Cheap Hotels in Southwell
With a stay at The Aqua in Portland, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Weymouth Bay and Portland Castle. This hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Royal Manor Theatre and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chesil Beach.
Free self parking is available onsite.
Located in Portland, Thirtyfive B&B is in a rural location, within a 15-minute walk of Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve and Weymouth Bay. This 4-star bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Portland Museum and 0.6 mi (1 km) from Rufus Castle.
Satisfy your appetite for dinner at the hotel's restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Wrap up your day with a drink at the bar/lounge. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
Hotels in Southwell
On the Isle of Portland in Dorset, between the villages of Portland Bill and Easton and Weston, lies Southwell. Not in truth an island, Portland is in fact attached to Chesil Beach by a narrow causeway. Book a Southwell hotel with us and discover this small village whose history can be traced back to Roman times.
The original settlement was transformed by Romans who made more efficient use of the natural source of water. In 1734, Britain's second largest landslide occurred here when large parts of the village tumbled over the Portland cliffs. As a consequence, the fallen rocks jut out at bizarre angles.
Fish, fowl and other fauna
A two minute walk from Portland Bill's famous lighthouse is Pulpit Rock, a noSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION landmark in its own right. Once part of an arch that was partially dismantled in the late 19th century, the rock juts out from the rocky coastline. It's a point from which to catch pollack, mullet, wrasse, conger eels and other fish while admiring the spectacular scenery. You might even catch sight of the odd dolphin or two. The landscape of the island with its cliffs, quarries, dense scrub, rough pasture, sycamore trees and grasslands attracts fascinating wildlife. The island's quarries, in particular, are pervaded by bird's foot trefoil and horseshoe vetch which attract more than half of the country's 57 species of butterfly, including chalkhill blue and small copper. Portland is a haven for migrating birds and there's every chance you'll see lesser short-toed larks, savannah sparrows, desert warblers and calandra larks and, along the coastline, look for breeding puffins.
Eating and drinking in Southwell
Southwell village contains one pub, the Eight Kings, but on the island as a whole there are a few eateries in which you can wine and dine. A ten minute drive north takes you to Fortuneswell which has the Jackson Gallery where you can pop in for a pot of tea or a fresh coffee and home-cooked food. They serve breakfast every day and even have a range of herbal and fruit teas. And when you've finished, take the time to look at the exhibited artwork. Five minutes from Southwell is Easton which is home to The New Inn, a free house and restaurant which specialises in shellfish sourced from Portland's harbours. All of the produce used here is sourced from within Dorset's borders. Despite its name, the Jailhouse Café isn't a gimmicky establishment trading on the island's penal history. Risk-assessed day-release prisoners work hard to make this a friendly café that serves great food to great acclaim from locals and visitors alike.
Shopping in and around Southwell
Nearby Easton is the self-proclaimed 'shopping centre of Portland' with traditional shops and a supermarket. Portland Bill has a market that has been running for more than 30 years selling fresh produce, jam, jewellery, hats and gifts.
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