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Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage in Portland Bill, Dorset

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage description

Holiday home
Stopes Cottage is a semi detached cottage next to a lighthouse on the tip of Portland Bill near to Weymouth in Dorset. The cottagesleeps 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.

Region
Explore the fossils and stunning beaches of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, visit historic Sherborne and Shaftesbury, or enjoy the footpaths, country lanes and thatched-roof pubs Dorset offers.

Amenities
Calor gas central heating with electric fire. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 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.

Amenities

  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Swimming pool
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • By the sea
  • Near Pub
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Reviews

BlueHayward
July 2019
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!
Mrs Norton
May 2019
Have been before 4 years ago.. Have had a new bathroom with shower which was good. No dishwasher stove very basic and not much crocery etc..Rather expensive for what was on offer.
Mr Downes
February 2019
I didn't book through sykes - I booked through booking.. Com then got hounded for loads of personal details - unimpressed with that. Cottage was lovely and the owners were the perfect hosts.
Sally B
November 2018
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.
Mr Doyle
October 2018
Very nice place the lighthouse is out of this world for views out to sea, ships can be seen and the lady told us all about the place well worth a vist..
Mrs Gregory
September 2018
Spent a wonderful week at Stopes Cottage.. Amazing position with exceptional walks literally on the door step. Fascinating history to the cottage, we enjoyed watching the sun set from the light house in the evening with glass in hand, remarkable views. Despite rather chilly weather we swam in the pool most days. All in all a lovely place to stay.
Mrs Merchant
September 2018
Whilst the cottage did look as stated on the Website, in reality it was lacking in comfort.. The towels were small, thin and in short supply. The bedding was very old and faded and thin and the quilt was as flat as a pancake. The pillows were like blocks and not comfy. The mattress on the bed was firm but we still managed to roll together in the middle! The kitchen was (just about) adequately supplied for four people but the brand new unwashed tea towels were not suitable for drying pots. Being an old cottage it did have a slightly damp feel about it. The cost of the holiday here was not reflected in the quality of the accommodation.
HD22
August 2018
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.
HD22
August 2018
Fantastic location.. ..and a great get away cottage...
kootenaylass
October 2017
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.
Mr MACLENNAN
September 2017
We had a wonderful time.. A very friendly greeting, superb location and an excellent cottage would gladly recommend to anyone.
Ms Brown
July 2017
Lovely friendly owners fran and les made us feel very welcome and were always on hand but not intrusive.. The lighthouse was a real experience and very special.
Kath P
June 2017
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
June 2017
Shower system a bit awkward to use but it is described as 'hand held'.. Owners very nice and helpful and we enjoyed our stay in the cottage exploring the area around the Jurassic Coast.
Mr Brayshaw
April 2017
Very helpful owners in adjacent cottage..
Mr Whelan
November 2016
The hosts were amazing.. Very kind and friendly.
Mr Cotton
July 2016
A lovely location and a very nice cottage. The owners were very friendly and helpful.
Mrs Mcdonald
June 2016
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.
Dr Bartlett
January 2016
Amazing place to stay in unique location. Hard not to fall in love with where you are.
Mrs Bridge
July 2015
Hosts helpful and friendly. Location at top of cliffs amazing, views in all directions plus the lighthouse to sit in; my granddaughter age 16 thought it was amazing to sit up there most of the time we were in! Swimming pool and jacuzzi warm, sheltered with plenty of seating. The whole ambiance of the two cottages was fantastic: peaceful, relaxing with good WiFi for the younger ones and a close drive to excellent supermarkets and local shops. A good variety of places to eat, great for walking and photography. Also not far from Weymouth etc for other pursuits. Excellent and would recommend it to everyone. We hope to return ourselves. We had both cottages as a family group of 6 but would be equally as good for a couple or four friends.
Mrs Wickham-eade
July 2015
