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Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage, Old Higher Lighthouse, Portland Bill, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2JT

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Find Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage reviews in Portland Bill, details for Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage bookings and facilities. Old Higher Lighthouse Stopes Cottage does not accept pets, is child friendly and this self catering holiday home is non smoking with linen provided and towels not provided.

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Sleeps: from 1 to 4

Pets: No

Contact Details

Contact Name: Sykes Cottages

Telephone: 01244 746200

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8 of 18 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 10/2022
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The lighthouse is about 20 minutes away from Weymouth out on the rocky island of Portland reached by a road. We were met by Brad who was super friendly and gave us a quick show around. It was early September but I was determined to get in a dip in the pool and although a little fresh it was fabulous on a still sunny balmy day. Brad also gave us a homegrown cucumber and some tomatoes grown by his lovely Mum - much appreciated.

I couldn't wait to get up into the lighthouse via the very narrow steps and the view did not disappoint. Just incredible! There cannot be many, if any, lighthouses where you can just pop up into the old light area and watch the beautiful sky, the blue/green sea and seascape and landscape all around. We actually sat through a big thunderstorm up there after Brad said it was safe - quite an experience I can tell you. The lighthouse has private access for residents.

The accommodation is fairly spacious and for a week we had all the things that a normal home would have. Plenty of hot water, washing machine, good cooking facilities, decent shower and all clean. Even got a supermarket food delivery out to us for day 1.

We cannot stress enough that due to the remote location, the only sound is the wind. No sound of traffic or people which is lovely. The island has many footpaths and walks aways from the lighthouse over the scrubland.

We visited and can recommend all these places to visit - the Portland Museum, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Xtreme Falconry, Dorset County show, Sealife Weymouth and all the steps down and up to Church Ope Cove.

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6 of 15 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 09/2021
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Just returned from another fantastic stay at this absolute gem. Brad and Milly are wonderful welcoming hosts and the accommodation is perfect. Fingers crossed we will return soon.

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8 of 19 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 07/2019
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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!

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7 of 16 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 11/2018
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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.

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6 of 16 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 08/2018
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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.

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5 of 16 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 04/2018
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Having read all the details carefully and inspected photos thoroughly we thought we had found a real gem for what was for us, an expensive holiday rental at over 900 for a week. The apparent views, history and ?romance? convinced us it was something to look forward to. However a few more realistic words of caution.... on arrival, we were met by Les who gave us brisk , business like guided tour. We found the cottage scrupulously clean but cold. We turned all the radiators up and by bedtime, it had all warmed up fairly satisfactorily. The heating is on a timer controlled by Les and Fran who will alter the times if asked. The cottage was adequately and basically equipped though no hairdryer and if you like big towels take your own. Tea, coffee, sugar, small packet of biscuits and a small jug of milk was supplied but no salt, pepper, oil or foil etc . A scourer for the pans would have been useful. The beds are firm but fairly comfortable. The bathroom needs updating especially the shower which operated erratically. There was always plenty of hot water though the pump for the shower was very noisy! The most disappointing factor was the view.... from the lighthouse it was as expected and enjoyed occasionally but access is tricky as the second flight of steps to the lamp is more like a ladder needing both hands to support your climb. This means it is difficult to take a cup of tea and book up there without a second person to help! The glass lamp as one might expect is hot in the sun and cold when that disappears! The views from the single storey cottage windows were really non existent as a shabby mizzen type hut ( bunkhouse) surrounded by a high fence with concrete posts lies between the cottage and the cliff edge. Views from the other windows look at the garden wall and the other two storey rental which lies between Stopes cottage and the sea. The garden is pretty and pleasant to sit in though no views because of the garden wall. We couldn?t use the pool as it is not open until May. The cottage does give a good base for pleasant walks round and over the Bill (weather permitting) where military sites surrounded by high fences and disused Portland stone quarries are still in evidence. The Lobster Pot eatery down by the working lighthouse has excellent views and food with pleasant helpful staff .

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8 of 18 people found this review helpful
Recommended?   Date of visit: 10/2017
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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.

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19 of 47 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  possibly Date of visit: 06/2016
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On arrival we followed the directions given which were perfect...straight to the front door. Although we arrived slightly early our host fran kindly let us unpack which was great after a 9 hour drive...as we unpacked les, frans husband knocked and showed us around...both les and fran were really nice and helpful. The property was just what you would expect from a lighthouse keepers cottage and had everything you needed from a large swimming pool to a b.b.q. our 7 night stay was brilliant and would not hesitate to reccommend this property from very good hosts

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18 of 41 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  possibly Date of visit: 03/2015
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I must say the only existing review on Tripadvisor nearly put me off visiting Stopes Cottage.

What a mistake that would have been!! That location, in a Lighthouse.. we had to give it a go.

We are delighted that we did. This is simply a fantastic location. If you want 360 degree stunning views of the Dorset Coast and Portland Bill this is unbeatable.

The cottage has lovely large rooms and everything you could need. It was impeccably clean and had everything you could want; really good heating (just hit the Advance button in the kitchen if you want a boost

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25 of 47 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  possibly Date of visit: 02/2014
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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.

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