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Cosy Lodge Set In An Idyllic Location Surrounded By Open Countryside

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage in Swanage, Dorset, England - Swanage Town Centre, Blue Flag Beach, Cafes And Restaurants Are Just A 10 Minute Walk Away

Anvil Lodge offers cosy yet modern accommodation in a rural setting on the south side of Swanage. The lodge shares a spacious one acre plot with the main house. The private garden offers lots of open space for relaxation and there is plenty of space for parking. With beautiful views all round, the lodge has access to open countryside, the beach, the south west coastal path and Swanage town via footpaths. The lodge offers clean modern accommodation with underfloor heating throughout, keeping guests comfortable all year round. In warmer months the front doors open right out, to let the morning and afternoon sun come flooding in!

Catherine Mittins
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Cosy Lodge Set In An Idyllic Location Surrounded By Open Countryside
average rating of 4.736842 based on 19 reviews
Stratford upon Avon

Great property in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We booked the lodge as a Christmas getaway and were looking for somewhere fairly rural but with good access to local facilities (we've done Cornwall in December!). Anvil Lodge hit the spot, located on a track but only 5 minutes walk from Swanage and 10 minutes form the Coast Path it gave us the opportunity to be as active as we chose.

We stayed at the Lodge for 4 nights and didn't feel the need to use the car once during our stay, which is a pretty unique experience for someone who is usually permanently attached to a set of wheels.

The Lodge was well equipped with an excellent kitchen and a good shower, the bedroom required some ducking and twisting for a six footer but was very comfortable once we had worked out the process.

Cat, James and the kids were charming and close by if needed, but left us in peace (our perfect Christmas hosts) to do our own thing.

As 30 year veterans of holiday rentals in every continent using numerous booking agents, this was up there with the best (I've given up on airbnb) and would definitely recommend Anvil Lodge. Probably one of a handful that we would book again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazingly beautiful place that can't be beaten

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful lodge is the best place we have stayed for many reasons. I can not give cat and james enough praise for how nice they have made it become. We have had a great family holiday. Me, my wife and 3 children stayed here for the past week and we was all gutted our holiday had to end. The lodge is in the perfect place as its within walking distance to the town and to the coastal walks, but also far enough away that it's the most relaxing holiday we have had. Plenty to do, and some amazing beaches around the area, with water sports activities for all the family. The lodge has everything you could ask for with enough space that we didn't get under each other's feet at any point. Without doubt, we will be going back and feel I feel I have finally found a place I would use year after year. I will be recommending this place to my family and friends, and would also to anyone reading this as its such and amazing place ran by and amazing couple who I can't thank enough.

Darrell, Lisa, Matt, Megan and Kloe.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A warm, peaceful cottage ideal for a relaxing break away.

  • 4 of 5

A wonderfully warm Cottage with endless hot water courtesy of a Ground source heat pump.

Located a pleasant walking distance from Swanage town centre the Cottage is well equipped with all comforts catered for.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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High quality, good sized accomodation

  • 5 of 5

The property didn't disappoint and was a pleasure to stay in. The kitchen had all the essentials and everything provided was to a good standard.The tea and milk on arrival was a nice touch.Just watch your head in the bedrooms. We will be back I hope.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The converted lodge was perfect for our family of 5 and a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The lodge is well equipped and very comfortable for a family stay including self-catering, relaxation and sleeping as well as a lovely garden including a table tennis table.

The location is perfect, you can walk to the SW coast path by footpath in 10 minutes and the opportunities for exploring the coastline are wonderful. Equally you can walk either by coast path or footpath into Swanage town and enjoy all the local amenities. the children loved Swanage beach as well as the crazy golf, curiosity shops and fish and chips!

The property is well situated for exploring the local area, Corfe Castle and Studland Beach are both stunning.

Catherine and James were very helpful and friendly. The accommodation has a family-run feel.

We will definitely be returning to Anvill Lodge and I would recommend to other families or small groups of friends for a walking holiday.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great holiday home in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

The Lodge was well appointed and clean, the owners welcoming and helpful. the Purbecks is a favourite location for us and the Lodge was in a good location for walking and cycling. We would recommend it.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Swanage beach is a 10 minute walk away through Swanage town centre. The rocky coastline of the South west coast path in the south is a 10 minute walk away via footpath and Durlston Country Park.


Swanage can be accessed via Poole and Wareham or via the chain ferry located at Sandbanks/Studland. Timings for your chosen route can depend on time of day and time of year and it's always worth phoning the Studland chain ferry to see if there is a queue.

Further Details:

Swanage and surrounding area is fantastic for walking, climbing, biking, windsurfing, surfing and of course enjoying the long sandy blue flag beach. As climbing, cycling and windsurfing enthusiasts, we are happy to advise!!

Swanage has many Pubs, cafes and restaurants to cater for all. The surrounding area has some infamous pubs and eateries on which we are happy to advise!!


Rates & Availability

Swanage Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 10
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 11
Feb 26 2017 - Mar 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 2
Mar 25 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 4
May 27 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 6
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 7
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 8
Oct 29 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking, via BACs or cheque, with final payment 8 weeks prior to your visit.

Changeover Day:
During high season, bookings run Saturday to Saturday with arrival from 2.30pm and departure 10.30am.

Other times of year, weekend booking (minimum 3 nights are available), and 3 night minimum bookings Monday to Friday.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are
July and August bookings are minimum 7 nights.
Weekend booking (minimum 3 nights) are available at all other times*
Monday to Friday (minimum 3 nights) available all other times of year*
*NB: Price per night clarified when booking request made, if booking crosses over months with different pricing

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Swanage Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One large gable roofed bedroom upstairs, with a generous double and 2 single beds. Singles can be condensed to make a bedroom sofa, or pushed together to make a double. On the ground floor there is a comfortable small double sofa bed in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Outside there is a relaxing and tranquil private garden, offering lawn games and table tennis. A sunny deck with BBQ allows you to enjoy both sun rise and sun set. Fresh eggs from our resident chickens available on request! The lodge has beautiful views all around and is nestled between numerous footpaths from which you can explore the surrounding countryside and coast. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (not beach towels!!) and linen are included, and would be changed if your visit exceeded 7 nights. Other: For outdoor enthusiasts there is dry storage to lock equipment, e.g. bikes, surfboards etc...

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