Schooner cottage has been beautifully restored, giving it the character of its Georgian past with modern amenities.
My husband and I stayed on Portland for 4 nights.. The views from the cottage were amazing. The window in the bathroom had been enlarged and privacy film applied so you could see out without being seen, not sure I trusted it, especially with the light on, so used the blind. You could even see the sea whilst showering on the ground floor, not overlooked from the window.The outside coutyard was charming, you could imagine the fishing rods stored in the corner.We would recommend Schooner cottage, although 6 people may struggle as the basins are rather small, only suitable for hand washing and teeth cleaning.The bath does not have a shower attached, and there is nothing to clean it with.
The other slight niggles we had were. No hand soap, no dishwasher tablets, no washing up liquid, no paper towel. There was a sign in the shower room warning against hot water, but the shower didn't have any indicators on it which way was hot and cold, and as it was a fixed head you could not escape.The stairs to the 2nd floor were very small and steep.We thought the 10:00am vacating deadline could be changed to 10:30 or 11:00, as just the two of us struggled to have breakfast, shower and leave it as you found it. A rather stressful end to our holiday.
We had a wonderful 4 days, Portland is a unique place that everyone should experience.
This was our first visit to Portland and we had a brilliant stay. Our base was Schooner Cottage, a very quaint, very old fisherman's cottage which has been renovated to the highest standards by the present owner.
The property is approached by a narrow road, designed for travelling on 4 legs rather than 4 wheels, but after dropping off our belongings we were able to park approx 30 yards down the road. I was slightly concerned that if we moved the car we may not get the same spot again but in fact we decided not to drive at all as the bus service is so frequent (every 15 mins) from both the bottom and the top of the road. In the summer they even run 24 hrs to Weymouth so you can easily enjoy an evening out in the town. There is a Co-Op store at the top of the road and a very good chip shop opposite that.
The cottage itself is delightful. The decoration has been carefully thought about with many traditional features still evident. The accommodation is small but you don't feel cramped, rather just cosy. The kitchen is well stocked with every appliance you could need all of which were easy to use with a folder full of instructions if needed. The living room is well furnished with freeview tv and wifi connection.
My favourite room has to be the bathroom, I could quite happily have spent all my time lying in the deep roll top bath gazing out of the huge window.
Eateries nearby tend to get booked up quickly but are well worth the effort, the closest to the property are The Cove Inn, a pub directly on the beach front and Quiddles, a short walk away, again on the beach front and they serve a fabulous breakfast!
We will definitely book Schooner Cottage again.
This was our first trip to Dorset, but will not be our last! Schooner Cottage proved to be a great base from which to explore this wonderful part of England with Lyme Regis, Durdle Door, Lulworth, Weymouth and the sights of the Island of Portland itself all within an easy drive. The cottage itself is within very short walk to Chesil beach, restaurants, a few nice pubs and Portland harbour from where you can take a boat into Weymouth across the bay. 4 days was not enough!
Schooner Cottage, with stunning views across Chesil beach from the top bedroom, has been sympathetically restored to keep its original charm and cosy feel, whilst providing those 21st century luxuries we need to make our holiday complete - dishwasher, washer, smart TV and a choice of bathrooms :) We found it extremely clean, tidy and well maintained and it felt much more personal and homely than a 'typical' rental accommodation with many personal touches evident from the owners.
Whilst there's no car parking on site ( it was built long before cars, trains and maybe the wheel was invented ;)) we were able to pull up outside the cottage, unpack our belongings and park the car safely a short 100m away. This made for a very quiet location.
If Schooner Cottage is available next time we visit the south coast, we'll try to book in here again - there's still so much we've not yet discovered. Thanks for a lovely stay!
We had never visited the Isle of Portland before, and absolutely loved it. Schooner Cottage is a great base to discover the surrounding area. It has been immaculately decorated, with lots of lovely detail. The owners have clearly put a lot of thought and care into the property. The bath was gorgeous! The rooms are small, but the pictures are reflective of this, and we are a family of five adults and had plenty of space. There is no parking at the property, but we never had a problem finding free on-street parking close by. There are sea views from the back of the cottage (top bedroom view below). Chesil cove is a very short walk away, and is a quiet and beautiful pebble beach. On the sea front, Quiddles Cafe is open all day, but books up quickly so you may want to book in advance for lunch or dinner. Daniel's Fish and Chips is just up the hill, and very good too. Co-op is also minutes away. In all, a perfect place for a long weekend by the sea.