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The Old Guildhall

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Corfe Castle, Dorset
Grade 5 Star rating
Pets 2
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Unique and quirky, with stone spiral stairs and floor to ceiling picture window, this gem has been featured in the House and Garden magazine.

The Old Guildhall, reputed to be the original meeting place of the ancient order of stone cutters and marblers, is a unique and individual property with contemporary and quirky design practically combined with many original period features. The house has many original works of art on display which adds to the ambiance, and has been featured in the House and Garden magazine. The owner thoughtfully provides a luxurious hamper between November and March. The stunning village of Corfe Castle stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, and is dominated by the ruined castle, which is a delight any time of year. Other family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, the village museum, a steam railway and many shops, and Corfe Common is found just on the edge of the village with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman’s Pool and the South West Coast Path. The village is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and around the village square there are a small collection of shops clustered together. The Jurassic Coastline is a short drive away, with the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Discover the town of Swanage with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. Shop and pubs 100 yards.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With vaulted ceiling.
Living area: With wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, iPod dock, CD player, selection of books and flagstone floor.
2 steps to...
Dining area: With double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and flagstone floor.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and granite floor.
Sun room: With bi-fold doors leading to courtyard.
Bedroom 1: Split-level with two single beds and Velux window.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, bidet and toilet.
Stone, spiral stairs to...
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With double bed and en-suite toilet.

Gas central heating, gas (£50 per week November-March), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard with terraces, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 1 car; public car park 200 yards, permit for 1 car included. No smoking. Please note: There are uneven steps to sun room and there are steps and small drops in the courtyard, and a covered pond in the grounds 5 yards away.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Dated and not very clean. Traffic starts about 7am. Not very well Insulated against the busy road!

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2018
    The location was excellent and a lovely big cottage , a good spring clean wouldn’t go amiss. Wood lice love living here. However it was the best holiday we have had in the U.K and definitely fell in love with the village & will be returning 2019 .

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    Had a great holiday, likewd the quirky house and the location was perfect. Plenty of walking nearby and great eating places in Corfe. Just disappointed with level of cleanliness eg kitchen cupboard, oven and toothbrush mug. Could have done with instructions for dishwasher etc. Despite this would definitely go back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    We absolutely loved staying in this 17th century cottage. It’s on a iconic street in Corfe and every time we left there were people outside taking photos & even sketching the views. Once inside it’s so quirky & fun, if you like art it’s a added bonus as it’s full of cool paintings and books. We sat out in the garden & the summer house which were so relaxing. Kelly the housekeeper is super helpful too as she posted some jeans back to me I’d forgotten. If I got the chance I’d love to return someday.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    It was a lovely place to stay. We travelled down from the north coast of Scotland to visit my Mother in her Care Home in Bournemouth. The Old Guildhall was a fantastic place to stay to relax from all the "goings on" with my Mother. When you first walk through the front door in to The Old Guildhall, the view from inside the house and outside in to the back garden was absolutely incredible and we did not expect to see something so amazing as this. It is a great place to relax indoors and also a lovely enclosed back garden to relax outdoors, along also with the Summer House. We will definitely be back. If you have small children, do watch the spiral staircase. It is also very private, both indoors and outdoors. We definitely recommend it, especially if you have an elderly relative to visit in the local area!

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    Problem with freezer on arrival we had to defrost it ourselfs , woodlice in the property throughout the whole stay and patio flooded in heavy rain which was quite worrying. The building itself has great character but the downstairs bathroom and the kitchen are very tierd and dated - this was not what we expected for what we paid. The property was very dusty and the kitchen cupboards and drawers were very grimey. Not value for money. Took the shine off our holiday really!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; I’m so sorry you had to defrost the freezer. I’m afraid our previous guests must have left the door open as it is a new freezer and in good working order. We will check in future at the beginning of every rental. What a shame you didn’t contact our housekeeper as she would have done this for you. I’m afraid the whole village is prone to woodlice as there is nothing they like more than old stone! We do our very best to ensure there aren’t any at the beginning of a rental but the little chaps do tend to reappear I’m afraid and there is very little we can do about it. It’s one of the few negatives of having a 400 year old stone house. The same applies to the drains. In a torrential downpour it takes a little while to drain away. With regard to the family bathroom looking ‘tired’, we’ve never had a comment like that before and we very disappointed to hear you didn’t like it. The bath was incredibly expensive and one of the largest most luxurious baths I have ever seen and this year we had all the black marble flooring re-polished, so I am especially surprised by your comment. We leave a card asking our guests to contact our housekeeper if there are any issues as we want our guests to have a happy, hassle-free holiday. We try and exceed expectations. For example, we gave you a complementary clean and made up the beds with new linen half way through your stay. We have a book in the house for comments from guests and we have had fantastic feedback. Many of our guests come back year after year and refer to it as their ‘second home’. I’m sorry it wasn’t right for you.

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7.8 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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