Portesham - Dorset

Welcome to Portesham, a beautiful West Dorset village, superbly located for access to the spectacular West Dorset, World Heritage Jurassic Coast and countryside, and only a short drive from Dorchester, Weymouth or Bridport.

Wherever you are in the Weymouth or Dorchester area you will see on the western horizon, the magnificent stone monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, our famous 19th century Portesham resident who, as Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, fought under Lord Nelson's command. Steer for Hardy's Monument and you will witness some amazing 360° views of Dorset and find Portesham nestled beneath Blackdown Hill.

Portesham has an active village community with many regular events in our superb Village Hall which is also available to hire.

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We are very proud to have won best large village in 2017 and the previous winners category in 2018!