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April Cottage & Lapland Lodge

NEW - Swiss Cheese
Fondue and Raclette Evenings

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Situated in Harmans Cross near Swanage and Corfe Castle, the accommodation is central to the Isle of Purbeck, an ideal location from which to explore the many nearby places of interest, including: the sandy beaches at Studland and Swanage, Wareham, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Other attractions nearby include Brownsea Island, Poole and Bournemouth, and within walking distance is the Swanage Heritage Railway. The Isle of Purbeck cliffs are truly spectacular and lead onto the notable geological formations of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Your hosts at April Cottage are Joanna and Peter Burri-Weaver who offer a personalised level of Anglo-Swiss hospitality sure to make any guest feel welcome. In addition, not many guest accommodations can boast an ex-Olympian and 1st SAS descendant for hosts. As well as a great location and a friendly welcome, our full English breakfast, which comes with every stay, can be taken in the large gardens, weather permitting of course.

Peter & Joanna are professionals of the hospitality industry who have managed hotels in exotic places like the Seychelles and Zanzibar. During the last few winters they have also managed hotels or resorts in the Alps.

For all information please call mobile 07753 244 328 or landline 01929 477173, thank you.

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Two guest rooms are available at April Cottage, a ground floor twin room with private bathroom and a large first floor double en-suite, reached by spiral staircase.

The double room can accommodate a further bed and there is ample parking on-site with free Wi-Fi.

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The Lodge, constructed of Arctic Pine and with its unique features, can accommodate 3-4 people or can be hired for a private BBQ.

With its rugs and open fire, there is hardly a more romantic place for you to enjoy a cosy evening.

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NEW - Swiss cheese Fondue and Raclette at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge.

Enjoy a very private evening in our cosy Dining room in front of a roaring wood burner while enjoying a Swiss cheese Fondue or a Raclette.

Fondue & Raclette Evenings


We stayed two nights in the Lapland Lodge in the garden of April Cottage. No words can reasonably describe this stunning garden and waking up right in it. The lodge is fun, quirky and beautifully kitted out with lots of really thoughtful extras. Fairy lights and candles and surrounded by the reindeer skin covers really make this a unique and magical experience.

Hospitality at its very best
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the beautiful April Cottage & Lapland Lodge.

Joey & Peter are superb hosts and looked after us extremely well. Breakfast was fantastic, exquisitely presented and it was very refreshing to be served fresh, local and seasonal produce and not the usual baked beans and hash brown English breakfast combo. We were blessed with fabulous weather for our stay which meant that we got to eat breakfast in the amazing garden each day. It was just perfect!!!

The accommodation is clean and comfortable in idyllic surroundings. The outside of April Cottage is picture postcard perfect and the gardens like something out of a magazine. Inside, the beds were extremely comfortable and there is everything you need in the bedrooms for an enjoyable stay. (I particularly loved the little touches like fresh flowers in the room and chocolates on the pillow!)

Peter and Joanna are wonderful hosts - genuine, helpful and meticulous. April cottage is quaint and charming, with a picturesque garden and in the most an ideal location; practically equidistant from both Studland Beach/Swanage and West Lulworth meaning there is lots to see right on your doorstep. The breakfast Peter made us was delicious and perfectly presented - a real treat that we definitely looked forward to each morning! Peter is extremely welcoming and provides great advice and suggestions for nearby areas and restaurants to visit. We highly recommend and hope to visit again one day!

We stayed 3 nights at the cottage and we had a wonderful experience. The most remarkable thing is the hospitality and kindness of the 2 owners, Peter and Joanna. Peter prepared for us delicious breakfasts in the mornings and, once for dinner, an amazing Swiss cheese fondue. Peter was attentive and caring about his customers and made us feel really welcome. The cottage itself is lovely, well maintained, clean and cozy. The beds were astonishing, extremely comfortable and difficult to leave in the morning! I would recommend April Cottage to anybody who wants to have a stress-free, warm and comfortable experience!! Thank you, Peter and Joanna!!

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Tel. 07753 244 328 or Landline 01929 477173