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Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage
Portland Bill

Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage, Portland Bill, Dorset

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Sleeps a maximum of: 4

Pricing From: £480.00 - 1259.00

This semi detached cottage is located on the tip of Portland Bill in Dorset and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.

Stopes Cottage is a semi detached cottage next to a lighthouse on the tip of Portland Bill near to Weymouth in Dorset. The cottage sleeps four people in one double bedroom, one twin room and a family bathroom. Also in the cottage is a fitted kitchen with a dining area and a sitting room. Outside the cottage is off road parking for two cars, a lawned area and patio with furniture and ornamental fish pond and shared use of a heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Set in stunning surroundings, Stopes Cottage is a fabulous holiday cottage right on the Dorset cliffs.


Good but spoilt by our rude host!
Branscombe Cottage The positive side. A great location. Quiet and with everything you needed there . The decor downstairs is rather tired and the carpets dingy but actually everything was scrupulously clean. The whole house really needs a bit of modernising .The pillows were rather hard and the mattresses quite hard too. Lovely quiet spot. Great bird watching. Lovely walks The negative. Our host Les seriously need to learn to read his audience better. Having arrived after 3 hours drive. We wanted to settle in, have a pee, get some tea, unpack. Les arrived after 2 minutes and we are subjected to an unnecessarily long " tour" having the key to our rental deliberately "with held" until he had finished. This was accompanied by some aggressive and completely unprofessional comments such as " Come back here, I haven't told you you can go yet" and "stay here I haven't finished speaking to you". Quite frankly you should never talk to anyone like that. It is patronising, and offensive and made me and my daughter feel very uncomfortable. If we had been two men I wonder if he would have spoken to us like that. IF it was meant as a joke- it failed!!. I regret however much I liked the house, I wont be back for that reason alone.

Truly magical place!
My family and I have just returned from a weeks stay in the quaint and quirky Stopes cottage. When we arrived after a 6 hour journey we were greeted by Les who showed us round the property and filled us in on the history of the lighthouse. The cottage was incredibly clean and very well maintained. It had everything we needed including the little things that sometimes get forgotten by self catering owners...from dish cloths, salt and pepper, tea bags and milk (for that long awaited cuppa!) to blankets for those cold nights (not that we needed them!). The views were beautiful, i was able to sit in the kitchen with my morning cuppa and watch the boats go by! Bliss! The views from the lighthouse were absolutely stunning. We loved it up there. We can't wait to return. Thanks Fran and Les for a memorable holiday and for being wonderful hosts.
Kath P

A lovely location and a very nice cottage. The owners were very friendly and helpful.
Mr Cotton

From the friendliness of the hosts on arrival and throughout the holiday, nothing was too much trouble. The site of the property was excellent and so special; it been an old lighthouse with access. Our son particularly liked the heated pool and it also had a great private outdoor area with seating and BBQ. We wanted for nothing everything had been thought of.
Mrs Mcdonald

On arrival we followed the directions given which were perfect...straight to the front door. Although we arrived slightly early our host fran kindly let us unpack which was great after a 9 hour drive...as we unpacked les, frans husband knocked and showed us around...both les and fran were really nice and helpful. The property was just what you would expect from a lighthouse keepers cottage and had everything you needed from a large swimming pool to a b.b.q. our 7 night stay was brilliant and would not hesitate to reccommend this property from very good hosts to absolutly 360? sea views from the lighthouse tower....brilliant holiday...thankyou les and fran.



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine


Double Beds

Twin Beds


Calor gas central heating throughout with additional heating from gas fire in sitting room
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer washing machine, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
Fuel included in rent
Electricity charged by meter (first £
10 included in rent)
Bed linen and towels included in rent
Ample off road parking
Lawned area and patio with garden furniture and ornamental fish pond
Shared seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi (available May - September inclusive)
Shared access to lighthouse observatory via steep steps
Sorry, no pets and no smoking
Shop 2 miles, pub 5 mins walk
Note: No children under 5 years due to ponds and proximity of cliff edge

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Approximate Location

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Rufus Castle - 1.7 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Portland, St George's Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Portland Castle - 3.2 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Chesil Bank and the Fleet - 4 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Bennetts Water Gardens - 6.7 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Weymouth SEALIFE Adventure Park - 7.2 miles (Family Attraction) Heritage Rating

Jordan Hill Roman Temple - 8.1 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Abbotsbury Swannery - 10.1 miles (Family Attraction) Heritage Rating

Abbotsbury Abbey - 11.5 miles (Abbey) Heritage Rating

St Catherine's Chapel - 11.7 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

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