10, Osprey Quay
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
10 Osprey Quay is a most attractive and unusual holiday home set in a much sought - after location. A short walk from Emsworth town centre, it is located on the shoreline of Chichester and Langstone Harbours.
This two bedroom Deckhouse is a novel yet practical design dating from the 1960's and is part of a unique development of deckhouses that were originally built as yachtsmen's weekend and holiday houses and are now often lovingly referred to as "the houses on stilts"
10, Osprey Quay provides an original base for holidays, being are set in a tranquil parkland setting that contains two natural ponds. The Sussex Border Path passes beside as it follows the contours of Chichester Harbour and Thorney Island.
The accommodation is light and airy with floor to ceiling windows in the living room and master bedroom, which both open onto a south west facing balcony with stunning views over the harbour and of Emsworth.
The master bedroom has a double bed, the second bedroom has 2 sets of bunk beds (The second set of bunk beds is slightly shorter than standard at 164cm long, as opposed to 194cm). Both bedrooms share a bathroom with walk in electric shower.
The living room also has a comfortable sofa bed
Wifi is available
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hayling Island 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton Airport 40 km, Nearest railway: Emsworth 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Central Southern England region
This area enjoys some of the best levels of sunshine in the U.K. Emsworth is situated right on the west Sussex/Hampshire borders, two of the most beautiful counties in England. Stunning coastlines combined with rolling countryside make it a unique mixture and it has numerous historical connections.
The nearby naval city of Portsmouth is where The Victory ship is berthed and Chichester to the east has its famous Roman connections, examples of which are exhibited at the Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Situated at the top of Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is a stunningly beautiful market town popular with sailors, walkers, artists and tourists. To the west Chichester Harbour merges with Langstone Harbour and the walk around the coastline towards the pretty village of Langstone is particularly picturesque. Heading south from the property, Thorney Island projects out into this natural harbour and taking the coastal path around the island will afford some wonderful views.
Emsworth has two tidal mill ponds, one of which abuts Bath Road, 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 & restaurants 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 rernowned Chichester Festival Theatre at Chichester, polo at Cowdray near Midhurst and horse racing and motor sports at Goodwood. There are also annual festivals at Chichester, Brighton and Arundel. In addition to the sailing at Emsworth there is also a super sandy beach at West Wittering which attracts wind surfers and surfers, as well as sun bathers.
Chichester Festival Theatre - 20 mins
Fishbourne Roman Palace - 10 mins
West Wittering Beach - 30 mins
Hayling Island - 20 mins
Goodwood Racecourse & Motor Circuit - 30 mins - home of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Revival, Glorious Goodwood and many more events throughout the year
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21 Sep 2014
"Interesting property with lovely views"
The setting of 10 Osprey Quay is lovely and the views to the front are wonderful, especially when you get a sunset over the water, which makes it very special.
It's a few minutes' walk into the lovely little town of Emsworth where there's everything you might need shop- and food-wise. There's also a train station about 20 minutes' walk from the deckhouse, which we utilised to go into Brighton for a great day out. (It's an hour's ride, but much easier than the roads which get quite congested). The location is absolutely perfect for exploring all of the surrounding area.
The deckhouses are rather unique and we loved the opportunity to stay somewhere a bit different. The accommodation is perfectly adequate. It's clean, very comfortable and is extremely well equipped. Inside, the décor is a bit tired in places… Some of the kitchen cupboards are a little tatty, there's rust on the metal shelving in bathroom, and there are a few scuffs here and there. It's nothing major; it could just do with a bit of a refresh throughout. With a few simple tweaks it could easily match the view from the windows.
(On a side note, the smoke alarm goes off every time you open the bathroom door after having a shower, so we had to take the battery out temporarily!)
Also, we felt that a few very simple additions would help to complete the visitor's stay at the property, such as:
* A welcome pack – it doesn't need to be much; just a few tea bags, coffee sachets, sugar, milk, biscuits, maybe a couple of pieces of fruit and a bottle of wine.
* A mirror near a plug socket would be most useful for drying one's hair – the ideal place would be in the main bedroom, above the heater as there's already a plug there. Or even an extension lead would suffice.
* Somewhere within the shower cubicle to stand shower gel, shampoo, etc.
Finally, we feel that a damage deposit of £250 is a bit high. We've stayed in lots of self-catering accommodation (even a 12 story medieval tower in Tuscany!) and we've never had to pay such a high damage deposit. That said, it was refunded the day after we returned, so all's well.
If you're looking for an interesting property that's well-equipped (and has a really comfy bed!), in a tranquil location, with a lovely view… then you won't go far wrong with 10 Osprey Quay.
Very many thanks for your review, I fully appreciate the time you have taken to give me some honest feedback.
In response I would make the following comments;
Décor is a bit tired in places
The deckhouse was decorated only last year and so is in pretty good condition, I agree the kitchen units are beginning to look a little tired, although they are fully functioning. We will continue to appraise the situation each season
Rust on the metal shelving in bathroom - this will be replaced shortly
The smoke alarm goes off every time you open the bathroom door - I have never had this happen and likewise never been made aware of this fact - I will certainly investigate!
A welcome pack – will look into providing
A mirror in the main bedroom - we will put one in
Shower cubicle tidy - again we will put one in
Damage deposit of £250 is a bit high - yours was one of my first bookings this year and since then I have reduced the deposit and consider reducing it further for short breaks for couples on an individual basis
Once again, I fully value your feedback, and am very glad you enjoyed your stay and would very much welcome you to visit again in the future, when I hope the changes we will make will enhance your stay
3 Sep 2014
"Lovely unique little boat house!"
We booked this for a short break with the kids and was happy when we went in to find a really sweet, lovely decorated apartment with such amazing views. There is everything you need there including to… More
So glad you enjoyed your stay at our deckhouse & we would be very happy to welcome you back in the future.
Very many thanks for your kind words!!
7 Aug 2014
"A very relaxing few days in homely and comfy accommodation"
I had four days at 10 Osprey Quay and it was an extremely relaxing environment - made even better by lovely weather. It was so lovely to sleep with the doors wide open and feel the breeze from Emswort… More
So glad you enjoyed your stay at our deckhouse, we really appreciate your feedback - Very many thanks for your kind words!
2 Aug 2014
"Homely deckhouse - perfect for family seaside adventures"
I have stayed here a number of times and have always had a fabulous stay. It reminds me of my childhood - happy memories. Scenic location. Large area for children to play in safely. Accommodation uniq… More
So glad you enjoyed your stay, do hope to be able to welcome you back again soon - Thankyou for your kind words!!
21 Jul 2014
"I hope others have a better experience"
I hope that these matters have been addressed & they will be able to enjoy their stay & not have to spend time on correcting shortcomings in the housekeeping.1. Neither fridge switched on; hunted rou… More
I am very disappointed and upset to receive such a negative review for this property, whilst I take on board your feedback I feel that it unduly reflects the property in a negative light and I hope prospective guests will also take into account the much more favourable reviews we have also received.
In response to the points you have made;
1. Neither fridge being switched on was an oversight, the previous tenant had left the freezer door open and so I had to turn it off in order to defrost the freezer, I forgot to turn it back on again. I have however now added details to the information pack guests receive as to how to turn it on should this happen again. The downstairs fridge is generally not left on as detailed in the pack you were sent.
2. Again leaving the water off was an oversight, but details as to how to turn it on are in the pack you received and it heats very quickly
3. Decking - fully take on board your feedback - and as a result we have completely renovated the balcony since your stay
4. Instruction books have now been left available for all guests to use
5. The duvet you found so uncomfortable has been used through all weather for a few years with no complaint. However as you know, following your first nights stay, I went and bought a new duvet in 2 parts to give 3 way flexibility dependant on peoples requirements, which you had from the 2nd nights stay in the property.
6. Kitchen sponges - I replace these on a regular basis and for stays of a week they will always be new, however for stays of 3 nights this would seem wasteful
7. Blind cords - sorry I had not noticed they had become knotted when I was doing your changeover.
8. Balcony Doors - key locks function, but are purely a secondary measure to the lock on the handles
9.Damage deposit return - the deposit was returned to you the very same day as the funds were transferred to my account. Holiday lettings has now changed the deposit process and they will manage the process which will now take closer to 2 weeks
I hope you have more success in future rentals and am very sorry that we were unable to meet your needs.
We endeavour to treat all our guests with the care and attention they deserve and hope to ensure they have a wonderful stay
10 Jun 2014
What a find! A wonderfully different place to stay in a super location. If you enjoy peace and quiet, walks from the door and a gorgeous view of the harbour, you'll love it here. On a sunny evening you won't want to move from the balcony. 10 Osprey Quay is surprisingly spacious, decorated to a high standard and very well equipped.
The deckhouses are situated in parkland next to Emsworth Yacht Harbour, with a cafe that serves tapas on a Friday evening. Emsworth town centre with its pubs, shops and restaurants is an easy 10 minute walk, reached through the Yacht Harbour.
Thankyou for your kind words - so glad you enjoyed your stay!!
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