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Bowman's Cottage

(Ref. 994021)

Wakeham, Portland, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the cottage with the quaint rooms that had been decorated to a high standard of workmanship and all the facilities in all the rooms were more than adequate for what we required especially the shower which was great."

    Which made our holiday staying in Portland a great week and will be returning in the future. Bob and Jean

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2024

  • "Cottage larger than expected."

    Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in......the double. All immaculately clean. We stayed Monday to Saturday am and all was wonderfully peaceful and quiet. Everything you need was provided and some fun quirky decorative additions gave the property character. Loved it

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jun 2024

  • "Great little cottage, has everything you need and a great shower."

    Good base for the local area didn’t know Portland had so much to offer.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2024

  • "Another lovely holiday in this wonderful cottage."

    It is like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2023

  • "I wish I had notthought I would be sleeping downstairs!"

    ! my family, in the end, were not able to come.but I loved it; after 2 hellish of all, I met after 11 years my friends and spent time with them. did all the sightseeing I could. 70 yr old memories.please put a page in about local places of worship. wish I'd packed my hot water bottle. could only manage the heating twice.My dyslexia. all in all. My last visit. I believe and a memorable one.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage, excellent location for exploring the Isle of Portland."

    Plenty to see in the area. We used the bus service a lot especially the Coastal service with its open top deck. A reliable service. Cottage is well provided for.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and comfortable."

    Loved the Harrods bears! The kitchen and bathroom are both nice and should be included in the photos online.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2023

  • "Thank for our amazing holiday!"

    !! Bowman’s Cottage was fantastic, extremely clean, everything possible that you would need. It’s a gorgeous, cozy cottage and we will definitely recommend this gem to friends & family. And we will definitely be booking again in the future. 5 star ⭐️ (we would give more if we could)

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Apr 2023

  • "It was more beautiful than we could of ever hoped for."

    Wonderful Time. All the best Mo

    Reviewed by Mo5.0Feb 2023

  • "Another delightful stay in this wonderfully clean, cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thanks for letting us stay in this beautiful family house."

    The comfort of this clean and well cared for cottage is wonderful. I can find no problem or issue - everything was carefully thought about and is at hand. A few details- Denby tableware; summerhouse for outdoor eating in shade; white cotton sheets; wood floors. Portland is friendly and relaxed. We explored the quarries, cliff walks and it’s very interesting museum. Weymouth has a wide sandy beach as well as the old harbour which I found appealing.

    It is lovely to have your feedback, thank you so much. We always hope people will like the cottage and it is very nice to hear that you have enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2022

  • "Hallo! We really enjoyed staying at your cottage!"

    Since there were no pictures of the kitchen and the bathroom, we were scared those could be bad, but they weren't at all! The neighbours were really nice and helpful. On the left side is also a holiday cottage and in the two weeks staying there we heard them sometimes when we wanted to sleep. But mostly it helped to close the windows. Finding a parking place was easy. And for those who come with kids, there is a playground and huge football field near by. It is called the Groove. Thanks for everything!

    Reviewed by Annika4.4Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in this cottage."

    The cottage had everything we needed and was presented in a high standard of cleanliness. The extra outside toilet was a bonus! The location is great for exploring Portland and Dorset coast. The only downside was the traffic and neighbour noise at night and in early hours due to the roadside location and need to have windows open.

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback, we really do like people to enjoy the cottage. I am sorry about the noise - especially when the windows were open. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and well equipped."

    Great location for exploring the Isle of Portland and the beautiful Dorset coast and villages.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2022

  • "Ahigh quality cottage in an area that must be explored"

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was pristine clean when we arrived - bathroom, kitchen etc all spotless."

    It is very well equipped - the owners have thought of almost everything. The only thing we would have liked was a bath mat. There was a plastic mat to put in the bath, but we couldn't find one to put on the floor so had to use a towel. The bathroom is small, but we didn't find that a problem. The living room was very comfortable and although the cottage is on a main road it is still very quiet at night. Being on a bus route was a big plus for us as we were able to go into Weymouth without having to worry about car parking. There is no off-street parking at the cottage, but we never had any problems finding a space close by. There was a very good selection of pots and pans in the kitchen, which you don't always find in a holiday property, and the appliances all worked very well. The main bedroom is huge, very welcoming and has plenty of storage space with lots of hangers to use. We loved the summer house, which gets the afternoon sun. It was great to return after a half-day out and relax inside it with a cup of tea. Many thanks to Dream Cottages for their prompt response when, on arrival, we found that the key to the summer house had sheared and we were unable to unlock it. A member of staff came round the next day to sort it out. Great service. There was a lot of information provided by the owners about restaurants, pubs and places to visit which we found very useful. This cottage was much more like home than many holiday cottages we have stayed in. The décor was very tasteful, the property felt very cosy and we didn't want to leave. It was one of the best cottages we have stayed in and we would like to come back.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2021

  • "When we arrived, we plugged in the kettle for a cup of tea and it blew the electrics."

    The young lady who had come to inspect the cottage was so helpful and she bought us a new kettle almost immediately. We did not get her name but she was so friendly and polite.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Oct 2021

  • "The cottage is clean and well fitted out to a high standard ,everything is provided for a comfortable stay."

    the walls are very thick so no noise issues, parking was very busy on the street during our stay, there was a problem with the electrics on the last day ,reset trip switch still no electrics in kitchen , otherwise this is a high standard property close to church ope cove.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Second time we have stayed here, a home from home and lovely location we love it."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "Dream cottages provided us with everything we needed to know for a fabulous holiday."

    The cottage was really lovely. Exceptionally clean. And in a great location for lots of sight seeing. Would definitely return and thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "What a fabulous little cottage."

    On arrival it exceeded our expectations and was much bigger than we thought it would be, but did not lose its quaintness. Everything you could need is provided for and it is in a fantastic location. The people of Portland were so friendly and welcoming. Could not have asked for a better holiday.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jul 2021

  • "Really nice, clean, bijou cottage."

    Nice layout with small back yard, incorporating a nice little summer house. Nice for evening drinks if the weather is good. Exactly as stated in the advert. Only negatives would be parking nearby can be a problem from time to time. Only one bathroom, so a family of four has to be well organised. Oh, and no dishwasher

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Jul 2021

  • "We have a lovely week on Bowmans cottage."

    It was clean and well equipped with everything we needed for our week away from board games, garden furniture, washing up equipment, leaflets about Portland and the surrounding areas and much more. We had a fantastic week in Portland, we enjoyed some lovely weeks and went out to some nice places to eat, I would recommend the sugar loaf cafe in town for lunch! Overall we had a wonderful week and throughly enjoyed our stat at Bowmans cottage.

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Jun 2021

  • "High standard of cleanliness and very well equipped."

    No obtrusive noise from adjoining properties as stone walls very thick. Some negative features such as very low ceiling heights ,steep narrow stairs,and road noise. Parking in the road outside is difficult during weekends as all spaces are taken by visiting tourists to Ope cove and museum.

    Reviewed by Ryszard4.4Jun 2021

  • "Charming stone-built cottage scrupulously modernised and located close to Church Ope Cove."

    All amenities within easy reach and some lovely cliff top walks nearby. Don't miss the Tout Quarry Sculpture Park (or Portland Bill lighthouse).

    Reviewed by Giles5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had problems with getting the television to work when we arrived."

    It was a signal problem, for some reason there was no signal at all. We reported this but then the reception came back briefly on Sunday morning so we cancelled the call. On Sunday evening we had no reception again. I contacted Dream Cottages again on Monday morning and they said they would send someone out. We were out for the day but received a call from a very polite gentleman called Dave who said he would call in and see if he could fix the problem. When we arrived back Monday afternoon, the TV was working and worked for the rest of our stay. Even though Dave said he could not detect a problem and the TV was working when he arrived, he said that if we had any other issues with it, to call straight back.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Bowmans Cottage was well equipped, beautifully renovated and v clean."

    . It was in a quiet area near the sea. We would recommend it.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2020

  • "This was a very comfortable clean cottage in a lovely location very close to the coastal path with lovely walks with gorgeous sea views."

    The cottage had a small garden with a small garden hut which we used each day. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "This was the first time booking with Sykes Cottages and I cannot wait to book up again."

    The whole process of booking, payment and communication from start to finish was superb. We stayed in a beautiful, cozy and we'll equipped cottage in Portland which was just around the corner from a stunning coastal cove. Our family was able to do lots of fun exploring during our stay and we had an amazing adventure. The local area was peaceful just as we like it. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Brooke5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is the third year we have stayed at the same cottage and used Dream Cottages."

    We have always found the service excellent.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean and had everything I needed in a fantastic ..."

    The cottage was very clean and had everything I needed in a fantastic location Whe I booked the holiday the ladie in the office was so very helpful and professional Made booking so easy as always I have booked with dream cottages for over 10 years and will continue to do so thank you to all the people who have made my holidays in weymouth so memorable

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2019

  • "This is our second visit to this fantastic cottage."

    The cottage is well located, well furnished and equipped.I wouldn’t hesitate to book this cottage again and plan a further visit 2020.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Sep 2019

  • "We enjoyed our holiday on Portland very much, and the cottage was ideally placed for regular (car) trips to Portland Bill, and a very short (but steep) walk brings you to the beautiful Church Ope cove and the old “pirates” tombs, complete with skull & crossbones!"

    We had virtually no noise to endure, so it was very peaceful. Parking wasn’t as easy as we’d expected, but we always found a spot within 50 yards, occasionally being able to park right outside. The cottage itself was beautiful, it had everything we needed. Our only problem was the O2 signal didn’t work in some rooms, but I did overhear two local birdwatchers saying that their O2 signals had become quite poor recently, so probably a temporary local issue and nothing to do with the cottage at all. Portland is nicely positioned for trips out both East toward Poole and the Isle of Purbeck, and West toward Lyme Regis and Devon. We enjoyed a trip to Brownsea Island in Poole harbour - a lovely place. Also enjoyed seeing the Little Terns at Ferrybridge. To sum up the holiday and the cottage in a few words - “we loved it so much we booked for next year as soon as we arrived home!”

    Reviewed by Clive4.7May 2019

  • "We were delighted with Bowman's Cottage."

    It exceeded our expectations. The actual accommodation is much better than the photo's imply. The decor was charming; the cottage was very clean and tidy and the equipment and facilities provided were entirely adequate. It really felt to us like 'home from home' We were particularly impressed by the comfy beds and bedlinen; the excellent shower - the water pressure is so good it was like a power shower. One word of warning though - the height in the shower is limited so a tall person may struggle. Likewise, the bath is limited in length so a tall person may struggle. Outside is the garden room with table and chairs - delightful on a warm evening. Parking outside the cottage was never a problem. The location was perfect as it was not too near to the busier areas of the island but at the quieter end. Nevertheless, the shops were close enough to walk to for supplies. We used the bus several times and the service is very frequent and takes you in to the heart of Weymouth. We couldn't fault a single thing. Stayed June 2018

    Mrs Vanessa PetersJun 2018

  • "An absolute warm and comforting trip as my daughter lives around the corner."

    She has just had a baby so now no room at hers which leaves us to stay in hotels but as there are more than 2 of us this worked out cheaper which benefited us. We are coming back and I will book today for February. We have also decided that our retirement home will be on Portland :-) Thank you - stayed December 2017

    Mr CiaravellaJan 2018

  • "Lovely, well equipped, comfortable cottage."

    Great location for exploring Portland with Church Ope Cove and Easton within a few minutes walk away. Property was spotlessly clean. I wouldn't hesitate to book this property again for future holidays and it would definitely be my future first choice. Thank you. – Stayed October 2017.

    Mrs Suzanne ScottNov 2017

  • "Lovely, clean comfortable cottage."

    We had a wonderful time and will book again.

    Mrs Valerie WheelerOct 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage in an ideal location."

    Cottage neat, clean and very well furnished, with lots of useful information on the local area. Had a wonderful week. Thank you. Stayed August 2017

    Mr David JukesSep 2017

  • "We have had a wonderful week and loved our 'home' - beautifully decorated and superbly equipped."

    We would recommend the 'round Island Walk & Portland Museum. A very enjoyable trip - thank you. Stayed October 2016

    Ms Ann BirdJul 2017

  • "This property did not disappoint."

    Very well equipped . Another amazing holiday property that we have stayed in. Hope to book with you again. Stayed June 2016

    Mrs AnnableJul 2016

  • "The cottage was ideally situated, clean and whilst the interior was modern it managed to keep the old cottage feel."

    Stayed May 2016

    Mr Colin SouthwellJun 2016

  • "We've had a wonderful few days in Bowman's Cottage - we love Church Ope Cove!"

    - Stayed March 2016

    Mr Anil MagalingamJun 2016

  • "Lovely little cottage with everything we needed."

    Great base in Dorset. Lovely little Balti in Chisel - I recommend. Very comfortable, will definitely recommend.

    Mrs Kathryn PrattleyJun 2016

  • "Lovely, well equipped cottage."

    Had a great break, enjoyed the beautiful coastal views on the walks. Thank you - stayed April 2016.

    Mrs Carol SmithJun 2016

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped."

    Good location for attractions. Recommend a boat trip around the harbour. Cot and high chair would have made it perfect. Good location for attractions. Recommend a boat trip around the harbour. Cot and high chair would have made it perfect. Good location for attractions. Recommend a boat trip around the harbour. Cot and high chair would have made it perfect - stayed October 2015

    Miss Gina SmithJun 2016

  • "What a pretty cottage with everything we need intact."

    Beautifully presented and thoughtfully eqipped. Thank you. We had a wonderful holiday. We will be recommending to friends and family - stayed September 2015

    Mr Tope OshoJun 2016

  • "Quaint cottage coming back in half term - stayed August 2015"

    Mrs PinionJun 2016

  • "A great place to stay during the Topper National 2015."

    Would love to come here again - Stayed August 2015.

    Mrs Helen BarryJun 2016

  • "We used this lovely cottage as our base for rock climbing on Portland."

    Perfect. Fab climbing. Top class accomm - Stayed May 2015.

    Mr Robert BlackJun 2016

  • "Beautifully restored with every convenience."

    First class base for our regatta - Stayed April 2015

    Mrs Sara MartinJun 2016

  • "Lovely cosy cottage - don't want to go home - Stayed August 2015"

    Mr Robert MansellAug 2015

  • "A beautiful little collage."

    Portand is lovely rain or shine - Stayed August 2015

    Mrs Julie PenningtonAug 2015

  • "The cottage was lovely and very well equipped."

    Mrs Caroline HallAug 2014

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting Room
  • Outside WC
  • Garden with patio furniture and summer house.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, TV with in built DVD, CD, WiFi
  • telephone for incoming calls
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking outside of cottage
  • Paved patio with furniture and summer house
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking

The property

Positioned on the rugged and stunning Isle of Portland, Bowman's is a character, terraced Dorset holiday cottage located on the wide avenue which is Wakeham.

The owners have affectionately updated the interior decor in a modern style, whilst retaining the original and striking features of the cottage, including the exposed Portland stone walls, quarry tiled flooring and fireplaces (not in use) in the sitting room.

The galley style kitchen, complete with separate dining room, is the perfect setting to prepare your meals.

The two bedrooms and bathroom can be found upstairs via the Cottage style stairs.

Weymouth and Portland hosted the 2012 Olympic sailing events and still attracts many visitors looking for their ideal water sports holiday, including sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing.

Other visitors love the bird watching, fishing, walking and climbing that is on the doorstep in Portland; walks can encompass the iconic 'Portland Bill' lighthouse and quarries.

The stunning 'Church Ope Cove' is just a short walk from the cottage, where you will find the Portland museum and a walkway leading directly to the secluded Cove.

The walkway passes under an imposing stone arch and a little further along are the ruins of Rufus Castle with panoramic views along the Jurassic Coast.

A few minutes down steep steps (150) takes you to Church Ope Cove.

Nearby Easton has good amenities, including two supermarkets, cafes and independent local shops.

A relatively short drive or bus journey away is the main resort of Weymouth, with its award winning long, beautiful, sandy beach, traditional entertainments and good shopping.

Providing an ideal base, this Portland Stone cottage, is perfectly located for exploring the Jurassic coast at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Portland 2.3 miles; Weymouth 6.8 miles; Dorchester 14.4 miles.

Wakeham is a small hamlet situated in a conservation area on the eastern side of the rugged ‘Isle’ of Portland above the beach at Church Ope Cove. The wide road running through the centre was constructed to accommodate the transport of Portland Stone by horse drawn carts from the numerous local quarries. You can learn all about the stone quarrying at a fascinating exhibition within the local Portland Museum, and then explore the nearby coastal path, a steep walk down to the cove, passing the ruins of the Grade I listed Rufus Castle and St Andrew’s Church along the way. Sheltered Church Ope Cove offers a popular base for diving as there are numerous wrecks to discover off the shore, whilst there are also plenty of opportunities locally for fishing, climbing, sailing and bird watching. Alternatively take the drive down to the very tip at Portland Bill, which juts out into the channel and watch the boats brave their way through the rough waves. Whilst the nearby family friendly, seaside resort of Weymouth offers visitors plenty of family friendly attractions. A most attractive and unique holiday destination at any time of the year.

Notes: Bathroom, slightly smaller than average bath with shower over, hand basin and toilet. Please note there is restricted headroom (6'4'' minimum).

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Off-season
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  • Christmas