Heroes Haven Swanage is a purpose built lodge which provides affordable holidays for disabled, injured and visually impaired serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces, their immediate family and carers.
Medical service personnel are also eligible to use the facility.
The lodge has been specially designed to cater for wheelchairs and for those that have suffered serious injuries to enjoy a “normal” family holiday.
Situated on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, the lodge nestles in its own extensive landscaped gardens, which offer a tranquil setting for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing family holiday.
Adjacent the grounds of Herston Leisure Holiday Park a seasonal on site store, bar, restaurant and launderette are also available to guests staying in the lodge.
The nearby seaside town of Swanage is a few minutes’ drive away; here you will find safe sandy beaches, interesting range of shops, cafés and restaurants and a vibrant night life. The Town is also host to a wide variety of music festivals throughout the year.
Known as the 'Jewel of the Isle of Purbeck', Swanage has everything for a superb and memorable holiday.
Located on the east coast of Dorset, the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, starts at the headland of Ballard Down.
The town boasts of a beautiful sheltered bay with soft, safe beaches. Swanage has won the prestigious European "Blue Flag" award on many occasions as well as the Tidy Britain Group's "Seaside Award" and offers the perfect place for a family seaside holiday.
Beautiful cliffs and countryside surround the town, with surprises around every corner, thatched cottages, secluded bays and scenery that is equal to anywhere in the world.
A vibrant night life offers those that want to party with a choice of pubs and clubs. Swanage has a wide selection of restaurants and cafes, to suit all tastes, ages and price brackets.
Swanage also host numerous festivals on both land and sea. Jazz, Folk, Blues, sailing and rowing, all take place during the summer.
The largest of all is the annual Swanage Carnival which take place over eight days and boasts the biggest and best carnival procession on the South Coast, it also has three firework displays throughout the week
Rifleman Jack Otter was the third triple amputee to survive his injuries in Afghanistan and during Jack’s treatment in April 2010 a member of Swanage Carnival committee received an upsetting e-mail from his mother. Further contact and research revealed that there was no suitable holiday accommodation for such heroes and their families in the Purbeck area.
These, now famous, words were said the following evening, “Well, let’s do something about it then”, and so a small group of individuals formed a team and Heroes Haven Swanage was born.