Located in Portland Bill, Dorset
Stopes Cottage, Portland, sleeps 4 with panoramic sea views which shouldn't come as a surprise as this was the original Portland lighthouse!
Have you ever wanted to stay at a lighthouse? Now you can, right here on Portland. Stopes Cottage is a self-catering cottage attached to the 18th Century lighthouse via a corridor.
Stopes Cottage is set in quiet, unspoiled, rural countryside and accessed by a private road. Originally it was a lighthouse keeper’s cottage and is all on the ground floor. The sitting room faces south and west has views of sea. It is spacious and comfortably furnished. It has TV,DVD and CD player. The double bedroom enjoys morning sun and the twin room evening sun and sea views. The kitchen/dining room is large and faces south and has sea views and enjoys hours of sunlight. It is fully equipped with all necessities of home. It has a full size cooker, microwave, washing machine, clothesline and airer, and fridge and freezer. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, WC and basin. There is also a separate cloakroom. The whole cottage is kept up to date and very clean. It is cosy and heated by gas, which is meter read. £1 coin meter operates electricity. Guests have access to the lighthouse tower observatory where they can enjoy sitting and watching the sky, sea, birds, and anything that passes, including dolphins! The sunsets are fabulous! To give added interest and see more closely there is a large gun sight binocular in the observatory.
The cottage is surrounded by ornamental gardens with an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi (seasonal). There is garden furniture and BBQ. There is ample parking right outside the kitchen window. Access to the property is by private road and the only passing traffic is on foot along the coastal footpath, which is part of a beautiful Jurassic walk. Fran and Les (your hosts) live on site and are always available to help and advise.
The lighthouse has a long history. The first on this site was in 1716 and was a coal-fired beacon. The first one stone built was in 1769 and later rebuilt in 1869 and worked in conjunction with the Lower lighthouse, which is now a bird observatory. It had a 16wick burner and was the first lighthouse anywhere in the world to use Argon lamps and a true reflector. When it was new King George111 was anxious to see “This new lighthouse” and came for a visit. It became disused and went into private ownership in 1906 when the new red and white one was built. After which it had various owners including Dr Marie Stopes and it was during that time it was visited by some famous people including H.G.Wells, Thomas Hardy, G.B.Shaw and ballerina Margot Fontaine who later became a Dame.
Portland Bill is the most famous part of Portland and has three lighthouses. One is now a holiday cottage, one is the bird observatory and one is actually a lighthouse. The lighthouse is open to the public on certain days and is well worth a look round. The bird observatory is positioned well as Portland, and Portland Bill especially is a haven for birds. Other attractions include Pulpit Rock, the blow hole, passing whales and dolphins and so much more - just make time for a visit.Read more
Although many walkers make Portland Bill their end destination it actually works very well as a starting point. Head north-east along the coast to the beach at Church Ope and then then up past Pensylvania Castle to Portland Museum. Or head north-west, again along the coast, to Westcliff and stunning views across Lyme Bay as you walk along the cliff tops.
Although there are few houses at the Bill there is an excellent choice for food. The Lobster Pot is right next to the lighthouse and is open all day serving breakfasts, lunch, afternoon teas and dinners. They also have a kiosk serving food and ice creams and a shop. The large grassy area also makes it an excellent place for picnics.Read less
Bournemouth is 38 miles away
Exeter is 53 miles away
Bristol is 61 miles away