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Rainbow's End

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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We liked the house and the surroundings."

    The house was very clean, warm and well fitted. The views over the sea are stunning. What we did not like was the smell of mold, esp. near the bed in the small bedroom and when you opened the cupboards in the kitchen. Perhaps a lack of ventilation and/ or heating ?

    Reviewed by Elisabet4.7Feb 2024

  • "The cottage has everything you need for a family vacation."

    I can’t think of anything to complain about. A great week.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have stayed at Rainbows many many times."

    It has been our bolt hole when we need to come to Dorset and refuge after stressful times. We love it. It is always spotlessly clean and the view from the house is wonderful. There is everything you need in the house. There are some things that do need to be mentioned though by Sykes. The parking is really only for a small car (we have a Honda Civic and it only just fits). Because of all the building work going on elsewhere up the road and it is major work, and the nice weather, the road was very busy when we were there. Parking was at a premium. It is not easy to get on the drive when camper vans and 'tanks' are parked in the road directly opposite the house. I guess we were just unlucky a lot of the time. Older people and children need to be aware that there are a lot of stairs to go upstairs (more than in my house and steeper) and there is no handrail on one side. A 'pigs ear' handrail would be a great bonus and probably save hands going on the walls on the way down. The step over into the bath/shower is quite high and there are no grab rails. For the first time I did struggle this holiday with the stairs and the bath/shower. Also the TV etc. is only as good as the Wi-Fi service and I am afraid Talk Talk failed miserably for a lot of the week so no TV certain nights. They had a major outage for a few days. However, that is not the owners fault. When we got there, the house book said to press TV Guide on the remote and pick a channel. Yes the list comes up but that doesn't work because there is no aerial, hence no signal. It did take us a while to find out how to work the TV and find channels. Our daughter helped us eventually via a phone call.! OK, we are dinosaurs ! That said we had a wonderful week, the weather was kind to us and we came home relaxed and happy and will no doubt return next year sometime for sure. Please thank Geoff and Clare for us for letting us have a lovely much needed holiday in their lovely holiday home.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Sep 2023

  • "As with all our other visits, Rainbows End is great."

    No issues, and have already booked for two weeks next year! Tried the 'Fat Badger' cafe for the first time, a reasonable walk from RE, and that was excellent. Great value and great service.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2023

  • "I and my family had the most amazing holiday at Rainbows End."

    Looking out of the window overlooking the bay was simply perfect. We came home feeling sad that we couldn't stay there.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0May 2023

  • "We found the property excellent, good views from living room window, comfortable beds."

    Only a short trip to Weymouth for the shops and seafront, far enough away to ensure quiet evenings and nights. Property clean and well presented, a pleasurable week. Only complaint the adverised dvd player was absent, annoying when you are old school.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Rainbows end."

    It was such a wonderful location with amazing views. However, a tumble dryer would have been really useful perhaps sited in the covered area outside and also a high chair and stair gate for the landing. We managed though and would return.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Oct 2022

  • "A comfortable and well maintained property with a view to die for."

    Easy reach of all required facilities.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Sep 2022

  • "Rainbows End is a delight."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with excellent facilities in a lovely location with stunning views overlooking Portland Harbour. It's proximity to the Rodwell trail provided ideal access on foot to both Weymouth and Portland.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous house second time we had stayed there Ideal for a family especially with the beach at the end of the road"

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Stayed here numerous times over the years and will be back next year."

    The pictures on the Drean Cottages webpage speak for themselves. The house is very comfortable to live in and for us is in an ideal position for visiting both Weymouth and Portland. I don't think there is anywhere quite like Portland and in many ways it is more interesting than Weymouth. The cottage is ideally place for ship watching and there are many more cruise ships using Portland Port. Parking at the cottage can be a bit difficult but if you get there early it's easy to walk into Weymouth whilst the cottage is being prepared. It is just possible to park on the drive even with a family car.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Rainbow's End is of an exceptionally high standard in quality and location, and the owner and property agents go out of their way to provide help or advice when needed."

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent holiday at rainbows end as usual,our 14th stay at this property and looking forward to our next holiday here in September."

    Reviewed by Mike4.7May 2022

  • "A very clean, well equipped house with a lovely garden and fantastic views."

    It is also well located for walking. The house is spacious and nicely furnished, only let down by not having a walk-in shower. The bath is particularly deep and could prove a problem for older and infirmed visitors. I have a VW Golf, which I was just able to park on the drive. A larger car than this would have to be parked on what is a quiet no through road. Despite these minor points, this is a truly excellent property in which to spend a holiday.

    Reviewed by Iain4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had an enjoyable stay."

