Corfe is an unspoilt English village built in Purbeck stone and dominated by the ruins of the Norman Castle. It is the capital of the Isle of Purbeck and the site where Edward, first King of England was martyred in 978AD. Ths castle itself is an important Mediaeval Royal Fortress commanding a cleft in the Purbeck Hills, one of the most impressive ruins in England besieged by parliamentary forces in 1646. Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. There is also a Visitor Centre - opening hours coincide with the castle hours.
The Purbeck coastline is designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". The beaches of Studland, Lulworth, Swanage, Kimmeridge, Durdle Door and Old Harry are all within easy reach.
Why not try a guided walk with the experienced, knowledgeable Jurassic Jaunts: Contact Andy Pedrick on +44 (0)7790 474 478
In December of 2001, the Dorset and East Devon Coast was officially ranked as one of the natural wonders of the world.
The decision, taken by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, puts the coast firmly on the map as one of the most geologically important places on the planet. The 95 mile stretch of coast, starting at Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage, provides a walk through some 185 million years of the history of the planet and contains a number of outstanding fossil deposits.
Students of Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck might like to study the many sepia toned prints of the area around the ground floor, dating back to the turn of the century, these were taken from the Dennis Smale archival collection and includes the 1769 prelude to the modern day census.
We have the smallest Town Hall in England and a small Museum with wonderful archives that include a set of Dinosaur prints and a collection of domestic and agriculture implements. You will find this just around the corner in West Street opposite the Fox Inn.
You will find this in the same street as the Museum and again well worth a visit. It shows the Village in its glory including the Castle before Oliver Cromwell made his grand entrance!
We have two churches in the Village, St Edwards, which is situated in the Village square and the Congregational which is opposite the Hotel. Both are well worth a visit if only for their historic interest.
There are two Roman Catholic Churches, one in Wareham and one in Swanage. The Benefice of Corfe Valley includes Corfe Castle, Church Knowle, Steeple with Tyneham and Kimmeridge, Rempstone, Woolgarston and the islands in Poole Harbour (except Brownsea Island).
Mortons House Hotel is a 16th century Grade 2 Elizabethan manor house hotel and restaurant, located in the heart of Corfe Castle, ideally situated to explore the beautiful nearby Dorset coastline.
Exceptional food, and a warm welcome await.
Traditional bedrooms, each with their own charm and appeal, make good use of four posters, traditional stone fireplaces and fine views of the Castle, Steam Railway and Purbeck HillsRead More
2AA Rosette Restaurant, featuring fine, locally sourced, ‘seasonal’ produce, whenever possible and with a few twists of innovation to tempt the palate.Read More
Mortons House is a very special place for Wedding Celebrations and Civil Ceremonies, with the Castle providing a romantic and picturesque backdrop for those special pictures..See VideoRead More
We were upgraded, which was totally unexpected, and it was lovely. The best fillet steak ever, it was amazing. We had dinner in the hotel and I couldn’t fault it, sweets were fantastic especially the sticky toffee pudding.
This was our third visit and we were delighted to find Mortons House as good as ever. We were given a warm welcome by staff who remembered us. Pre-dinner drinks by the log fire in the Oak Room were a real treat. Dinners were delicious; The scallop starter was superb.
Just returned from a 2 night stay with dinner and what a fantastic place. Rooms spotless and comfortable. Couple of minutes’ walk to the castle, and lots of lovely walks and places close by. Would be happy to recommend to anyone.
The staff are what make this place so lovely, they make the place come alive. Our meal was delicious and made for such a special evening. Breakfast was equally as good with homemade bread and a great cooked breakfast. Well worth the visit for a relaxed break.