Catriona has a memorable stay at a gorgeous and quite historical bed and breakfast.
When Sue and Jim Quinlivin bought the building now known as Windjammers, they were buying history. It was built in the 1850s and in its life was a wool warehouse, shop, brothel and a Trades and Labour office.
Portland was the site of Victoria's first European settlement and is a place rich in maritime history.
Windjammers was about to be bulldozed a few years ago, but when Jim and Sue saw the beautiful handmade bricks complete with fingerprints and its accommodation potential, they just had to rescue it. The square building had two storeys and the Quinlivans added another floor to get the best advantage of the ocean views.
During the four years of renovations, thousands of handmade bottles were unearthed, along with coins, a whale's tooth and other interesting artifacts.
A load of long jarrah planks in terrible condition were planed back to their original beauty and were used in the staircase, kitchen benches and a large dining table.
Windjammers is light and airy and provides easy holiday living for up to five people. A variety of beds, bunks and futons is spread over the three floors. The kitchen is self-contained and there are two bathrooms. Linen and towels are provided, but visitors need to take food and beverages.
The enclosed courtyard has an old sea-mine which is now a barbecue.
Just two minutes' walk from the beach and the same distance from the centre of town, its location lets you leave the car where it is and explore on foot.
Portland is a deep port and large vessels come right into the harbour. A visit to the Maritime Discovery Centre is a great way to spend a few hours.