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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Located on the shoreline of Chichester and Langstone Harbours, a short walk from Emsworth, this two bedroom Deckhouse is a novel yet practical design dating from the 1960's. It is part of a unique development of deckhouses that were originally built as yachtsmen's weekend and holiday houses.

The deckhouses 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 glimpses of Chichester Harbour.

The master bedroom has a double bed, the second bedroom has bunk beds with a further 'trundle' bed being which pulls out from under the bottom bunk. Both bedrooms share a bathroom with electric shower above the bath. The living room has a comfortable sofa bed.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Hayling Island 13 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Southampton 40 km, Nearest railway: Emsworth 2.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Sea view
General TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking


Emsworth is on the West Sussex and Hampshire border, and is midway between the cathedral city of Chichester and historic Portsmouth with its naval dockyard home to HMS Victory. It is a popular town with sailors, walkers and naturalists.The town has a long history with oyster fishing and boat building and still boasts traditional shipwrights and chandeliers. The attractive streets are lined with a range of architectural styles and a walk around the town gives a real feel for its history along with offering superb harbour views.The Sussex border path affords a beautiful outlook across the Chichester Harbour area. 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.

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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18 Aug 2014


"Lovely clean and good value for money"

We had a lovely time at the deck house. It's a lovely spot we enjoyed finding crabs under the rocks by the waters edge. The deck house was lovely and clean and well equipped. My family and I had … More

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11 Aug 2014


"Fantastic property, lovely location"

The deck house is comfortable and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The joining instructions were clear and timely, the information provided on the house and the local area … More

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12 Jul 2014


"Very comfortable, clean, peaceful & well equipped holiday cottage"

Second time we have stayed here & the improvement made to the lighting in the lounge was great for my wife who sewed every evening. The house on stilts is very comfortable, has everything you need for… More

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26 Jun 2014


"Comfortable Stay"

We found the deck house very comfortable and well equipped. Peaceful and relaxing watching the wildlife outside on the ponds.Emsworth is a short walk away and has an assortment of Pubs and Places to … More

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5 Jun 2014


"Comfortable accomodation, a good base from which to explore the local area"

We found 3 Avocet Qauy to be as described on the website. It was very clean, well equipped, comfortable and had everything that we needed to enjoy a few days in the area. It is easy to walk to the sho… More

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27 May 2014


"Unique,homely and in a great location."

Stayed for a long weekend and were not disappointed.The "House on Stilts" is in a quiet area close to the Sea. Emsworth is a great place to eat,drink walk and people watch and we loved it.Th… More

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19 Nov 2013


"Location and outside appearance, great - interior needs attention"

The location and architectural concept of the Deck Houses, No.3 Avocet Quay in this case, is very interesting and a big part in choosing this holiday letting.However, the interior contents leave much … More

I'm disappointed and unhappy to have received a negative review for this property. I hope that prospective guests will take into consideration the review for the week immediately prior to this booking.

In addition, I have had 14 separate bookings for this property since the end of April this year, one has already booked for next year and whilst there is the occasional request or comment, I have not had any complaints.

The guest had my mobile telephone number prior to arrival and was invited to call or text at any time if there were any problems, as with all bookings. I did not receive any communication for the duration of the stay.

In response to the specific comments:

Lighting - is as per the photographs - but I will look into additional lighting in the Living Room / Kitchen

No Extractor Fan - there are two windows immediately adjacent to the hob, which is deemed to be sufficient to comply with the Building Regulations

Saucepans & Frying Pans - they are not brand new, but are considered to be satisfactory

No Oven Trays - there is a round tray for the combination microwave oven and a grill pan and roasting pan for the oven as well as a number of ovenproof dishes.

