Ranters Lodge on Chesil Beach

Artists' Studio/Cottage

Email: judithcfrost@gmail.com

Ranters Lodge
Chiswell, Portland
Dorset DT5 1AW
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 7887 945 034

Ranters Lodge and the Dead House lie 30 metres from the sea. Formerly a fishing store and a boat house, they have been converted into two self-contained artists' studios with accommodation for 2/3 people each. Normally only Ranters Lodge is rented.

Artists' studio

Ranters Lodge consists of 2 floors approximately 6 x 7.5 metres. The upper floor has a sleeping platform. All walls are whitewashed, the floors wood and concrete with rugs. On the ground floor there are two large tables and a small kitchen that has a fridge, a mini electric cooker and a small microwave. On the first floor there is a further area with a large, nearly-north skylight, a day bed plus the bathroom which has a sitting bath and a walk-in shower. The sleeping platform has a "natural Marks and Spencer" 5ft mattress. There is gas central heating throughout. There is a shared courtyard garden with tables and chairs.


Studio bedroom

Ranters Lodge prices

Mid-September to June (excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter)
  • £60 per night (minimum 3 nights)
  • £420 per week
  • 10% single occupancy reduction
July to mid-September, Christmas, New Year and Easter
  • £85 per night (minimum 7 nights)
  • £595 per week
At all times
  • A non-returnable 20% deposit is required to secure booking
  • I am asking everybody to bring their own linen and towels but if for some reason you are unable to the cost would be £25 per person
  • Ranters Lodge is run on the ethos that you leave it as you would hope to find it
Contact Judith Frost for further information and availability


West Weares

Ranters Lodge is easily reached by public transport from London Waterloo. There is a twice hourly service taking approximately 2 hours 45 minutes to Weymouth. There is also a train service from Bristol to Weymouth. From Weymouth train station there are taxis or a short walk to the king's statue on the esplanade where there is a very regular bus service to Portland (No. 1 bus to Victoria Square.) Then there is a short walk to Ranters Lodge.

Ranters Lodge is 140 miles (224km) from London and approximately 200 miles (320km) from Dover. There is private parking in front of the buildings.


Chiswell, part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is at the eastern end of Chesil beach, an 18 mile bank of stones connecting Portland to the mainland. Portland is well known mainly for its stone, used to rebuild London after the great fire in the 17th Century. It is also the "Isle of Slingers" in Thomas Hardy's novel The Well Beloved. It has many places that have an extraordinary charm and unusual beauty. West Weares, a spectacular walk where quarried stone tumbles into the sea, is a two minute walk from the studio, and Tout Quarry, a site of scientific interest are just two examples. You can swim on calm days in the corner of Chesil Bay. There is also diving off Chesil Beach and in Portland Harbour, windsurfing and sailing. A yacht club opened in 2004 later becoming the home of the sailing events of the 2012 Olympics. Close to the studios are a café, an award-winning restaurant, and the Cove House Inn. It is a five minute walk to Fortuneswell where there is a chemist, a Post Office, a supermarket, a café, a fish and chip shop, and an Indian and a Chinese "take-away" restaurant.

Portland is situated in the centre of the Dorset coastline, 4 miles from Weymouth, a traditional English seaside resort, with a sandy beach. It is within easy reach of the East Dorset Coast, including the Isle of Purbeck, which has a wild, rocky and diverse coastline, and West Dorset which has Chesil Beach, followed by fossil rich cliffs and a spectacular landscape dotted with ancient monuments.


Stairs to sleeping platform

Kitchen and lower studio

Chesil beach

Upper studio

More pictures

Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read carefully. You can download a PDF copy here.

  1. The property known as Ranters Lodge. The Owner known as Judith Frost. The Renter and their party shall henceforth in this document be known as the Client.
  2. To reserve the property the Client should e-mail, phone or text the Owner and ask about availability. Hopefully a suitable rental period is agreed.
  3. The Client should send the 20% non returnable deposit either by bank transfer or cheque to the owner (Unless otherwise agreed with the Owner). When the deposit has been received by the owner the property will be booked to the Client and the remainder of the monies are due 4 weeks before the start of the rental. If the booking is made after this period the whole of the monies are due at the time of booking (Unless otherwise agreed with the Owner).
  4. If the Client has to cancel their booking, the Owner will make every effort to re-let the property. Money will be returned to them -10%, if another Client is found. If that is not the case then the Client will be liable for the entire cost of the Holiday. The Owner suggests that the Client takes out holiday insurance to cover any loss they may incur if they cancel the booking. If for any reason the monies have not been received by the Owner, prior to the start of the holiday and the Client has to cancel their booking the Owner would still expect the whole sum owed to be paid unless another client was found and then it would be 10% of the sum owed.
  5. The maximum number of people to reside in the property shall not exceed 3 unless the Owner has given permission in writing.
  6. The rental period shall commence at 12 noon on the first day and finish at 12 noon on the day of departure.
  7. The property is a No Smoking Property. The Client agrees that no one in his or her party will smoke inside the property. This is a condition of the insurance
  8. The Owner will accept one well-behaved dog as long as the Owner is advised in advance. Extra care must be taken to clean when leaving the property, The dog must be kept off the beds and the soft furnishings and any dog mess removed immediately from the shared yard. The dog must not be left alone in the property if likely to be stressed.
  9. The Client agrees to take good care of the property and to leave the property in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the rental period. There may not be a cleaner between every rental (This is reflected in the price charged) so it is important that the property is left as the Client would expect to find it.
  10. The Client agrees to notify the owner of any defects in the property and the Owner will make every effort to rectify the situation as soon as possible by either repair or replacement which ever is reasonably possible.
  11. Complaints must be made immediately to the owner by the Client, so the owner has the opportunity to rectify the situation. No refund will be given if the Client fails to notify the Owner of their complaint before the end of their stay.
  12. The Client agrees to notify the Owner of any breakages and be liable for appropriate payment, through discussion with the Owner.
  13. The owner shall not be liable to the client:
    • a) For any temporary stoppage in relation to public or private services to the property nor in respect to any failure of machinery, appliances, phone, or internet in the property.
    • b) For any loss, damage or injury, which is the result of adverse weather conditions, riot, war, terrorism, industrial disputes or any other matter beyond the control of the owner.
    • c) For any loss damage or inconvenience to the Client caused to or suffered by the client in respect of the property being destroyed or substantially damaged before the start of the rental. The Owner would return all monies paid in advance within 7 days of notification of this fact to the Client.
  14. Under no circumstances shall the Owner's liability to the Client exceed the amount paid to the Owner for the rental period
  15. In the exceptional event of the property being on "flood warning" and "severe flood warning" (as described and implemented by the Environment Agency) the Client will have the right to have their monies returned if they decide to leave.