The Old Portland Courthouse

Located in Fortuneswell, Dorset

This Grade II listed converted house is in Fortuneswell, Portland in Dorset and can sleep 8 people in 4 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Pet Friendly: No


The Old Portland Courthouse is a Grade II listed converted house situated in Fortuneswell, Portland in Dorset with antique furnishings and sea views. The house can sleep 8 people in 1 king-size four-poster double, 1 twin single, 1 double all with en-suite showers and 1 double bedroom as well as a shower room. The rest of the house is made up of a fitted kitchen/dining/sitting room and 2nd sitting room. To the outside of the house are on-road parking and a landscaped garden with furniture. The Old Portland Courthouse is perfect for big groups looking for luxury and history combined with sea views.

Property Details

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, 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 Jurassic Skyline, 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.


  • 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
  • Shop and pub 10 min
  • Beach 5 min


Close to coast
Four Poster
Great View
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Washing machine



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Area Details


Fortuneswell covers quite a large area. From just below the top of the island with its amazing views along Chesil Beach to the bottom of the hill where it blends into Chiswell. As you descend from the Heights Hotel you will see the Olympic Rings sculpture to commemorate the 2012 Olympics. Portland hosted the sailing and windsurfing events. Further down you will see a statue by a local artist titled "The Spirit of Portland" with more great views along Chesil Beach. Fortuneswell has many shops including a Co-op, Boots and the Royal Manor Theatre.

The walking from Fortuneswell is good but do remember you are on a slope. Therefore, an easy walk one way will be harder on the way back! Walk to the High Angle Battery, an 18th-century gun emplacement. Tout Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park are opposite the Heights Hotel. Artists have been creating sculptures to leave around the park since 1983. Famous sculptures include the Falling Man by Sir Antony Gormley. Chesil Beach is easily accessible if you fancy a walk along the sea. There are several pubs, restaurants and takeaways all available within Fortuneswell. A short walk to Chiswell gives you many more options to eat out and all within walking distance.

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