House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Portland Retreat is less than two kilometres from the famous Portland Bill and five kilometres from Portland Harbour, the venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing/windsurfing events. As the largest rental property on Portland there’s plenty of room for a range of activities, or just lounging around watching satellite TV, or updating Facebook on the Wi-Fi Broadband. Most holidaymakers on Portland have to fight for street parking, which is where the Retreat is another winner, with its safe parking area for a large car or boat and additional on-road parking in the immediate vicinity. The Retreat is also exceptional on Portland for its wonderful, large, sunny, fully-enclosed, lawned garden where children can play safely, while adults relax on the wooden reclining garden furniture.
Portland and Weymouth enjoys 32 % more sunshine than the U K average, so you will probably want to spend as much time outside as you can. Portland is a walker’s paradise, with coastal routes over every part of it and access to the coastal paths just 100 metres from the Retreat. There’s tons of history, as well as secluded little coves like Church Ope, with its ruined 14th Century Rufus Castle, along with the 13th Century St Andrew’s Church and graveyard. Portland Bill and its lighthouses are within easy walking distance and some of the most spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site, are only minutes away from the Retreat. With 40% of Dorset designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of other spectacular walks nearby, such as Lyme Regis and its famous Cobb, all part of the South West Coast Path, Britain's longest National Trail.
For the more athletically inclined, there is every form of water sport known to man on the Retreat’s doorstep: swimming, surfing, paragliding, waterskiing, windsurfing, diving, fishing, kayaking, as well as kiting, and hang gliding for the truly adventurous. With around 1,000 different climbing routes at all different grades (from V0-8b), Portland is a popular destination for climbers of all ages and abilities. Portland is considered to be the best place in the UK for bird watching with over 350 different documented species at the Portland Bird Observatory. Portland is also popular with Artists of all kinds and courses in stone sculpting at Tout Quarry are very popular.
Families are particularly well catered for in the area with Weymouth’s wonderful sandy beach one of the safest in Britain allowing a laid-back more traditional seaside experience. Weymouth’s Sea Life Park has over 1,000 creatures making it the biggest park of its kind in the UK with both indoor and outdoor displays and a host of things for all ages to do and see. Families could easily spend a whole day there as well as spending a day at Adventure Wonderland, which is Dorset's most visited family theme park. The Swanage Railway is a 6 mile long stretch of track, calling at Corfe Castle and offering a unique heritage steam and diesel train experience. On the way there, you could visit the Tank Museum by Blandford, which houses the world's best collection of tanks. They have a range of displays and exhibitions across 6 large halls, including the only working Tiger Tank and almost 200 other vehicles on display. Monkey World is another all-year-round attraction just 22 miles from the Retreat. Monkey World has the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa among a total of over 230 primates and also has picnic areas, cafes, a gift shop, a baby room, play areas, amusements and a viewing tower. There are many other attractions throughout the area to cater for every need.
While the Retreat’s garden is ideal for a BBQ, for many, being on holiday means not cooking at all and you are well served by places to eat out on your doorstep. There is a Restaurant at the Ocean Spa some 250 metres away and L ’n’ O’s Bistro in Weston is an easy walk. Then of course there are a number of pubs that serve food also within walking distance and a revitalising walk to Portland Bill on a Sunday morning will allow you to sample one of the two great carveries at the Pulpit Inn or the Cosy Café looking across to the lighthouse and the Portland race. The view from the restaurant at the Heights Hotel, particularly at sunset, is unforgettable, as is the fresh seafood at the Crab House Café at ferry Bridge and Mat Follas, winner of TV’s MasterChef in 2009, has just opened a new place on Chesil Beach. Closer to home, there are chip shops and take-aways close at hand that will deliver to your door.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Church Ope Cove 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bournemouth International 72 km, Nearest railway: Weymouth 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Entrance porch - with double doors and space for wet clothing
Entrance hall - with Cloakroom with WHB & WC, doors to Lounge and Dining Kitchen, stairs to upper floor, child’s safety stair gate and child’s high chair.
Lounge – Large south-facing room with garden aspect. 3 piece suite seats 6 with recliner chair and scatter cushions.. 42” Flatscreen HD TV with Freesat and DVD player. Portable radio and CD player. Portland Stone fireplace with electric log-effect fire. Four occasional tables. Wooden dresser with selection of games and DVDs. Two side lamps, standard and reading lamps.
