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Hill View, Lilac Lodge

(Ref. 1079216)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lodge (38)
  • comfortable (26)
  • janet (23)
  • lilac (21)
  • stay (19)
  • lovely (19)

43 Customer Reviews

  • "Super base to explore Dorset."

    Lilac Lodge was beautifully clean and well equipped with a lovely view out of the living area. Shame the weather wasn't better to make the most of the outside seating. Received a tasty basket of treats on arrival. No hesitation recommending Lilac Lodge as a great place to stay

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lilac Lodge was a perfect “home from home”."

    It was immaculately clean, spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. We loved the fact that it was secluded and quiet. Would definitely stay again next time we have a holiday in the area.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2023

  • "The lodge and surrounding area are beautiful."

    The complimentary hamper was a wonderful touch. Our weather was not the best but we really enjoyed our stay. Janet and Mark were very helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Very peaceful.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2023

  • "One of the best properties we have stayed in, this lodge is in a lovely quiet location whilst still near to plenty of places to visit."

    It is comfortable and well maintained with helpful owners easy to contact if needed. They have even provided blackout blinds in the bedrooms which is excellent and much appreciated. We would hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Lilac Lodge, Janet and Mark were wonderful hosts, nothing was to much trouble, in fact one of the best places we have stayed at."

    5 stars all the way.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2023

  • "On arrival we received a very warm welcome from the owner - and a lovely basket of useful goodies!"

    Super view from the lodge. Very comfortable and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2023

  • "Idyllic stay at Lilac Lodge."

    Great hosts in Janet and Mark, really well equipped and comfortable lodge located in the most peaceful and scenic part of Dorset. Lovely welcome and welcome hamper to boot, Deer watching every evening, rabbits hopping about, it was like Springwatch live! Great location for visiting Dorset and Hampshire’s best attractions and close to Wareham, a gem of a town with great atmosphere, pubs, restaurants, independent shops and river walks. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely Lodge in a beautiful setting."

    Janet and Mark friendly and helpful in every way.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0May 2023

  • "Brilliant lodge, would live there in a shot, owner of lodge is a lovely lady, very helpful and generous in what is supplied for our enjoyment and comfort."

    The television is a large plasma and is fantastic. 5* for everything.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Mar 2023

  • "A fabulous property which I could not fault."

    It was spotlessly clean, warm (pretty essential when you had the weather we had!), comfortable and well equipped. Janet was friendly and helpful without interfering in any way - something I think hard and long about when renting properties which are situated in their owners’ grounds, which this is, but the lodge is completely private on its own area of land and has lovely views over the fields. We had gale force winds and torrential rain for the whole week but still had a good time, which speaks volumes I think. Self catering is easy in the well equipped kitchen and Wareham, with a variety of pubs and restaurants, is a five minute drive away. We’d love to go back in better weather to take advantage of the outdoor dining facilities and to have a glass of wine on the veranda while watching the rabbits, deer and birds of prey.

    Reviewed by Brigitte5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fantastic lodge, very clean & comfortable with everything you need provided."

    Only thing missing an electric razor socket but managed with an adaptor. Very quiet & peaceful with wonderful views over countryside & secure parking. Janet very helpful, met us on arrival & explained everything, also suggested places to eat etc. Would definitely recommend this property & will return in the future.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lilac Lodge was very spacious and well equiped."

    Had a lovely hamper waiting for us. Views were beautiful. Very quiet. Was even able to do some star gazing. Janet was a great host. Very clean and very warm considering we went in October. Close to plenty of attractions and seaside resorts like Bourmouth, Weymouth. Thank you Janet for a home from home experiance

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2022

  • "What an absolutely amazing place for a holiday, this has everything you need for a lovely break."

    Peaceful setting, stunning view and close to local attractions. So Comfortable and secure, so relaxing, Janet the owner always on hand and so helpful. Could not find any fault in this lodge or location will definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely, immaculate spacious lodge with all facilities needed."

    Very quiet location in the countryside with lovely view.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2022

  • "A comfortable, spacious, luxurious and stylish lodge, spotless and immaculate, with top spec fixtures and fittings and all the necessary facilities for a pleasant stay."

    The setting is idyllic and the peace and quiet welcome. The owner was friendly and helpful and always available for information. The welcome hamper was much enjoyed. Highly recommended and we shall be booking again next year.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lilac Lodge is a lovely, comfortable, spacious holiday home with a large garden and also some outside children's toys."

