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Tree Tops

Wakeham near Portland, Dorset (Ref. 934291)


  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Gillian D
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    “Loads of character”

    Quirky house full of beds , bedrooms and 2 bed sitting rooms ...

    Quirky house full of beds , bedrooms and 2 bed sitting rooms Sea view from the top bed sitting room. But small kitchen. Without enough common space for the eight people it will sleep unless the sun is shinning. You will either trip over each other or hang out in the bed sitting rooms. Fine for family or close friends. We were a party of three. Loads of character nicely furnished and fitted out. Smelled stale and a touch damp when we arrived first week in October after it had been shut up for a week. Lean too conservatory pissed in water when it rained to the extent the owner had rigged a gutter under the worst leaks in the lean too conservatory leading to a bucket which filled over night. This is the principle common area. Utility room next to the conservatory was damp. And they need to replace some double glassing units on the top floor which have “blown”. Kitchen had only the basic utensils for 8 people. Ie roast dinner just doable but forget baking a cake. (Yes I wanted to bake a birthday cake) Loved the stone walls, carpets ( a little worn but quality ) loved the solidity of the building, the way the two cottages had been opened into one with one thin door way on the first floor and the quality 1970’s conversion on the top floor. Loved the the location, and the shabby chic furniture. Very nice choice of interior colours . Plumbing was most excellent but a little noisy down stairs near the kitchen. Good shower upstairs and nice bath. There is only one bathroom, and one en suite on the top floor. There is one smart tv in the top floor bed sitting room. Parking is inconvenient but workable. We enjoyed our stay enormously , hope you do too.

The property

This unusual and quirky Portland stone cottage can be found quietly situated down a narrow lane, just off the main street of the hamlet of Wakeham, on the eastern side of the rugged Isle of Portland on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic Coast.

Constructed over three floors, the cottage was imaginatively created from two former quarryman’s cottages believed to date back to 1650, which now results in a cottage which provides a most unusual holiday experience!

On the ground floor you can find a glazed garden room, complete with grape vine, leading into the kitchen/diner and a double bedroom both with woodburning stoves, then choose between two staircases which rise up to the first floor bedrooms and bathroom.

Take the narrow staircase up to the top floor where you will find a bright sitting room with windows across one side offering views through a wooded glade out to sea.

These views are also enjoyed by guests using the master bedroom which adjoins the sitting room.

Outside, there’s an enclosed and sheltered garden with a pleasant sitting area where you can dine alfresco.

Take the adjacent path down through the arch beside the ruins of Rufus Castle down the steep path to nearby Church Ope Cove, taking in the stunning coastal views along the way.

This really is a special and very different coastal holiday destination, providing you with an unforgettable Dorset holiday experience!


  • Over three floors.Five bedrooms: 1 x second floor super king-size double with en suite shower room, 1 x double, 2 x single, 1 double bedroom on the ground floor with wood burner and own entrance.Bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area and woodburning stove Second floor sitting room
  • Garden room.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stoves
  • Electric range double oven with 5-ring hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility, TV with Freeview, iPhone dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free car park approx 300 yards away
  • Roadside parking on nearby main road
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed patio courtyard with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: Mobile signal can be intermittent
  • Note: Steep and twisting cottage stairs, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: There is a steep drop beyond the fence at the end of the garden, children and pets to be supervised.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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