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 Doctors medical practice and household ran smoothly and successfully. The House Keepers 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 Keepers 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 days 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 130 years after its construction, The House Keepers 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.
$190 per night for 1 night
$165 per night for 2 to 6 nights
$1,110 per week
$40 extra per person per night.
Annesley House is located approximately 850m by car from our office at 111 Bentinck Street Portland.
A booking service fee of $25.00 and a bond of $250.00 applies to every booking.
Property Code: 404581159