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Farrier's Lodge

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Corfe Castle, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely, great location for exploring Purbeck and Corfe itself being in the centre of the village."

    Felt the cottage could do with updating and a few repairs but it didn’t stop us having a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by ClareSep 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect as all on ground level for my wife and my son loved his upstairs pad ."

    A brush was provided promptly when we asked . The only issue was the smell of damp in the downstairs bedroom as the curtains to the French doors are mouldy . Still a great place but we had abysmal weather !!

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2023

  • "We had a great fortnight at Farrier Lodge."

    Spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. Ideally situated in Corfe Castle putting it within easy reach of many fabulous places and served by an absolutely brilliant bus service,we were able to put the car away for our whole stay. The only downside to the cottage was the garden was overgrown and unusable. Also we had problems trying to get rid of our rubbish as had no purple bin bags as requested to use and our black bags were not collected. Otherwise,a beautiful holiday cottage and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, had a very nice stay."

    Well equipped kitchen and parking permit for nearby car park. Plenty of places to eat out and regular bus service which we made use of.

    Reviewed by NicolaMay 2023

  • "Sykes was a useful website amalgamating lots of property companies making it easier to look for somewhere to stay and it was a very user friendly site."

    However, I wonder how much this adds to the cost. Cottages are very expensive. This was a 4 berth and only two of us, but finding a suitable cottage for 2 is difficult, but it was reduced as I suppose someone cancelled. This was a Dream Cottages property. It was a lovely cottage, clean, well equipped. and comfortable ( would have liked the TV in the kitchen instead of the bedroom though).We know Corfe Castle very well as we have camped and caravanned there for 50 years and the lovely cottage decoration felt very in tune with the area. We had a few problems when we got there viz. the heating system wouldn't work, but I found a way to override this, the downstairs toilet wouldn't flush( we needed this as we were sleeping in the downstairs bedroom as my husband has some mobility issues which made the narrow, windy stairs a bit of a problem and we booked this cottage because of the downstairs facilities) but I used bowls of water to flush until it was fixed. The rubbish in bins at the back was packed solid and hadn't been put out for collection and we couldn't find the special council bags for our rubbish to be put in. I phoned Dream Cottages right away and they sent round a manger on the Monday, who fixed the heating system ( new batteries) and delivered the rubbish bags. He had booked a plumber who arrived on Tuesday and put in a new flushing system. I managed to get some of other people's rubbish out of one bin and transferred it to special bags and put out with our rubbish on Thursday evening. They said they would deal with the other bin in which the rubbish seemed immoveable. Very impressed with Dream Cottages, who acted as quickly as they could to put things right. I think the previous occupants could have let them know about these things which were a problem. No parking at the premises which was terraced and on a main road, but the prepaid parking space in the local carpark was fine, although walking back from there in the dark (we had a torch) and in the rain wasn't much fun. Villages like Corfe Castle weren't made for cars, and that's the beauty of it. You can't have everything. Overall, very satisfied. Thank you.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2022

  • "We had a fabulous time in the cottage which was very well equipped with everything we needed."

    It was a lovely place. I did feel that the photograph was a little misleading, suggesting that the cottage was directly overlooking the castle, but I cannot fault anything else and we really were very pleased with our accommodation indeed.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2022

  • "The cottage is beautiful and well located."

    Reviewed by NitaMay 2022

  • "Nice position, accessible to everything that Corfe castle has to offer."

    The cottage is charming and was internally clean to a high standard upon arrival. The first floor bedroom, specifically the bed and pillows were uncomfortable and caused neck and shoulder issues for both me and my wife, appreciate that mattress type is a personal thing but clearly it is old/cheap and needs replacing. We also had a problem with the toilet upstairs, which was thankfully sorted promptly. The kitchen whilst functional is also tired and in need of updating. Outside space could be delightful, however with mature trees and shrubs unloved, overgrown and the outside bins full with rubbish on arrival (a number of flies resident in a the area) this was disappointing. The bin issue was reported by my wife but nothing done before our departure affecting our enjoyment of the space despite promises that they would be cleared.

    Reviewed by SteveApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week staying at Farrier's Lodge from 9th to 16th April 2022."

    The cottage is tastefully furnished and decorated, clean, and well equipped. It's located in the beautiful historic village of Corfe Castle. There are many lovely coastal and woodland walks in the vicinity, short and long, to suit all tastes and preferences. We were lucky with the weather, too, it was mild and mostly dry, perfect for walking.

    Reviewed by ElenaApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a perfect location."