The cottage was lovely and unusual. We loved the lighthouse and went up there every night to see the sunset. The owners were very helpful and friendly.
Mrs Goodwin
June 2015
Liked the location, the bungalow and the lovely owners who made us feel welcome. A great place for a holiday.
Mr Cobham
April 2015
A very comfortable cottage with friendly and helpful owners next door. Great views from the attached lighthouse and walks from the door. A good base to explore South Dorset. In a peaceful relaxing location with an excellent superstore within a few miles. Perfect for us.
Mr Weale
October 2014
The location. The views. Stunning.
Miss Knight
September 2014
A superb Cottage in a wonderfully peaceful location, it felt like a real home from home. We had many great walks directly from the doorstep. The history surrounding the property is so interesting and the views from the tower are incredible. The holiday was everything we hoped for and more! There's loads to do in this part of Dorset and we hope to return to the Lighthouse in the future.
Mrs Pettit
June 2014
Liked the peace and quiet, and the wonderful coastline. The Cottage was so wonderful, I would recommend to all ages.
Ms Major
June 2014
The cottage was just perfect, particularly the sea views.
DR N
February 2014
The property was too cold and the heat was only rationed by the owners. They had the heating on and off as it suited them. The owners had painted the property interior wood work with solvent based paint and had not ventilated the rooms. As a consequence we kept inhaling the chemicals to the point that one of us experienced burning sensation in the chest. We could not open the windows to ventilate as the gales were in the region of 80 miles per hour. The owners were aware of the weather warnings but were more interested in maintaining their booking. We had to leave earlier because of the cold, intrusive winds hammering against the windows all night long, extreme noise and the chemical inhalation. We feel very disappointed in the fact that the property owners showed such inflexibility and imposed such conditions to innocent holidays makers like us.
DR N
February 2014
The property was too cold and the heat was only rationed by the owners. They had the heating on and off as it suited them. The owners had painted the property interior wood work with solvent based paint and had not ventilated the rooms. As a consequence we kept inhaling the chemicals to the point that one of us experienced burning sensation in the chest. We could not open the windows to ventilate as the gales were in the region of 80 miles per hour. The owners were aware of the weather warnings but were more interested in maintaining their booking. We had to leave earlier because of the cold, intrusive winds hammering against the windows all night long, extreme noise and the chemical inhalation. We feel very disappointed in the fact that the property owners showed such inflexibility and imposed such conditions to innocent holidays makers like us.
Mr Lloyd
January 2014
The owners have put their heart into this lighthouse conversion - and it shows. The most welcoming property we have stayed at. We went seriously out of season when the other cottages weren't booked and so we had the lantern to ourselves. Maybe not glorious sunshine but it was so nice we didn't need to go out. Will be back soon.
Mr Alcroft
November 2013
One of the very best weekends away ever. Would come back again. Just fantastic!
Mrs Lunn
November 2013
The holiday was amazing, made even better by the views and the weather. Overall a wonderful relaxing experience.
Ms Vetter
September 2013
The cottage is spacious and at the same time cosy. The room in the lighthouse is spectacular. The owners are very friendly and helpful.
Mrs Dyke
July 2012
A unique property, well placed for exploring Chesil beach and the Dorset coast. Enjoyed walking around the island.
Mr Paterson
July 2012
There was a good view from the window, and the peace and quiet was exactly what we wanted.
Mrs Hurst
July 2012
Very comfortable, fantastic position surrounded by cliffs and sea, yet only 10 minutes to the nearest shop. Owners very friendly and helpful, very welcoming when we arrived. Amazing lighthouse that the owners had totally rebuilt themselves.
Mrs Merrison
July 2012
Extremely helpful and welcoming owners. A great place to stay.
Mrs Humm
July 2012
Smashing location! We hardly left the island all week as we found plenty to do there. A good supply of brochures were available had we wanted to venture further afield. There are local food shops which made things easier too. The owners are a lovely couple who are very welcoming, and having use of the old lighthouse tower was amazing!
Mr Honey
March 2012
Sea views and coastal paths with no light pollution for star gazing! A very relaxing break.
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