    The weather overall was kind for the time of year and the views from the back of the house were interesting across the harbour to Portland. The Roswell trail was easily accessed and walks in both directions were interesting, about 20mins to Weymouth and 10mins to Chesil beach and the coastal path. The property was reasonably equipped and the recovered sofas looked good. The driveway parking was too small for our car, so we parked on the road outside with no problems.

    Reviewed by Joan4.4Mar 2022

  • "Clean, comfortable, well equipped house with superb, uninterrupted views across the harbour to Portland."

    Access to the Rodwell Trail was very useful allowing traffic free, flat walking to local shops, Weymouth and Chesil Beach. Overall a very relaxing holiday, the only slight niggle being the worn/faded state of the sofa covers.

    Thanks for your positive feedback and we are pleased you enjoyed your holiday. We accept your niggle regarding the sofa covers. We have been waiting for new covers to be manufactured for some time and have now been promised they will be with us by Christmas! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2021

  • "Arrived to a sanitized and very clean house."

    Views are just amazing at the back. Since we stayed there 6 years ago, the garden has matured but it was very well maintained. The little seat at the end is a lovely touch. Well cared for, very pleasant and comfortable stay. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2021

  • "The holiday met our expectations as we have been several times before and know what to expect."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "Rainbow's End is perfectly situated with stunning views over Portland Bay from the living area and two bedrooms."

    Castle Cove has a nice quiet beach, just two minutes down the road and it is easy to walk into Weymouth either on part of the coastal path or the Rodwell Trail. We took two cars but always managed to park easily on the road. There is lots to do in the area and we particularly enjoyed visits to the Swannery at Abbotsbury (as well as looking round the picturesque village) and to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The Dorset landscape is beautiful. We would certainly book Rainbow's End if we were choosing to holiday in the area again and would happily recommend it.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jul 2021

  • "Superb location, with excellent views directly onto Portland harbour."

    Well maintained property, containing all the necessary equipment required for an enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Oct 2020

  • "Rainbows End is an ideal holiday destination."

    It is located on a quiet no through road yet only 20 minutes walk from the harbour at Weymouth along the traffic free Rodwell Trail. The house was spotlessly clean with new carpets, bedding etc. It felt totally COVID safe. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed glorious sea views from the garden, lounge and bedrooms. The views day and night really were exceptional. There is a small sandy beach at the end of the road which would be ideal for small children. Would recommend this accommodation wholeheartedly.

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Sep 2020

  • "The property experienced an outstanding view from the rear aspect."

    A lovely location out of the rat race of Weymouth. However easily walkable to the town. Sandsfoot Castle and gardens with a delightful cafe were just a few steps away. Parking for a medium size car off road was a plus; a larger car can be accommodated on the minor road, only busy on a weekend.The house itself was very clean and comfortable. The amazing views across Portland harbour from the dining / lounge are wonderful. The bedrooms (2 with views of the harbour) are all very clean and comfortable. The Rodwell Trail (old railway line) is on the doorstep and offers a traffic free walk into Weymouth, around 1.5 miles. The coastal walk into Weymouth via Norte Castle is delightful. A big thank you to the owners for allowing this property to be shared. One general comment: as we use your booking site regularly, it would be helpful if possible to show driveway dimensions on all your properties where vehicle size may be an issue.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Sep 2020

  • "We loved our holiday at Rainbows end cottage in Weymouth this last week, it was the perfect place to unwind and chill out in after a tough year."

    The cottage was in a lovely location, not too far from the main town but out far enough not to be disturbed, we were in a cul-de-sac with a lovely small almost private beach at the bottom of the road then just up the road a beautiful little park, which also had a ruined castle. The cottage itself was fantastic, very spacious, very clean and had everything we needed including an absolutely stunning view from the french windows in the back of the house looking over the sea and on to Portland. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this cottage or Sykes for all their help and communication and are looking to book up again somewhere else for next year.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2020

  • "Rainbows End is definitely one of the best cottages we have stayed at."

    We have been booking with Dream/Sykes for the last two decades and this was one of the most enjoyable. The views are fantastic, the house was brilliant for our family of two adults and two teenage kids and having a beach and the Rodwell walk on our doorstep was superb. I can't wait to be able to go back.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2020

  • "Property had a excellent sea view across the harbour which you could look at all day, and Portland lit up at night."

