Seagull Cottage is a lovely holiday house ideal for sailing, beach, and outdoor activity holidays in Portland. It is located just one mile from the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), the 2012 Olympic Sailing venue. Chesil beach is just a few minutes walk, with swimming and great fishing from the beach. There are sea and roof top views from all the back windows of the cottage. Chesil Cove is the nearest part of Chesil Beach, and is the best place for swimming on the whole beach. The cliff paths are easily accesible from the cottage, offering great walks with breath-taking sea views. There are also plenty of nearby pubs, cafes and restaurants.
From the outside Seagull Cottage is a traditional, terraced cottage dating from about 1900. It is tucked away in a quiet backwater of Fortuneswell (DT5 1JQ), off the main traffic routes, and yet only moments away from the High Street with its traditional shops, pubs and mini supermarket. Inside the cottage has been fully modernised and is equipped to the highest standards of comfort and convenience. There are two bedrooms, one twin and one large double, which also has another single bed.
There is free on-street parking outside, and there are two free public car parks within a few hundred yards. There is also plenty of parking in neighbouring streets (all free), and we have always been able to find somewhere within a few minutes walk. The good news is that, once you have parked, you will not need to use the car. The beach, supermarket, shops, pubs and restaurants are all within easy walking distance! There is also an excellent bus service, with buses into Weymouth every 15 minutes or so.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Chesil Cove 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
Portland a very convenient base for exploring Dorset. The Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are all within eash reach and well worth a visit. Also Lyme Regis and West Bay. Axminster has the Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall restaurant, River Cottage Cafe. Dorchester is the historic town featured in Thomas Hardy's novels as "Casterbridge".
We always found the beach a endless entertainment for children in summer. Chesil cove is pebbles and has rock pools. The water is very clear, and on a warm calm summer day it is a wonderful place to swim.
There is a leisure centre with swimming pool nearby (http://www.ospreyleisure.co.uk/). There is also a park within five minutes walk which has a children's play area with swings, climbing frames etc.
Weymouth beach is a huge sandy beach which has all the traditional attractions, e.g. Punch and Judy, donkey rides, mini fairground rides, and sand sculptures to see. There is also the Sea Life adventure park.
It takes about 20 minutes on the bus into Weymouth. It can be easier to use the bus than finding somewhere to park in Weymouth, as well as being cheaper! The buses run every 15 - 20 minutes or so, and they offer very good value passes. An adult pass is £4.10/day or £16/week for unlimited travel on First bus services in Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester. There is a also a £40 "FirstWeek Dorset" family pass which gives unlimited travel as above for a week for up to five people (max two adults). You can also use this pass on services to Axminister, Yeovil, Exeter and Poole and the X52 Jurassic Coast bus service.
The area is popular for cycling. There is a disused railway line which has been converted into a traffic-free cycle path from Portland to Weymouth with great views over the harbour. Portland itself is hilly though!
There are quite a few places to eat within easy walking distance. We would particularly recommend Quiddles at Chesil Cove. Also the Blue Fish Cafe Restaurant and the Cove Inn on Chesil beach. Within a couple of hundred metres of the house Jacksons Gallery is an art gallery and coffee shop with delicious cakes and home made lunches. Also the "Portland Pride" shop, which has all sorts of local produce and artisan breads. Behind the Blue Fish cafe at Chesil Cove there is a wholesale shellfish business, but they also sell crabs, lobsters and scallops to retail cash customers.