About Us

Dave warmly welcomes you to, award winning Grade II listed Purbeck stone, Easter Cottage - a charming, friendly and intimate Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful county of Dorset.  This is the Bed & Breakfast in Swanage that you have been looking for, quietly tucked away from busy through traffic, yet within a couple of minutes level walk to the town centre and steam railway.  The beautiful sheltered sandy beach is also just a few hundred metres level stroll away and the stunning coastal path is just a short walk away.

Visiting Us

Open all year round, with unrestricted access to your room, we encourage guests to treat Easter Cottage as a home-from-home.

With full central heating, and a roaring log fire in the guest lounge, Easter Cottage also makes an ideal retreat for your autumn or winter break.  

Indulge in our award winning breakfasts, cooked to order from the extensive menu, and relax in the friendly hospitality of your hosts.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

History

Eldon Terrace was originally built in the early 1890’s by Lord Eldon as accommodation for his workers at the railway.  The railway was operated by the London & South Western Railway Company and was used for conveying visitors to the seaside and also for the transport of Purbeck stone via a stone yard at Swanage, and ball clay via sidings at Furzebrook and Eldon.  Easter Cottage, being the end cottage and therefore slightly larger, was allocated to Lord Eldon's Steward and remained as a part of the family estate until 1926 when it was sold by his Trustees for the princely sum of £300.  Now forming part of the Northern boundary of Swanage’s Conservation area,  Eldon Terrace has received a Grade II listing as “A fine example of late Victorian estate housing".   

We purchased Easter Cottage in 1990 and opened our doors as a Bed & Breakfast in the spring of 1991. Since then we have lovingly and tastefully refurbished the cottage working closely with 'Visit Britain' Assessors, and following guest suggestions, to offer a high class of accommodation with all the modern amenities, whilst striving to maintain the charm and character of the building and retaining a warm and homely ambience.

Swanage in Bloom

At Easter Cottage, we are very proud of our outstanding record in the town's annual Swanage in Bloom Competition. In the twenty-one year history of the competition, we have won the 'Best Overall Business Shield' twice and in the 'Best Holiday Accommodation' category; we have been 1st three times, 2nd nine times and 3rd four times!  Not a bad record considering we weren't around to enter for the first three years of the competition's history! And, it goes without saying, we have been photographed by hundreds!

 

Four Star Guest Accommodation

This is the official 'Visit England' star rated accommodation logo, known as the Quality Rose Marque.  'Visit England' states  "An establishment must meet specific quality requirements to get its rating.  Every accommodation type’s star rating reflects the quality of its furnishings, décor and ambience, with more stars meaning better quality. Our assessors regularly stay overnight as mystery guests in all of our rated accommodations so they can properly test all aspects of the visitor experience, from the welcome they receive to how comfy the beds are." 

Gold Award Winner

A Gold Award, given by 'Visit England', which recognises exceptional quality, and is given to B&Bs and hotels that score well on bathrooms, bedrooms, cleanliness, breakfast and hospitality. Easter Cottage is very proud to be a recipient of this much coveted award.

Award Winning Breakfast

This award recognises hotels and B&Bs that offer guests a good quality and choice of breakfast, as well as service and hospitality exceeding that which should be expected from their star rating.  Easter Cottage is proud to have achieved this award!