    A very generous welcome hamper was provided along with everything we could possibly need for a week's holiday. The lodge is situated in a good position for visiting various attractions and Janet was very helpful in recommending some to us. It was lovely to watch the rabbits in the garden and the geese flying over every day. We had a great, relaxing week at lilac Lodge and would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Mel5.0Aug 2022

  • "Perfect location, perfect accommodation, lovely stay."

    Couldn't ask for more really. Will consider staying at Lilac Lodge again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • ""Lilac Lodge" was one of the best "homes" we have stayed in whilst on holiday."

    Every facility was there, spotlessly clean and comfortable. We had outside space with garden furniture and lovely peaceful surroundings. Could not have asked for a better place to stay. Janet and Mark were welcoming and very helpful. We would most certainly recommend "Lilac Lodge" at Hill View.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2022

  • "This truly is a wonderful holiday property."

    Fully equipped with everything we needed. Very clean, beds very comfortable, a wonderful view - there really is nothing negative to say. And always lovely to arrive to a welcome pack, especially milk! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2022

  • "We found lilac Lodge very comfortable and a beautiful setting rabbits everywhere."

    A very enjoyable week. Thank you Brian and Vee.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lodge was excellent,very comfortable,clean and spacious, with a very large TV and excellent sound system."

    Welcome basket was much appreciated with a variety of goodies and milk in the fridge. The property is well located for many nearby attractions.We visited The Blue Pool, Athelhampton house, Swanage Railway, Tank Museum and Weymouth all within easy reach. Very peaceful and if you like rabbits you're in luck, nice to sit outside and watch them in the fields. Janet and Mark were very friendly and there if you needed anything. would not hesitate to stay here again and would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    Reviewed by June5.0Jun 2022

  • "The lodge is clean, comfortable and perfectly positioned for a holiday in Dorset."

    Janet and Mark are wonderful hosts. The family wants to rebook already!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "Situated in the owner's grounds Lilac Lodge was peaceful, private and secure."

    The property was very clean and very well equipped. There wasn't anything we wanted that wasn't provided. The bed was comfortable. There was milk in the fridge and a goody basket containing tea bags, cake, biscuits, fudge. The views of the grounds were lovely and some evenings we were visited by deer, eight on one occasion. There are lots of rabbits too. There is a pub within walking distance, we ate there the first night, we were made very welcome and enjoyed our food. The property is just a couple of minutes from Wareham where there are a number of restaurants. We particularly enjoyed the Italian Kitchen and 29029 in Sandton (Indian) which was excellent .A very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0May 2022

  • "The lodge was very spacious, beautifully clean and very well furnished with everything you need."

    The location was very peaceful, with the bonus of evening visits from the deer! Lots to see and do in the locality too.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable and if you want quiet and very peaceful could not be better."

    Every thing you need for a perfect stay owner very friendly, just there if you need her. Marion

    Reviewed by Marion5.0May 2022

  • "Great location for a peaceful holiday, the lodge is well maintained with it's own car park and the site is secured by electronic gate's and CCTV."

    We had a great holiday with so many places to visit close by, and will have to return to visit those we missed. I would not hesitate to recommend Lilac Lodge to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2022

  • "The lodge was well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    The view of the fields was lovely, with deers running around occasionally. Janet and Mark and their family are wonderful hosts. It was a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Iris5.0Apr 2022

  • "Janet & Mark - thank you for a delightful stay at Lilac Lodge."

    Ideally situated, peaceful, perfectly positioned overlooking fields, tastefully decorated, well equipped (all of high spec!), comfortable beds & a spacious living area for a family of four - we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around with a variety of toys to keep them entertained. Extra bonus to see the herd of deer of an evening! Perfect location for many Dorset attractions some of which we visited Swanage, Monkey World, Kimmeridge (Etches Museum) fossil hunting & Farmer Palmers! There are so many other places to visit we need to come again soon. We will certainly recommend you to family & friends as the ideal place to stay when visiting Dorset.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely week at Lilac Lodge."

    Thanks for the lovely welcome basket. Shame the weather wasn't its best but we were able to get out and about every day. Tank Museum well worth a visit for all ages. Monkey World was a bit disappointing as didn't see many monkeys , nothing like you see on TV and cafe very poor. Swanage easy to get to is small but a good sandy beach great for families. Lulworth good for walking around but not so good on a cold windy day - it was freezing the day we went - good for blowing the cobwebs away. Bere Regis very near the cottage two good pubs and a useful village shop. Easy to find your way round straight route to Dorchester / Weymouth area. Well worth staying at Lilac Lodge but the mattress and settees were a bit soft for us - just personal choice., but otherwise all OK.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Mar 2022

  • "Comfortable, well equipped, spacious and very clean."

