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“4th visit to this characterful hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mortons House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Corfe Castle
Certificate of Excellence
Newbury, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“4th visit to this characterful hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Over the last 15 years this is our fourth visit -always for a single night. We enjoy the location in the beautiful village of Corfe and it is an excellent walking base. There is not much choice of quality hotel accommodation in the Isle of Purbeck which is why we keep coming back.

Previously we have stayed in the Elizabethan room twice - beautiful historic room for a special occasion though expensive and there is road noise. Last time we had a room (?11) at back of the newer extension with views of the steam railway and Corfe castle which was lovely. This time we again booked at short notice with a discount and were allocated room 17. On arrival we found it was a pleasant room but on the ground floor overlooking the terrace where people were sitting outside having cream teas. The room was very goldfish bowl like and anyone could see us in the room unless we closed the heavy curtains. We asked at reception for net curtains as there appeared to be a second rail but no one knew anything. However we were offered the loft room in the old building but had to pay an additional supplement as it was a 2 room suite. This we accepted.

The loft room number 7 was very characterful though beams were low and the access was via steep stairs so it would not suit everyone. For us it was great especially as there was a fantastic view of Corfe Castle through the velux window in the sloping roof. The bed linen and the huge soft towels felt very expensive. Slight negatives were the noise from the kitchen extractor fans with windows open and being a loft room in warm weather it will get warm.

As usual we had an excellent evening meal - mussels, steak and chips and tarte tatin for dessert. However it was disappointing that the latter is no longer brought to the table in the cooking dish due to health and safety reasons. The menu combines more traditional restaurant dishes with bistro dishes such as burger and chips. If you were staying several nights you might run out of varied options. Breakfast as always were very good with quality produce and presentation.

Small niggles which could easily be rectified to make a visit even better include not being asked if we wanted a morning paper, no bath mat in room (though we could have asked for one), updating of in room literature (hotel guide was for 2011/2012) and notices (is best hotel of the year 2005 notice still relevant now?), guests asking for additional bread with their evening meal were advised there would be a charge...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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guildford
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

popped in to have cream tea in the garden with the dog on a beautifully sunny afternoon. Very pleasant and relaxed service, lovely cream tea in a beauticul garden setting - could hear the steam trains pass by and the cattle lowing - wish we could do it again right now.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dween
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Great Bookham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

As my wife and I are both disabled finding somewhere to stay is quite a task. We found the Morton's House Hotel last year and returned this year because everything and everyone was so great. The room had an En-Suite Bathroom which had a level access shower. The wash basin could be set to a level that suited the wife as she uses an electric wheelchair.
The staff could not do enough for us making our stay very pleasurable. Because we needed easy access to the table in the Dinning Room a table was reserved for us. The food is excellent.
The only slight "down" was access to Reception. A push button for opening the door with a motorized door opener/closer would be very helpful. We did suggest it, so hopefully they may take up the idea.
We will be returning there again.

Room Tip: The Disable Access rooms are 18 to 21. Rooms 18 & 21 get more natural light than 19 & 20...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris S
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

We took the trip down for my wife's 29th birthday to revisit where she and her family used to stay when she was young. We looked at lots of hotels and B&B's and finally landed on Mortons House and we were not disappointed. The hotel was great! Really traditional but still luxurious. The food was amazing as well. Great steaks!

Everything about our stay was brilliant. A real countryside, dorset experience. It's in a great location with lots to go and see around the area and only a short drive from Poole and Lulworth Cove. The town of Corfe Castle itself is a perfect little place to stay with great pubs and very friendly locals.

The staff at Mortons House were exceptional, from front desk to the waiting staff to housekeeping. We really got looked after. When I booked it I told them it was my wife's birthday and asked where i could get flowers and chocs from and they sorted everything out for me and had it ready in the room on the day of my wife's birthday as a surprise. Absolutely brilliant! Although I'm taking the credit. ;)

I can't thank them enough for everything they did for us and how friendly they were. Thank you Mortons House for a trip we will never forget.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lee C
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Bologna, Italy
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Spent 2 nights here on a Spring Break. The hotel and rooms were very comfortable and the staff made us feel very welcome without being "over attentive". Dinner on one night was included and it proved an excellent choice, we were even had a dessert which was a first for us. Usually the choice is all gooey chocolate and not much else but this hotel's choice was amazing - we could have selected each one. To sit with a cup of tea by the roaring log fire in the lounge was a lovely treat especially after a long boggy walk and if the weather had been sunny I'm sure the garden would have been a real pleasure too. We will definitely go back again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Jennifer F
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Wareham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Having visited Mortons House Hotel on a small number of occasions in the past as a ‘diner’ we were given the opportunity to stay overnight to join in the celebrations of a family wedding – we are so glad that we did!
You could not ask for a more delightful setting for your special day. Granted the sun was shining which always helps with the family photos but I have to say come rain or shine Mortons House is just perfect. You have the old stone building oozing character, friendly staff, exquisite food and hosts who personally ensure that the big day goes off without a hitch – nothing is too much trouble. Our bedroom had views of the Castle, which even on a rainy day would be a sight to behold and we fortunately had the sun.
The wedding reception took place in the old wood paneled lounge then we moved onto the terrace for Champagne, Pimms and canapés. The food was superb (a special mention for the beef), the service professional but not intrusive, you can actually enjoy your meal without having someone over your shoulder for the 3 courses.
The success of the day must be credited to Mortons House and its staff/owners for ensuring that someone’s special day is just that, very special. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough whether it be your big day, a weekend away, a summer holiday or a winter walking break, I am sure that you will be well looked after!
This was a treat for us and I’m sure that our family will remember this special day for many years to come. We will be back for sure, Sunday lunch next, if only to sample that beef again!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Derek W
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Cornwall
Level Contributor
42 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Spent two nights here with friends on a 'Food lovers break' which was most enjoyable. The staff, without exception, were extremely welcoming, helpful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Food was very good quality and excellently presented with the only downside being that the menu does not change nightly which would limit choice on longer stays.The room whilst well equipped was slightly tired but decor overall fits with the country house style of the hotel. The shower in the bathroom had low water pressure but was adequate.
The village of Corfe Castle is delightful and we would recommend this hotel and the village for a short stay in the area.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tregtraveller
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Property: Mortons House Hotel
Address: 49 East Street, Corfe Castle BH20 5EE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Corfe Castle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Corfe Castle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mortons House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
400 year old Elizabethan manor located in pretty Corfe Castle in Dorset. 21 Character en-suite rooms and an award-winning restaurant. The hotel is ideally situated close to the beaches at Studland, Swanage and Lulworth with numerous walks along the Jurassic Coast on our doorstep. ... more   less 
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