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 part of 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.
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 walked 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 relaxing on the sofa, taking tea in your own private rose garden or slumbering on the spacious Antique French timber queen size bed, it is impossible to leave this cottage without feeling refreshed. Now fully restored, the 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.
House Keeper’s Cottage at a Glance
Fully self contained 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.
|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.|
|Shower||Total size 67 sq m|