Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Portland Hideaway 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 of its type 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 Hideaway is another winner, with its safe parking area for a large car or boat and additional on-road parking in the immediate vicinity. The Hideaway also has a wonderful, large, sunny, fully-enclosed, gravelled patio area that’s ideal for sunbathing and BBQs.
For the more athletically inclined, there is every form of water sport known to man on the Hideaway’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.
Weymouth’s wonderful sandy beach, one of the safest in Britain, and its long, sweeping promenade provide a pleasant 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. You could easily spend a whole day there as well as spending a day at Adventure Wonderland, which is Dorset's most visited 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. You can park the car at the station and take a nostalgic train ride into the centre of Swanage, stopping-off if you wish on the way. 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 Hideaway. 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 and a viewing tower. There are many other attractions throughout the area to cater for every need.
While the Hideaway’s patio 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 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Church Ope 1 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|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, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Entrance Hall - PVCu double glazed (obscured) door to rear. PVCu doubleglazed (obscured) window to side. Wood effect ceramic tiled floor. Pitched mock beamed textured ceiling with spot lights. Gas fired condensing combi boiler.
Kitchen/Dining Area - 3.61m (11ft 10in) x 2.84m (9ft 4in) The Portland Hideaway’s kitchen/diner is extremely well appointed and will appeal to every kind of cook. You can easily produce a full Christmas dinner for four with all the trimmings, or a simple snack. The high pitched beamed ceiling with its Velux window ensures that there is little heat build-up when cooking is taking place and the multiple spotlights give just the right atmosphere. If you want to eat-in, you have the choice of using the full-size gas cooker with grill for conventional cooking, the slow cooker if you want something cooking while you are out, the microwave for quick cooking when you come in, or the barbeque in the patio area for al fresco dining.
Living Area - 5.56m (18ft 3in) x 4.65m (15ft 3in) Relaxing in the Portland Hideaway couldn’t be easier in the huge lounge/bedroom area. Two cream, leather settees can seat up to five in comfort if you have friends around, or provide room to stretch out if it’s just the two of you. 32" flat-screen Satellite television provides over 140 channels including movies, or you can choose from the library of DVDs, books and games that are provided. If your listening tastes differ, or you like to dance around the kitchen as you cook, a portable, remote-controlled radio/DVD player is also available so that you can shut yourself in the kitchen/diner together with the wine bottle. The patio area can be accessed directly from the lounge through a wide sliding door that lets you open up the lounge area to take advantage of the pleasant evenings or sunny lunch time. Double-glazed windows on three sides ensure that the Hideaway has a light and airy feel and for those really hot, sultry days, a portable air-conditioning unit is provided for your added comfort. When the sun goes down the interior lighting from 2 wall-mounted spotlights and 3 lamps, provides a snug ambience that is complemented by a dedicated full-size gas central heating system that keeps it cosy on chilly evenings.
Bedroom Area –The bedroom area contains a comfortable double bed and can be separated from the lounge using a portable, Ratan screen. Bedside tables with independently operated bedside lamps are provided on each side of the bed, together with a radio/alarm clock with an LED display. A separate dressing unit with a mirror and electric hairdryer and a wardrobe are also provided. Bed linen is supplied free of charge and, if you are there for a longer stay, will be changed weekly and the apartment will be fully cleaned.
Shower Room - One of the advantages of the Portland Hideaway is that everything is on the one level, which is great for those of us who aren’t as agile as they would like. There is nothing worse than having to struggle in and out of a bath for a meagre trickle from an electric shower and this is where the Portland Hideaway’s shower room is a winner. A modern shower cubicle reveals a drenching rain showerhead that, together with the gas combination boiler that was designed to cater for all the heating and hot water needs of a 4 bedroom house, will bring you back to life in the morning, or sooth away effects of a long day of activity. ,
The shower room has a high pitched beamed ceiling with complementary ceramic tiling, low level wc and large wash hand basin. As well as a standard mirror, it has a telescopic magnifying mirror that allows you to watch those worry lines disappear and your tan develops as your holiday progresses. Towels can be hired for a small extra charge.
|Further details outdoors|
Despite the many outdoor attractions on and around Portland to keep you on the go, there’s still a lot to be said for a good bit of old fashioned ‘just lazing around’ and where better to do that than in your own private garden. Any sort of garden is a bonus with a holiday cottage on Portland, as most of the traditional housing is stone terraced cottages that front the street, but the Portland Hideaway enjoys a totally enclosed private garden around the entire building and a fence that extends to over 2 metres in height so, if you have a dog, you can let it play with confidence. There is a barbeque provided with a wooden table that seats four people where you can while away the balmy evenings enjoying an al fresco drink or meal. The garden is a great sun trap and the sun remains until well into the evening in the summer months. Sun loungers are provided for those who like to soak up the sun.
The patio area can be accessed directly from the lounge through a wide sliding door that lets you open up the lounge area to take advantage of the pleasant evenings or sunny lunch time. Wooden gates to front and rear with internal bolts for added privacy and security.
Block-paved parking area for one large car, behind large double wrought iron gates.
On-road parking to the front and side 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 attractive 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 and Subtropical Gardens
? 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