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The Shambles

Fortuneswell, Dorset (Ref. 1082838)


Dream Cottages rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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14 Customer Review(s)

  • Geoffrey

    “A nice, well maintained and equipped property with a great view up Chesil Beach.”

    Vehicle access with a large car might be a challenge for unloading & loading luggage on arrival & departure but there are car parks close by to save the hassle daily.

    Vehicle access with a large car might be a challenge for unloading & loading luggage on arrival & departure but there are car parks close by to save the hassle daily.

    - Geoffrey, November 2023


  • Two bedrooms; 1 x double with panoramic sea views and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On-street parking available on a first come first serve basis
  • Small garden with decking and seating
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.6 miles

The property

The Shambles is a well-presented property resting on the Isle of Portland in Fortuneswell, Dorset and is just moments away from Chesil Beach.

This lovely, homely property is perfect for a family or group of friends looking for a coastal escape and is well equipped with everything you need for a weeklong self-catering stay.

The open-plan living dining room is a perfect spot to enjoy a hearty meal, rustled up in the separate kitchen by the designated chef of the group and can be enjoyed whilst you sit down together and plan your holiday itinerary.

Following your meal, settle down in front of the warmth of the electric fire with a glass of wine, letting the TV do the entertaining for the evening.

There is a small outdoor space area where you can sit with your morning cup of tea before freshening up in the stylish bathroom and getting yourself ready for the day ahead.

When sleep calls, choose from one of the two bedrooms, a double with panoramic sea views and a twin, both light and airy and sure to provide a peaceful night’s rest after a busy day exploring all the delights that this superb Dorset location has to offer.

Heading out of the property, walk through the lanes down a slope to the beach, where you may choose to fish, beachcomb, or just enjoy the fantastic scenery whilst soaking up some sunshine.

Visiting in the early evening is a must as the sunset from here is spectacular and the soothing sound of the waves crashing to the shore makes the perfect scene for a beach picnic with your loved ones.

The Shambles is a perfect base for water sports enthusiasts who can part take in sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, powerboating, and kayaking, with the centre offering taster sessions and equipment hire.

If you’re looking to explore the Isle of Portland further, then take the South West Coastal Path which leads you all around the edge of the island taking in the rugged old quarries, dramatic clifftop landscape and the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse, which majestically stands at a height of 41 metres.

Welcoming guests with a long and sandy beach, traditional beach attractions and a vibrant town centre with plenty of shops, bars restaurants to choose from, is the nearby seaside resort Weymouth.

Choose The Shambles as your home away from home and enjoy all the wonders that the Jurassic Coast has to offer, at any time of the year.

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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!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas