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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.

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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 at Little Portland House. 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.

Please call the Holidays Team on 0344 335 1287 for more information and pricing.

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

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

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.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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 2017 the open days are:

Friday 5th May 2pm to 5pm.

Saturday 6th 11am to 5pm and Sunday 7th May 11am to 4pm.

Friday 6th October 2pm to 5pm.

Saturday 7th 11am to 5pm and Sunday 8th October 11am to 4pm.

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
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • 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

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset. Their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Marsden
    • April 2017
    • London
    Large house for family gathering

    Made enjoyable....The art deco design of the house and furniture, together with the beautiful garden and the view over the sea from all the rooms. It was also good to have a house that was large enough to accommodate an inter-generational gathering of the family - in this case to celebrate my wife's 70th. We had previously celebrated my 70th at a similar gathering at the NT property at Hardwick Hall in September 2015.

  • Mrs Morley
    • April 2017
    • Oxfordshire
    Something for all ages

    Our stay was made very enjoyable by....The house itself ... The gardens , The equipment and utensils, appliances Outdoor space for relaxation The bedrooms, bathrooms, Proximity to beach Hot water , heating Everything ! A brilliant location/house for a family celebration. Something for all ages.

  • Mrs Anstey
    • December 2016
    • Cornwall
    Lovely house

    Lovely house, good view and location. Good for large extended family.

  • Mrs P Bailey
    • April 2016
    • Devon
    Fulfilled all our needs...

    We celebrated our diamond wedding with our family, some of whom live in Switzerland, the position of the house, the number of beds and the quality of the accommodation proved to be excellent and fulfilled all our needs.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
    • Unknown
    Loved art deco house

    We had been searching for a quality property suitable for three generations to have a family birthday celebration, we loved the Art Deco house, it provided a unique experience and was accessible for the family travelling from London, Bristol and the West County. The views and location added to this experience and provided both amusement for adults and entertainment for the children who were fascinated by the garden and loved the walk along the cliff path to the nearby Castle ruin. Amusingly above all else the children were totally preoccupied with the " dumb waiter" from kitchen to dining room and were very eager to man the phone, and assist at every meal time. We have all told our friends about Portland House and recommended it for similar family parties.

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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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