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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.

    Excellent! 4.3/5
    (23 reviews)
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    • 3 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    Cottage #58185
    23
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (29 reviews)
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      • 4 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 8
      House #8158262
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      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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        • 3 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 6
        House #8059286
        19
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          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (45 reviews)
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          • 5 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Separate Toilet
          • Sleeps 12
          House #8087990
          45
          Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
            Excellent! 4.7/5
            (18 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Apartment #1746708
            18
            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.8/5
              (24 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 6
              Cottage #8167825
              24
              Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                • 4 BR
                • 5 BA
                • Sleeps 8
                House #8134347
                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                  Excellent! 4.5/5
                  (2 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Cottage #8058215
                  2
                  Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                    (11 reviews)
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    House #8092522
                    11
                    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (13 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Bungalow #1981509
                      13
                      Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Mobile Home #6878678
                        4
                        Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (8 reviews)
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                          • 3 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #6472911
                          8
                          Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 3 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Multiple rentals Cottage #8072819
                            5
                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
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                              • 4 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 8
                              House #1836630
                              1
                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                House #6913589
                                Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Apartment #8166210
                                  2
                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Caravan #6933243
                                    2
                                    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
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                                      • 4 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 10
                                      House #8206672
                                      1
                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Mobile Home #6488544
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Cottage #1860175
                                          1
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            House #8081156
                                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Cottage #1965577
                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Cottage #1861352
                                                1
                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Multiple rentals Farmhouse #8072819
                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Multiple rentals Bungalow #8072819
                                                    2
                                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • Separate Toilets
                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                      Cottage #1858740
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Cottage #1858848
                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Cottage #6529325
                                                          1
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #1860791
                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Cottage #1858159
                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Cottage #1859074
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Cottage #1861239
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Cottage #1861663
                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • Separate Toilets
                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                      Cottage #1860847
                                                                        • 5 BR
                                                                        • 6 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 12
                                                                        Farmhouse #8301507
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                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Cottage #6750568
                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                            Cottage #1967291
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cottage #1965576
                                                                                Very Good! 4/5
                                                                                (21 reviews)
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                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                                                                21
                                                                                Viewed 114 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (25 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Bungalow #8173070
                                                                                  25
                                                                                  Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                    (12 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                    Barn #6860108
                                                                                    12
                                                                                    Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                      (19 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #1957346
                                                                                      19
                                                                                      Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (10 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        Cottage #8168074
                                                                                        10
                                                                                        Viewed 75 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (47 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Cottage #1410080
                                                                                          47
                                                                                          Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                            (19 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #8130957
                                                                                            19
                                                                                            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                              (23 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #6111562
                                                                                              23
                                                                                              Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                (45 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Barn #8147360
                                                                                                45
                                                                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Very Good! 4/5
                                                                                                  (6 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                                                                                  6
                                                                                                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (16 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #8071448
                                                                                                    16
                                                                                                    Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (23 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Chalet #8131170
                                                                                                      23
                                                                                                      Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      portland dorset

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      we enjoyed our stay at lesleys bungalow. it was perfect in everyway comfortable and excellent facilities. and a great view of the sea. Lesley was delightful and helpful. will definitely book again. thanks.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage in ideal location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      There were just the two of us but this cottage is plenty spacious enough for four adults and a little one. Spotlessly clean with everything you need, comfy bed and a relaxing lounge. Great wifi. Photos don't do it justice. One of the sofas could also be used for sleeping and there's a downstairs shower room so guests who struggle with stairs can be accommodated. The location is ideal: just next to a spacious car park and the High Street with loads of eateries and a Co-op, but only a short drive from beautiful countryside and coastlines, and still peaceful at night. Caroline is helpful and only at the end of the phone, while never intruding, which is absolutely perfect. We loved it here and would definitely stay again. Many thanks!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017