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'Casita Del Mar' Is A 150 Year Old Portland Stone Cottage Close To The Sea And S



Updated: 22-Nov-2016
Cottage on Portland, Nr. Weymouth, Dorset, England - Rustic Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Chesil Beach And 10 To Sailing Academy, Wifi

'Casita del Mar', as its name suggests is a 'cottage by the sea', situated at the bottom of infamous hilly Mallams and has a four star 'enjoyEngland' grading. The property was built around 150 years ago and has recently been refurbished in a mix of contemporary and vintage style to suit all tastes and always with comfort a priority. There is a courtyard for alfresco dining in summer and wood burning stove in winter. Step outside the front door, look left and you will be greeted with stunning views of the sea. A five minute walk down the hill will bring you to the village of Chiswell, stunning rocky coves and the pebbles of Chesil beach. Have a drink outside the famous 'Cove Inn' and watch the sun go down or a short walk in the opposite direction and have a fish supper (fresh fish caught daily from local fishermen). Casita del mar now has Wifi!

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in Weymouth and became the owner of this Portland stone fisherman's cottage in 2006. In the summer of 2009 it undertook a complete refurbishment and has now been transformed into 'Casita del mar' with it's fusion of vintage and contemporary style to appeal to all tastes! Having garden design and interior design in my background I have recently been the owner of a Vintage clothes shop (this will shortly be turned into an online vintage clothes and interiors website). I have three daughters and two grandchildren!

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Speaks English, Italian, io parlo un po Italiano!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a wonderful time. Susan was so helpful. The location perfect and the cottage became our own cosy home away from home. Lovely!!
Apr 2016
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


cosy casita

  • 5 of 5

Casita del mar is a really cosy little cottage with everything you could need for a stay whatever the time of year. We were there whilst our kids and two friends were training at the National Sailing Academy nearby at Osprey Quay. The weather was awful or very good (if you are a sailor) but there was always lots of warm water for a good bath and the central heating worked really well. Outside the wind was howling (beaufort 8) but inside it was so quiet with two foot thick walls of portland stone.

Sue the owner helped us in several ways and nothing was too much trouble. Most of the time we ate out at the Cove Inn (reservations recommended) but one night we stayed in and enjoyed an excellent roast courtesy of a well equipped kitchen.

Parking outside was well nigh impossible but we always had plenty of time to load and unload outside casita as not much traffic comes down the road. Parking was in fact very easy and only a couple of minutes down the hill in a FREE !! car park by the beach wall.

We will certainly come again when we need a base for important races at the Academy.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Charles. Thank you so much for such a heart felt warm Review of Casita del mar. Or rather Cosy Casita as you've renamed it!!! Thank you once again. Susan
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Casita del Mar - Portland

  • 4 of 5

We had a really nice family holiday based at Casita del Mar in Portland. The cottage had lots of charm and is decorated in a vintage style which was loved by all the women in the party. Our party consisted of myself and husband (grandparents), daughter, son in law, 7 week old baby, son and daughter in law so we appreciated the cottage from the point of view of all age groups. All beds were reported as comfortable and the cottage was very well equipped with everything you would need. The only real drawback was the quite steep hill... but even the oldies managed to get up and down there without too much puffing. The car park at the bottom of the hill was very convenient. At the bottom of the hill there is a lovely pub called 'The Cove Inn' overlooking the sea and also an Indian Takeaway. We enjoyed lots of days out using the cottage as a base and as it's only 15 mins drive from Weymouth some nice seaside days too. The men enjoyed going fishing early every morning on the nearby beach. All agreed they would like to return again sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely, my first Review and a lovely Review it is! Portland basically climbs up and up and a lot of the cottages then run back down to sea level again. These little roads in Fortuneswell are quite steep. I do say on the website Casita del mar is not suitable for anyone with a mobility problem and describe it as being at the bottom of a steep hill, please be aware of this. I am pleased Sue felt this did not distract from their holiday too much. Thank you for taking the time to write a Review for me Sue.
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From the Owner

I live in Weymouth (7 miles from Portland) and when the opportunity came up for me to acquire another property I looked first in Weymouth but was uninspired. When it came to looking on Portland I fell in love with the charm of the fisherman's cottages and in 2009 I began the transformation of 49 Mallams into 'Casita del mar' a holiday home. Throughout this transformation I had, what I would want, in mind. I wanted 'Casita del mar' to have a homely feel, a place I would like to spend time in. Portland is very rustic and somewhat remote from the hustle and bustle of Weymouth, the nearest town. I love the quirkiness of the property and that I can stand outside the front door, look left and see the ever changing look and colour of the sea.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bournemouth at 35 Miles Nearest Ferry : Weymouth at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Weymouth at 7 Miles Nearest Beach : Weymouth at 7 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Portland is popular for sailing, with nature lovers, divers, windsurfers and walkers with it's miles of coastal and inland footpaths.