    Didn't have a hairdryer, any basic toiletries and would have to provide your own toilet roll if staying longer than a weekend. I have had these items in other cottages. Very comfortable cottage though. Thank you!

    Reviewed by JoMar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Excellent sized bedrooms. Well equipped kitchen. Fantastic location. A few minutes walk to the centre with a choice of 3 pubs. A lovely village shop too, as well as a superb bakery, a newsagents. also an excellent Cafe called the Pink Goat. All of these places had friendly helpful staff. The only downside was not having any parking, but there was a permit for parking in the local car park.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "Had a reasonable stay at Farriers Lodge."

    Loading and unloading the car on a very busy road on double yellows was frightening, whilst parking permit was appreciated parking facility was too far from property to be helpful. House was comfortable and generally clean ... apart from kitchen and kitchenware all of which needs upgrading .. dishwasher wasn't cleaning properly so we hand-washed crockery, cutlery, glasses on arrival and after use. Corfe Castle was a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2021

  • "The whole place needed a thorough clean, there were cobwebs hanging from the ceiling and whenever we used a glass or cookware for the first time it needed to be washed before using."

    There was a bulb gone in the kitchen, the fridge and the cooker. The facilities were good though, the showers were excellent. Very good location for exploring Purbeck but be aware of the constant traffic rumbling past the cottage.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2021

  • "The advice for loading and unloading on a busy road is impractical."

    We had to park in the hotel car park opposite to do thus safely. I think this advice needs rethinking.

    Reviewed by GeoffAug 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage and wonderful location!"

    the whole Isle of Purbeck experience was brilliant. The villagers were so friendly, and the local representative at Dreams Cottages, Andrew, was very polite when contacting us, for the visit of the gardener. We will be going back to Corfe Castle hopefully in the next few years, and will be happy to use Sykes again. THANKYOU!!

    Reviewed by CHRISJul 2021

  • "The central position of the cottage, the quality furniture, bed and kitchen equipment."

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2021

  • "Yes, a number of things."

    But first I would point out that we came to this lovely cottage 10 years ago so we knew what we were expecting when we walked in. For a start, the fridge needed cleaning as did the outside of the oven door. We were told to put our rubbish in the purple bags provided. There were no purple bags, only black ones. Full black and purple bags were in the bins at the back from previous tenants. I contacted Dream Cottages to report this. We were informed that if we left all the black and purple bags outside the front on Friday they would be collected. Only the purple ones did. We brought all the black ones back to the bins at the back. The top screws on the shower head rail in the bathroom downstairs were missing rendering the shower unusable unless if held. A clip was being used to hold the shower head in a totally inadequate position. We reported the problem and were informed it would be repaired on the weekend we were leaving. We were surprised that it was not reported before. The toilet seat in the downstairs bathroom was not secure. The plastic seat is not of any quality and it moved considerably. The garden at the back has not been looked after for many weeks. It is overgrown and needs strimming. The parasol over the table is broken and needs replacing. It is a lovely cottage. We had no problem with the cottage itself. It seemed to be lacking some TLC.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "Farrier's Lodge is a charming, cosy and characterful cottage situated in a superb location with Corfe Castle's lovely shops and pubs just a few minutes' walk away."

    Our main disappointment was its poorly maintained garden at the time of our stay. The small lawn area's grass was almost a foot high, weeds were taking over around the patio and the garden furniture was badly in need of an upgrade. On a minor point, given that a washing machine is provided in the property, it would have been useful if basic drying facilities were also available (e.g. washing line / airers). However, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the cottage for its comfort and prime location.

    Reviewed by DuncanMay 2021

  • "Corfe Castle is a brilliant place for a short break and ideal for touring the area."

    Farriers Lodge is a beautiful and comfortable cottage perfect for four adults. All local amenities in walking distance.

    Reviewed by StewartSep 2020

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage, very well equipped and in an ideal location, just a few minutes walk from shops, pubs etc."

    We thought the position of the cottage on the main road might be noisy but secondary glazing meant we were not troubled by the traffic. Parking worked out well; just a few minutes walk past the children's play area and the 'fitness stations' at the edge of the field. The village itself was delightful, including the award winning bakery which always had a queue outside each morning. Information provided before the holiday was more than adequate.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2020

  • "A very nice cottage, we have stayed before a couple of times, so know what to expect."

