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April Cottage & Lapland Lodge, South Instow, Harmans Cross, Dorset BH19 3DS

01929 477 173
07753 244 328

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April Cottage & Lapland Lodge isn't too difficult to find as we are on the main road (A351) between Swanage and Corfe Castle (please see the interactive map below).

There are two routes into the Isle of Purbeck, either via the A351 through Wareham and Corfe Castle or via Poole, Sandbanks and the Chain Ferry to Studland.

If you are travelling to April Cottage & Lapland Lodge via Wareham look out for the sign to South Instow in Harmans Cross which is on the right hand side of the main road to Swanage after you have passed through Corfe Castle. A Union Jack and the Swiss flag fly alongside our B & B billboard on the main road.

If you travel over the Sandbanks Ferry, head for Swanage and Corfe Castle and you will be on your way to Harmans Cross. Once you leave Swanage, stay on the main road and South Instow will be on your left.


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