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Portland, Dorset (Ref. 994744)


(34 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Unicorn is one of the best holiday cottages I have stayed in."

    It was very clean and very comfortable. The beds were better than my own! It was superbly equipped, home from home. Very much appreciated was the welcome pack with milk, biscuits, tea, coffee (including pods for the tassimo) sugar etc. I was most surprised and delighted to find shower gel, hand was, body lotion, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, the list goes on. Needless to say I would recommend this property.

    Thank you for your most encouraging and generous feedback. We do endeavour to provide what we would like to see if we were holidaying, and are glad that you found it positive. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Unicorn."

    The facilities were excellent and provided everything we needed. The house was spotlessly clean throughout and the owners had obviously gone to great lengths to ensure all needs were catered for. A great location literally three minutes from the sea. The parking, though a little tight (we have an SUV), is easily overcome after the first attempt.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday, and many thanks for your most encouraging and valuable feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by BobMay 2022

  • "A homely holiday cottage, we were very comfortable and had everything we could possibly need."

    It was very clean and beautifully decorated and furnished. The location is great, we explored the whole of the Isle of Portland. We were sad to leave at the end of our holiday!

    Many thanks for your feedback which is much appreciated. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2022

  • "We arrived at Unicorn Cottage after a very tiring few weeks."

    We were able to relax and re-energise in this beautifully appointed cottage. It has the advantage of being near the shops, while at the same time, the seafront is a short, pleasant walk away. The private parking is very convenient, and the little garden is a pleasure to sit in - this is an extra plus. We would hope to visit again.

    Thank you for your most encouraging feedback, and we are so glad you managed to relax after a tiring time. We'd love to welcome you back sometime in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RosemaryMar 2022

  • "A delightful homely property, with all facilities very clean and tidy, clear guidance and instructions, and a much appreciated welcome pack."

    We had a super holiday staying in the Unicorn cottage and highly recommend it.

    We are so grateful for your positive feedback and are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in the Unicorn."

    Everything was very clean and it was lovely and warm to arrive to. We put our dog's bed on top of the provided black mat under the stairs and he immediately lay down completely at home. Lovely welcome basket for us and tin for the dog. Portland is very beautiful. We met some of the Unicorn's great neighbours as well. Very friendly place.

    We are so glad you had a good time and thank you for your kind feedback. Portland is certainly the friendliest place we know! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GuyJan 2022

  • "A really charming and fantastically well equipped cottage in a great location."

    Great to have the parking, and no need to drive anywhere. 10/10

    We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay in Unicorn and thank you for your encouraging feedback. May we wish you a very happy and healthy new year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindsayDec 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at Unicorn."

    The house was so clean on arrival and had everything you could need. Also close to a great pub, cafés, shop and easy access to some nice walks around Portland.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2021

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expectations and the nice touches like a welcome pack and clear instructions for everything we needed to use."

    Great break.

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2021

  • "This cottage was indeed a wonderful find."

    It was extremely comfortable, clean and well equipped. It’s very conveniently located for Chesil beach. We would highly recommend this cottage and found the owners to be extremely helpful and eager to please.

    Thank you for your very encouraging feedback for which we are extremely grateful. We would love to welcome you back some time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "An exceptional cottage which ensured that our holiday in Dorset was relaxed and enjoyable."

    It provided an excellent base from which to explore Chesil Beach and beyond. We would recommend the company ‘Dream Cottages’ and ‘Unicorn’ in particular.

    Reviewed by GlendaSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in the unicorn cottage, it was a well maintained and a clean cottage with everything we needed."

    The parking was a little challenging but we managed ok! Not many places to eat on Portland, but we had lots of fun days out and plenty to do in this part of Dorest.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "If I could give higher than ten for cleanliness, meeting expectations and the facilities, I would!"

    Unicorn Cottage exceeded all of these. The beds were incredibly comfortable, the cottage not only looked clean but it smelled clean and whilst the facilities were listed and shown in pictures the cottage was so much more. Lots of little unexpected things; milk and coffee and biscuit waiting for us, extra bed linen, all the super homely touches, made this a terrific holiday home for us to get away to. Cant thank the owners enough.

