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Old Higher Lighthouse Branscombe Lodge

Portland Bill, Dorset (Ref. 12497)



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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


45 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location, with stunning views."

    An absolute delight. The owners were friendly and helpful and everything was spotlessly clean. It is a short walk to Portland Bill Lighthouse and being able to access the old lighthouse for even more amazing views was a unique experience. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by JoannaOct 2021

  • "Great location for walking and bird watching."

    Very peaceful and relaxing. All the facilities needed to cook and clean, all very clean and tidy. Only criticism is not much storage and beds not that comfortable but that is down to personal preference. Would still recommend especially with the added bonus of using the lighthouse which was amazing

    Reviewed by NikkiSep 2021

  • "Wonderful location for nature lovers."

    Immaculate and well equipped cottage.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2021

  • "The views are amazing from every window."

    If you want peace and quiet and just the sound of birds singing then this is the place to come .Sitting in the lighthouse watching the world go by is totally relaxing.The cottage has everything in it that you would need and more.Its absolutely spotless everywhere.Ive been to a lot of cottages at sykes but this place i always try to come back and visit every year if i can.

    Reviewed by HayleyApr 2021

  • "Fantastic location, really helpful hosts and a lovely pool ."

    The views from the cottage were amazing. All the advantages of having the coast on your doorstep without the crowds. Very relaxing.

    Reviewed by KatrinaJul 2020

  • "Lovely place ,hosts very friendly could not fault it"

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2020

  • "An amazing place to stay and we really enjoyed our time in the cottage ."

    Reviewed by ChrisFeb 2020

  • "The Lockyer family were really friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    As previous holiday cottage owners, it was actually the first time that we had stayed in a holiday let and we would certainly do so again.

    Reviewed by SueJan 2020

  • "What a fantastic place to stay."

    Sea views out of every window of cottage perfect. Owners very welcoming ,milk cookies,tea coffee and sugar on arrival. The use of the lighthouse was an added bonus.Will be returning to this property again.Perfect !

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2019

  • "Great holiday and cottage had the most fantastic sea views."

    Great for walking and relaxing which is what we needed.

    Reviewed by MarietteSep 2019

  • "Fabulous, quirky place to stay - charming cottage, but with all mod cons."

    Views are awesome, and location is excellent for travelling to all the attractions of the area. The host family are very friendly and obliging, even leaving us some home grown vegetables on our doorstep! Would, ( and will ), definitely recommend this cottage to anyone - it is a peaceful & relaxing retreat in a very interesting area of the country.

    Reviewed by MichelleSep 2019

  • "The lodge was in the perfect position anyone could ask for ,with breath taking views all around ."

    And if you like coastal walks this is the place to stay. The owners are very friendly and make sure that everything is ok and to your liking, they also give you the tour of the surrounding property which includes the swimming pool and lighthouse . you can not regret by booking a holiday here.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2019

  • "Lovely holiday very clean and the owners were very pleasant and helpfull."

    Would book again.

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2019

  • "Beautiful location with fantastic views."

    Great for listening to the skylarks.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2019

  • "Most enjoyable holiday for accommodation we have ever had, the views were ..."

    Most enjoyable holiday for accommodation we have ever had, the views were stunning , and the owners were on hand for everything that were needed , again another big thank you to them

    Reviewed by CMay 2019

  • "Lovely spot with easy access to the Jurassic coast and numerous museums and attractions."

    The cottage met our needs extremely well and enabled us to be totally independent. Wonderful panoramic sea views from the cottage and the adjoining lighthouse.

    Reviewed by GeorginaApr 2019

  • "We had a very warm welcome and had everything we needed it’s was a real home from home and a pleasure to stay ."

    The walks from the back door were fabulous and the views amazing. We had a lovely well needed break with everything on hand.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2019

  • "A lovely place for getting away from it all."