Kitchen/Dining room - very large south-facing, sunny space with extended table and 8 chairs, kitchen units and integral appliances, butler’s pantry, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, slow cooker, Senseo coffee maker, fridge/freezer, washer dryer, dishwasher, two overhead lights/fans, gas combi boiler, door to conservatory.
Conservatory – Large airy space with 3 piece suite seats 5 plus bean bag, unit with a range of toys and games, door to outside rear of property.
First floor- Upper landing with access to all rooms, child’s cot.
Master bedroom with King size bed, built-in lockable wardrobe, chest of drawers, vanity and full-length mirrors. Bedside cabinets and lamps, wooden chair, radio/alarm clock, occasional single fold-away bed.
Bedroom with single bed. wooden chair, walk-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside lamp, full-length mirror.
Bedroom with full-size, adult bunk beds, bedside lamps, chest of drawers, wardrobe with integral drawers.
Bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, two bedside cabinets, full-length mirror.
Bathroom with suite comprising of panel bath with hand-shower, WC, WHB, heated towel rail, electric shaver point, back-lit mirror.
Shower Room comprising shower cubicle.
Full double glazing and thermostatically controlled gas-fired central heating throughout.
Linen provided and towels available for small additional cost.
|Further details outdoors|
Side garden with gravelled area containing whirligig clothes line, recycling area, gate to rear of premises, lawn and mature trees.
Front garden consisting of two lawned areas, front pedestrian metal gate with paved pathway to front door, concrete driveway for one car, double metal gates (opening in or out), fruit tree, mature trees, flowers and shrubs.
Fully enclosed within 5’ 6” Portland Stone wall containing a range of fossil remains.
On-road parking to the front of the property.
The West Country region
If you like clear blue seas, safe sandy beaches, clean air, spectacular cliff walks, breathtaking views and inviting towns and villages filled with restaurants and shops to discover, then Dorset is the place for you.
The delightful countryside of Dorset has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's stunning shoreline has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it’s easy to see why.
The magnificent scenery and wonderful coast of Dorset has attracted people since before the Romans came and that has given the county a rich and vibrant history that has been preserved. It’s not surprising that Dorset's well-preserved countryside, spectacular coastline and magnificent historic houses and gardens have been used as a backcloth for a host of films and TV productions. Most recently an EastEnders' storyline was filmed on Weymouth beach, and the Richard Curtis movie ‘The Boat That Rocked’, released in April 2009, was filmed on Portland.
The sunniest region in England is the south coast with Dorset regularly being the hot spot and its outdoor attractions are among the best in Britain. The popular website, tripadvisor, lists 160 attractions in Dorset that were nominated by visitors to the County. We can’t list all the fantastic attractions, but you can be sure that there is always something to do in Dorset – whatever the weather.
Portland is unique; there is nowhere else like it in the British Isles and it has for centuries drawn visitors from around the world who are looking for somewhere special. Portland’s cliffs, castles and quarries attract archaeologists, rock climbers, hang gliders and artists and its position some 6 kilometres into the English Channel creates the conditions for ornithologists, fishermen, windsurfers and divers that cannot be found anywhere else.
Situated near the middle of the Dorset and East Devon coast World heritage Site, Portland is ideally placed to sample all the attractions on offer from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland in Dorset.
Portland offers the best of both worlds; at the southernmost tip of Dorset it is home to some of the most dramatic and rugged coastline anywhere with a real sense of ‘getting away from it all’, while just across the bay, Weymouth has one of the most family friendly beaches in the UK and is a hive of activity.
Weymouth is a lively seaside town with plenty of great activities and attractions such as Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower, Pirate Adventure Mini Golf, the Northe Fort and the Pavilion Theatre.
There is a host of other attractions nearby to keep everyone entertained and here’s a selection:
? Abbotsbury Swannery, Subtropical Gardens and Children's Farm
? Adventure Wonderland
? Alhampton House & Gardens
? Bennett's Water Gardens
? Blue Pool and Wareham Bears
? Corfe Castle
? Dinosaur Museum
? Dorset County’s award-winning Museum
? Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
? Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
? Forde Abbey and Gardens
? Go Ape!!
? Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park
? Lulworth Castle Park
? Maiden Castle
? Monkey World
? Portland Castle
? Royal Signals Museum
? Sherborne Castle, Lake & Gardens
? Swanage Railway
? Tank Museum
? Tutankhamun Exhibition
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5 Jul 2013
Hi, I would just like to say how great this holiday home was plenty of room, all the mod comferts, quiet area, beautiful garden, The Best holiday we have had and we will certainly be booking up again next year!
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