    Thank you for your generous feedback, which we appreciate. Your comments are most encouraging and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Unicorn, best wishes from the Owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LorraineJun 2021

  • "The Unicorn is a beautiful place to stay."

    It's a true home from home. Spotlessly clean, with attention to detail, we would highly recommend this to anyone looking a lovely place to stay. Beautiful garden, with lovely views and lots of welcoming features from the owners. We cant wait to return!

    Many thanks for your comments which are much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and are looking forward to welcoming you back one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeromeMay 2021

  • "For us it was perfect."

    It was comfy, cosy, very clean and beautifully decorated. Lovely little garden with great views, secure for our dog. Close to the beach though it's a good hill to walk back up which got easier as the week went on! Perfect for exploring the fantastic area of Portland. My only negative is the parking which is very awkward and tight but it wouldn't stop us going back. Highly recommend. PS Neighbours were sociable to.

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2021

  • "Super cottage."

    Real attention to detail with every little thing thought of. Spottlessly clean. Good location - 2 minutes to a very well stocked co-op and 10 minutes walk down the hill to a pebbly beach. Very pretty garden. New sofas that are much better than the ones in the images!

    Many thanks for your feedback and we are very pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and had a good holiday. We are looking forward to having our interior images updated soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by HannahApr 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas break."

    We were unsure if the booking would go ahead with all the Tier changes. We were kept regularly informed by the company. The cottage was lovely and warm when we arrived. We were surprised and delighted to find two decorated Christmas trees and the table set for Christmas with crackers. A thoughtful touch. Also thank you for the other supplies. The cottage was well equipped and lots of useful notes. We took our 2 border collies with us and they settled very quickly. Home from home.

    Reviewed by AngelaDec 2020

  • "Our second visit to Unicorn cottage."

    It was spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. We spent many of our mornings in the garden room, my Jack Russell loved the garden. We enjoyed sitting on Chesil Beach with a takeaway from Chesil Chippie (awesome vegan menu) watching sunset! Our visit to West Bay and Bridport was very special. The Smuggler’s Inn at Osmington worth a visit (you need to book). A warm hearty lunch at White Stones Art Cafe, or The Sugar Loaf at Easton (both cater for vegans), followed by a walk down to Church Ope Cove (very peaceful!). We used the buses to get around Portland and Weymouth (great service). Thank you! We’ll be back soon! Anna & Josie (woof!)

    Thank you Anna & Josie for your feedback which we value very much, particularly your recommendations for local eateries and for the public transport system - so valuable for our future guests. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes, David & Janet Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnaSep 2020

  • "Really impressed and assured by the cleanliness of the cottage and the steps taken to manage Covid risks."

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2020

  • "Everything was perfectly clean and sanitised."

    David and Janet offered a wide array of information in the visitor package at home. Where to eat, walkings, countryside excursions, everything is at hand from Portland! A great spot for a family vacation.

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We were delighted to welcome you and are glad that you had a good time despite the pandemic! Property Owner

    Reviewed by NiccoloAug 2020

  • "Unicorn is a delightful place to stay."

    Well equipped, exceptionally clean and in a great position to access the beach and the local amenities. We stayed for a fortnight and have already booked again for next summer!

    Thank you, and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Unicorn. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KirstenJul 2020

  • "Idyllic character cottage in great location with good facilities and nice little dog-proof garden"

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2020

  • "Both myself and my Jack Russell enjoyed our stay at Unicorn cottage."

    We found it warm, cosy and spotlessly clean. Janet & David have created a very ‘special’ Dream Cottage, and just like its name, it felt truly ‘magical.’ We loved the pet towels, pet blanket, and dog bowls, and the unique ‘Woof’ corner. We loved the location, a few minutes walk to Chesil Beach, Quiddles bar, restaurant, and The Cove Inn. We fell in love with Portland, and the friendly, quirky locals. Thank you! we’ll be returning soon!! Anna & Josie (the Jack Russell)

    Many thanks for your feedback. We were delighted to welcome you both to Unicorn and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnaJan 2020

  • "The holiday cottage is well located for access to Chesil beach."

    It is extremely well fitted out and comfortable and a great location for access to the Dorset Coast.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "Wonderful comfortable cottage."

    Made our stay in Portland exceptional. People have previously mentioned the ‘small’ parking space , I found space absolutely fine,not small at all.It is the access road, Artist Row,that is small, very narrow, I would think again if you have a large long vehicle.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2019

  • "Unicorn is a super cottage, exceptionally clean, and comfortable."

    Very nicely decorated. Nice quality toiletries. Certainly one of the best cottages we’ve stayed in over the years and we’ve stayed in a few!!And by our own admission we are quite fussy. The parking is tight if you have a large car, but very safe, and it is only a knack really.

    Thank you very much for your feedback which we always value. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Unicorn. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WendySep 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owner has supplied a lot of information, however some information was lacking, 1, there appeared to be an ironing board but no iron , i may have missed where it was located in the book but could not find it."

    2, the double bed was not the most comfortable thing, i never slept through 1 single night. and finally 3, the parking space is very tight - they had put a guide in the book inside the property which was not good as i scratched my van trying to park it - why dont you inform people that it is tight and on a hill. so pre warned i would have walked down the hill and checked out the space, your pictures make the space look roomy (probably a fish eye lens) but it is quite tight and you are clearly aware of this by including instructions in the property book.

    We take on board your comments and thank you for your helpful and formative feedback as we do genuinely strive to provide the very best holiday experience for all our guests. The iron is kept, with laundry tablets and clothes pegs, in the laundry cabinet in the garden room, adjacent to the washing machine, (where items are safely out of reach of small children.) We will ensure that this information is in the guest folder. Beds tend to be suited to personal preferences, and we are sorry, despite the double bed being fitted with a new top-quality pocket sprung mattress, that you found it uncomfortable. We do include a strategic plan for ease of parking in our guest folder. Driving into the parking spaces in Artist Row in a big vehicle is quite straightforward, but when reversing out, keeping over to the left side of the drive usually makes exiting easier for some. Portland is full of narrow streets, built before cars! Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2019

  • "Extremely clean."

    Only drawback was parking area at the rear. Would have been perfect for a smaller car but other than that a lovely holiday cottage.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We do include a strategic plan for ease of parking in our guest folder, having had plenty of practice with our large 4x4! Driving in to the parking spaces in Artist Row in a big vehicle is easy, but when reversing out, keeping over the left makes exiting more straightforward. We recently welcomed guests arriving in a motor home, and they found that they could park without problem. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatrickAug 2019

  • "This is the cleanest holiday home i have ever stayed in."

    The added extras much appreciated, especially the dog biscuits and biscuits/tea/coffee and milk were very welcome after our long trip. Great base for exploring Dorset. The garden was lovely to sit in with a glass of wine at the end of the day and the boy's did not want to come home.

    Reviewed by DonnaAug 2019



    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2019

  • "Unicorn cottage is a gorgeous & well appointed cottage, extremely clean & tidy; the owners have literally thought of everything you could need, with luxury toiletries supplied, lovely soft towels, two showers (one in the bathroom & a seperate wet room) plus new washing up sponges, dog treats & milk in the fridge."

    The beds are really comfortable too.... The road leading down to the cottage is very steep & narrow, and getting into the parking space a little tricky because of the stone garden walls either side, but we mastered it after a few days. Portland has more or less everything that you need, but bear in mind that the Cove House Inn is really the only decent pub within walking distance of the cottage - at least regarding food, and so of course this pub was pretty much packed every evening. If you want to eat with your dog you have to sit outside at this pub, as they only have two tables where you can sit inside with dogs and you can't reserve these. So we made use of the fish & chip shop & Tesco's in Easton for meal-deals. There are no restaurants in Fortuneswell so you have to drive to Easton for more choice of places to eat.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time and the cottage really is lovely, equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay."

    We loved the good quality tea bags, handsoaps and the fact that a pint of milk was left in the fridge for our arrival. We would have loved a more comfy sofa to stretch out on after a busy day exploring and a less wobbly toilet seat would have been fab; that being said we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would definitely visit again.

    Thank you for your useful feedback. We do appreciate the suggestions you have made, and we have replaced the offending toilet seat! Also, we have just ordered new lounge furniture, which includes a very comfy sofa. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NaomiJun 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean and we really appreciated the little extras - cleaning products supplied and dog bowls, even a tin of dog biscuits."

    We chose the cottage to be near the WPNSA, where we spent every day at the RYA Youth nationals. It was within walking distance and we had space to rinse out and hang sailing kit to dry overnight, so perfect for our needs.

    Reviewed by FionaApr 2019

  • "Cottage was very clean and well presented ."

    Very good location with short walks to all shops and pubs . Great for relaxation or long walks and beach access .

    Reviewed by GarryApr 2019

  • "Having stayed in various cottages from Dream Cottages, Unicorn cottage was the cleanest."

    The decor and facilities were excellent and I would definitely recommend it to anyone, and also Dream Cottages as a holiday letting company. Stayed September 2017.

    Mrs CravenOct 2017

  • "Lovely, comfortable house on the delightful isle of Portland."

    Close to shop, pub, beach, Indian, Chinese, chippie and excellent walks. What more does one need? Stayed August 2017

    Mr Jamie PridmoreSep 2017

  • "The property was nicely located to shops, pubs & beach etc, Lovely and clean, tastefully decorated with everything you needed."

    I would definitely recommend this holiday let. Stayed August 2017

    Mr Cliff DaveySep 2017

  • "It is the second Dream Cottage that we have stayed in and as before we found the property to be Excellent, It was lovely and clean and had every thing that we needed!"

    It was full of local Information which we found very useful as we had not been to Portland before. We would Highly recommend this property to 2 adult couples like us, or it would also be ideal for a family! 10 out of 10 for everything. Thank you and we look forward to booking another Dream Cottage soon. Stayed July 2017

    Mr Mark CooperJul 2017

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  • Cottage stairs to first floor: Bedrooms: 1 x King-size 1 x twin single
  • Bathroom, with bath, Shower over, Basin and WC
  • Sitting Room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen, Shower room with walk in shower, basin, WC
  • Sun room and door to garden.
  • Gas central heating
  • Dishwasher, Fridge / Freezer, Washing machine
  • Coffee Machine with introductory pods
  • Electric log burner
  • DAB/Bluetooth/CD music system, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Cot and highchair
  • Fuel and Power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Rear tiered garden with patio area and lawn
  • Off road parking for one car at the rear of the property
  • Welcomes 2 well behaved dogs
  • Sorry, no Smoking.

The property

Unicorn is located within sight and sound of the acclaimed Chesil Beach, ideally situated on the Isle of Portland. A charming traditional style property, with glimpses of the sea which has been tastefully refurbished by the current owners.

Admire the views up to the Olympic Rings on the top of Portland perfect for sitting with your morning coffee and contemplating the day.

After a full day of exploring what Dorset has to offer, relax in the spacious and yet cosy sitting room in front of it’s electric wood burner.

Departing the cottage, stroll through the lanes down to the beach where you can fish, beachcomb or just enjoy the wonderful scenery. Enjoy the spectacular Sunsets from Chesil beach which are not to be missed.

After viewing a glorious sunset then why not try Quiddles or The Cove House Inn or, recommended by previous guests and nestled next to the Chesil beach.

Just a short walk away from Unicorn are pubs, shops and a supermarket and about a 15-minute walk away is The National Sailing Academy, making Unicorn a perfect base for water sports enthusiasts.

To explore the Isle of Portland take the South West Coastal Path which takes you all around the exterior of the island.

Visit the Portland Bill Lighthouse, taking in the rugged landscape and old quarries along the way. Weymouth is just a short car journey or bus ride away with it’s long and sandy beach, traditional beach entertainments and a vibrant town centre, you can be assured of an exciting holiday filled with adventures.

The county town of Dorchester is only 14 miles away and if stunning coastal scenes are your desire then you have the Portland to West Bay road for incredible views and places to see.

Unicorn is perfect for a couples or friends who enjoy walking or sightseeing, or a small family.

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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!

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Note: Guests to provide linen for the cot.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Off-season
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  • Christmas