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...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mortons Hotel Corfe Castle
- Mortons Corfe Castle
- Mortons House Hotel Corfe Castle, Isle Of Purbeck, Dorset