    We loved the sea views and being off the beaten track. Not the kind of place if you like the hustle and bustle of people, shops and restaurants, which meant it suited us down to the ground. Whilst walking the Coastal Path we were able to visit the disused quarry, Ope Cove and take in the great sea views. We stopped off at The Lobster Pot cafe, the Eight Kings pub and the Heights hotel coffee shop for refreshments whilst out walking. A very clean and comfortable place to stay with all the facilities that we needed for a peaceful get away. The owner was very welcoming and friendly, on hand if needed but not necessary in our case.

    Reviewed by CaroleMar 2019

  • "Beautiful location."

    Cottage facilities were very, very basic. Low quality bedding, plastic, rustling mattress protectors, notes everywhere re what guests should/ should not do. Cottage was incredibly hot but we weren't supposed to turn rads off, so slept with windows open in February. Very dated decor. Would not stay here again, despite beautiful view. --------------------------------- Many thanks for your valuable feedback, we are very disappointed that one of our properties has seemingly let us down and not provided you with the experienced that we had hoped for. We will be contacting the owner of this property shortly regarding the points you have raised.

    Reviewed by KlaraFeb 2019

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    Reviewed by SallyNov 2018

  • "Amazing location."

    Plenty of walks in the area. Easy driving to Weymouth and surrounding areas

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2018

  • "The cottage is perfect for getting away from modern life."

    Great sea views, clean, and comfortable and the owners could not be friendlier and more welcoming. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2018

  • "Fabulous location that is very unique and superbly peaceful."

    The pool is excellent and a real asset. The cottage is very functional if a little compact downstairs but upstairs living room is lovely with great views. Owners are very helpful. Would suit those seeking a complete escape and great walks.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2018

  • "A warm welcome from the helpful owners."

    Wonderful views from the very comfortable living room. Great walks in a fascinating and peaceful part of the country. Access to the lighthouse observatory and to the pool was a bonus.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2018

  • "The location is fantastic and the lighthouse unique."

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2017

  • "The only downside was feeding meters for electricity, would rather pay more and not have to worry."

    Other than that fabulous

    Reviewed by DianeJan 2017

  • "Spotlessly clean, everything we needed, peaceful quiet location with stunning views, hardly left the island as superb walks from the cottage door."

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2016

  • "Brilliant holiday."

    Fantastic location with lovely walks on doorstep.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2016

  • "It was beautiful, breathtaking and the hosts were wonderful."

    Will be going back.

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2016

  • "Unbeatable views and wonderful location, as well as comfortable accommodation."

    Reviewed by JeanOct 2015

  • "The views were brilliant from the cottage."

    Best holiday we have ever had and would recommend it, if you love walking even a bit of cliff climbing can be done.

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 2015

  • "Particularity liked the solitude at a time to reflect and reboot."

    The sunset out of the lounge window was amazing. Settling back and sitting on the sofa watching the calm sea as the sun went down was amazing.

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2015

  • "An amazing setting with views you could take in forever, it is an extremely relaxing place to go."

    Reviewed by RitchieOct 2014

  • "A very nice cottage with wonderful views, a lovely week enjoyed by all."

    Reviewed by ColinOct 2014

  • "Liked the location & situation of the cottage and the views from the upstairs sitting room."

    Access to the cliff paths and bird watching, would recommend this cottage to people with this interest.

    Reviewed by BeverleySep 2014

  • "It was an absolutely stunning property and the views were spectacular."

    The owners had a pair of binoculars in the property and lots of info' about the flora and fauna, so that all you wanted to do was watch what was going on outside when you were at the property. As the sitting room is upstairs with windows on all sides there was plenty to look at. It was so relaxing a holiday as all you can hear is the occasional boat and the birds. The fact that you step a few feet out of the property and you are on to the coastal path was brilliant, ideal for walkers. The owners made you feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2014

  • "Good having access to the lighthouse building."

    We spent many happy hours up there admiring the view, reading and watching the sunset. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The location was amazing - remote but with very easy access to the Purbeck coast, Weymouth and lots of National Trust properties and other attractions.

    Reviewed by TriciaApr 2014

  • "The accommodation was brilliant, clean and functional."

    The ambience of the location and building, and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the hosts and their neighbours made this place exceptional. Fabulous base for so many activities or just sitting and enjoying the sun and sea. Looking forward to a return trip.

