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Combine tranquility, exercise and discovery on a bike and explore the woodland, heath, beaches and...
Character cottages in rural and coastal surroundings on the Isle of Purbeck.
A 16thC farmhouse with views of Kimmeridge Bay across farmland. Spectacular walks along the coastal...
No visit to the Isle of Purbeck would be complete without seeing the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, situated half way between the towns of Wareham and the coastal town of Swanage with approximately 5½ miles between them.
Corfe Castle village is overlooked by the outstanding ruins of its castle of the same name perched on a hill in a gap in the Purbeck Ridge hills.
The Castle now owned by the National Trust was built in 1086, was one of the country’s great strongholds and was defended by Lady Bankes (the wife of its owner) during the English Civil War, before being betrayed by someone inside the castle. For her heroic efforts, the parliamentarians allowed her to go free but destroyed the Castle in 1646 to stop it being used in the future.
Some of the ruined stone was used in the building of the village and the houses are built of local stone, making the village one of the most attractive in Dorset.
Along with the Castle, other family attractions in the village include Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens and Swanage Railway and museum. There are a number of interesting shops, art galleries and a National Trust Shop. Don’t miss the tiny weeny village museum beneath what is thought to be the smallest town hall in England!
Corfe Common is found just on the edge of the village with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman's Pool and the South West Coast Path. Alternatively follow the Purbeck Way towards Wareham or Swanage (with views over the Castle and Village from up on the Purbeck Ridge).
The village is easily accessible by public transport and has a Swanage Railway station in the heart of the village. Being one of the most popular locations to visit in this corner of Dorset we recommend using public transport or parking at Norden car park which is a 20 minutes pleasant walk from the village at peak holiday times. Bikes can also be hired from Norden car park, look out for Cyclexperience for bikes and cycle route ideas including routes to Studland beach (Rempstone Ride).
Built in 1590 in the Elizabethan style, Mortons House Hotel is located in the heat of the village and provides a luxurious and relaxing location for a break also welcoming non residents to dine or take afternoon tea in these historic surroundings. With a prestigious 2 AA Rosette award, Mortons House Hotel offers fine dining with traditional and innovative cuisine. In the winter, why not sit by the roaring log fire to enjoy your pre-dinner drink or after dinner coffee?
The range of character self catering accommodation is available to suit all tastes and there are local agencies who can help you source the perfect location for your self catering holiday in Corfe Castle including: Dorset Cottage Holidays, Corfe and Purbeck Holidays and Island Cottage Holidays. Stone cottages with log fires can provide the perfect out-of-season country retreat.
Located in tranquil woodland between Corfe Castle and Studland you will find Burnbake Forest Lodges, for a glamping style break with luxury features including hot tubs and wood burning stoves. If camping is your style and you love the idea of camping on a farm then Norden Farm Campsite could provide that memorable family holiday location that you will return to year after year.
Group accommodation and exhilarating group and family activities can be found at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre why not try: rock climbing, kayaking, archery, a tree-top ropes course and much, much more.
In the nearby village of Kingston you can stay in bed and breakfast accommodation in a converted farmstead. Kingston Country Courtyard situated on a picturesque ridge amid the beautiful Purbeck hills, offers spectacular views stretching from historic Corfe Castle across to Swanage Bay – could they be the best views from any accommodation in Dorset? We’ll let you decide!
Experience the very best of historic English pubs in picture-postcard locations but with food to satisfy modern tastes. The Greyhound Inn is possibly the most photographed pub in England, a contemporary country pub under the ruins of Corfe Castle. Also situated in the heart of the village is the Bankes Arms Hotel, a 16th century Grade 2 listed Manor House with a bar restaurant and accommodation.
The New Inn at the nearby village of Church Knowle is a thatched inn in a picturesque village overlooking the Purbeck hills. It is acclaimed for its speciality fish cuisine – the dishes will have your mouth watering! All of these pubs also have gardens with views, so you enjoy the fresh air and fair weather.
Want to see how Saxons and Vikings fought, or watch re-enactments from the Civil war? Corfe Castle has regular historical events during weekends and school holidays, from falconry to the Normans. With its dramatic backdrop, Corfe Castle is a great place to see outdoor performances during summer evenings. Over the Christmas holidays the castle is lit with braziers and shines like a beacon for miles around – not to be missed!
If you are curious as to what the Corfe Castle would have looked like before it was destroyed during the Civil War, why not visit Corfe Model village? You can step in back in time to see what it would have looked like in 1646. Play games in the gardens or enjoy a cream tea in the Courtyard café.
If you love bouncy castles you will really love Dorset Waterpark, an inflatable adventure course on a two lakes in Corfe Castle, fantastic family fun.
The near by village and coastline of Kimmeridge of also worth visiting. Clavell Café and Restaurant serves local farm produce and the award winning Kimmeridge Farmhouse offers five star overnight accommodation. The new Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Life is a fascinating collection of marine fossils which lived here in the sea over 150million years ago.
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A huge inflatable woodland waterpark overlooking Corfe Castle. The course includes slides, a trampoline, gladiator rings, jumps, hurdles, rollers, monkey bars, bridges, balance beams and loads more. Come and experience the park, tackle the...
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The restaurant at Morton’s House enjoys a fine reputation for offering traditional and innovative cuisine. A prestigious 2 AA Rosette award has been held since November 2002. Our private dining room, the Castle room, is ideal for special occasions.
We offer guided and self guided walking holidays on the magical Isle of Purbeck.
Walks can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities and guided walks are led by a local author and photographer who has published a number of books.
Outdoor activity centre specialising in adventure activities located in spectacular surroundings close to Corfe Castle and Poole Harbour. Experienced, qualified instructors provide activity days and overnight stays for a variety of groups.
Whether you visit the Model Village or not, enjoy our 17th Century courtyard setting for home made cream teas, lunches and full English breakfasts. We have a variety of Gluten free options and use lots of local produce too.
Furzebrook, Nr WAREHAM
We serve Morning Coffee, and Traditional Cream Teas with freshly baked scones, which can be enjoyed on the terrace. We also have a selection of hot light lunches, including Cottage Pie, Jacket Potatoes, Quiche and Omelettes.
Open every day.
Every Thursday night we serve fish and chips, which is eat-in or takeaway.
Evening menu available Friday and Saturdays from June to September.
From October to end of June we offer Sunday Roasts featuring our own farm meat.