Lytchett Hard B&B
Lytchett Hard Bed & Breakfast establishment, where you are sure of a warm welcome in beautiful, unspoilt surroundings.
As recommended in the Alistair Sawday "Bed & Breakfast Guide for Garden Lovers" book, Lytchett Hard is owned by David & Elizabeth Collinson :
One fascinating acre adjoins a reeded inlet of Poole harbour and their own SSSI where, if youre lucky, youll spot a Dartford Warbler among the gorse.
The garden has been created from scratch over the past 30 years and carefully designed to make the most of the views over heathland - haunt of two species of lizard - and water. Liz is a trained horticulturalist and she and David have capitalised on the mild weather here to grow tender plants; copious additions of compost and horse manure have improved the sandy soil. These tender treasures thrive gloriously and are unusually large - youre greeted by a huge phormium in the pretty entrance garden by the drive; cordyline and hibiscus do well, too.
Acid-lovers are happy, so there are fine displays of camellias and rhododendrons among hosts of daffodil and tulips once the sweeps of snowdrops have finished. Three borders are colour-themed, each representing a wedding anniversary: silver, pearl and ruby. Kitchen gardeners will be knocked out by the seriously good vegetable garden.
Play croquet on the large lawn, explore the private woodland where David has created winding paths, relax in the shade of the gazebo or in the warmth of the working conservatory, admire the many unusual plants or simply sit back and enjoy the colour and interest around you... and that shimmering view.