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Schooner Cottage

Fortuneswell, Dorset (Ref. 1027533)


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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was always warm and plenty hot water."

    Was disappointed in kitchen equipment. No caffatiere, tea pot, oven gloves, lack of cupboard space for our food and no lid on the bin which isn’t helpful when you have a dog. The bedroom really needs a bigger chest of drawers as the one provided is really only big enough for underwear and there was no where else to put clothes. A few little extras would lift this property from ok to good

    Reviewed by SandyOct 2021

  • "Lovely house, nice little kitchen near the beach but house located on a steep hill."

    So not great if you have any walking issues. All in all we had a great family holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Lack of parking is a real factor with this property, particularly as it is located half way up ‘Cardiac Hill’."

    Nearby Parking availability was a nightmare. The property has VERY steep stairs which would be challenging for young children or people with mobility issues. Also has NO wardrobes so be ready to live out of your suitcase!

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2021

  • "Whilst it didn’t affect us dramatically, it would be helpful to mention that the cottage is on a steep hill and there is no parking."

    The freezer didn’t work. Other than that, it’s a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2021

  • "This is a lovely, small and characterful cottage."

    Very comfortable beds with white linen and towels. The details in the listing are accurate. We had a lovely stay with beautiful weather. Portland is a very interesting place with lots of history. There was so much in walking distance but it was also nice to drive to see Portland Bill. It’s a great place for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. We really enjoyed Quiddles cafe on the beach, especially at sunset, there was a great atmosphere down there. Salty Towers chip shop just up the road on the high street was fantastic, and also a little shop with take away coffees and milkshakes just at the top of King Street was a favourite with our children. You can also get fresh bread, pastries and delicious Dorset dough buns there (which are extremely nice!). The walk up to the Olympic Rings and sculpture garden area is well worth it. There is a cafe at the hotel up there and an ice cream van in the car park. The D Day museum and Portland castle were excellent places to visit, so interesting and the staff are all really friendly. They were very welcoming to children and dogs. We went into Weymouth, it was ridiculously busy! There is a huge sandy beach and lots of traditional seaside shops etc. The harbour and lift up bridge are interesting. It’s much quieter if you go to Nothe Fort where there is a visitor centre, car park, grassy area and play park. There is a cafe down by the water and it’s very interesting to read about the historical insignificance of the fort. We fished off the pier there too. Our only issue was that the cottage didn’t have any recycling boxes/bins, so we had to drive to the household recycling centre to get rid of our rubbish (we are keen recyclers!) a couple of times. Also, the vacuum cleaner was very poor. It’s a great place for a holiday :)

    Reviewed by EmilyMay 2021

  • "I am fed up of trying to talk to a human person I have emailed to know avail I have left my mob number so someone who cares about customer satisfaction will ring me !"


    Reviewed by TracyMay 2021

  • "Schooner Cottage was well placed for our long weekend break in Dorset."

    It was comfortable for us as 4 adults & 2 dogs, and the enclosed front garden was useful to keep the dogs safe. The decoration is eclectic & suits the age of the cottage, however some areas of damp require attention in the bedrooms. The cottage was warm & cosy, although we were advised that there would be a starter pack for the log burner, however there were no kindling sticks, we managed to get it going at our 3rd attempt. note for the owners: The shower tray filled up very quickly, we checked to see if there was a blockage but couldn't see anything, not an issue for us, but it may cause you damp problems We enjoyed our stay & would come back

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2020

  • "This property is advertised as 4*."

    .. personally, I would rate it only 2*. Firstly, I would describe this property as ‘Dog tolerant’ rather than ‘Dog friendly’. One of the reasons I booked this cottage was the fact that it had an enclosed garden for our dogs (albeit small) - only to read on arrival that we were not allowed to let our dogs go to the toilet in the yard, so was in fact useless to them and meant getting up at the crack of dawn to walk them around the streets (there aren’t even nearby grassy areas for them to use). The property description says ‘no off road parking’... it fails to mention that to get to the property the road is just about wide enough to take a large car down with walls on both sides, so you can barely open the car door outside the property. You then have to park a decent 10 minute walk away and the walk back to the cottage is a very steep hill (anyone with any kind of limited mobility or even low fitness would really struggle). The cottage was not particularly clean, there was lots of surface dust and sadly the hoover choked out more dust than it collected. We also found several slugs in the living room, which wasn’t pleasant. The kitchen was well equipped... unfortunately there was no storage space whatsoever (not even one cupboard) to store groceries! The beds were comfortable, however again no storage space, or wardrobe to hang clothes. There was a cupboard in the main bedroom, but that was filled with the hoover, a travel cot and a high chair - but no hanging rail, just a hook on the back of the door!! The bedrooms on the top floor felt damp. The main bathroom is nice and spacious, however doesn’t have a full size sink - there are 3 bathrooms in the property and all only have cloakroom-sized sinks!! All in all, as our first experience of a Sykes cottage, it was disappointing to say the least, luckily we still had a nice break away and wonderful weather for October!

