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Groom's Cottage


Corfe Castle, Dorset

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This quirky and romantic little cottage is located in the heart of the magical village of Corfe Castle, it was once the groom’s cottage which was attached to large medieval merchant’s house in the centre of the village. Corfe Castle towers above the village and is a symbol of times gone by, one of the surviving buildings of the English Civil War although partially demolished in 1646.

The village offers a range of independent shops, pubs, tearooms and museums right on your doorstep and a chance to enjoy this evocative area after the day visitors have disappeared.

The popular heritage Swanage railway passes nearby the cottage and between April and October and on other selected dates you can take the train to the seaside resort of Swanage station. Easy access to the nearby Purbeck peninsula provides the chance to take in some of the most dramatic scenery along the Dorset coast, including Studland and Old Harry Stacks. There are many walk routes including a stretch of the South West Coast Path and also bridleways accessible to cyclists and horse riders.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Entrance to one room comprising kitchen/diner/lounge with a woodburner.
First floor
Small landing, bathroom with shower over the bath, 1 small double bedroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric heating included.

Parking: There is 1 car parking space at Boarmill Cottage, approximately 100m away, however guests may load and unload in the garage car park adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: Outside the front door, there is a small, unenclosed paved area for the cottage with a table and two chairs.

Please note: This is a small one up, one down cottage and consequently there are low doorways and beams throughout.

Please note: The central village location means that the cottage is about 35m from the road and there may be traffic noise.

Cottage details
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open Fire / Stove
  • Pub Nearby
  • Romantic Location
  • Railway Nearby
  • Quirky
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset. Their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

Dorset Coast
Child playing in the sea at Studland, Dorset. © David Levenson

Dorset is Thomas Hardy country - an appealing mixture of rolling heath land, secluded valleys, picturesque villages, great houses and estates, and a coastline awash with natural beauty. The spectacular Jurassic Coast is just one of the many wonders Dorset has to offer and has shaped the county?s history - from the rugged Isle of Purbeck and the sweeping Chesil Beach to the quaint charm of Lyme Regis and Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. National Trust properties in Dorset include Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Clouds Hill once the cottage retreat of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), while other attractions include the seaside resort of Bournemouth and the county town of Dorchester.

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  • South West Coast Path
  • Swanage steam railway
  • Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens and The Ginger Pop Shop
  • Blue Pool
  • Poole Harbour
  • Bird watching
  • fishing
  • golf
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • watersports
National Trust places to visit
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle Thousand-year-old castle, an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, rising above the Isle of Purbeck
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Studland Beach Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland
Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island Peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding
Clouds Hill
Clouds Hill The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence
White Mill
White Mill Corn mill with original wooden machinery in a peaceful riverside setting
Kingston Lacy
Kingston Lacy Elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Donaghy
    • January 2017
    • Surrey
    Well kept cottage

    Grooms cottage is a well kept, well sited, hide away for two. Corfe Castle is a lovely village with good shops, pubs, bus service, and a heritage railway. It is ideal for walks.

  • Mr Bolt
    • January 2017
    • Cornwall
    Comfortable furnishings

    The properties are always interesting and we have found the staff friendly and very helpful. The standards of linen and equipment are good and the furnishings comfortable.

  • Miss Clayton
    • December 2016
    • Cornwall
    Charming cottage

    Charming cottage in a stunning location.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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