Cottages to rent for self-catering breaks in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England
Take a self-catering cottage holiday in Corfe Castle in Dorset and you’ll think you’re in another world. This delightful village is situated on the Purbeck peninsula with the open sea on three sides. Most buildings are made from local stone and it’s as though they continue to be protected by the majestic ruins of the castle that overlooks the village from hills above.
About Cottage Breaks in Corfe Castle
The village has three local pubs, another castle, the Castle Inn, the Greyhound Inn and the Fox Inn. A convenience store will supply all you need for your cottage holiday including wines and spirits, and there is a local butcher’s shop, a post office and a bakery. Additionally there is a selection of specialist shops including one that recalls the bond between author Enid Blyton and Corfe Castle. A regular holidaymaker here, some of Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ tales are based on the castle and other nearby landmarks. ‘Ginger Pop’ brings back the 1940/1950s nostalgia with lots of books, postcards, toys and plenty of ginger beer.
Go further back, to the time of William the Conqueror in the 11th century, and that’s when the castle was built. 600 years later it was destroyed from explosions within by the Roundheads. You don’t have to use your imagination to picture the castle the way it was. There is a scale model village in Corfe Castle built in the same stone as the village itself and dated back to the time when the castle was whole. Opposite the castle is the church of St. King Edward, built in the 15th century to replace the old building , left to decline in the 17th century after lead was removed to make shot, then restored some 150 years ago. The church is named after the king killed in 978, supposedly on his step mother’s orders. The body was believed to have been taken to a cottage on the site of the church.
While you’re enjoying a self-catering break in Corfe Castle you are sure to visit Swanage, probably on a few occasions. On one of these occasions leave the car behind and take the steam train that stops at the village station. The station has been recreated in 1950s style and its signal box has received a heritage award. At the back of the station is a free railway museum that includes exhibitions of railway memorabilia. A coach has been converted into a cinema showing historic films from the railway and from the area. For fun by the sea head to Swanage Beach, a blue flag award winning stretch of golden sands.
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Book a Corfe Castle cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Dorset on holiday.