    The location was excellent, just 5-10 minutes walk to small sandy beach but not too crowded, everyone keeping 2 metres distance. There are quite a few steps down to beach and no facilities. 2 mins walk to castle and gardens with small café serving ice creams etc. although got busy due to nice weather. We did have to use the internet a lot to find out about places to visit and eat out in the evening, as there is limited information in the property, understandable due to current situations (virus). If eating out, you need to book a table in most circumstances and it is best to check with them what is on the menu, as we found that restaurants had a reduced menu, but not advertised on their websites. Our party was 4 adults, so we had taken with us card games etc., but a family with small children would need to remember to take their own games, toys, DVDs as there are none in the property. Parking on the road outside the property gets very busy from about 8am - 5pm as the property is 2mins walk from another small private beach, so you will need to park on space in front of house. You just need to be prepared when visiting attractions that you may need to wear a mask, have your temperature checked, keep 2 metre distance and follow one way systems. Best advice, always make sure you have a mask to hand. Overall we had a lovely relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing - the view was just stunning- it was so much better than I hope for."

    And the little beach was so close to the property. Even the big beach in Weymouth was only a 5 minute drive away. We had a wonderful holiday and will definitely be back. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Mikhaila5.0Jul 2020

  • "We have been to lots of places over the years but this one is the best for the view."

    It is so amazing we didnt want to go out during the day as we just wanted to sit and watch the world go by .The house is also immaculate throughout, so much so that it feels brand new.Beds are comfy.Very peaceful and quiet area but close to everything.We will be rebooking for next year.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Nov 2019

  • "As I have said before after many stays were, the reason it only 'meets expectations' is because our expectations are very high."

    A great holiday yet again in this lovely house.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Sep 2019

  • "The location of the house is amazing and we really enjoyed the sea view."

    But unfortunately the house seemed quite run down, with grubby carpets, visibly dirty cutlery and tables, spiderwebs everywhere. On the upside, the beds seemed clean. We also had to buy a lot of basic stuff, since we only got 2 tabs for the dishwasher and 0 for the washing machine, for 1 week. Actually, everything was counted: garbage bags, even toilet paper. This gave a rather unwelcoming impression. I really hate having to give a bad review, but I cannot really recommend this house, especially not to families with small children who like to play on the floor.

    Reviewed by Alexandra2.5Aug 2019

  • "Great holiday"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely and peaceful location found it hard to not just sit down and look at the view."

    As a former governor of California says "I'll be back!"

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Aug 2019

  • "The only reason I only ticked 'met expectations' is because we have been several times before and our expectations are already very high!"

    Love the house, the location and the views. You only have to read the review comments in the information book they leave to see that we are not the only people who appreciate everything that 'Rainbows End' has to offer. Due back in September, and have already booked for next May! Long may it last, as there are no other properties in Weymouth that come close!

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2019

  • "Spent the Easter weekend at Rainbow's End and had amazing time with the family."

    The cottage is spacious and with the most amazing views and only 2mins away from the beach. Planning to book out next visit.

    Reviewed by Lilly4.7Apr 2019

  • "Another great holiday at this property which we have been coming to for several years, comfortable house with marvellous views and great walks nearby,down again in september!"

    Stayed May 2018

    Mr Mike McWhirrJun 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage, quiet location, wonderful sea view, everything we needed and more."

    Stayed March 2018

    Mrs Judy PennyApr 2018

  • "A spacious, well appointed and comfortable house with a lovely garden and spectacular views even in bad weather!"

    Close to all amenities and other locations of interest.

    Mrs KendallNov 2017

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed staying here."

    The house was perfect with stunning views over the bay. It was in very good order and very clean. Stayed August 2017.

    Mr DenchfieldAug 2017

  • "Can't think of a better location!"

    Already booked for next year. Stayed May 2017

    Mr Mike McWhirrJun 2017

  • "As always great place to stay and booked again for next year."

    Great having Dream Cottage office at Brewer's quay as well.. easy to pop in! Stayed September 2016

    Mr Mike McWhirrSep 2016

  • "What a beautifully maintained property in an idyllic location."

    All you could wish for was provided and even the weather showed everything around to its best advantage. Would love to return sometime soon!! Stayed August 2016

    Mrs Judith PatersonAug 2016

  • "Our stay at Rainbows End could not have been better."

    We were there with my elderly mother and my sister visiting from Australia, so to have such a comfortable well equipped house was fantastic. We were enchanted by the amazing view and as we had a very hot and sunny week we were able to make use of the lovely garden. It exceeded our expectations and made our holiday very special. Stayed July 2016

    Mrs Amanda WilsonAug 2016

  • "Have stayed at several places in Weymouth over the years."

    This is by far the best. Already booked for later this year and next spring. Stayed May 2016

    Mr Mike McWhirrJun 2016

  • "Ever efficient service from Dream Cottages and a wonderful house on the sea shore."

