Portland Bird Observatory
and Field Centre
The Observatory offers comfortable,
hostel-style accommodation with
shared facilities for up to 24 guests in the lighthouse and adjacent annexe.
In addition, the adjoining self-contained lighthouse-keepers cottage sleeps
is particularly suitable for a family or small group that require a little
Our accommodation is primarily aimed at
visitors wishing to enjoy the natural environment of Portland and is popular
with, for example, birdwatchers, naturalists, walkers/ramblers and
The Observatory is not available for hire
for private functions and events and it is not possible to book the exclusive
use of the accommodation and facilities for visits of this nature.
The lighthouse and annexe
Accommodation in the lighthouse and annexe is
in twin-, three- or four-bedded bunkrooms, with guests having the use of a shared
kitchen, bathrooms and other facilities.
A twin bunkroom in the annexe
Blankets and pillows are provided, but guests should bring their own sleeping bag/duvet
or sheets, pillowcases, towels and indoor
footwear. There is a spacious lounge overlooking the sea and the trapping
garden. Electric heating is available in all the rooms. No meals are provided,
but the kitchen is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking
utensils; electric cookers, a microwave oven and fridge/freezer are available in the kitchen.
Lighting and hot water are included in the nightly charge, but electricity for
the room-heaters is charged for via slot-meters. Pets are not
permitted in the bedrooms or communal areas in the lighthouse and annexe.
The lighthouse kitchen
The overnight charge for a bed in the
lighthouse or annexe is £15 per person for Observatory members and £20 per
person for non-members; during the off-season period of 1st January to 1st
March the overnight charge is £12 per person (members and non-members).
The lighthouse-keepers cottage
The cottage is self-contained, with its own
kitchen and shower, and sleeps four in a twin bedroom and a twin bunkroom.
Twin bedroom and bunkroom in the cottage
As in the lighthouse, blankets and pillows are
provided, but guests should bring their own sleeping bags/duvets or sheets,
pillowcases, towels and indoor footwear. Electric heating is available
throughout the cottage. No meals are provided, but the kitchen is fully
equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils; an electric cooker, a
microwave oven and fridge/freezer are available in the kitchen. Lighting, hot water
and electricity for the heaters, cooker and
included in the nightly charge. Quiet and well-behaved pets are
permitted in the cottage.
The cottage lounge and kitchen
The overnight charge for the cottage (as a
whole, not per person) is £60
for Observatory members and £80 for non-members; during the off-season period
of 1st January to 1st March the overnight charge is £48 (members and
Enquiries regarding accommodation should be
made by telephone or e-mail:
01305 820553 (UK), ++44 1305 820553