Old Higher Lighthouse Branscombe Lodge

Portland Bill, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 12497)

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Cottage features

  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi
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Old Higher Lighthouse Cottages

A unique opportunity to stay in two Grade II listed cottages, situated in what must be one of the most peaceful and stunning locations on Dorset’s rugged Jurassic Coast at Portland Bill. Situated right beside the sympathetically restored 18th century Old Higher Lighthouse, once the home of Dr Marie Stopes and visited by George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and Thomas Hardy, these Portland Bill cottages have been comfortably furnished throughout to offer visitors a home-from-home holiday experience. Together, these Portland Bill holiday cottages can accommodate up to eight people in comfort, where you have shared use of the seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. These Portland Bill cottages offer superb opportunities for walking and bird watching as well as climbing and diving, or why not just simply relax in the lighthouse and take in the sensational sea views or unwind beside the swimming pool? A short stroll from these Portland Bill cottages takes you to The Bill itself, craggy rocks jutting out into the sea dominated by the current Trinity House lighthouse. The Bill’s friendly cafe and local pub provide good food and refreshments should you wish to take time out whilst exploring the dramatic coast. The owner of these Portland Bill cottages can offer reflexology, spiritual and crystal healing, plus Emotional Freedom Technique on site by arrangement, making these Portland Bill cottages a holiday experience you’ll never forget!

The property

Situated just forty feet from the Old Higher Lighthouse, this upside down detached Grade II listed Portland Bill cottage makes the most of the fantastic sea and coastal views, as the whole of the first floor is given over to a light and airy sitting and dining room with windows on all four sides.

Take advantage of shared access to the lighthouse tower and observatory from where there are breathtaking views of Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Alternatively, take a dip in the shared heated pool and Jacuzzi, or take a stroll along the rugged coast.

A memorable Portland Bill holiday cottage whatever the weather!

Note: This cottage is next to Ref.

12494 and together they accommodate 8 people.


Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Ground floor fitted kitchen. First floor sitting room with dining area and panoramic views.


  • Electric convector heating and night storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Electricity charged by meter (first £10 inc. in rent)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking for cars and boats
  • Lawned area and patio with garden furniture and ornamental fish pond
  • Shared seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi (available May - September inclusive)
  • Shared access to lighthouse observatory via steep steps
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: No children under 5 years due to ponds and proximity of cliff edge.

Note: No children under 5 years due to ponds and proximity of cliff edge.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “A Superb Get-Away-From-It-All Holiday”
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    • “Cant't fault fault anything. Excellent accomodation, super hosts. We had a wonderful stay and it wasn't long enough. Highly Recommended”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, BOURNEMOUTH, September 2012

    • “A haven tucked away from the world!”
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    • “Wonderful situation for we 'townies' who live far from the sea. Very good cottage although second bedroom a little limited in size if four big people are staying. Lovely, helpful hosts. Very well equipped house and the upside-down aspect very attractive. Watching the sun go down was magical. It was very windy when we were there in June, so we didn't use the swimming pool but it must have been great in the lovely sunny weather. We enjoyed walks along the cliff path and looking over Weymouth Bay and Chesil Beach. We visited Poole, Weymouth, Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery (masses of babies at that time). Excellent cafe close by - the crab sandwiches are to die for but it closes in the evening. We found one hotel with a good restaurant but generally eating facilities were not good, which is a pity. The local pub should look to its laurels as I am sure it could be a great asset so close to the sea and the lighthouse. we would certainly have used it had it been better. There is a Tesco supermarket on the island, which was very good. We loved going up into the lighthouse - take a glass of wine up there in the evening and just enjoy the lovely view - bliss! Go for a long weekend, take your own food and enjoy that wonderful sea! Sadly no pets allowed and we have just got another dog so will not return. We have already recommended it to friends and family.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Witney, August 2013

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    • “Unbeatable views and wonderful location, as well as comfortable accommodation.”

    Mrs Gauntlett, Pontypool, October 2015

    • “The views were brilliant from the cottage. Best holiday we have ever had and would recommend it, if you love walking even a bit of cliff climbing can be done.”

    Mrs Hemmings, THATCHAM, July 2015

    • “Particularity liked the solitude at a time to reflect and reboot. The sunset out of the lounge window was amazing. Settling back and sitting on the sofa watching the calm sea as the sun went down was amazing.”

    Mr Lannon, Birmingham, March 2015

    • “An amazing setting with views you could take in forever, it is an extremely relaxing place to go.”

    Mr Wood, Ebbw Vale, October 2014

    • “A very nice cottage with wonderful views, a lovely week enjoyed by all.”

    Mr Waite, Reading, October 2014

    • “Liked the location & situation of the cottage and the views from the upstairs sitting room. Access to the cliff paths and bird watching, would recommend this cottage to people with this interest.”

    Mrs Munro, Bucknell, September 2014

    • “It was an absolutely stunning property and the views were spectacular. The owners had a pair of binoculars in the property and lots of info' about the flora and fauna, so that all you wanted to do was watch what was going on outside when you were at the property. As the sitting room is upstairs with windows on all sides there was plenty to look at. It was so relaxing a holiday as all you can hear is the occasional boat and the birds. The fact that you step a few feet out of the property and you are on to the coastal path was brilliant, ideal for walkers. The owners made you feel very welcome.”

    Mrs Taylor, Bridgend, May 2014

    • “Good having access to the lighthouse building. We spent many happy hours up there admiring the view, reading and watching the sunset. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The location was amazing - remote but with very easy access to the Purbeck coast, Weymouth and lots of National Trust properties and other attractions.”

    Mrs Lunel, Banbury, April 2014

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About the location


Easton 3 miles; Fortuneswell 4 miles; Weymouth 9 miles.

Portland Bill is a narrow promontory on the end of the rugged Isle of Portland peninsula which is joined to the mainland via Chesil Beach, a pebble spit, which stretches 18 miles towards West Bay. Situated on Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast, now a World Heritage Site, Portland Bill is home to three lighthouses, the most recent built in 1906 being the 35 meter tall, white and red striped Portland Bill Lighthouse. Portland Bill is home to a pub and a restaurant/café as well as the Portland Bird Observatory. Formerly a quarrying area, the stunning coastal scenery and footpaths provide excellent walking and the surrounding countryside is well known as a birdwatcher’s paradise! The local communities of Fortuneswell and Easton boast a good variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. With great climbing opportunities and an array of watersports activities on offer locally, plus the wonderful sandy beaches and the pretty harbour at Weymouth just 9 miles away, this super holiday destination is not to be missed!

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