April Cottage & Lapland Lodge

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Dorset is one of the most beautiful counties in England and has been the inspiration for generations of writers, poets and artists with its rolling hills and spectacular Jurassic coastline.

April Cottage & Lapland Lodge are located in the tranquil hamlet of Harmans Cross with the main local attractions being Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Swanage Steam Railway (Harmans Cross Railway station 5 – 10 minutes walking from Cottage), The Jurassic Coast, Brownsea Island and the famous Studland Beach. The nearby seaside resort of Swanage with its Old Harry Rocks are a popular place to visit and The Purbecks provide bikers and hikers with some of the most spectacular trails and walks starting right at our doorstep.

We are also within easy reach of Bournemouth and Poole with its quay and natural harbour, Weymouth with its Sea Life Park and Dorchester with its museums, famous Wednesday Market and Thomas Hardy’s birthplace. Blandford is another nearby attraction with its Hall & Woodhouse Brewery and the Royal Signals Museum.

Wimborne can also be worth a visit with its market and the old market town of Wareham is not far away with its scenic river offering boat cruises to Poole and Brownsea Island.

The famous tank museum is a short drive from Harmans Cross in Bovington, which offers a fantastic historical outing for young and old. Monkey World is another venue worthy of a visit and is hugely popular with all generations.

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

Testimonials 2019

“We enjoyed a really lovely stay in late October. The double room is very comfortable, and Peter is a perfect host. We can definitely recommend booking the raclette evening meal if it is available during your stay. Our places-to-return-to list isn't long, but April Cottage is on it.”

“We had a lovely break at April Cottage. Super location with wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them. Delicious breakfast served in their lovely garden. Sleeping in The Lodge was a great adventure for my grandchildren. Thank you, Peter and Joey, for the wonderful experience and making our very spoiled Labrador welcome.”

Nothing but an outstanding 5-star experience. Room was very comfortable, well equipped and the hosts were just lovely people. And the breakfast was out of this world! Would highly recommend this gem of a place.

Peter and Joey have created a beautiful home and garden in a picturesque setting. We received a warm welcome and a delicious breakfast, which was beautifully presented. The location between Corfe Castle and Swanage is great for exploring Purbeck.

Peter and Joey were amazing hosts and did an amazing vegetarian breakfast for us. The house is perfectly located, has beautiful views and an amazing garden.

Peter's place is great for a get-away in Purbeck. His accommodation is perfectly quirky and full of details. His gardens are lovely and peaceful. And his breakfasts are fab! I can recommend staying at April Cottage.

Lapland Lodge is a unique and memorable place to stay, a cross between a ski lodge and a Wendy House for grown-ups, with a giant tree and a steam train at the bottom of the garden. Peter is a generous and welcoming host who cooks a fantastic breakfast and is a mine of local information. If Hansel & Gretel went to the Isle of Purbeck, they would feel at home here!

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Tel. 07753 244 328 or Landline 01929 477173