Portland is a part of Dorset like no other; wild, natural, and ruggedly beautiful.

This unique, tied island marks the southernmost point on the Jurassic Coast and is joined to the mainland by Chesil Beach. Its isolated location, quaint villages and rocky, coastal scenery give the island its own special atmosphere, perfect for residing.

Just four miles long by a mile-and-a-half wide at its broadest point, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there wasn’t much on this tiny isle – but you’d be wrong! Steeped in maritime history and heritage, there are museums, castles and not one but three lighthouses to explore, not to mention the folklore and tales of pirates and smugglers to discover.

Fortuneswell is the main town, and the oldest, with stretches of 18th-century cottages, but mostly 19th century, with some nice stone town houses and terraces. The quiet towns of Weston, Easton and Southwell offer great views and stone streets.

Portland stone, prized for its searing whiteness, has been used for centuries to build the most illustrious of architecture, which means that Portland’s towns, with their dusty, bleached stone cottages, seem as if they have been plucked from a corner of the Mediterranean.