    I am sorry Schooner Cottage did not meet your expectations. The photo of the courtyard Garden shows it’s a space for guests to sit and eat. The cottage is situated a minute’s walk from the South West Coastal Path, where there are plenty of places to exercise and toilet dogs. The Dog friendly beach is only 2 minute walk, also. Schooner Cottage is located on the Isle of Portland, which is a rock. The village is located on the side of the rock and is full of small winding lanes, with quaint fishing cottages either side and some of these cottages were built in the 18th century. I would always recommend researching an area before booking to ensure you are not disappointed and that the accommodation meets your needs. There is parking at each end of the road and there is a free car park, 5 minutes walk away. Schooner Cottage is cleaned to very high standard, when guests depart. This includes an extra Covid Clean. Thank you for reporting slugs, if we had known about this Problem during your stay, please be rest assured this could have been addressed right away. The dust you refer to, is due to the cottage being built from Portland rock and sea water. The walls shed sea-salt dust and weep sea water. The issue regarding storage has always been subjective. Some guests prefer freezer space; others, like yourself, prefer cupboard space. We are giving some thought to how best manage the space, in order to please everyone. Each Bedroom has a row of hooks for hanging clothes, again, due to the quaintness and age of the cottage. To put in a larger sink would have compromised the breathtaking sea views from the bathroom window, to be enjoyed while you relax in the bath. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NikkiOct 2020

  • "Location of cottage totally unsuitable to our needs with the steep hill we feel this should have been stressed in description as my husband and myself are both in our 60s and not in the best of health so would not have booked this cottage."

    The cleanliness was not up to expectations very dusty with cobwebs in many places and the windows were very dirty also the courtyard hadn't been swept would not have wanted to sit out .There was no plug for kitchen sink which made it difficult .We feel this cottage was extremely over priced we could have stayed in a nice hotel for the price we paid also first time we have self catered without getting a welcome pack .Very disappointing holiday

    We are sorry you did not enjoy your stay. The Isle of Portland is a rock, so the cottages of Fortuneswell are built on the incline. We would always advise our guests to research the area they book, so it meets their expectations. The dust you refer to is due to the Cottage being built from Portland stone and sea water. The house "weeps and sheds". There is a window cleaner who attends monthly, anything on the windows would be due to sea water in the air. I have a contractor attending the courtyard weekly. What you refer to is moss blown In by sea winds. We are close to terrain where the South West coastal path is located. We do not offer welcome packs currently, due to Covid restrictions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2020

  • "Would have been good if in cottage details it listed a high chair and travel cot."

    Felt the cleaning was not good,high chair was filthy ' Not any storage space in kitchen.

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2020

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor day bed with pull-out bed
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, basin and WC
  • Second-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating system with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, slimline dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. Small garden space
  • Pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: This property does not have off-road parking
  • Please note: Although this property sleeps six it is better suited to a maximum of 4 adults due to the size of the property
  • Please note: Due to the steep stairs in Schooner Cottage and location this property may not be suitable for people with mobility issues and children will need to be supervised.

The property

Schooner Cottage is a stone-fronted Georgian terraced cottage, set in the picturesque village of Fortuneswell, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.

Set over three floors, this property is perfect for friends and families alike.

On entering the property, you will be greeted with a cosy, carpeted living/dining room where you can snuggle up on the double sofa in front of the woodburning stove and escape reality through the wall-mounted Smart TV.

Pull out the dining table and enjoy a meal together, whilst sharing stories of your holiday so far.

Be charmed by the traditional floorboards, as you make your way through to the fully-equipped kitchen and throw together a delicious meal for the family without having to worry about the washing up, thanks to the slimline dishwasher.

Enter the quaint lobby, before taking advantage of the well-thought-out shower room, where you can clean yourself off after an adventure-filled day.

Step outside into the small courtyard for a breath of fresh air.

On a warm day, why not make use of the table and chairs for an intimate dining experience.

As the evening grows darker, climb up the staircase to the first floor, where you will find an attractive stone exposed double bedroom.

Completing this floor is a tranquil bathroom boasting a decorative fireplace and views out to Chesil Beach; here, you can indulge in the traditional freestanding claw foot bath.

On the second floor, you will be greeted by a charming double bedroom, with antique chic furnishings.

From here, enter the Jack-and-Jill cloakroom featuring a WC and basin.

This floor is completed with another spacious bedroom, hosting an adjustable day bed with a pull-out, able to make this into a double bed for flexible sleeping arrangements.

There is an abundance of things to do throughout your stay at Schooner Cottage.

Three minutes walk to Chesil Cove you will find a beachside cafe at Chesil Cove, along with a traditional English public house.

The cottage is situated on the South West Coastal path, which offers unique UK wildlife and bird watching opportunities.

The location is also an excellent area for dog walking.

Thrill seekers will find pleasure in a trip to Portland Marina for a number of watersporting activities.

For adventures further afield, enjoy the day exploring the beautiful seaside town of Weymouth, where their harbour is one not to be missed.

Enjoy a refreshing break with your loved ones at Schooners Cottage.

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About the location


Weymouth 5 miles.

Situated on Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast, now a World Heritage Site, the village of Fortuneswell can be found on the rugged Isle of Portland peninsula, joined to the mainland via Chesil Beach, a pebble spit, which stretches 18 miles towards West Bay. Formerly a quarrying area, Fortuneswell boasts a good variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, along with an intriguing maze of streets that wind their way up a steep hill to offer stunning views of the Jurassic Coast and the rolling hills of Dorset beyond. The surrounding countryside is well known as a birdwatcher’s paradise, plus with great walking and climbing opportunities, an array of watersport activities, wonderful sandy beaches, and Weymouth just 5 miles away, this super holiday destination is not to be missed!

Region Information

Please note: Although this property sleeps six it is better suited to a maximum of 4 adults due to the size of the property.
Please note: Due to the steep stairs in Schooner Cottage and location this property may not be suitable for people with mobility issues & children will need to be supervised.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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