Stonehall: The Stonehouse & The Vestry

Portland Island, Dorset
Self-catering


Built into a hillside overlooking Chesil Beach, a place for big groups to relax, eat, party and watch sunsets over fishermen's cottages

Bed

18 beds

Bedroom

8 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 18

The
Experience

The children who once chanted lessons in this Victorian school house would be amazed. Magnificent roof timbers frame a lofty new living space flood-lit by glass doors; beyond, a sea-facing terrace for barbecues and sundowners. Decor is rustic, robust and pared down, you get uncluttered rooms in chalky shades of grey, coir mats on heated stone floors and a double-sided wood-burner between the sitting room sofas and master bedroom. Creativity shines: a kitchen table on sewing machine bases, wooden floors from a badminton court, vibrant artworks on Farrow and Ball walls. Arched windows and church pew ends recall the building’s history but all else is spanking new, from wet rooms to a range cooker. Smaller groups take the French-style Vestry, linked via narrow steps. Here you can cook in the country kitchen and eat in a walled garden; upstairs is a stove-warmed sitting room and attic bedrooms with sea views. An 1850s Great Hall stands between the two and is available for parties. Step out to Chiswell’s restaurants and Chesil Beach, hike the coastal path, whizz over waves on a windsurfer, stroll to the park for tennis.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
By 11am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £650
Damage deposit
££250
Surcharges
Discounts for smaller groups available.
1 House for 12
From £10012 beds5 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From £1006 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

A wonderful place to spend Christmas. We arrived to find the Vestry beautifully decorated, which was a lovely surprise. The location is superb with the beach and the coastal path walks just a minute away. The house is terrific, a great kitchen with lots of cooking equipment, very cosy lounge room with a garden patio that would be amazing in summer and lovely bedrooms and terrific bathrooms. All in all it was a wonderful place to stay for Christmas and would be brilliant in summer.

Peter, London

What a perfect place to celebrate our 40th birthdays! The Great Hall is the perfect space for a large group of adults and children and the rooms are luxurious! The house is right on the beach and within walking distance of a good pub (the Cove Inn). Jane was super helpful and we can highly recommend the wonderful Henrietta as caterer. We shall need no excuse to come back again, an absolutely wonderful place, it will take your breath away!

Caitlin, Hampshire

Fantastic location and beautifully furnished. Striking interior - a real treat for the whole family.

Sarah

We LOVED the Stonehall. Our whole group of friends and family was blown away by how big and beautifully-maintained it is, without losing any of the historic beauty of the buildings. I didn't have a single complaint - it was absolutely perfect for our needs, and made an already memorable family weekend so much more so (the yummy scones were a lovely welcome surprise by the way - thank you Jane!). The Great Hall is an amazing space for entertaining, too. All in all, I can't recommend this property highly enough - we's love to go again some day. Jane was extremely responsive and helpful too.

Gemma, Tenafly

Just back from a magical weekend at Stonehall, our third visit to this fabulous place. It is great for a family gathering with wonderful comfortable sitting areas and plenty of characterful nooks for some peace! Every detail is thoughtfully and lovingly considered and the art on the walls alone is worth a visit. The kitchen terrace and delightful garden both have sea views and sunsets. We fell in love with the area - Portland has a unique quality that draws you back.

Denise, London

We had a REALLY WONDERFUL holiday in Stonehouse, with my 90 year old father heading up an extended family party. In his words 'we loved the ease of the top floor space, the wonderful nature of its creation, the Gothic window -and the beams which aren't Gothic. The peaceful accommodation, the beautiful view out of the windows, the sense of everything going on at once, the multiplicity of the family and (for my father) a sense of fulfilment and valediction'. The weather was kind for August 2017 - by turn sunny, breezy, occasional whiteouts with a frisky sea. And the tv didn't get turned on once!

Caroline, London

We had a fabulous weekend at Jane's GORGEOUS house. What an absolute gem of a house! Or I should say houses. We enjoyed reading the book about how it was built and then refurbished and how much work and love has been poured into it. And it shows! We lucked out on the weather and has glorious walks on the beach, stone garden, lighthouse etc And also had great family games in the Hall. We all LOVED it and are all plotting another visit soon.

Estelle, London

We were a group of 12, wanting to get away from the big smoke for the weekend. We felt like we were staying in the best house on the island! It is great for groups as the footprint is huge, there are lots of nooks and crannies to relax in, including outside space, and every bedroom has its own identity. Jane was really useful and responsive in providing local info, from where to go climbing to providing details for buying fresh eggs off the neighbour.

Jasper, London

Co-hosted a house party in the stone house for nine. The most amazing space that manages to be grand and majestic and cosy and comfortable all at the same time. Accommodation like no other, in a location that is like no other. A very special weekend that will be remembered by us all - we can't wait to do it again.

