with previous occupants including the artist and entomologist, Peter Buckler, and it is reputed that Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton were once guests of then owner who was the baker to the Royal Navy. Today, Lumley Mill is often the subject of local artists, keen to capture its character and charm.

With 3 large bedrooms on the first floor, the house will comfortably sleep 6 guests, with the option of 2 further guests on pull-out beds in the twin bedroom, suitable for children (£50 supplement for use of pull-out beds). There is a large bathroom which is accessed through one of the 2 double bedrooms, as well as a separate shower room. On the ground floor, there is a generous kitchen featuring a 4-oven Aga. The dining area is open to the kitchen and can comfortably seat 8 or more for dinner. There is a very stylish sitting room with doors opening onto a private patio with the mill stream running past. There is also the benefit of a utility room.

Sat right on the Hampshire/Sussex border, Toll House is perfect for a quiet retreat away from the crowds or would equally be suitable as a holiday base for those looking to explore the attractions and stunning natural surroundings that Hampshire and Sussex have to offer.

Please be aware that the mill stream runs directly alongside the house and patio, with no barrier in some places. Guests with small children should be aware of this.

More Details

Property Manager
Laura Nix
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within a day
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

As special as any property from a Landmark Trust or National Trust brochure the huge hall, tiled floors and wipe clean sofas meant that no serious anxiety ensued from our decision to bring our large, hairy and often muddy dog on holiday, After all, it would have been a shame not to have witnessed her racing about on nearby West Wittering beach. The weather was gloomy and showery during our stay, so rather than sit outside in the statued, streamside courtyard we sat by the aga in the enormous kitchen and watched the ducks through the large windows. There is one winding, muralled staircase that leads to three very good-sized bedrooms and another staircase leading nowhere just for show. Next to that is a wonderfully spacious bathroom which reminds one of the room in 'Mary Poppins' where they float around with laughter near the ceiling. Overall, an eccentric and charming place to stay, close to so many interesting sites and lovely seaside villages, the original builder of which appears to have been a colourful character with a true riches to rags life-story.
May 2014
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Emsworth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , combination tub/shower
    - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • - 1 double
    - 1 double
    - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries


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(1 traveler review)

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Toll House - a family house that sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms
average rating of 3.0 based on 7 reviews

Lovely location but sadly disappointed with level of comfort.

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This property has lots of positives. The location is delightful, alongside the stream and just 10 minutes walk into Emsworth centre. The kitchen/ dining area is great; spacious and well equipped. The aga is easy to use for a novice like me , just follow the instruction book. It was a nice touch to have a bottle of wine, fruit, flowers and milk on our arrival. The bedrooms are spacious , decor attractive, nice bed linen. Main bathroom, off the master bedroom is huge! However, the 2 King bed mattresses are very uncomfortable as you can feel the springs. The twin beds were comfortable though one creaked and squeaked with every little movement! The shower room is small and sparse. The wash hand basin is very low and difficult to use with a small cabinet above it. The lounge has 3 sofas which are OK for lying on but not for sitting on! There were 6 adults in our family group and we all found it difficult to get comfortable in the lounge which was a great shame. The lighting in the lounge is inadequate with just one standard lamp and 2 tiny spot lights. There are children's plates and dishes and a wooden "high" chair suitable for a 2 year old but definitely wouldn't be safe for a baby. There's a lot of lovely china around at a low height which you need to move if children are around. I certainly would not describe this property as "child friendly". All in all, I would only recommend this property if the mattresses, common bathroom and lounge were upgraded.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Situated at the top of Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is a delightful market town popular with sailors, walkers, artists and tourists. It has two tidal mill ponds which are host to a variety of wild life. It is full of history, with a long established reputation for oyster fishing and boat building and still boasts traditional shipwrights and chandeliers. The sailing club is a thriving centre for sailing enthusiasts and the pretty streets have a fascinating mixture of different architectural styles. A gentle walk around the village, which has superb harbour views, gives a genuine feel for the past. There are excellent road links to Portsmouth and Chichester (15 minute drive to both approximately) and there is also a mainline station to London. There is an interesting selection of shops in the town itself and there are numerous places of interest to visit in the area. These include Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, one of the largest vantage points in Europe, the internationally renowned Chichester Festival Theatre at Chichester, polo at Cowdray near Midhurst and horse racing and motor sports at Goodwood. In addition to the sailing at Emsworth there is also a very popular sandy beach at West Wittering which attracts wind surfers and surfers, as well as sun bathers.



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent
  • Damage deposit: GBP200.00

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