    Shame fires have gone, they made a good feature, even though they did jot work. Rooms could also do with a freshen up and a coat of paint. Would definitely stay again, lovely cottage and location. We enjoy going on holiday there great location. Thank you

    Reviewed by HannahAug 2020

  • "Fantastic place to visit, for two persons we were very pleased with the cottage, no issues, close to the village pubs, restaurants and Steam Railway to Swanage, will visit again and use the Farriers Lodge if available, great walks all close by."

    10 out of 10 for the experience.

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2019

  • "Farriers Lodge has an extremely well equipped kitchen, with some quality kitchenware."

    However there were some other aspects that let it down and reflected in the management of the property. 1. We had requested for the downstairs bedroom to be made into a twin bedded room, however this has not been done. Unfortunately nobody was able to come and correct this, instead we were requested to do this ourselves and told where the bedding was kept - even though a token goodwill gesture was given ( hasn't been received yet) this is not something you expect to have to do. In having to move the beds around it became clear that some additional cleaning was needed. 2. In the cottage instruction manual it mentioned twice in there how to light the gas fire in the lounge - we could get this to work. So this was reported only to be told that it was for decoration purposes only. If the fire had been taken out of action, why had the instructions not been updated? 3. On arrival there were 3 lights not working, we eventually found some light bulbs and replaced them. However the lounge has only 2 wall lights, and we had to replace 1 of the lamps with a low wattage bulb as this was the only option available. However this exasperated the dimness in the room - but better than only 1 small wall light! If you require a well lit room for reading... then you may struggle with the lounge. 4. The dishwasher worked perfectly once we established that it needed rinse aid. So this was purchased and filled into the dishwasher. Again, not something you would normally be expected to do. When we called about the fire I was told I would get a call back the next day explaining why the instruction manual was out of date. No phone call received. Overall the cottage was cosy and comfortable, but some deeper cleaning, maintenance and management would make it even better.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2019

  • "This was a wonderful cottage so comfy and had everything we needed."

    I will definitely be going back! It was the perfect base and location for exploring the local area

    Reviewed by LauraOct 2019

  • "The cottage was very cosy and clean neat and tidy."

    It was charming and well equipped. It was very welcoming, despite the challenges of unloading the car on a busy street! It suited our needs exactly and made a very good centre for visiting. The manual contained all the necessary information. We, however, did think that the description of the shop in the village sold it short. It sold everything we needed and was extremely helpful

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2019

  • "Great place to stay for a walking break on Purbeck, lots of places to eat in the village (you can get takeaway fish and chips from the Grey hound Pub didn't realise until we where coming home) and a small village store."

    Great butchers in Wareham for Sausages and the meat pies are highly recommended. The cottage itself is cosy and very comfortable with all the equipment you need to cook a basic meal if you so desire, TV channels are poor to pick up, need to keep flicking through. The cottage is situated on a busy road but you do not hear the traffic, bit awkward to get your suit case and other belongings into the cottage due to double yellow lines. Saying this I look forward to booking Farriers Lodge next year to do some more exploring of the local area

    Reviewed by VickySep 2019

  • "A very spacious cottage with a lovely, secluded cottage garden and an ideal location for exploring the sights of the Isle of Purbeck."

    Nice to have a reserved parking space but this was quite a walk from the cottage. Generally well-equipped but we felt that the kitchen was in need of a deep clean or refurbishment.

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2019

  • "Excellent location and had everything we needed for a peaceful and restful stay."

    It's a shame that Dorset District Council doesn't enable such properties to participate in recycling just as the locals do. It's the same type of waste that is produced.

    Reviewed by JeanetteJun 2019

  • "Ideal accommodation to explore this lovely part of the country, although it would benefit from a little bit of tlc."

    Loading/unloading luggage was a challenge, and the narrow, uneven staircase might be a bit difficult for less mobile people.

    Reviewed by ArthurMay 2019

  • "A fantastic family holiday."

    Very convenient location for all facilities in the village and surrounding area. The cottage is beautiful and the garden in the sunshine very welcome.

    Reviewed by KayApr 2019

  • "Farriers Lodge is a spacious, warm, comfortable cottage."

    It is well equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. The garden is an added bonus for soaking up the afternoon sun. In spite of being on the main road the cottage is peaceful and we were not disturbed by traffic during the night. The location is perfect with Corfe Castle and the steam railway on the doorstep. Within a short drive are lovely beaches, beautiful walks and pretty villages where you can enjoy a delicious Dorset cream tea! The only downside is the lack of parking outside the cottage. There is dedicated reserved parking on the village car park which would only be an issue if the weather was very wet, if walking was a problem or if you had very small children. We had a wonderful week and would highly recommend a stay here. Enjoy!

