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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 (double with 6' bed, which can also be a twin if requested, with French doors to terrace, double with 5' bed double with French doors to covered loggia, 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.
The house is heated by a ground source heat pump combined with a gas boiler.
There is a small unfenced pond in the garden. Extra care should be taken in the rockery area where steps are uneven.
Parking for up to six cars in a gravelled area.
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Portland House is available all year round except for public open days. In 2013 these are:-
10 May - 12 May 2013
04 Oct - 06 Oct 2013
- Let starts
- Min stay
- Dogs allowed
- Cottage ref
- Garden Appeal
- Coast nearby
- Open Fire / Stove
- Railway nearby
- Pub nearby
- Beach nearby
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Double bed
- If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 800 20 70
Things to see and do nearby
- South West England
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
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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- The Stone Sculpture Park
- Portland Castle
- Weymouth Sealife Park
- The Jurassic Coast
- Pavilion Theatre
- Fossil Hunting
National Trust places to visit
- Hardy Monument
- Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy
- Max Gate
- Home of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
- Hardy's Birthplace
- Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy
- Clouds Hill
- The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence
- Corfe Castle
- Thousand-year-old castle, an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, rising above the Isle of Purbeck
- White Mill
- Corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting
Comments from past visitors
- December 2012
- June 2012
What it will cost
- VAT at the current rate
- Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
(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 0844 800 2070 or email email@example.com 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.