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2013

  • "We loved it all."

    It was a great bonus to be able to go into the lighthouse as the views were wonderful.

    Reviewed by PamelaJun 2013

  • "The wonderful views."

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2012

  • "Everything, its unique setting with the views from the living room, landing, kitchen, bedroom 1 and bedroom 2."

    The Lighthouse, having sea views makes this a fantastic place to stay.

    Reviewed by MarkNov 2012

  • "We enjoyed everything - Portland Bill, the accommodation and our hosts."

    A super holiday.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2012

  • "Location and the hosts were fantastic."

    Reviewed by KevinMay 2012

  • "Fantastic views from the first floor sitting room."

    Use of the old lighthouse was an unexpected bonus. A very special location. Helpful owners.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2012

  • "Our welcome was lovely - warm, friendly and very informative."

    The location of the property is stunning and the views just incredible - with the added bonus of being allowed access to their lighthouse. We had a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2012

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Old Higher Lighthouse Cottages

A unique opportunity to stay in two Grade II listed cottages, situated in what must be one of the most peaceful and stunning locations on Dorset’s rugged Jurassic Coast at Portland Bill. Situated right beside the sympathetically restored 18th century Old Higher Lighthouse, once the home of Dr Marie Stopes and visited by George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and Thomas Hardy, these Portland Bill cottages have been comfortably furnished throughout to offer visitors a home-from-home holiday experience. Together, they can accommodate up to eight people in comfort, where you have shared use of the seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. There are superb opportunities for walking and bird watching as well as climbing and diving, or why not just simply relax in the lighthouse and take in the sensational sea views or unwind beside the swimming pool? A short stroll takes you to The Bill itself, craggy rocks jutting out into the sea dominated by the current Trinity House lighthouse. The Bill’s friendly cafe and local pub provide good food and refreshments should you wish to take time out whilst exploring the dramatic coast. The owner of these cottages can offer reflexology, spiritual and crystal healing, plus Emotional Freedom Technique on site by arrangement, making them a holiday experience you’ll never forget!

The property

Situated just forty feet from the Old Higher Lighthouse, this upside down detached Grade II listed cottage makes the most of the fantastic sea and coastal views, as the whole of the first floor is given over to a light and airy sitting and dining room with windows on all four sides.

Take advantage of shared access to the lighthouse tower and observatory from where there are breathtaking views of Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Alternatively, take a dip in the shared heated pool and Jacuzzi, or take a stroll along the rugged coast.

A memorable cottage whatever the weather!

Note: This cottage is next to Ref. 12494, together they sleep 8.


  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor kitchen
  • First floor sitting room with dining area and panoramic views.
  • Electric radiators, Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel & power included in rent
  • Ample off road parking for cars and boats
  • Lawned area and patio with garden furniture and ornamental fish pond
  • Shared seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi (available May - September inclusive)
  • Shared access to lighthouse observatory via steep steps
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: No children under 5 years due to ponds and proximity of cliff edge.

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About the location


Easton 3 miles; Fortuneswell 4 miles; Weymouth 9 miles.

Portland Bill is a narrow promontory on the end of the rugged Isle of Portland peninsula which is joined to the mainland via Chesil Beach, a pebble spit, which stretches 18 miles towards West Bay. Situated on Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast, now a World Heritage Site, Portland Bill is home to three lighthouses, the most recent built in 1906 being the 35 meter tall, white and red striped Portland Bill Lighthouse. Portland Bill is home to a pub and a restaurant/café as well as the Portland Bird Observatory. Formerly a quarrying area, the stunning coastal scenery and footpaths provide excellent walking and the surrounding countryside is well known as a birdwatcher’s paradise! The local communities of Fortuneswell and Easton boast a good variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. With great climbing opportunities and an array of watersports activities on offer locally, plus the wonderful sandy beaches and the pretty harbour at Weymouth just 9 miles away, this super holiday destination is not to be missed!

Region Information

Note: No children under 5 years due to ponds and proximity of cliff edge.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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