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corfe castle


Corfe Castle lies in the heart of Isle of Purbeck steeped in history and beautiful scenery. The ancient ruin of Corfe Castle is owned by the National Trust and is the setting for a host of events from Food Fayres to battle re-enactments.

The Village  Square in Corfe Castle is 300m walk from the Cottage along a quiet historic street and local amenities include a sweet shop, post office, foodstore & deli, bakery, coffee shops and 4 pubs . The famous steam railway operates from the Victorian Station which is set back from the Square where you can board trains to the beaches and resort of Swanage. There are scenic walks from the doorstep in literally every direction – choose from windy ridges with dramatic views over Poole harbour or ambles over Corfe Common to a pub with a view at nearby Kingston.


The Isle of Purbeck is a mecca for walkers, Mountain bikers and even surfers (Kimmeridge Bay) Sailing, windsurfing and Kite Surfing are abundant in nearby Poole Harbour (2nd largest natural harbour in the World) and Horse riding, Sea Kayaking and of course sunbathing are popular passtimes at the famous unspoilt Studland beach which features 3 separate parking areas, 2 cafes. Sea fishing is available within 10 minutes drive and Mountain Bike Hire is available from Wareham Railway Station and the Park and Ride for Corfe Castle railway.

The nearest supermarkets are in Wareham and Swanage ( approx. 5 miles in either direction) and Wareham also boosts a lovely Saturday market, Riverside pubs and even a old fashioned Cinema that shows the latest films in a quaint setting. Corfe Castle is 10 miles from Lulworth Cove, 20 miles from Dorchester and 10 miles from Bournemouth with attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World only a short drive from the Cottage.


Christmas in Corfe Castle is magical – The village is famous for its festive lights which are switched on at the end of November every year and the informal gathering in the Square on New Years Eve where Villagers mix with surprised Visitors to sing Auld Lang Syne and celebrate in style. Be prepared for some strange fancy dress costumes as the 4 pubs turn out their revellers at 11.50 following some lively parties!