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Very comfortable Victorian Cottage very close to sea with great garden views



Updated: 09-Nov-2016
Cottage in Portland, nr Weymouth, Dorset - Quiet road, only 4-5 mins walk to the beach/coastal path and 10-15 to WPNSA

Spinnaker House is a Victorian cottage situated on a quiet road and only 5 minutes walk to the beach, local shops, cafe, supermarket, pubs and restaurants.

Key features include: fully refurbished and constantly refreshed and maintained to a high standard, very well-equipped, centrally heated, clean, comfortable and relaxing accommodation, TV with Freeview, DVD and radio/CD/iPod dock, free WIFI, fan, sunny garden with sea and hill views.

Plenty of drying space for sailors, on-street parking right outside the house, modern, well-equipped kitchen and a secure means of storing bicycles and windsurfing gear.

Beds are made up ready for your arrival (with good quality bedding) so all you have to do is unpack and enjoy yourselves. Just step outside the front or back doors and you are faced with wonderful sea and hill views.

Spinnaker House makes a perfect base for year round holidays on this beautiful stretch of Dorset Coast with lovely outdoor space to sit on warm evenings and cosy and warm after a brisk walk on the beach in winter (we have very effective central heating).

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We spend a lot of time at the seaside as we can as we love dinghy sailing and windsurfing. In fact when we are not close to the sea we sail and windsurf on a lake near home, in all weathers and throughout the year.

We purchased Spinnaker House in 2007 as we saw it as an opportunity to spend more time at the coast. In the early summer of 2010 we put the house on the holiday market and spent several months lovingly refurbishing and furnishing the house, so everything is new. We have received great reviews since our first booking at the end of May 2010 and continue to make minor and major improvements all the time to keep the place fresh, clean and inviting.

Spinnaker House is a bit of a passion for us and we are always updating and cleaning to keep the house comfortable for guests so that the time they spend there is a home from home by this sea.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a great time and been on some fantastic walks. Your place is home from home, a great credit to you both. Many thanks" Wayne, Nov 2012

"Just arrived back from our short break in Portland and have had a really great time. Your cottage is excellent throughout and is equivalent to properties we have stayed in at 3 times the price and is a credit to you! I would recommend the cottage to everyone" C Sims

"We had such a lovely break - we loved the house, you should be very proud of what you have done with it - it is so homely and was immaculately clean - wonderful" Sally Furniss, Red Fish Designs

"Fantastic house! We will recommend it to all of our friends" Iles party May 2010

"Lovely house, homely and comfortable. We all enjoyed ourselves!

Nice to have dishwasher and washing machine with children. Some lovely touches" Rushbrook party, Torpoint
Jun 2010
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14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


Great house with everything you could need

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a 3 day short break with our 18 month old daughter. We easily got our travel cot into the twin bedroom.

The house had everything you could possibly need. It was easily the best stocked kitchen we've stayed in.

Location was great too. Walking distance to Chesil Beach, short drive to Weymouth. We also drove to Monkey World in Wareham,

Parking was fine, we managed to park outside the front door most of the time. If not there was plenty of parking elsewhere on the street.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely review. We do try hard to make the house as comfortable as possible for our guest so it's great to hear you were comfortable at Spinnaker House.
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Lovely house and excellent locstion

  • 5 of 5

Spinnacre House is in a great location and has everything you need for a base for a holiday exploring Weymouth Portland and the surrounding area.

Loads of info provided by Lesley and Martin about trips where to eat etc and all the practical things you need when on holiday with 4 kids.

Only problem as mentioned is with parking but this is remedied with 2 local car parks which are very near and usually had spaces.

House has everything you need if you do want to cater for yourself and best bit is how near Chesil Beach the house was. We visited every day!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review and delighted to hear that the information we provided was helpful. As with everywhere on Portland, parking can be limited, which is one of the reasons we purchased Spinnaker House as it is in one of the few roads in the area that doesn't have double yellow lines. Occasionally that means that others park there of course, but we have rarely had a problem in the 9 years we have owned the house and generally only happens when there is a big sailing event on at the Sailing Centre.
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Home from home plus more

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful holiday home, with everything we needed as a family of three.

Well thought out and very clean. We had a baby crawling around and even the tables in the lounge were rounded off. It was just a wonderful stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners outside in the pretty garden with seagulls in the background.

We walked down to the beach each evening near Quibbles cafe and sampled Crab House and some other local restaurants recommended in the welcome folder.

Portland definitely draws you in and we are hoping to return.

The area and this holiday home is a must!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review. We try very hard to make Spinnaker House as comfortable and welcoming as we can, while keeping the character of the house and the area.
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Lovely House in Great Area

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and had everything we needed in it. The heating works very well and we were very snug during our Christmas break. The Christmas tree was a lovely touch. You can tell this is a well cared for house.

Portland is great to visit. You can walk 2 minutes in any direction from the house and you are treated to fantastic views and great walks.

A really nice house in a great location and the locals were very friendly. Thanks Lesley.

Steve & Mihaela.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve and Mihaela, thanks very much for your great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed Christmas at Spinnaker House and appreciated our dash to Portland to put up the Christmas tree! Thanks again
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Our lovley week in Dorset

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is situated in the centre of Portlands main town. We used it as a centre to explore the area. Monkey World and Lulworth Cove were highlights.We also explored Portland Island,on foot,We saw signs on some houses,saying "Keep Portland weird". We agreed they should.

The cottage was clean and in excellent condition with all mod cons.The owners had left a very comprehensive guide on both the cottage and the area. I would recommend it to anyone

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good feeling about Spinnaker House from the outset, Lesley was always very efficient and helpful with her communications. On arrival we found the house to be spotlessly clean and brilliantly well equipped, we really appreciated the little touches that had been made for us. We really enjoyed our stay in the house and our children (7, 4, 2 years) loved their bedrooms.

We found it particularly helpful having the co-op a minute's walk up the road and we had a great takeaway from Daniel's fish and chips just opposite the co-op. Thanks again for a great break.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks H for your kind and generous review.
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From the Owner

We purchased the property because we love sailing, windsurfing and simply being by the sea and because we can be on the beach in just 5 minutes! I particularly love Dorset, from it's empty coastline towards Lyme Regis to it's busier beaches. I love the area around the house in Fortuneswell; just wandering up and down the narrow roads and alleys as every twist and turn provides new vistas of the sea and coastline. It is a quirky sort of place and that adds to the interest for me, ranging from the wild seas of Portland Bill to the safe sailing area in the Harbour. Martyn likes to get out windsurfing as often as he can while I half-heartedly tip-toe onto my windsurf board.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Ferry : Weymouth to Channel Islands at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Weymouth at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 12 minutes walk at 1 Miles Car: not necessary


5 minutes walk from Chesil Beach, the famous 17 mile stretch of pebble beach on the Jurassic Coast. Walking distance to Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. A few minutes to the Dorset Coastal Path and the famous Portland Railway Walk.

We are at the beginning of Chesil Beach so from here there are miles of lovely walks and beautiful scenery to enjoy.


By Road

Take the A364 from Weymouth to Portland, a journey of approximately 4.5 miles.

By Train:

Trains depart London Waterloo twice an hour for Weymouth, which is approximately 4.5 miles away.

By Air

The nearest airports are Bournemouth and Southampton.

Local Transpot:

Local buses will drop you at the top of the road. Local taxis are also available from Weymouth train station


12-15 minutes walk to Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

4.5 miles drive or bus to Weymouth town centre.

3 miles to Portland Bill

Further Details:

Five minute walking distance to beach, local cafes and supermarket and only 8 minutes walk to good quality restaurant and beach walk to the Cove Inn pub right on Chesil Beach looking west for beautiful sunsets.

A perfect location for walking, diving clubs locally, fishing off the beach, sailing and windsurfing at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, kite surfing in the harbour, cycling, climbing clubs locally.

Abbotsbury Swannery and Lyme Regis are just a few miles along the coastal road.

Mosaic workshops are available during the summer at Whitestones Cafe in Easton.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
19 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
February Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Spring 2017
18 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late spring
22 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May Bank Holiday
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Shoulder Season
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer peak
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Cleaning and laundry £150
Refundable Damage Deposit £125

Booking Notes:
A booking may be secured by making a deposit of £125. PLEASE NOTE, if you wish to pay by Paypal this will incur a 3% surcharge. Please contact us to discuss methods of payment before you do so.

Final balance is due 6 weeks before the date of arrival, together with £125 refundable security deposit which is normally refunded within 18 days of departure, subject to breakages.

Pets MAY BE accepted by prior agreement during the Winter

Changeover Day:
During peak periods our changeover day is Saturday, arriving after 2.30pm and leaving by 10 am please. Out of peak periods we offer short breaks from Fridays or Saturdays, although we can be flexible with last minute bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices between £350 and £800 for 7 nights with no hidden extras; to include all amenities including gas central heating, power, WIFI, good quality bed linen, beds made up ready for your arrival, kitchen essentials and cleaning.

Talk to us about last-minute or couples only breaks. We may consider a small well-behaved dog out of peak season for an additional charge of £15 during the winter. Our refundable security deposit is £125.

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From the Owner

Convenience of the property to both the beach and local amenities, proximity to WPNSA and lovely walks around the area and access to the whole of Dorset.. The house is like we have transported the comfort of our own home to the seaside and can relax the minute we step through the door. It is only 5 minutes walk from Chesil Beach and less than 15 to the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. It is warm, comfortable and tastefully furnished, without being pretentious. We invest a lot of time maintaining the house and keeping the decoration fresh and clean. In 2011 we had a new boiler fitted and the house is even more warm and comfortable in winter, 2012 we re-floored all the downstairs and 2013 re-floored the bathroom and further redecoration. An added bonus for clients is being able to check emails on our free WIFI.

Property Type

  • house


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is very large and bright with new, separate walk-in shower and also bath with shower over, sink, WC and original feature fireplace. Plenty of drying space for sailing gear. Full refurbished in 2014


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1, double bed, plenty of wardrobe and storage space Bed 2, twin beds, storage and hanging space and shuttered windows Bed 3, adult-sized bunk beds, storage, cupboards and shuttered window. Bedside lights for each bed


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Fully inclusive price includes: WiFi, power, central heating, hot water and bed linen. Please ask if you require towels. Choice of duvet weight - either 4.5 or 10 tog. Plenty of drying space for those taking part in water sports and outside tap to wash sailing gear. We accept children of all ages, as long as they are supervised and one small dog out of peak season. Books, DVDs, CDs, board games, jigsaws and folder of tourist, local information and walks available for guest use. We supply information in advance of arrival on restaurants in the area in case you wish to book that special meal and when you arrive, there is lots of information of things to do in the area. Outside: Sunny garden with sea glimpses and hill views; raised decked patio, flower border, table and chairs for 6, ready for al-fresco drink or meals while the sun sets. Small barbeque provided. Outside tap to wash sailing gear or muddy wellies! Access to back lane to enable cycles, windsurf boards, etc to be brought into the garden and safely stored. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Good-quality bed linen included and beds made up ready for your arrival. House cleaned and beds changed between guests or weekly for longer stays. Choice of 4.5 or 10 tog duvets. Towels offered for a small additional charge.

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