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Dorset Self Catering cottage, Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage, Portland Bill, sleeps 4

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: £639

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.


Astonishing views in a beautiful historical building.
The lighthouse is about 20 minutes away from Weymouth out on the rocky island of Portland reached by a road. We were met by Brad who was super friendly and gave us a quick show around. It was early September but I was determined to get in a dip in the pool and although a little fresh it was fabulous on a still sunny balmy day. Brad also gave us a homegrown cucumber and some tomatoes grown by his lovely Mum - much appreciated. I couldn't wait to get up into the lighthouse via the very narrow steps and the view did not disappoint. Just incredible! There cannot be many, if any, lighthouses where you can just pop up into the old light area and watch the beautiful sky, the blue/green sea and seascape and landscape all around. We actually sat through a big thunderstorm up there after Brad said it was safe - quite an experience I can tell you. The lighthouse has private access for residents. The accommodation is fairly spacious and for a week we had all the things that a normal home would have. Plenty of hot water, washing machine, good cooking facilities, decent shower and all clean. Even got a supermarket food delivery out to us for day 1. We cannot stress enough that due to the remote location, the only sound is the wind. No sound of traffic or people which is lovely. The island has many footpaths and walks aways from the lighthouse over the scrubland. We visited and can recommend all these places to visit - the Portland Museum, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Xtreme Falconry, Dorset County show, Sealife Weymouth and all the steps down and up to Church Ope Cove.

Just returned from another fantastic stay at this absolute gem. Brad and Milly are wonderful welcoming hosts and the accommodation is perfect. Fingers crossed we will return soon.

A Lovely Lighthouse Accommodation
Just returned from a lovely week at the Old Higher Lighthouse. As a family we rented both the Stopes Cottage and Branscombe Lodge Cottage to celebrate a special birthday. Both cottages are quaint and having access to the lighthouse at any time was fabulous. Even though the final steps up to tower are steep, we still managed to spend evenings up there with a G&T enjoying the sunset. The location is very peaceful and the hosts welcoming. A lovely relaxing week!

Enjoyed the views
We stayed here around bonfire night. The design of the cottage meant we could see signs of fireworks displays in many places, which really have an appreciation of how much coast we could see. The heaters worked well in the cottage, so we were able to earn up after a cold walk. There is some information hidden away about the geology in the area, and a good selection of books to read.

Lovely spot
We stayed for a few days at the old lighthouse in May. Great cottage with everything we needed. Fantastic solar heated pool which we had use of, the kids swam every day! We loved being able to look around the old lighthouse and see the lovely views.



Parking Space Parking Space
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
cooker Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
WiFi WiFi


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Calor gas central heating with electric fire
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
Fuel & power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Ample off road parking for cars and boats
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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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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