Microwave instructions - there are instructions for all appliances in a clear folder in the bookshelf in the Living Room

Old sauces - the fridge has a few items such as ketchup / jam which we believe guests welcome

Drawers - there are two drawers in the kitchen which contain items of children's crockery, such as bowls, drinking cups which we believe families will appreciate

Cracked mugs - I am unaware of this; any unsafe mugs will be removed / replaced

Kitchen equipment condition - I don't see the purpose of an inventory when a formal checkin does not take place - in my experience most guests pay for breakages without discussion. I would say all appliances are in excellent condition and very clean, most of the equipment is in good condition, but it's not brand new

No coffee table - the property listing doesn't state that there is one - all furniture is as per the photographs

Sofa Bed - the sofa bed was purchased from Muji, and I believe is actually very comfortable. I'm not sure the height is relevant

Outdoor furniture - during the winter months is stacked behind the sofa in the Living Room - the week prior to this booking the St Jude Storm hit and I felt it was important to limit the amount of furniture left outside

Fairy liquid - fairy liquid, and cleaning products are normally supplied, this was an oversight

Tea towels - a selection of tea towels are normally left in the hot press, this was the case on this occasion

Kitchen cabinets - these are as per the photographs - the height of the wall cupboards is at a standard height above the worktop

Shower walls - we recognise that the decoration on the bathroom needs upgrading and intend to do so in Spring 2014 - the photos of the bathroom are accurate and recent

Toilet - there is an occasional fault in the flush mechanism when pressed hard, we are trying to solve this

Bedroom mirrors - there is a small mirror in the small bedroom and a mirror in the bathroom

Children's Room - the property listing notes this as a bunk bedroom and the photos are accurate

Staircase walls - we would agree that these need painting and intend to do so in Spring 2014

Keys - the keys are secured in a key box - unfortunately the outdoor light had not been left on. If visitors are unhappy with this arrangement, alternative arrangements for the handover of the keys can be discussed.

Security Deposit - I endeavour to return the security deposit as quickly as possible, whilst I recognise 6 days is not ideal, I endeavour to do this within 1-2 days. It is subject to the usual bank transfer timings.

On the final 'rough and ready' - the property is let for holiday rentals, we believe that the amenities are appropriate for the use and enjoyment of the property. The listing accurately states what amenities are included.

This particular visitor paid £60 per night, which I believe to be good value for the accommodation offered.

3 Nov 2013


"Lovely space, great for visiting Hampshire / Surrey"

Lovely "box on stilts" (our nickname) to stay for the week. despite the weather (St Jude storm weekend) the Deckhouse was warm & cosy. Everything you needed in the kitchen to cook proper mea… More

Thank you for your review - much appreciated! I hope you can come again next year.

23 Jul 2013


"Perfect seaside holiday in a "box"!"

We loved staying here so much last summer that we returned for more of the same. It really does have everything you might need for a good, old-fashioned seaside holiday. As I have said before, the acc… More

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8 Mar 2013


"Perfect seaside holiday break."

We stayed at this amazing stilted cabin by the sea in July 2012. The place is delightfully quirky. It is one of a community of box cabins, set about a central green and right next to the harbour. Ducks roam about and it is perfect for a run about and games in the sunshine. You can park your car right up underneath the cabin. Inside, there is a clever "utility" area with a washing machine/drier and lots of storage space for wellies, wetsuits etc. Up some little stairs and you have a lovely family room with sofas and a lovely clean, tidy, well equipped kitchen. Most critically, there is a dishwasher. There is also a bathroom with an overhead shower and two bedrooms. The living room and the master bedroom have balconies. The plave is immaculate and exceptionally well organised. The harbour is just a 5 minute walk away and the cabin looks right out across the bay. Our four children loved wandering down with a bucket and looking for crabs and treasures. There is plenty to do. The pretty village of Emsworth is a 10 minute walk through the boatyard and has much to offer. We heartily recommend the local ice-cream shop! There are many beautiful beaches to visit - great expanses of white sand. It is exquisite in the sunshine. We particularly loved west Wittering. The Isle of Weight is also a great day trip by ferry. I would have no hesitation in recommending the property for a holiday break. Our experience was overwhelmingly positive.

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