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.


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