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House Keeper’s Cottage

In the 19th Century Annesley House needed to accommodate a  large number of live-in staff to keep Dr Brewer and his family in the genteel manner to which they were accustomed. These maids, cooks and general help were mostly young women from the surrounding district and were the reason the Doctor’s medical practice and household ran smoothly and successfully. The ‘House Keeper’s Cottage’ at the rear of the property was where these staff  had their accommodation under the watchful eye of the first housekeeper of Annesley House, Ms Wadmore. Ms Wadmore not only filled the role of mother figure and mentor for these young women, she was also in charge of the overall running of Annesley House. By all accounts, a formidable woman indeed!

The House Keeper’s Cottage was built at the rear of the property and has a distinctly different feel to the rest of the mansion. With a little imagination it is possible to picture the two bedroom cottage filled with noise and laughter as the young maids relax after a hard day’s work or cook their evening meal in the large fireplace. Indeed, the cottage still retains the original cooking fireplace, sink and flagstones. These flagstones have noticeable grooves worn into them by the countless feet that have trod over them through the years.

Over 140 years after its construction, ‘The House Keeper’s Cottage’ is the perfect stay in Portland. Whether you enjoy stretching out on the sofa, taking tea in your own private rose garden or slumbering on the spacious double bed, it is impossible to leave this cottage without feeling refreshed.   Now fully restored, this serviced cottage has all modern amenities yet maintains its unique “old world charm”.  Perfect for those family holidays or for corporate travellers desiring serviced Portland accommodation.DSC_0109 copyPRINT_DSC_0119








House Keeper’s Cottage at a Glance

Fully self contained serviced two bedroom apartment with Kitchen & Sitting room. High quality linen, bedding, towels, cutlery, crockery supplied, iron, ironing board, off street parking available, Wireless internet, television, DVD player.

Suitable for children

Location Bedrooms  
Downstairs rear of main building Bedroom 1 – Original Antique French Timber Queen size bed
  Bedroom 2- Twin (2) Original Antique French Timber King Single beds
Special features High quality doonas & electric blankets.
Private garden
Shower  Total size 56 sq m




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