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St Johns View

(Ref. 994677)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (16)
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  • well (12)
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31 Customer Reviews

  • "St John’s View proved to be a lovely comfortable, clean house."

      It’s quite traditional but roomy, warm and so well equipped.  We really enjoyed our time here – lots to see and do. We especially liked Fancys Farm (for the children), Portland Bill and the old nature reserve and sculpture quarries It was good to have a drive for the car as there rarely seems to be parking spaces available on the road.  Next time, we’ll come in the summer so we can also enjoy the large grass area in the secluded garden!

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Feb 2024

  • "Property is tired."

    Needs updating and garden needs attention.

    We do appreciate guest feedback but this one is difficult to respond to as there is no detail! What is meant by 'tired'? Most comments are very positive, considering it a lovely, comfortable, well-equipped and clean modern property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mervyn3.8Sep 2023

  • "Great cottage shame about the 24hours a day church bells and the vehicle access road"

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Jun 2023

  • "Size of cottage and location excellent."

    but on arrival the wooden railing around front of property is dangerously loose. also the wooden boards to front door are in poor repair ie starting to rot. the hallway and all downstairs needs repainting. the garden is completely unkept. the grass was very long so could not sit out. maybe it was in keeping with no mow may. if so this should be pointed out on the cottage advert. we found parking very tight as other vehicles were parking over the white lines. the cottage itself was clean but tired looking due to decor. the bedding and towels need updating

    Thank you for your positive comments on the house and location. We have to admit that the grassed area desperately needed cutting! We were having trouble finding a local person to cut the grass regularly. We can assure the guests that the wooden railing, though loose, was not dangerous - after all, we stay here ourselves!. The decking to the front door is sound with just one board having some surface rot. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rita3.4May 2023

  • "We loved our stay at St Johns View."

    This is the best cottage we have rented through Sykes so far. The location is great with everything we needed nearby, although the road to the cottage is quite narrow I found it to be no problem as it's one way so you never meet oncoming traffic and parking was also easy on the property's own drive. The cottage was very clean, comfortable and quite a lot bigger than expected, with all rooms being a generous size, well maintained and equipped with everything we could have wanted. Although we didn't use it much because we were out exploring all day, the garden was lovely too. We had a great week, in fact I must admit that I didn't want to leave. If we return to the area I will be hoping to book again. Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "We had a fabulous holiday at this lovely well equipped house ."

    Great location for local walks and easy access to get to lots of other places by car . The home is well placed to visit lots of lovely areas in Dorset . The house had everything we needed and was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent Property Very Clean and Spacious."

    Well equipped. Thoroughly recommend Mr and Mrs Darby

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2023

  • "The Cottage was very clean, spacious and had a lovely relxing feel to the home."

    One of the best cottages I have stayed at. A credit to the owners.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2022

  • "St johns view more than surpassed our expectation."

    It was the perfect property for our base while our son sailed his event at the WPNSA Every thing you need for a stay was there and we couldn’t have asked for any more. Very, very clean, spacious. Just lovely.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Aug 2022

  • "We were very pleased with the house."

    It was very clean. There was everything we needed for our holiday including washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, good brand of soap on the bathroom basins and good quality shower gel/cream in the shower cubicles. The space for two cars was accurate as we put a Suzuki S Cross and a Nissan Quashquai side by side on the driveway. The garden was lovely to sit in and the garden furniture was good. The house is very spacious and all the furniture is of a good standard. We would recommend this property and we would go back and stay again. Thank you to Joyce and John, the owners, for renting out such a beautiful property.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely property."

    Spotlessly clean. Lots of items provided. Could not fault it. Great location for exploring the area. I would recommend this site and use them again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at St."