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2019

  • "Lovely setting and very relaxing, clean and a very spacious cottage."

    will look to go back in the future. Stayed June 2017

    Mr Neil GriersonJul 2017

  • "A lovely cottage and a very beautiful village to be based in - perfect for exploring the lovely Isle of Purbeck and the Dorset Jurassic Coast."

    A very comfortable cottage - excellent bedrooms and very comfortable beds and a very good sitting room and well-equipped kitchen. Despite the busy road outside, the cottage is very quiet - excellent triple glazing and as our bedroom was at the back of the house by the garden, we didn't hear a sound. Our daughter on the first floor bedroom also slept really well and was not disturbed by traffic - stayed October 2016

    Mrs Catriona LloydNov 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin single can be changed to super king-size double, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area with feature fire place
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating, electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available, stairgate
  • Garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Permit parking at nearby public car park.Shop 10 min
  • Pub 5 min
  • Shop 4 miles.

The property

Farrier's Lodge, formerly the blacksmith's cottage for Corfe Castle, with its workshop next door, and situated in the heart of this historic and charming traditional Dorset village. It is a lovely, thatched, cosy cottage sleeping up to four people, and located just a stone's throw from the village square and the iconic castle itself. This stylish cottage is decorated and furnished with a contemporary palette of blue and grey.

A very cosy cottage with excellent bedrooms and comfortable beds.

The sitting room is perfect for relaxing on the comfy sofas, watching TV or reading a book.

There is a well-equipped kitchen with quality appliances to prepare meals and snacks. Step outside to the garden straight through the French doors in the ground floor bedroom, or via the lounge, and enjoy an afternoon playing games, sunbathing or just having a picnic.

The garden is beautiful and well stocked with plants and flowers, gardeners attending the property intermittently throughout the year for essential garden maintenance. Farrier's Lodge is the ideal base to explore the Studland peninsula and Purbeck.

It is a walker's delight with an abundance of walks right from the doorstep in every direction. The iconic medieval and National Trust owned Corfe Castle ruins and the steam railway are just a short walk away.

There are regular events and activities for families and children to enjoy when exploring the castle and a grandstand view of the landscape around.

A short drive away from the village is Studland with its three beaches, and protected heathland which is a sanctuary for wildlife including many rare species. Just a few miles away is the popular resort of Swanage with its array of shops and an award winning golden sandy beach.

Swanage boasts a variety of cuisines but do try a Dorset cream tea and other local produce, especially freshly caught fish or a tasty crab sandwich.

If you are feeling more adventurous you could take a walk to the breathtaking Old Harry Rocks. This cosy and welcoming cottage in Corfe Castle is a wonderful base to explore Purbeck and all the delights around.

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About the location


Wareham 4.4 miles; Swanage 5.8 miles; Bournemouth 18.8 miles; Weymouth 22.9 miles

Corfe Castle is a historic village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, dominated by its National Trust owned ruined castle of the same name. Overlooking the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage, the village boasts beautiful scenery as well as easy access to the surrounding excitement of both coast and countryside. Including sections of the Jurassic Coast, this location is perfect for those seeking outdoor exploration, with wonderful walking routes, scenic seascapes, and both the Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve and Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve being within easy reach. The village is home to a good range of amenities, including a village shop, gift shop, Post Office, a selection of pubs and restaurants, while its best attractions are the Model Village & Gardens, Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum, Dorset Adventure Park, the Boilerhouse Gallery, and of course, Corfe Castle itself, boasting 1,000 years of history. The Purbeck Big Apple Maize Maze also lies within easy reach for those seeking a fun-filled day out as a family, while the coastal town of Swanage is well-worth the venture to discover its Blue Flag and Seaside Award winning beach, with ample opportunities for coasteering, abseiling, climbing, paddle-boarding and kayaking, while the bay offers scuba diving for those seeking to try out something new. Discover the Swanage Railway, Durlston Castle and Country Park, the Swanage Museum and plenty of shops and eateries to choose from, or venture further afield to find both Bournemouth and Weymouth hosting even more fantastic attractions to suit all ages.

Note: max 4 people.
Note: Fireplaces are display only.
Note: guests need to provide their own cot linen.
Note: please be aware that gardeners will be attending the property intermittently throughout the year for essential garden maintenance. They will require access through the property during this time.
Note: as the property fronts the main Wareham to Swanage road, secondary double glazing has been installed to minimise any road noise.

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