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April Cottage & Lapland Lodge

April Cottage South Instow South Instow, Harman's Cross, Swanage BH19 3DS England
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The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset has some unusual features, not least that it is not an island at all but a peninsula, but nonetheless it is a unique and special place for residents and visitors. Framed by Poole Harbour and the English Channel it has a curious mix of geographic features, resulting in some dynamic coastal formations and more species of wild flowers than any other comparable area in the country. The famous Purbeck stone hails from here too and is widely used locally, forming a feature of charming traditional Dorset buildings as exemplified perfectly by April Cottage. The Cottage and Lodge are situated in the village of Harman's Cross, halfway between Corfe Castle and Swanage. It is the first cottage on the left when turning into South Instow. Reached from Wareham on the A351 or by ferry from Sandbanks to Studland it is a location ideal for exploring the local and wider attractions. South coast attractions nearby include Brownsea Island, Studland Beach, 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 and in keeping with the unique blend of characteristics on the Isle of Purbeck they 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 SAS descendant for hosts and just for some extra appeal the full English breakfast which comes with every stay can be taken in the large gardens, weather permitting of course. 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. There is ample parking on-site and free Wi-Fi. The Lodge can accommodate 3-4 people or can be hired for a private BBQ. There is hardly a more romantic place for you to enjoy a cosy evening.
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Graham B wrote a review Nov 2020
Fareham, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed with Peter and Joanna for three nights early October and was met with a very warm welcome. The breakfasts were different daily as was the wonderful platters of fruit, some of which were more unusual. The whole stay was very enjoyable and we would not hesitate to stay again should we be in the area. Graham and Sheila.
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Date of stay: October 2020
janbot wrote a review Nov 2020
Kent31 contributions28 helpful votes
Stayed at the cottage the last weekend in October 2020. Peter the host was very accommodating and welcoming. Breakfast was lovely. Beds very comfy and warm. Had an eiderdown which I haven't seen in years. I was a bit nervous with the spiral staircase but that's just me. Unfortunately due to new covid regulations we couldn't use the dining room other than for breakfast which was a bit awkward cos we were with friends but that's not Peter's fault obviously. The gardens are lovely and would be so enjoyable in the summer. I lost my charm off my bracelet whilst there but Peter sent it back to me.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
sellocello wrote a review Aug 2020
St Albans, United Kingdom236 contributions94 helpful votes
We stayed in upstairs double bedroom with en suite and our sons in twin bedroom with private bathroom on ground floor. The whole place was spotlessly cleaned and very nicely decorated with artifacts from Peter and Joanna's travels. They are a delightful couple and gracious hosts. We felt at home throughout our stay. The fruit platter at breakfast was the highlight!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Peter Burri, Owner at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge
Responded 16 Aug 2020
Thank you for your very kind review and we hope to have the pleasure to welcoming you again.
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Boobooseymour wrote a review Mar 2020
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Very last minute booking as we were on a road trip and Peter welcomed us to come and stay as he had a cancellation. Very comfortable bed and beautiful, interesting furnishings as Peter and his wife are well travelled. Excellent breakfast. Cosy and clean. The lap land lodge is fun as I asked Peter if we could see it. Beautiful area to explore.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Oberbort, Owner at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge
Responded 10 Mar 2020
Thank you for your very kind review; we loved having you staying with us!
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Maddalex wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom60 contributions37 helpful votes
My partner and I have just spent a lovely short break at April Cottage. Despite the rather awful weather, we had a great time, largely thanks to the comfort provided in the excellent en suite room at the top of April Cottage and the warm and professional hospitality provided by Peter and Joey, the owners. They anticipate every need from the delicious, beautifully-presented breakfast to the welcome tray, electric blanket and lovely bedding. We tried several of the pubs they recommended for dinner and all were so good. Thank you both so much for making our stay so very enjoyable! We hope to be back. A beautiful, interesting area too - lots to do.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Lovely double room at the top of the house. Very quiet, and the velux window above the bed means...
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Response from Oberbort, Owner at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback; we are delighted to hear you enjoyed staying at our April Cottage & Lapland Lodge.
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Frequently Asked Questions about April Cottage & Lapland Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Dorset Adventure Park (2.3 miles), Jurassic Coast (1.9 miles), and Old Harry Rocks (4.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Pink Goat, Java Independent Coffee House, and The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro.
Is April Cottage & Lapland Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Harman's Cross.
Are pets allowed at April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to April Cottage & Lapland Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Jurassic Coast (1.9 miles), Fort Henry (3.5 miles), and Keates Quarry Dinosaur Footprints (1.4 miles).