The Old Portland Courthouse overlooks a wonderful expanse of Chesil Beach out to Lyme Bay and is within easy walking distance of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy where sailing events for the 2012 Olympics were held. This Grade II Listed Building dates back to around 1904, is the original gabled Portland Courthouse. It has been lovingly converted into an elegant residence full of unique character. The interior now combines original features such as the old courthouse balustrading, wood panelling and the original 'Dock', now converted to a 'bar'. You can sit and read the newspaper at the original 'Magistrates Bench' now cleverly located on the walkway to the upstairs lounge which overlooks Lyme Bay. There are luxurious feature such as contemporary kitchen styling with granite work surfaces, ensuite bathrooms to nearly all the bedrooms and high quality antique furnishings throughout, including a magnificent large oak four poster bed in the main bedroom that used to be the magistrates chambers! The large open plan living area is perfect for enjoying a sociable holiday; preparing food, entertaining at the antique dining table which seats twelve or relaxing in the comfortable lounge area. Outside the property, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine whilst experiencing the magnificent ocean views on a sunny day, or sundowners on a balmy summer's evening. Whilst staying at The Court House you may wish to ramble along the South West Coastal path, exploring the rugged countryside, or visit the Chesil coast, to beachcomb both activities are just a short walk away. A groceries shop, various pubs, The Blue Fish restaurant and the famous Cove House Inn located at 'Dead Man's Cove' are only a stroll away. Adjacent to the property is an open public area with a bowling green, tennis courts and attractive gardens. You may like to take a country drive along the magnificent Jurassic coastline exploring hamlets and villages as you go, possibly stopping at a choice pub for a fresh fish lunch or at a traditional cottage cafe for a Dorset cream tea. Weymouth, with its long sandy beach, restaurants and various entertainments is just a short drive away. The Old Portland Courthouse would be appreciated by a discerning guest looking for a touch of luxury and a unique property. Important note, the Old Portland Courthouse is not suitable for children under 14 and unfortunately we cannot accept bookings with children under 14 in the booking party. Accommodation: Entrance hall, cloakroom with hand basin and toilet. Large open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, with parquet flooring, double height beamed ceiling and mezzanine gallery overlooking the area downstairs. Bedroom 1, super kingsize antique four poster bed, en suite shower, hand basin and toilet. Stairs from living area down to, bedroom 2, twin single beds, rear door to steps up to garden area, ensuite shower, hand basin and toilet, utility room (also off this bedroom). Spiral staircase from living area up to: Mezzanine lounge and study area offering fantastic views of Chesil Beach, Portland Harbour and Lyme Bay. Bedroom 3, double bed, ensuite shower, hand basin and toilet. Family shower room, with hand basin and toilet. Narrow stairs to 2nd floor: Bedroom 4, (attic room), double bed with double aspect conservation windows. Services in addition to standard equipment: WiFi internet and phone for incoming calls only. Gas Central heating, large flat screen TV, DVD player, music system, Sky TV. Fridges, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer. On road parking outside. Bed linen included, please state requirements when booking. The owners of Old Portland Courthouse require a 250 refundable damage deposit payable on booking. Subject to a satisfactory check out after your departure this will be refunded within 10 days. Please note that if you are booking online within eight weeks of your holiday date the refundable damage deposit will need to be taken in a separate transaction from your online booking and we shall ring / email you regarding this.