Set in the heart of the village of Corfe Castle, this magnificent Grade II listed 16th-century property offers spacious accommodation for a large family or group seeking a sumptuous country retreat.
This Grade II listed country house offers extensive accommodation over several levels. The main house sleeps 11 guests, while the adjoining self-contained three-bedroom cottage sleeps an additional eight guests. Corfe Castle is a beautiful village with a wide range of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and surrounds the ruins of a 1,000-year-old castle, which offers spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills. Local attractions include the Blue Pool (3 miles), the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum (1 mile) and Kilwood Nature Reserve (5 miles). Heading to the coast you can explore beautiful beaches, quiet coves and charming villages, including Lulworth Cove (12 miles), Kimmeridge Bay (6 miles) and Winspit Quarry (5 miles). The popular seaside town of Swanage (5.5 miles) is known for its sandy beach, traditional promenade and pier, or you could catch a ferry from Studland (5.5 miles) to explore the beautiful Brownsea Island.
Entering the impressive main house from the street, you will find a spacious and elegant triple aspect drawing room with an open fire, plenty of comfortable seating and floor-to-ceiling arched windows with garden views. There’s a large dining room seating up to 16 with an additional table available for larger numbers of guests, where you can meet for a celebratory meal. This room features a piano and an open fire set in an impressive 16th century Purbeck stone fireplace. The large and stylish kitchen/breakfast room features an oak floor, polished Purbeck Stone worktops, an AGA style oven, an additional electric oven, hob, American-style fridge/freezer, ice-maker, washing machine, microwave and dishwasher, plus French doors to the courtyard. The dryer can be found in the utility room. Exploring further, you can relax in the charming snug with a TV/DVD, an extensive selection of videos/DVD's/books/board games, wood burner, an original bread oven in a large beamed inglenook and French doors to the garden. There are also two ground-floor WCs.
Going upstairs you will find a large gallery landing with comfortable seating, TV and a dolls house (to be used under supervision and at own risk). The landing also has a large leather-top desk with a printer for guests use. You will find six bedrooms. The large master suite has a 7’ bed, a round feature window with views of Corfe Castle and an en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC. The anteroom to this room provides access to a single room looking out onto the courtyard. A staircase leads to a twin room with a peephole window with views over the village and which has an en-suite shower room with WC. There’s also a double room with an en-suite bathroom with a shower over the bath and a WC, a further twin room set in the attic, and another double room with an en-suite bathroom with bath and WC.
Entering the adjacent cottage from the inner courtyard, a few steps lead you down into the kitchen/diner. This attractive room features a lovely dining area and is fully equipped with an oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, fridge, freezer and microwave. The large L-shaped lounge has plenty of seating and a beautiful stone fireplace with an open fire. Upstairs there are three bedrooms: two double rooms – one with a view over the courtyard – and a bunk bedroom with two sets of bunks, ideal for four children. There is also a bathroom complete with a shower over the bath and a WC.
Moving outside, the house surrounds a charming courtyard with a raised fountain, climbers and shrubs. Behind the house is a terrace where you can enjoy an al fresco meal. The gently sloping gardens provide both formal and informal grounds with a variety of seating areas, including a dining pavilion with a large low-level fire pit and a BBQ. There are also extensive lawns, orchards and an enclosed pond as well as a children’s swing. A roll-top door to the side of the property leads to a large parking area for up to seven cars (one private parking space is reserved for the owner). Children must be supervised in and around the fountain and pond areas.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.
Please note there is a refundable £1,000 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.