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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

*** Mid week offer ***

If you don’t have a party of 12 people but would still like to enjoy the magical experience of Portland House, we are offering a mid-week special offer for up to 7 guests. This offer will not apply during main holiday periods, is only applicable to bookings between Monday and Thursday nights and will be subject to certain limitations.

If your booking is for 7 then you will have the use of the following:

Top Floor: 4 bedrooms (1 double, 2 twins one of of which can be a double on request and 1 single), cloakroom with lavatory, 2 bathrooms, shower room, kitchen, utility room and breakfast room.

Lower Floor: dining room, sitting room.

Please call the Holidays Team on 0344 355 1287 for more information and pricing.

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.

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.

During 2015 the open days are:

8th May 2pm to 5pm

2nd October 2pm to 5pm

9th May 11am to 5pm

10th May 11am to 5pm

3rd October 11am to 5pm

4th October 11am to 5pm

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Prestige
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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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  • The Stone Sculpture Park
  • Portland Castle
  • Weymouth Sealife Park
  • The Jurassic Coast
  • Pavilion Theatre
  • 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

  • Ian Coghlan
    • February 2015
    • Gloucestershire
    Wonderful house

    Even in deepest, darkest February this was a fantastic setting and the views were excellent. Lovely grounds and the outside of the house was very impressive. The art deco styling was super and the retained period features made the whole thing very authentic. A fantastic experience for the entire party. A wonderful house which was well maintained, clean and comfortable. The caretaker staff had done a super job. Can I just raise an issue about the front gate? This was a bit of swine to open due to the lock being frozen and it took a while for me to work out how to open it. When some of our party arrived after dark, and in appalling rain, they were struggling to work out how to get in. They had to call us and get one of us out to open the gate from the inside.

  • 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

    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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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for 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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