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Portland House

Weymouth, Dorset

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Portland House sits within large gardens laid out by Hillier's Nurseries including a rock garden, large lawned area and sloping grounds down to the sea. The foreshore is within the Portland Harbour Shore Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI),now included within the Jurassic Coast. The villa is furnished in Art Deco style and contains some beautiful original features and period furniture. It makes excellent use of the natural slope maximising exposure to the fine south-facing views. It has two broad terraces, one above the other, and most rooms in the house have large French windows opening onto them. At each end of the front, wrapping around each corner of the building, are arcaded loggias, perfect for shade on hot summer days.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
LOWER LEVEL: large formal drawing room, (fireplace of Portland Stone, French doors onto lower terrace), dining room (French doors onto lower terrace), wine store. Three bedrooms (1 double with 6’ bed, which can also be a twin if requested, with French doors to terrace, 1 double with 5’ bed with French doors to covered loggia, 1 single), bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
UPPER LEVEL: Four bedrooms (1 double with 6' bed, which can also be a twin if requested, French doors to terrace and ensuite shower room with lavatory, 1 double with 5' bed and French doors to terrace, 1 twin with French doors onto terrace, single with wash hand basin and French doors to terrace), bathroom with shower over original bath, breakfast room, silver store, pantry, scullery and kitchen with original feature cupboards and dumbwaiter to lower floor. Bathroom with shower over original bath (bath not in use). Stairs down to dining room.
Visitor notes

Heating: The house is heated by a ground source heat pump combined with a gas boiler.

Garden: There are large gardens on both levels. The entrance level offers lawns and a colonnade of palm trees. There is also a mixture of terraced gardens linked with pathways and steps.

Parking: Parking for up to six cars in a gravelled area.

WiFi: Free wifi access is available for guests.

Please Note: There is a small unfenced pond in the garden. Extra care should be taken in the rockery area where steps are uneven.

Open Days: Portland House is available all year round except for public open days. In 2014 these dates are yet to be confirmed.

Local suppliers:

Castaway Boat Charters - to help you make the most of your holiday Castaway Boat Charters are offering you the chance to experience the amazing scenery from the flybridge and sunbeds whilst cruising the Jurassic Coast or anchored in a secluded bay, aboard a 45ft, high performance cruiser - fully equipped including a BBQ and perfect for family celebrations, romantic sunset cruises, firework nights, group parties and corporate events.

Friendly experienced skipper offering affordable ‘one hour’ harbour cruises, day trips, half day bookings and evening cruises.

Available all year round – subject to Castaway Boat Charters terms and conditions.

To book visit www.castawaycharters.co.uk or call 07860793450 - remember to mention the National Trust and the name of your holiday cottage when making your enquiry.

Cottage details
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
7
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
No
Cottage ref
003042
Acorn rating What's this?
5
Special offers
  • South West - Offer from 29/08/2014 to 17/12/2014 Save 20% 20% Discount
Features
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Prestige
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
Accessibility
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

Dorset Coast
Child playing in the sea at Studland, Dorset. © David Levenson

Dorset is Thomas Hardy country - an appealing mixture of rolling heath land, secluded valleys, picturesque villages, great houses and estates, and a coastline awash with natural beauty. The spectacular Jurassic Coast is just one of the many wonders Dorset has to offer and has shaped the county?s history - from the rugged Isle of Purbeck and the sweeping Chesil Beach to the quaint charm of Lyme Regis and Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. National Trust properties in Dorset include Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Clouds Hill once the cottage retreat of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), while other attractions include the seaside resort of Bournemouth and the county town of Dorchester.

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place to visit
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Attractions
  • The Stone Sculpture Park
  • Portland Castle
  • Weymouth Sealife Park
  • The Jurassic Coast
  • Pavilion Theatre
Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Fossil Hunting
  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Cycling
National Trust places to visit
Hardy Monument
Hardy Monument Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy
Max Gate
Max Gate Home of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
Hardy's Birthplace
Hardy's Cottage Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
Hardy Country
Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
Clouds Hill
Clouds Hill The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle Thousand-year-old castle, an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, rising above the Isle of Purbeck

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • N Binnis
    • August 2014
    • UK
    Exclusive use of the property

    Design and decoration of the house, size and upkeep of grounds and view. Very special to have exclusive use of the property.One of our party arrived early and had a great chat with the gardeners, really interesting insight.

  • Ann Davies
    • December 2013
    • Suffolk
    Spacious

    What made this place special.............The view, the garden, the fact one could walk to town, the nearness of 'things to do and see', the internal spaciousness.

  • Mrs V.M. Sellins
    • October 2013
    • Essex
    Good for walks

    All of us loved it and it was a great place for the children to play hide and seek in, it was good for walks and great for sitting about in the sun

  • Robert Evans
    • June 2013
    • East Sussex
    Looking for an excuse to come back

    The property was fantastic and we had a wonderful long weekend. If anything the website doesn't do the house justice. It really was fabulous! And the flowers and card that welcomed us on arrival was a very nice touch. The caretakers had obviously put a lot of effort into getting everything ready and we really enjoyed the visit. We're now looking for an excuse to come back!

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  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • South West - Offer from 29/08/2014 to 17/12/2014 Save 20% 20% Discount

Supplements
(not included in the price table above)

  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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