'Windsurfing Holidays' www.uk.otc-windsurf.com

'Coastal Walks' www.southwestcoastpath.com/walk


Chesil beach (on the Jurassic coast) is a five minute walk away. Portland Sailing Academy 10 minute walk away. Weymouth with it's safe sandy beach is 41/2 miles away.


Weymouth railway station: 41/2 miles away.

Bournemouth Airport: one hours drive away.

Heathrow Airport: 2.5 hours drive away.

Weymouth Condor Ferries: 20 minute drive away.


Weymouth 41/2 miles away - beaches (famous Punch and Judy), shopping, restaurants, pubs, night life.

Dorchester 121/2 miles away (county town) Market every Wednesday.

Durdle Door, Athelhampton House, Monkey World, Sea Life Centre and lots, lots more within a radius of 20 miles.

Further Details:

'Casita del Mar' is within walking distance of shops, post office, bank, restaurants, supermarket (walk to the top of Mallams, turn right and two blocks away is a Supermarket, open till 10pm every night) local dive and windsurfing sites, also Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year 2016/17
28 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter half term 2017
11 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early spring 2017
19 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2017 wk 1
8 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2017 Wk 2
16 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring/Summer 2017
23 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Half Term 2017
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2017
4 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2
17 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Cleaning £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

PLEASE NOTE;: There are no hidden costs. All prices include cleaning, laundry, wifi and utilities.

£100 refundable deposit to secure booking and is returned to you the week following your stay.
Full balance four weeks before holiday begins.

Booking Notes:
Security deposit of £100 required on confirmation.This deposit is returned the week following your holiday if no unreasonable damage occurs. Bank transfer is preferred but if not a cheque will be fine. Full payment 4 weeks before holiday begins.
Cancellation: Up to 8 weeks - no cancellation charge
4-8 weeks - 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks - 25% of rate refunded
Less than2 weeks - no refund
Deposit refunded if able to re-let property

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival Time 3pm. Departure time 10:00am. It is important departure time is 10:00 a.m. as the cleaner needs to clean the cottage for the next family coming in. Thank you

NEW!!!You can now book for a four night stay over Xmas or New Year
XMAS From 23 December 2015 - 27 December 2015 = £480
NEW YEAR From 29 December 2015 - 2 January 2015 = £480
7 nights Xmas or New Year £540
There will be a Xmas tree with lights so it will be like home from home!!

(All Utilities, Wifi. Towels, Cleaning and Laundry included in price)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

'Casita del mar' is full of charm, vintage touches everywhere mixed with the contemporary and with comfort a priority. Winter or summer there is a 'Casita del mar' Portland experience for everyone. Hot summer days and alfresco dining - stormy seas and a log burning stove in winter. There is some parking in the road and a free carpark a three minute walk away. It is well served with bus routes to Portland Bill and Weymouth and a local taxi service. Please be aware not to park in front of other people's driveways. They are not happy when this happens as they are not able to get their cars out. They contact me immediatly! There is a reminder note to this effect in the cottage also. You can bring your pet, £15 extra per pet. It is vitally important they do not go upstairs. Please use the stair gate provided. Thank you.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bath with shower over, toilet and sink.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. There is a high chair, travel cot and stair gate.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is suitable for children of all ages but children under 5 should be supervised as there are some steep stairs leading to the top bedroom. There is one step down, from the front door, into the living room and two small steps up to dining room, then one step up into kitchen. Therefore the property may not be suitable for people with mobility problems. If mobility is not a problem then these extra steps all add to the charm of the cottage. Initial basket of logs provided in winter. All other utility bills included in the price of the cottage. There is no smoking in the property. One small well behaved pet welcome during off peak periods at an additional cost of £15 per week. Outside: There is a secluded courtyard and terrace for alfresco dining for six. Barbecue in summer, woodburner in winter. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All Bed Linen and Towels are included in the price. Please do not use towels for the beach.

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