    We liked the location: peaceful but close to lots of attractions. We stayed for a week and would have happily stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Feb 2022

  • "Extremely comfortable and perfectly situated for all our excursions."

    Janet is a fantastic host and we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by William5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lilac Lodge was a really delightful place to stay, very warm and comfortable with everything provided for a holiday home."

    Janet and Mark were excellent hosts and very friendly. Outlook on their land was very peaceful and we found it easy to access many local areas especially on the Purbeck coast.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lilac Lodge is an extraordinary holiday home providing everything you will need and much more too."

    It is spotlessly clean and comfortable with a wonderful and very generous welcome basket on arrival. It is a great base for exploring all parts of the Purbecks and we definitely plan to return. Thank you so much Janet.

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lilac Lodge offers extremely well furnished, comfortable, high-end accommodation nestled in a fabulous location."

    The lodge sits within the owners estate behind security gates, and with your own car park and garden area, it is very private and self-contained. You are surrounded by nature and, whilst we didn’t get an opportunity to spend much time outside in the evening (as we visited in November), we hope to be able to return and enjoy some warm evenings in the garden and do some stargazing in the perfect dark skies. Janet is a warm and welcoming host and made sure we had everything we needed, and more! Over many years of staying in holiday cottages, Lilac Lodge is one of the best we have had the pleasure to spend time in and we look forward to returning and enjoying Janet & Mark’s little gem in the Dorset countryside.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2021

  • "Despite the weather being a little extreme, the comfort of the lodge made the stay enjoyable."

    The area is great for walking, swimming and fishing. Janet was an excellent 'meeter and greeter' and the electronic security gate made us feel very secure in an isolated position. We did not have young children, but the facilities were perfect for small children to play out.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2021

  • "This place is an absolute gem."

    I only gave the accuracy of the listing 4 stars because the lodge was far better than described. From the kitchen equipment to the very comfortable beds, super bathrooms, sofas and the massive TV - they were all high quality furnishings. The master bedroom had a wonderful ensuite and walk in wardrobe with lots of space for your clothes. The twin room also good sized single beds and plenty of wardrobe space. The view from the full length windows was over fields and woods. It was very quiet but close to Wareham for it's range of shops. Waymarked walks close by in the forest 400 metres up the road- very pleasant. Lots of other places to visit nearby. Janet supplied a fantastic welcome pack. All in all a great place to stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Oct 2021

  • "So peaceful and relaxing!"

    The lodge is clean and comfortable with quality furnishings and has everything you could possibly need. The description fails to mention that the lodge also has a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washing machine and coffee maker. My grandchildren were delighted to find a box of outdoor games in the large garden. The owners are friendly and helpful. The location is very central for visiting Dorset attractions and the coast. We particularly enjoyed Corfe Castle and Knoll Beach.

    Reviewed by Ellen4.7Oct 2021

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at the quiet and secluded Lilac Lodge, a modern and immaculate home from home with lovely views and all the facilities we could possibly need."

    Janet and Mark, the owners, were welcoming and friendly and provided a surprise basket of goodies including bread, butter, milk, tea and cofffee while the local fudge and biscuits were quickly consumed. Just three miles from Wareham on the banks of the River Frome, Lilac Lodge was the perfect base to visit all the major Dorset landmarks such as Corfe Castle; Lulworth Cove; Durdle Door; Brownsea Island; the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site where we highly recommend the Guided Fossil Hunt; Studland Bay; Old Harry Rocks; Chesil Beach; Portland Bill, Sculpture by the Lakes and much, much more. There were plenty of good local pubs/restaurants with the Weld Arms in East Lulworth our particular favourite. 10/10 for a much needed holiday after all the lockdown problems! Thanks, Janet and Mark.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lilac Lodge sounded good on the Sykes website, but it not only met those expectations, it exceeded them."

    The whole holiday home was well fitted out and comfortable, with everything we could possibly need. The area was quiet and relaxing, where we could hear the owls at night and then explore local countryside and nature by day. This was all topped off with some treats waiting for us when we arrived. I expect that we will be back quite soon!

    Reviewed by Adrian And Pamela5.0Oct 2021

  • "Wonderful lodge and location, being central to many locations and yet so very peaceful."

    Very well equipped and so comfortable throughout especially the beds, we couldn’t have asked for more. Janet the host was very helpful with accommodating our needs which we are very grateful. Top marks for Lilac Lodge!

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Sep 2021

  • "The holiday lodge was one of the best we've stayed in and the owners were most helpful and friendly."

