The History of the Millstream
The main body of the Millstream was in fact originally three 17th century workmen’s cottages bordered by a fast flowing stream called “The Bosham Stream”. William Marwick, a local builder, lived here and a stone tablet with WM1701 can still be seen on the front of the building. In 1899 a Mr Trevett is given as the owner of “The Grange”, which in 1919 was leased as a small guesthouse. Adjacent to The Grange to the east, were three further cottages, including the barn-like building, which juts out south towards the stream. After the 2nd World War, the barn became the Bosham Sea School. In 1965 the Grange was re-named The Millstream Hotel and it wasn’t long before villagers started calling the “Bosham Stream” the “Millstream”. In 1972 the hotel was sold to Peter Stevens, a London wine merchant, who cleverly added the extension to the west of the building, which is now the bar. In 1976 the Wild family bought the hotel and in 1980 they also acquired The Sea School and the other two cottages, incorporating all three into the hotel. They continued to develop the property, into the thirty five bedroomed prestigious hotel that it is today.
The Millstream Today
The Millstream nestles in the heart of Old Bosham, an historic village on the shores of Chichester Harbour, combining the elegance of a small English country house with the character and charm of an eighteenth century malthouse cottage.
The Bar offers a cosy fireside setting in which to relax. On warm days a door opens onto the lawns where you can sit beneath a sunshade and listen to the chatter of the ducks. The charming sitting room, with its deep cushioned armchairs, grand piano, bowls of freshly cut flowers and tranquil atmosphere, is the ideal place to meet up with friends over a afternoon tea or an aperitif, to play a quiet game of cards or just settle down and while away the hours with a good novel.
The Restaurant, overlooking the pretty gardens, offers a varied selection of modern British dishes, prepared with the best available fresh, seasonal, local produce, which are complemented by a list of fine wines from an established cellar.
Each enchanting bedroom has been attractively styled to enhance its individual character and outlook. All have en-suite facilities, flat screen television, wi-fi internet access, radio/CD alarm clock, tea & coffee making facilities, mini-fridge with complimentary mineral water & fresh milk, direct dial telephone, wall safe, trouser press and hairdryer.
The Gardens that surround the hotel are carefully tended and provide a wonderful place to relax in the warmer weather. Overlooking the stream in the side garden is an oak Gazebo which was built for a Wild family wedding and which now provides shelter from the rain or sun. In the summer months there are tables and chairs at which you can enjoy morning coffee, a light lunch, afternoon tea, a cocktail before dinner or an al fresco meal as the sun comes down.