    Stayed April 2016

    Mr Bill O'NeillApr 2016

  • "One of the nicest holiday homes that we have stayed in Weymouth."

    We have recently moved further away from the the south coast hence we may try the east coast instead next year.It truly was a marvelous holiday,made even more enjoyable by staying at Rainbows End. Thank you, Stayed September/October 2015

    Mrs FolkesOct 2015

  • "Rainbow's End is a lovely holiday home, spacious and well equipped."

    The property has been well maintained and has a lovely garden which overlooks Portland Harbour. The private beach at the end of the road is ideal for children. Would recommend this holiday home and look forward to booking again. Stayed August 2015

    Mr & Miss Roy Ward & EvansAug 2015

  • "Very well equipped property in good position."

    This was our third visit in three years; what more can we say? Stayed July 2015

    Mr Gorden SeamanJul 2015

  • "Booked fro a third year at Rainbow's End."

    Easy to book. No problems with payments. Staff very helpful and friendly. Excellent location and views with comfortable accommodation.

    Mr StrattonJun 2015

  • "Fifth summer booking via Dream cottages and our Fourth in a row at Rainbows End, as good as always."

    We will be booking again for next year. A special thanks to the Dream Cottages team for their assistance over and above what is required. Regards Paul Heather Laura and Neil Hampson

    Mr Paul HampsonJul 2014

  • "We thoroughly our stay at Rainbow's End."

    We used the house as a base for sailing and windsurfing in Portland harbour. We loved the views from the lounge and garden and would certainly book again.

    Mr Trevor GoldstoneJul 2014

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  • Ground floor: Kitchen
  • Lounge/Diner with sea views
  • Cloakroom with toilet and hand basin
  • Lean-to boot room with hand basin
  • First Floor Bedroom 1, 5 ft double bed
  • Bedroom 2, twin bedroom
  • Bedroom 3, single bed
  • Bathroom, shower over bath, hand basin and toilet, heated towel rail.
  • Gas central heating, Microwave, Fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Off-street parking space for medium car, unrestricted free street parking in Old Castle Road
  • Cot & highchair
  • Bed linen and towels inclusive
  • Large tiered garden with patio area, lawn and views over the sea
  • Sorry no Pets, Sorry no smoking.

The property

Rainbow's End is fantastically positioned offering stunning uninterrupted views over Portland Harbour.

A three bedroom house with a large tiered garden with patio area, lawn with views over the sea to Portland.

Meaning you will spend most of your holiday sitting outside enjoy the ever changing colours and view of the sea and sky.

On the ground floor you will find a large sitting room with dining area with excellent uninterrupted sea views of Portland.

The property also boasts three bedrooms on the first floor, the rear bedrooms with sea views.

It is close to a wide range of amenities including Sandsfoot Beach (next to the sailing club), Tudor castle and many imposing coastal walks in the direction of the Nothe Fort and The Castle Cove Sailing Club.

The Rodwell Trail, formerly a railway line, is situated moments away and provides a picturesque walking or cycling route into the town centre in one direction and to Portland in the other.

A 30 minute stroll along the flat Rodwell Trail and you are in the centre of Weymouth.

Explore around the harbourside and the shopping avenues of Weymouth.

Maybe stopping for a drink in one of the many bars or coffee shops.

This three bedroom property on the Rodwell Trail is the perfect place to spend quality time breathing in the fresh sea air.

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

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About the location


Weymouth 2.1 miles; Dorchester 8.8 miles; Lyme Regis 28.5 miles.

Castle Cove is a firm favourite with locals, sitting alongside the Rodwell trail area, Castle Cove Beach is usually uncrowded, and offers safe bathing from its gently sloping shoreline. There are two main beach areas, Castle Cove, new steps to the beach opened early in 2019, and Sandsfoot beach, both with soft golden sand and the vibe of the best kept secret. Sandsfoot castle is just two minutes’ walk from the beach where you will find castle ruins, pretty, award-winning gardens and a small café, offering snacks, drinks and ice-creams. Accessed off Old Castle Road in Weymouth, this area is a real treat for those who want to be away from the buzz and bright lights of the traditional Weymouth Seafront, and yet close enough to venture there when they choose. When you are on the beach you could be forgiven for thinking you are miles from town, and yet you are only within easy reach of the old Harbour and access to Weymouth town centre. If you want to know where the locals would recommend you spend your beach days, then Castle Cove and Sandsfoot beaches are it.

Note. Off-street parking space for medium car, unrestricted free street parking in Old Castle Road subject to availability.
Note: Guests to provide their own cot bed linen.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas