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Sunrise Hill

(Ref. 1079649)

Castletown, Portland, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Swimming pool
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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Facilities and Maintenance

9 Customer Reviews

  • "We booked this flat for a week but left 5 minutes after arriving and didn’t return."

    Accepting personal tastes vary we didn’t find it suitable holiday accommodation. It is described as being wonderfully situated but it is adjacent to a very ugly derelict high rise block with a view of a car park. The overall feel of the place is of a run down residential block particularly along the depressing entrance corridor. A quick google search will reveal several local news paper articles about the block being unsafe. We made the owner and Sykes aware of these issues but they were dismissive in their response, failed to update the accuracy of the description and denied the safety issues despite them being widely reported.

    Reviewed by Claire2.2Oct 2023

  • "Had trouble with boiler the day after we arrived but was very quickly dealt with beautiful place"

    Reviewed by Debra5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely Apartment , comfortable, spacious and warm."

    Very well equipped for short or long stay. Nice walks from the doorstep and a swimming pool on site. I enjoyed my stay at Sunrise Hill. Only downer was there where areas in the kitchen I had to clean when I got in. Dirty pans and fridge but the rest of the apartment was spotless.

    I am very sorry to hear that the the apartment was not spotless. Can you remember if the dirty pans were in the cupboard, or if they were in the sink / dishwasher so I can raise the issue with the cleaning team at Sykes / Dreams who clean the property between guest stays? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie3.8Mar 2023

  • "Inside the apartment was clean modern with a well equipped kitchen (everything that you needed for a stay even a pizza tray and it even has a full size freezer)."

    On our arrival the apartment block does look a little weathered from the outside but the inside more than exceeded expectations, the information that was sent before our arrival was full and concise making the process stress free, though should have also included that the apartment was, from the lift to the right and first flat on the right. All the photos fully reflect this lovely modern apartment’s outlook and position, so found one of the other reviewer’s comments a little unfair saying it was like living in a goldfish bowl and being overlooked. As we choose this apartment as a refreshing change from cottages in the middle of nowhere with Laura Ashley prints, spiders weds and the relentless hay dust during harvest season in August. Yes it is a little overlooked but would suggest the only thing needed was a net curtain to the bedroom (for a bit of privacy) anything more would spoil the open feel. The apartment is almost east facing looking out towards the hills and the Royal Naval Cemetery allowing the sunlight to light the rooms but still staying cool. Both of us found the bed really comfortable for a good night’s sleep and others have also mentioned the uncomfortable sofas and TV reception, which we found that the larger sofa that converts to a bed really comfortable (not so the other) and the TV issue did happen but we just selected the YouTube button and picked something to watch from there.... If there was one thing that disappointed me it was, when we left and went to dispose of the recycled rubbish which we had separated into different bags, the waste bins for recycling were so rammed everything had to go into the general waste bins. Not the owners fault but the management company.

    Reviewed by R5.0Aug 2022

  • "It was nice to see some issues previous people had were all resolved."

    There was a hairdryer and the extra pillows in the sofa made it comfortable enough. We enjoyed our stay and if we come back to portland we might stay here again.

    Reviewed by Tim4.4Jul 2022

  • "A lovely flat spoilt by some things that would be simple to fix."

    The owner would have spotted them if they had actually tried staying there. On arrival the bathroom radiator was too hot to handle, in fact all the hot water was too hot to be safe. Having turned the radiator off we went to open the bathroom window, only to discover, the hard way, that the plug had been left in the bath and the tap dripping. Wet feet not funny. The bathroom sink taps had lost their bits so that they can be turned with soapy hands. We were puzzled why the owner thought it necessary to leave instructions on how to install the smoke alarm for example, but nothing about how to use the microwave, hob, oven/grill or dishwasher. The cutlery and crockery were woefully inadequate. We had to run the dishwasher (once we had worked out how) for every meal. Only 3 cups! Why was the chest of drawers left in the wardrobe. If it was in the bedroom it could have had a mirror on it and been used as a dressing table - there was none. The promised torch was missing. The TV often could not access either BBC1 or BBC2 and the remotes need new batteries.

    I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. I will raise your comments with the Sykes / Dream Cottages housekeeping team who service the apartment after each guest. They should not be leaving the apartment dirty or the plugs in / closed. The manuals for the white goods were left in the bottom drawer in the kitchen with brief instructions in the guestbook. I will re-review to expand on those instructions. When I was last in the property (in March) The torch was in the top drawer of the bedside cabinet (under the clock radio) and there were 4 coffee mugs, no breakages were reported to me. Thank you for letting me know so I can rectify the situation. The boiler is serviced regularly with with the water temperature within the safe limits Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion3.1Jul 2022

  • "As previously mentioned in other reviews, the sofas are not comfortable despite the addition of large cushions ."

    A king size bed would be preferable to the double. The cleaning left a lot to be desired with hair left on the floors and in the bathroom. Fortunately a previous reviewer mentioned that there was no hairdryer which was helpful because I would expect a hairdryer to be provided. In addition I did not get the impression from the photographs that the property was so overlooked. It was like living in a goldfish bowl. That said, it is a pleasant flat in a good location for the coast path with good bus services to Weymouth and beyond.

    I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. When I was last in the property (in March) there was a hair dryer, I seem to be replacing that item quite regularly. The bed is a queen size. I will re-raise the cleaning issue with Sykes / Dream Cottages as it is their staff who are cleaning the property for me. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila2.8Jun 2022

  • "Just good even down to the key system and trust shown so we did not have to see/meet anyone."

    Hairdryer would have been useful or at least mentioned when booking.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely apartment in a wonderful part of the world."

    Everything was there to make it an enjoyable holiday. Our only slight criticism of the apartment was that the sofas were not that comfortable but apart from that it was faultless. There is so much to see and do in the area that it is easy to more than fill your time. Unfortunately, we didn’t make use of the pool etc as the opening times were such that we were out and about. The restricted opening times may be due to Covid but it would have been nice to be able to go for a swim early in the morning or in the evening. We would happily return here and would recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2021

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  • Second floor apartment
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Allocated parking space for 1 car
  • Balcony with furniture and access to on-site indoor swimming pool and gym
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • No pets
  • Pub and shop 0.3 miles
  • beach 0.9 miles

The property

Situated on the beautiful Isle of Portland, Sunrise Hill is a well-presented apartment benefiting from an on-site indoor swimming pool and gym.

This airy property provides a relaxing retreat for a couple looking to start their holiday adventure on the wonderful Dorset coast.

The property is located in the Atlantic House complex and is easily accessible by the lift and there is an allocated parking space in the complex car park.

Enter through the apartment door and into the open-plan living space where large doors open up onto a spacious balcony area, which is also accessible from the bedroom, and has two glass domes at each end, complete with seating to sit and watch the world go by.

Settle down on the sofas and catch up on your favourite TV shows or enjoy a homecooked meal at the dining table as you plan your holiday itinerary.

When the day draws to a close, the double bedroom offers a tranquil space to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring the local area and the stylish bathroom has a bath with overhead shower for you to freshen up in.

Sunrise Hill is wonderfully situated on the isolated island of Portland joined to the mainland by Chesil Beach, which is a few minutes’ walk away.

Being in Castletown means there is a pub, shop and quaint marina all within walking distance from the apartment.

Rocky, coastal scenery gives Portland its own unique atmosphere with history and heritage by the bucket load; there is a museum, a castle and of course the iconic red and white striped lighthouse offers exceptional views over the bay.

Adventure seekers will be delighted with the island’s many activities to get involved in such as: rock climbing at the cuttings, abseiling at North Cliff and kiteboarding at Portland Harbour.

Walkers and cyclists can take advantage of the Portland loop of the South West Coast Path, which circles around the island mapping out a trail of dramatic cliffs, rare plants and hidden coves.

Make your holiday one to truly remember and travel to the mainland and spend the day in Weymouth with its wealth of attractions, from its aquarium to an amusement park!

Whatever you choose to do on your holiday, Sunrise Hill is the home away from home allowing you to explore all the delights of Dorset.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


Portland 1.3 miles; Weymouth 6.2 miles; Dorchester 12.8 miles.

Castletown is a small, yet popular village resting on the Isle of Portland, between Fortuneswell and Wakeham. Castletown is well-known for being a conservation area, thanks to its fascinating history. Your local amenities can be found in nearby Fortuneswell, where you’ll find the Royal Portland Arms, New Star Inn, The Little Ship, and the Britannia Inn, inviting restaurants such as The Cove House Inn with stunning sea views, The Blue Fish Café & Restaurant, Quiddles Café and Balti Island, along with well-stocked convenience stores. On the Isle of Portland, you can find a range of attractions, including the D-Day Centre & WW2 Museum, Portland Marina, Fancy’s Farm, Tout Quarry, Portland Museum, Portland Bird Observatory and the South West Coastal Path Viewpoint. Continue onto Weymouth, where you will find further attractions, including Weymouth Beach, RSPB Radipole Lake, Nothe Fort, Pleasure Pier, Weymouth Pavilion, and the Michelin Star restaurant of Catch at The Old Fishmarket. Further afield, you’ll find Dorchester, home to National Trust – Max Gate, the former residence of Thomas Hardy, The Keep Military Museum, The Poet Laureate, Dorset Museum, and the nearby Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens.

The access to the swimming pool complex is via the key fob and is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Please note that the facility could be closed at any time for maintenance. Also, guests will need to ring ahead before needing to use the sauna and steam room to have them switched on. This number will be provided to you prior to your stay.

Please note the TV in the bedroom does not offer the standard TV channels and can only be used as a Smart TV.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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