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Cosy Lodge Set In An Idyllic Location Surrounded By Open Countryside

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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!

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Catherine Mittins
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

21 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)


A comfortable, well-equipped getaway in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Anvil Lodge was the perfect place for us to spend a few days away with our 6-month old son. The lodge is comfortable, clean and well-equipped, the open-plan design great for enabling us to keep an eye on junior whilst cooking, etc and the underfloor heating throughout kept us warm and cosy.

The lodge is located only a short walk from the town centre and in the opposite direction there are footpaths to the coast (just over 10 minutes) which we enjoyed exploring whilst taking in the views.

Catherine was very welcoming and friendly and made us feel at home straight away.

We hope to return before too long!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable accommodation close to walks.

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable and spacious accommodation on the edge of Swanage. Lots of footpaths on the doorstep giving access to the coast path and walks into Swanage. Well equipped kitchen- I am always pleased to find tea pots and coffee makers in a holiday home. Sloping ceiling to bedroom could be an issue if you are very tall.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Activity and Interests


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!!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
25 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 8
29 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 27-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Modern shower room is located on the ground floor, with shower, WC, hand basin, and heated towel rail. The shower room has underfloor heating too. (washing line outside)


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...


  • Self-catering


  • 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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