Historic Emsworth Residence for Sale


Indulge in a piece of Emsworth history and live in colonial style close to the village centre.

Available for the first time in over forty years, this superb, Grade II listed, family home offers an abundance of history, charm and character. Buillt in the late Georgian period in a colonial style, Seafield House offers spacious family accommodation, with attractive wood flooring, terraces and balconies. The ground floor features an elegant drawing room, together with an equally impressive dining room and family size kitchen breakfast room. In addition there is a ground floor shower room, a generous utility room and a wine cellar. A real feature is the attractive conservatory, continuing the colonial theme, complemented by an impressive timber wrap around veranda, with a verdigris copper roof. Ascending the curved staircase leads to an impressive landing, off which are three capacious double bedrooms featuring built in wardrobes and sash windows, together with a very spacious family bathroom. The landing also leads to a charming sewing room, which might also serve as a study, opening onto a balcony overlooking the gardens. Outside, the charming walled gardens offer seclusion and privacy, together with the added benefits of driveway parking, a covered car port and garden store.

Seafield House at the top of Warblington Road was originally a farmhouse, with its Sea Field farmland stretching down to the shore. The present building includes relics of the earlier property, identifiable internally by the stone flag floor and wide open stone fireplace in what is today Little Seafield.

The property was rebuilt in the early 19th century in 'Mughal style' with bow walls and windows, wooden lattice and green copper-roofed veranda, and conservatory. The owner builder was returning Indian army officer Colonel James A�hmuty.

By the end of the 19th century it was owned by Noel Kinnell (d1927), civic leader, brewery owner and benefactor . His donation of the Town Millpond seawall promenade is commemorated in the plaque by the Slipper Mill (now ESSC). The town's annual fete used to be held in its garden until the 1950s.

Before the last war, the house was occupied by a well known local family, the Townsends. Requisitioned by the Navy during the war, it was occupied by Wrens. The Townsends sold the house and surrounding land in the 1970s, a local developer building a dozen houses around what became Kinnell Close. Threatened with demolition Seafield was rescued by (the late) Charles and Betty Smyth in 1977.

The property and its boundary wall are Grade II listed (List Entry Number: 1091624) and is being marketed by Emsworth Estate Agents, Henry Adams.

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