    They even provided us with some essentials and a welcome package containing some small extras to make things easier on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Sep 2021

  • "Had a fantastic week at Lilac Lodge."

    Great facilities and host Janet was lovely. Great location for exploring surrounding areas: Studland Bay, Corfe Castle, The Blue Pool and Arne nature reserve are all worth a visit if you like a good walk and great scenery.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time at Lilac cottage."

    The owners of the cottage are warm and welcoming. There are little touches such as a welcome basket of local treats that made our stay extra special. The cottage is really well set up for a family of four and a very peaceful place to relax with beautiful views of green paddocks. The location is very convenient for exploring many sights in Dorset including Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Studland Bay. We would definitely recommend it to other guests.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2021

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  • All-one-level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/ freezer, coffee maker
  • smart TV with sky, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private off road parking for numerous cars.Enclosed garden with lawn, decked veranda and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note Property is secured with electric gate
  • Shop 0.7 miles, pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 3pm and check-out by 9:30am

The property

Tucked away in a delightful private setting within the owner's generous, 20-acre gardens and grounds rests this fabulous single-storey dwelling, Hill View, Lilac Lodge.

Centrally positioned within easy reach of both the coast and country of Dorset, Hill View, Lilac Lodge offers a handy base for a small family looking to explore while offering the tranquillity of the rural location and open views.

Upon arrival, step through the well-maintained enclosed garden that envelops this lovely dwelling and climb the handful of stairs entering into the contemporary open-plan living space, beautifully-appointed with an elegant and neutral décor, flooded with natural light.

Kick off your shoes and take a perch at the breakfast bar as the designated chef prepares a hearty meal in the amply-equipped kitchen and gather your loved ones around the eye-catching marble dining table to indulge in your culinary delights.

Settle down for the evening on the sofa to enjoy a movie marathon or step out onto the veranda, offering a lovely spot to soak in the evening sun with a refreshing glass of wine.

When sleep calls, tuck the little ones up in the snug twin room before retiring to the master bedroom, fit with a sumptuous king-size and an en-suite, where you can relax in the tub before snuggling up under the covers.

In the morning, kickstart your day with an invigorating rinse in the contemporary family shower room before heading out to explore your surroundings.

The grounds are home to a carp lake and a private wooded area, which can be explored on request and where you may see some deer and other native wildlife.

Take a break from doing the cooking and treat your loved ones to a delicious meal with a stroll into the heart of Wareham, boasting quaint tea rooms and traditional country pubs.

After satisfying your appetite, hire a boat and soak in the scenery aboard the River Frome, or if you'd prefer to stay on land, discover the wealth of fascinating local history on display at Wareham Town Museum.

There's a host of scenic trails worth discovering from your doorstep, with the nearby Wareham Forest Way, passing through the scenic woodland of Wareham Forest and its abundance of wildlife toward the quaint village of Sturminster Marshall, as well as The Purbeck Way, a spectacular trail within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to Corfe Castle.

Within easy reach are the tranquil waters of Lulworth Cove, tucked away on the dramatic Jurassic Coast, where the rounded bay formed by sea erosion provides a secluded spot to unwind and bask in the sun and sand; avid outdoor adventurers can tackle the steep climb to Durdle Door for spectacular panoramic views across the coastline.

Make unforgettable memories with a stay at Hill View, Lilac Lodge.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Corfe Castle 5 miles; Poole 9 miles; Swanage 11 miles;

Wareham, affectionately known as the ‘Gateway to the Purbecks’ is an ancient Dorset waterside market town. Situated between the River Frome and quaintly named River Piddle, its charming riverside location makes the town a popular holiday destination. Dating back to Saxon times, the town was once surrounded by walls, and became an important port with boats bringing supplies up the River Frome from nearby Poole harbour. Today, the river provides a great playground, you can hire a boat from the attractive quayside and chug your way down the stream, take one of the regular organised boat trips, browse the colourful Saturday market or simply just enjoy an ice cream or a drink relaxing on the Quayside. Whilst seasonally there are also numerous popular events taking place beside the river. A short drive takes you to the Arne peninsula jutting out into Poole Harbour, a designated RSPB reserve, where you can stroll down to the water’s edge, taking in glimpses of the impressive bird population and often viewing some of the resident deer. The friendly seaside resort of Swanage is also easily accessible, where you can experience a traditional family-friendly day out on the beach, or take the coastal path and stop off for refreshment at Durlston Country Park. A real treat is to drive to nearby Corfe Castle and take the vintage steam railway to Swanage. Wareham offers visitors a super Dorset holiday destination at anytime of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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