Ursula, Portland

Amazing break for the family. It was the perfect spot to get together. Just spending time round the generous kitchen table or sitting out on the deck with a bottle or two, looking out over the sea...Every aspect of the house was beautifully simple and comfortable. We immediately felt at home. Lovely walks. Great pubs and restaurants on the doorstep. Thank you Jane for making our stay so easy !

Tobyn, Bath

We loved The Stonehouse. The location, design, interiors, furnishings, art and decor. The space was warm, filled with glorious light, and we appreciated the build, layout, standard of finish and attention to detail. Plus the care and cleanliness was much appreciated. Truly a creative space to enjoy time with special friends, with lovely walks and a great meal on seafront at Quiddles. We seven girlfriends celebrating special birthdays, were sad to leave!

Jill, Swindon

We were a group of five ladies that spent three nights in Stonehouse. We loved the decor and open plan kitchen and sitting room with a fabulous view of Chesil beach. A very special place indeed.

Felicity, Pewsey

This was our second time of visiting the wonderful Stonehouse. As a group of "old" girlfriends we were looking for a place to escape, unwind and take some walks by the sea, and the Stonehouse exceeded all expectations. When we arrived the first time it was like returning to childhood, excitedly investigating all the quirkiness of this remarkable place. This year it was like returning home and we hope to make this a yearly event. It's the perfect place to be together as a group but also have your own space. If you like something unusual, laid back but high quality this is for you! Thank u Jane!

Fran, Southampton

Lovely, generous, warm Stonehouse. We had a truly wonderful time with our family and would go back in a heartbeat. Portland too is a treasure...crisp clear light bouncing off the sea at every turn; sandy coves, rock pools, castles, monumental cliff walks and sunsets over Chesil beach. Great local pub and coffee shop on the promenade a walk away. So much to see and do.

Catherine, London

This is an amazing place: a wonderful and unusual building, imaginatively converted to provide spaces for a large family gathering, where people can either find peace and quiet, or meet together by the fire, on the terrace or in the kitchen. The location is fantastic - it has seaside, clifftop walks, disused quarries, art , great pubs and restaurants.

Sarah, London

Lovely houses beautifully decorated with great art on the wall all over the house and use of the old features of the church and old rectory. Very welcoming with comfortable furniture and nice bedrooms. Well situated near the beach with great walks along Portland Headland.

Veronique, London

We have enjoyed visiting Portland on many occasions over several years, but since the Stone House has been avaialble for accomodation and events, our experience has been much enhanced. The renovation and building has been sensitively but artfully acheived, making the most of natural and traditional features.

Marion, Bristol

The Stonehall offered a glorious experience. We were a party of 9 for the weekend and it catered for us perfectly. The whole place has been imaginatively, beautifully and cleverly designed. The hall itself impresses on first entering, and is a memorable place to relax, dine, or celebrate. The Vestry is comfy, and gracefully combines the most modern comfort and convenience with eccentric and historical charm. The host team is reliable, generous, and gives you complete privacy and independence. The beaches and pubs nearby are super, and Weymouth proved fun and friendly. Heartily recommended.

Benjamin, London

We stayed only a weekend at Stonehouse but wished it had been longer. The house is fantastic. Stylish but relaxed and welcoming. Jane was hugely helpful on booking arrangements and information about the area. We would love to return!

Anna, Winchester

10 of us, six adults and four children, spent a long weekend in Stonehouse. It was just brilliant. A lovely quirky and well appointed house with plenty of room and a fabulous terrace with great views. Jane is very helpful as is Amanda the housekeeper. The great weather was the icing on a lovely cake! Thank you

Alan, Steyning

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jane McGregor

  • For sport lovers we have the National Sailing Academy on the doorstep - there is wind and kite surfing, sailing lessons, dinghy and yacht hire. Just a few minutes walk away is an indoor swimming and diving pool, badminton and tennis courts and gym.
  • The sky’s the limit for outdoor pursuits on the island, with fishing, birdwatching, horse riding, kayaking, cycling, rock-pooling, fossil-hunting, sea bathing and bracing coastal walks.
  • It’s an easy drive to Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Lulworth - or head to bustling Bridport for a bargain at the bric-a-brac and antiques market on a Saturday morning.
  • There is culture too - with National Trust houses, Hardy’s cottage and Portland castle nearby - we even have an open air cinema in the grounds of the island’s Pennysylvania castle in the summer.
  • Great local chefs, Luciano of the Blue Fish, and Henrietta can provide in house catering (from dinner parties for 8 to receptions for up to 100!)
  • Excellent restaurants and pubs just a walk away: our favourites include The Crab house Cafe and the Cove House Inn. Or walk to Billie Winters along the beach for Soul Food and fab cocktails and watch the windsurfers.