    Johns View on Portland. The house is very comfortable, with all facilities, a real home for home. The location is right next to the church and while bells do ring on the hour it didnt really affect us. The road up to the house is quite narrow and with parked cars you sometimes have to mount the pavement to avoid, but it was never an issue, just added to the character of the place. With 3 local pubs close by, a Co-Op convenience and a fish and chip at the end of the road, you really dont need to drive every day while staying there. The bus service is excellent, with buses every 15 minutes or so into Weymouth or towards Portland Bill. I had a great day walking circumventing the whole Island on the coastal path and thoroughly recommend doing that - with proper hiking shoes!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely, spacious holiday home."

    All the rooms are large and the kitchen is very well equipped. The utility room is useful too with a washing machine and space to hang wet clothes. There are lots of family friendly additions with books and some games and a great garden to enjoy. The downside is the beds were too soft so we had a backache all week and the main bedroom was too light with thin, white curtains. It would benefit from blackout curtains.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Apr 2022

  • "We found St Johns View very comfortable and spacious and a ideal base to explore Portland and Weymouth area."

    We would like to go back sometime in warmer weather.

    Reviewed by Jocelyn5.0Mar 2022



    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely clean and well decorated bungalow."

    Had everything you need for your stay. Very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautifull, clean, well laid out, comfortable and well equipped house."

    Parking is a little snug, so not suitable for larger cars, especially when other cars on street overhang the drive.

    Reviewed by Carl4.7Oct 2021

  • "Well presented and equipped, clean and spacious holiday accommodation."

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2021

  • "A very clean and spacious property that is well equipped for all your holiday ..."

    A very clean and spacious property that is well equipped for all your holiday needs, the owners were very welcoming and keen to ensure we enjoyed our visit, would recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "YES. The accommodation was excellent, however 2 points."

    At 73yrs I have limited mobility. If we choose to have tea or drinks in the garden, it meant carrying trays down stairs, which wasn't easy. The other point..from photos and info we didn't realise the property was at the top of a very steep road, we struggled with if we needed to visit shops or go to the beach, and if we had known may not have chosen that property. Having said above. We would say that the owner had been very thoughtful in their provision in the accommodation.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2021

  • "The house was spacious, well equipped/furnished and very clean, The location of the property was excellent and we found the on-site parking a bonus."

    The garden was peaceful and relaxing and despite being next to the church whose clock chimes every quarter you hardly notice it while inside.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lovely upside down cottage in a quiet location."

    The cottage had lots of facilities, not that we used them but could easily have cooked a meal. Everything was spot on and would consider re hooking a some point. The church bells chiming (that has been mentioned) didn’t bother us at all. All in all a relaxing break in a lovely place.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2020

  • "Overall the cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    Lots of information and books (and toys if you had children) The only thing I thought lacking was a wardrobe in the 2nd bedroom. A large chest of drawers is really not enough, with a couple of hooks on the wall. If there was a wardrobe the same as the one in the other bedroom (hanging and shelves) there wouldn't be a need for chest of drawers. But that's the only thing. I must stress how helpful the owners were, when I got back and thought I'd left my camera - they immediately contacted the lady in the area. (but it was all my fault, found camera later under seat in car!)

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Sep 2020

  • "Just returned from a weeks stay at St John's View."

    The cottage has a spacious living area in kitchen diner and separate lounge and 2 good sized double bedrooms downstairs. The cottage had everything we needed and the large enclosed garden was perfect for the family to relax in, and even had a sea view. We got used to the chimes from the church! The nearby local.stoney beach is not ideal for young children/swimming but a nice walk to (very steep) and it has amazing views cross chesil beach from the promenade. We had a fantastic week and St John's was a perfect base to explore the Dorset coast.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2020

  • "We could not fault St Johns View great cottage thourley enjoyed our weeks stay ..."

    We could not fault St Johns View great cottage thourley enjoyed our weeks stay would recommend cottage to anyone some comments regarding heating and the sound of the church clock we had no problems with either a pleasure to stay in St Johns View

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely location."

    The owners have covered all requirements that you would wish for.

    Reviewed by Ailsa5.0Sep 2019

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Lovely location. Owners very pleasant.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "Due to the weather we found the wood burner a very welcome item in the property."

    Being able to park on the drive was very useful as the roads were so narrow and full of parked cars. Portland was most interesting and on a fine day the views were superb.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely clean comfortable house."

    Parking can be difficult due to the neighbours. Not for people with walking problems as on very steep hills. Too far from anywhere nice to walk to so had to use car all the time. Would have been nice to have a welcome pack as we have had at every other cottage through the years. We had to go down a steep hill to get some milk as no parking at local shops.

    We are really pleased you reviewed the property as a clean and comfortable house. As owners, we try really hard to ensure the comfort of guests. The property has allocated parking space on the drive for two cars. Whilst the property is on a level road, Portland is a hilly isle and this is part of its charm and ruggedness. Guests do come specifically to walk in Portland and just minutes away is the South West coastal path, with breath-taking sea and countryside views. The shops are just a two minute walk with parking outside and a nearby free 72 hour car park. We do normally leave a welcome pack and apologise that that was overlooked on this occasion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.4May 2019

  • "Excellent location, very convenient for shops and the local pubs."

    A great place to set off walking from too. Portland was a new venue for us, everyone was so welcoming we loved it. Great cafe's in the area, lovely coastal walking and plenty to visit by car too. Inside the accommodation was spacious, loads of room for 4 people. The kitchen/breakfast area has a decent table to eat or work at, and there was also a nice corner settee, perfectly placed for watching the tv. The sitting room is huge, plenty of comfy seating, with a wood burner and tv. Three toilets, two showers and a bath, as well as a utility room with a washing machine. You do hear the church clock chime, but with the double glazed windows closed it didn't disturb us at all, and there was almost no road noise. A decent outside area too, so you could relax in the evening after a day's exploring with your favourite tipple, or a bbq. We will certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Feb 2019

  • "The best property I have stayed in with yourselves extremely well equipped and ..."

    The best property I have stayed in with yourselves extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean perfect - stayed July 2017

    Ms Jennifer A JacquesAug 2017

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  • All two floors - ground floor and lower ground floor
  • Two bedrooms lower ground floor: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove.
  • Gas central heating, electric oven and hob, microwave, under counter fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Large grassed area
  • From 1st September 2024 this property will be pet friendly, one well behaved dog welcome at a cost of £21 per dog per week (not allowed in bedrooms)
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 min
  • Beach 5 min.

The property

Contemporary detached house located in the Isle of Portland, part of Jurassic coast, is an unusual two storey house with two bedrooms on the lower ground floor, perfect for families or couples. There is an en-suite master bedroom with double bedroom and a separate bedroom.

Socialise in the sitting room by the fire or read a book.

The pebbly beach is only a short walk away from the property with stunning views of West cliffs of the island on the left and stretching pebble beach towards Lyme Regis to the right.

The sunsets are mesmerising in this area. Explore the Isle of Portland by taking the South West Coast path circling the whole island.

You will visit the beautiful Church Ope Cove with Rufus castle and XIII century church ruins, three lighthouses with the popular Portland Bill.

The island is a heaven for birdwatcher and wildlife lovers. Visit Quiddles café at the end of the promenade on Chesil beach for a crab sandwich or fresh fish dish.

The nearby Cove House Inn is famous for traditional pub food and ales.

St John’s View will suit those who enjoy water sports with National Sailing Academy being close-by.

The seaside town of Weymouth is only a few minutes’ drive from the property too with long sandy beach and various beach attractions for children and adults alike.

You can take a walk to Weymouth and take a bus ride home. The property’s location with beautiful views and modern accommodation will give you a seaside holiday to remember.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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!

Note: max 4 people.
Note: guests need to bring their own cot linen.
Note: the adjacent church has a clock in the tower that strikes every hour
Note: The parking is off a very narrow one way street.

Please note: This property will only accept pets for stays after 1st September 2024.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas