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The Old Portland Courthouse

(Ref. 994487)

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Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Four poster bed
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Old Portland Courthouse over the cold and windy new year period where we enjoyed homecooked meals and playing boardgames."

    The property was well equiped, clean, comfortable, warm and well maintained to give the vintage look and feel. The only recommendation would be to improve the lighting and the re-paint walls in the ground bedroom. Apart from that I have recommended this property to family and friends and would be happy to stay here on my next visit to Dorset.

    Reviewed by Amit5.0Dec 2023

  • "The property could do with a deep clean, superficially clean but we had to clean lots of kitchen stuff before use."

    Leaving a foil roasting tray and tree was a nice touch as our stay was over the Christmas period.

    Reviewed by David2.8Dec 2023

  • "It was absolutely perfect for our gathering."

    An amazing property. Given it sleeps 8 people I think it would be great to include a bit more flexibility, by adding a couple of pop up beds or similar. The current arrangement seems to assume it will be four couples or that everyone will be happy to share a bed and room ( there is one room with 2 single beds but they're very close together in a small room). Other than this perfect and fabulous accommodation.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2023

  • "An excellent choice for a large group - we had other family members visiting that we cooked for, as well as those staying in the house."

    Pity it wasn't possible to open most of the windows, but I guess older properties come with their quirks. Suggestion for other things to remember to bring - toilet rolls, tea-towels, dishwasher tablets. Suggest that a hand-towel could be supplied for the kitchen area. Otherwise very well equipped, fantastic location and great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Aug 2023

  • "We all loved our holiday at the Old Courthouse."

    It is an amazing house with so many interestting things to discover. The sofa's and beds were all very comfortable and the dining table was great for mealtimes and games. The view from the house was wonderful. The very friendly seagull who came knocking on the door every day was very cute!

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Jun 2023

  • "Super holiday home."

    Great location, we spent every evening enjoying the sea view. Very well equipped. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0May 2023

  • "The property is fabulously quirky, we had a great stay and will definitely look to return."

    It is so well equipped and comfortable, we loved it, the view is amazing. Special thanks to caretaker Shaun and alarm installer Mark for their help in the storm, both went above and beyond. A few light bulbs to fix and the dishwasher isn't working properly but we let the cleaner know on our way out. We look forward to returning in the future, thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Nikki4.7Sep 2022

  • "This well maintained and equipped house was perfect for us as a family of six but would have comfortably accommodated more."

    The house is comfortable and interesting. The downstairs bedroom ( location ) is quirky and took a while to find ! Very comfortable beds. Having two lounge areas was a bonus as we had teens with us and meant the adults could chat while the teens played their games in a separate area. The house is a comfortable walk to the pebble beach and a couple of pubs.

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Old Portland Courthouse is a superb place to stay for a large group."

    The location is excellent with Weymouth only 15 mins drive away and plenty to do on Portland. We had three generations of family all together (all 21+) and fit comfortably. I highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property is interesting and quirky and reasonably well equipped."

    The garden is minimal and mostly laid with hard landscaping but adequate in size. The views across to Chesil beach are fantastic and the sunsets amazing. We would have preferred more comfortable soft seating outside as the lack of this meant we couldn't relax with a book and glass of wine enjoying the views and surroundings with our family and friends and so ended up walking across to Portland harbour a lot which is nice but we would have preferred to stay at the house more. I would stay there again as the views cannot be matched and the house overall is fine.

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Apr 2022

  • "The Old Court House was everything it said on the tin."

    It was ideal for our family especially at Christmas. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Dec 2021

  • "This is a lovely, unique property with some fantastic views."

    Nice (if steep!) walk into the village and further up to the top of the hill. The outside space was a little disappointing as there was no barbecue and the furniture was very old. The garden lights did not work either.

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Aug 2021

  • "Clearer instructions on recycling would have been good."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is a brilliant holiday rent that was spoilt by poor management."

    It was supposed to be Covid cleaned but the cleaner denied this, so why did we have to wait until 5 pm to access the property? The garden furniture was not fit for purpose as it was broken and in places poorly repaired, and there was not an umbrella/sun shade. It wasn’t until after the cleaner had returned and left that we realised the oven was still dirty. This was advertised as a five star property but the maintenance and cleanliness were well below expectations!

    Reviewed by Jeremy2.8May 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay in Portland."

    Our only criticism was that the key safe was very tricky to reach because the plants alongside the very narrow path were overgrown. Also the key was for a different door from that described in the instructions.

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Sep 2020

  • "Spacious character property with great views over Chesil beach."

    The upstairs area with desk is perfect for anyone needing to do 'work from home'.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2020

  • "The place needs a deep clean, the amount of dust and dirt under the beds and sofas was considerable."

    Being allergic to dust this had an impact on my breathing and I was quite wheezy in the accommodation. Not all the pans provided worked on the induction hob and the table covering was unhygienic as it could not be wiped down. I understand the need to provide a protective table covering but a table cloth or plastic table cloth that can be wiped down needs to be provided as well.

    Reviewed by Jenny3.1Sep 2020

  • "It is a stunning location and on a sunny day has lovely views over Chesil Beach."

    but the outdoor seating only had five chairs outside for 8 people which was disappointing. We did have two chairs delivered from the caretaker , after a phone call, but was never offered a third. The inside of the house was great and really well equipped in the kitchen. Just remember to bring soap and dishwasher tablets with you!

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Jul 2020

  • "We ordered a food delivery for when we arrived but it failed to be delivered as the bell on the secured gate didn't work, this was very frustrating as we had nothing with us."

    A note to inform us about this would have be good. The cleanliness of the bathrooms were not great, the downstairs toilet under the seat needed to be cleaned before use, the bathroom on the 1st floor the sink pedestal is very grimy, and all shower plug holes are full of hair and haven't been cleaned for ages. The table had a white protective cover on, it was very stained and not nice, there was no table cloth to use, we had to go and buy a paper one. We will be using your company again for our annual Christmas weekend but I don't think we would return to this property . Thanks Michelle

    Reviewed by Michelle4.4Dec 2019

  • "Lovely old property but not suitable for the elderly due to steep steps to access the property."

    We had a 91 and 89 year old with us who found it really hard going. Lovely too see the old features left on the Court House. We did not go out at night due to the steps. On the one occasion we did it was difficult to park outside the property in the road. All in all a nice property but not for those with elderly people in their party.

    Reviewed by Judy3.8Aug 2019

  • "Lovely property, beautifully done up with good bedrooms and bathrooms and really great entertaining/social space."

    We would actively choose to rent this property again if we down for another week's sailing event. Stayed August 2017

    Mrs Lucinda RoweSep 2017

  • "Amazing place to stay; spotlessly clean and hassle free from the moment of ..."

    Amazing place to stay; spotlessly clean and hassle free from the moment of booking through to the return of our damages deposit - stayed July 2017

    Mrs Kay RobertsonAug 2017

  • "We all had a great time staying in this "Grand Design" property, very tastefully converted courthouse with some quirky elements )walking out of the main bedroom through a kitchen cabinet door !"

    ) to the more expected, the mezzanine over looking Chesil Beach. The group included three adults and four children and all facilities were impressive from the well equipped kitchen, to the TV sound system and the intrinsic views and location that it provides. If you are thinking of staying here, l suggest don't hesitate before it is booked!!! Stayed October 2016

    Mr Terry BookerNov 2016

  • "The property was excellent."

    Very spacious and great for 4 couples. And what a view! Stayed October 2016

    Mrs Annie KentchingtonOct 2016

  • "This was our second New Year stay at the Old Courthouse and it was perfect (apart from the weather!"

    ). A superb property to see in the New Year in style. Stayed New Year 2015

    Mr Jeremy DyerJan 2016

  • "Stayed August 2015"

    Mrs Julie SromekAug 2015

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size four poster double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin single with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double
  • Shower room, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area, sitting area, first floor sitting area
  • Ground floor utility room accessed via twin single bedroom.
  • Gas central heating, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, Sky TV, DVD, music system, phone for incoming calls only, WiFi, selection of books, games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Landscaped garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Sorry, property not suitable for children under 14
  • Shop and pub 10 min
  • Beach 5 min.

The property

Situated in a wonderful Isle of Portland and overlooking Chesil Beach, The Old Portland Courthouse is a stunning property. The Grade II listed building is dating to 1904 and is original gabled Portland Courthouse.

Now it boasts with modern touches incorporated to this unique character property which suits for big family gatherings or celebrations.

It may just be a fantastic holiday home for those enjoying a bit of luxury when on holidays. The interior boats with original balustrading, wood panelling and a bar that previously was an original ‘Dock’.

Read the morning paper on the original magistrate bench situated on the walkway upstairs and enjoy stunning beach views. The kitchen has granite work surfaces.

You will also find three en-suite bedrooms and high-quality furnishings throughout with stunning large oak four poster bed makes the property shine with luxury attributes. The spacious open plan living area is perfect for sharing the day’s highlights, cooking or playing games.

The antique dining table sits 12 people, so don’t worry if you are having a big celebration.

Enjoy fresh air and sink in stunning views outside in the garden.

You may wish to ramble along the coast path and explore the magnificent Chesil coast, the path that goes around the island visiting the famous Portland Bill, Rufus castle over the Church Open Cove, Verne Citadel and stunning West cliffs.

A short walk from the property and you will find a Co-op, various pubs, restaurants where you can try delicious seafood or treat yourself on a take-away fish & chips, they are simply delicious and you must try it on your holiday.

Spend an afternoon in the public area nearby the property, enjoy a tennis game or bowling.

Take a drive to the seaside town of Weymouth located only couple of miles away with golden sandy beach and other attractions as the Pavilion, Nothe Fort and gardens, or just take a gentle stroll along the harbour. The Old Portland Courthouse is perfect for those looking for luxury and history combined and enjoying sea views.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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 8 people.
Note: This property does not accept bookings with children under 14 as it is not suitable.
Note: the property requires a £250 Good Housekeeping Bond.
Note: Step up to dining area, step up to kitchen, stairs down to super king-size bedroom.
Note: rear steps up to the garden from twin single bedroom.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas