Dorset’s craggy coastline inspires The Clifftops villas

A wild hermitage embedded in the hillside

The Clifftops lodges in Dorset’s Isle of Portland blend into their rocky site, thanks to jagged stone walls inspired by the surrounding landscape.

London studio Morrow + Lorraine designed the group of five clifftop homes, which look out across the coastline from a UNESCO-protected site. Their low profile helps embed them into the hilltop, located close to the partially ruined 15th century Rufus Castle.

The UK holiday homes were built under strict stipulations from conservation organisation English Heritage, who called for ‘something craggy and unobtrusive, subtly and wittily appearing to be a part of the quarry, for instance in the spirit of a wild hermitage as it were designed by an eccentric 18th-century nobleman’ – as Dezeen reported.

Photography: Jim Stephenson

The dividing walls are built using locally quarried Portland stone, used alongside locally sourced limestone – both of which continue inside, with interior walls including glimpses of fossils. Each property has its own outdoor terrace, accessed by full-length sliding glass doors.

Prices start at £760 per lodge, for a minimum two-night stay, with the entire site also available for booking alongside the nearby Pennsylvania Castle.

Photography: Jim Stephenson
Photography: Jim Stephenson
Photography: Jim Stephenson
Photography: Jim Stephenson

Mirrored cabins that disappear into the landscape

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