Built in the 18th century the Old Higher Lighthouse was used for its original purpose until 1906. Past owners include Dr Marie Stopes, the pioneer of birth control, who entertained a number of famous people during her time there. Dating back to 1716 the Old Higher Lighthouse was the first true lighthouse on Portland Bill, although there was a beacon on the site back as far as 1620.
The Old Higher Lighthouse actually has four cottages within its grounds and it is Branscombe Lodge Cottage and Stopes Cottage, both beautifully restored, which are available for holiday lets. At the time Fran & Les purchased the property in 1981 it had lain derelict for a number of years but it has now been lovingly restored without losing its unique character.
Sitting almost on Portland Bill Branscombe Lodge Cottage and Stopes Cotttage are peacefully situated up a quiet track and offer spectacular views from the lighthouse tower. They are ideal for walkers, ornithologists, photographers or those just wanting to get away from it all.
Portland is part of the 95-mile stretch of coastline awarded natural World Heritage status because of its outstanding geology, which spans 180 million years of earth history. The Island is joined to the mainland by a causeway and the famous Chesil Bank, an 18-mile stretch of shingle running from Portland to West Bay.
There is an outdoor heated swimming pool and a jacuzzi (Seasonal) and large ornamental gardens.