Make a Portland holiday cottage your home away from home
Portland, is a seaside town on the craggy southernmost tip on the Isle of Portland, in Dorset. It is a popular holiday resort town, and home to the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse. Historically the area is also famous for its quarry, as the huge limestone outcrop provided many raw materials to the building industry. It is a beautiful slice of the Jurassic Coastline, totally enchanting, most especially when the sea is stormy. HomeAway has an excellent collection of holiday homes in Portland, with something to suit everyone. Holiday accommodation in Portland has a cottage, apartment or manor house for everyone, from the quaint and romantic cottage for 2, right up to large group and family friendly farmhouses.
Things to do in Portland
Portland was once a bustling port town, and evidence of its fascinating past can be seen in the surrounding areas where there are a number of rambling castles. The legendary Portland Bill lighthouse and the vast number of shipwrecks in the bay also have their own histories, and today the town remains a popular tourist destination with great options in Portland holiday homes.
-Chesil Beach is a magnificent stretch of beach that sweeps out some 18 miles long on a spit. There is a long standing joke that if any fisherman was washed up on the beach, they would know where they were by the size of the pebbles. It’s a popular fishing spot and has gorgeous views over a beach that looks different every day.
-The Tout Quarry Sculpture Park is a fascinating maze of old quarry paths, rock formations and sculptures all made by local stone masons and visiting stone masons who were just passing through. Some are easy to see, but locals who visit here regularly say they find new ones all the time. Look out for the huge Iguana that looks like it is sun tanning on a rock.
-The Church Ope Cove: was the very same place situated between Southwell and Easton, that the Vikings used to land at. It was famously used as a beach for smuggling, but today is a popular beach for swimming and water sports, boating and fishing. Take the picturesque path down to the beach past the dilapidated Rufus Castle.
-The Portland Bill lighthouse: was built in the early 1900s and is still functioning today. The most famous attraction of the area, it is a must for visitors who have chosen Portland holiday accommodation. There is a visitor centre and tours are taken regularly as the lighthouse is open to the public. After the tour visitors can browse the small shop and visitors centre.
-Fancy’s Farm is a relatively new farm that is fantastic if you are visiting Portland with your family, with lots of little animals to kids to meet and cuddle with like geese, ponies, sheep, pigs, alpacas and chickens. You can buy free range eggs and enjoy a fun and educational day out with the kids.
The Weather in Portland
Your holiday home in Portland is the perfect choice for a relaxing family holiday. The weather is mild throughout the year, although it can be wet, and one can with average annual temperatures of around 12°C. August is the warmest month of the year, averaging around 18°C and January is the wettest month of the year. It gets cool in the winter months, but hardly every drops below freezing.
Travel to Portland
Portland is just under 40 miles away from Bournemouth International Airport. Visitors can take a train or coach from the airport but a hire car is the best option. There are regular coach and train services to Weymouth which is about 10 miles away.