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Tavern Way

(Ref. 994715)

Corfe Castle, Dorset Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Accurate description and a pleasant stay."

    Clean and tidy but minimal equipment with no frills. Stairs are dangerous with narrow treads and difficult to negotiate not suitable for the elderly.

    Reviewed by Hugh3.8Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage ideally placed for the amenities of the village and visiting the area ."

    Only one comment - there was no hairdryer or mirror in the main bedroom for doing hair and makeup . Otherwise would recommend this cottage - really loved the large garden and being able to access the common to walk to the village without walking along the road .

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Jul 2023

  • "The tiny cottage is in a great location just a few minutes walk into Corfe where there is a castle, a variety of gift shops, pubs and galleries."

    The closest pub with beer garden and good food is almost opposite. The cottage has a good back garden that leads onto a field with footpaths in either direction. There is furniture to sit and enjoy during good weather. The cottage itself is small and with steep wooden stairs that would not be suitable for families with small children or for elderly guests. It is an old property that could benefit from an upgrade. During our stay the washing machine did not work and the toilet flush had no suction. We couldn’t close the curtains in the front room because the bracket holding the pole was only just holding on. One of the single beds collapsed when sat on. Whilst these issues did not affect the overall quality of our holiday, it was annoying having to repeatedly call the management team to arrange for someone to come out and repair where possible. The washing machine was never fixed and the toilet remained a problem. This could be a great property however, maintenance and modernisation is required.

    Reviewed by Karen3.4Jul 2023

  • "I was bit worried before arriving at tavern way, parking, as we had 2 cars thought we might have trouble with one of them but was able to park outside cottage, other worry was stairs as read so many comments about stairs, yes they are steep but no where near as bad as I was expecting, you just take your time going up and down."

    This cottage is in a perfect spot, field at back of garden which you can enter from garden and from there you can reach many walks, with 2 dogs it was ideal as didn't have to go out front of house which sits on busy road, nit that it's a problem as pavements with many zebra crossings. The cottage is equipt with all you need, it's very clean with nice furnishing, beds comfy with lovely bedding, could have done with sheet as duvet was hot. Double bed room as no mirror which is needed, the other room as many so take one out of there to put in double room. But that's the only fault I can come up with. The garden is super long and perfect for dogs and as it was lovely sunny weather was good for humans, could do with better seating in garden, the metal chairs at table are OK for short spell but get uncomfortable,some more plastic chairs are needed. We luckily bought from home some fold up chairs. All in all this is a little gem of a cottage, perfectly situated for walking and site seeing, highly recommend and love to come back one day.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Badly in need of anti slip mat in bath dangerous to stand or sit in without slipping."

    Needed battery for tv remote. Toilet not flushing well after plumber visited it didn't flush at all so he had to come again. We lost a day sightseeing waiting for maintenance. Will be booking again beautiful cottage .

    Reviewed by Angela4.4May 2023

  • "The stairs are dangerous it was like climbing a ladder you could not go forwards down the stairs you had to go either sideways or backwards."

    The south facing garden was nice but garden furniture inadequate only one sun bed and cushion locked away. Other garden furniture was metal with no cushions. No bbg. Smelly compost heap 1st the bottom of the garden. No outside tap for muddy dogs and boots.Location good in village with good field for dog walking at bottom of garden. Didn't stay the whole week due to stairs and garden facilities.

    Reviewed by Donald2.2Apr 2023

  • "Another wonderful stay at this cottage!"

    It has everything you need. Although kitchen and bathroom are basic it is extremely comfortable. The location is superb. Perfect for dog walks, pubs, good food and so close to Corfe Castle. We would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Apr 2023

  • "Nicely equipped property in a good location to the village and with a nice big garden."

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Apr 2023

  • "I think that the holiday cottage was good value for the money we paid."

    Great location. Comfortable sized rooms. Simple pleasant decor. The garden was amazing (couldn't really use it because of the time of year) and we loved the access onto the common behind. Parking worked well. The secondary glazing kept most of the traffic noise out. Other than that it is very quiet. A small thing - we would expect there to be a hair drier provided. Our one issue was with the access to the first floor. The old stairs have been removed and the new access is basically more of a ladder than a staircase. It was very awkward especially at night. There is a solution. A new bespoke joinery made staircase with a 4 winder section at the bottom could be made and fitted - this would significantly reduce the pitch of the current 'ladder' and enable an adequate tread to each stair. Worth getting a couple of companies in to look at this. I know it would not be cheap but it would make a huge difference to the property? Anyway, we had a very enjoyable stay at Tavern Way, thank you.

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Feb 2023

  • "Another lovely stay at Tavern way."

    This is a perfect location for dog walking. Lovely garden with access to fields and views of Corfe Castle

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Oct 2022

  • "We have rented the cottage before garden is great for dogs"

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Jul 2022

  • "When we arrived the cottage had not been serviced, but Dream Cottages quickly rectified this."

    The Traffic noise was obtrusive and the bedrooms ill-ventilated, but I do understand that there is not much you can do about this. Otherwise it was very comfortable and so convenient for the delights and facilities in the village. The garden and access to footpaths was much appreciated by out dog.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2022

  • "Tavern Way is a lovely cottage, well located just a short walk from the shops, pubs and of course castle of Corfe Castle."

    Two bedrooms, open plan lounge and dining room, galley kitchen and bathroom all work well. Our stay coincided with sunny weather so breakfast in the garden was an added bonus. The garden is large, dog friendly and secure. Having said that, an animal looked to have attempted to dig its way out and under the garden gate while we were there

    Reviewed by Matthew4.1Jun 2022

  • "We have visited Tavern Way for 4 consecutive years."

    The location is perfect for visiting Swanage, Bournemouth, Weymouth and the New Forest. Plus some amazing walks and views. The cottage is lovely and relaxing, Very clean and contains everything thing we may need. Lovely long garden with a stunning view of the castle especially at sunset.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely holiday cottage."

    There were negatives but we knew about them before we signed up. Street noise. Steep stairs. We coped with both. The garden was amazing. The location was amazing. It's the first dog friendly cottage that we would genuinely consider returning to again. Soon.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7May 2022

  • "On arrival the cottage looks extremely welcoming!"

    The living area is very comfortable with good sized Tv. Kitchen and bathroom are adequate. With everything necessary provided. Garden is amazing and very secure for our dogs! It would be nice to have king size bed and better garden furniture. This is the second time we have stayed at Tavern Way. The location is amazing!! We will definitely return and would highly recommend this cottage!

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Apr 2022

  • "As the stairs to the upstairs rooms were rather difficult we think some carpeting on the treads would have been better."

    Other than that it was perfect.

    Reviewed by Judy4.4Mar 2022

  • "A beautifully kept and historic cottage which is warm and welcoming."

    The stairs befit a character property but are narrow and steep and would be unsuitable for the elderly, infirm or inebriated. All other facilities excellent and the view of the castle from the end of the garden is spectacular. Easy walking distance from Corfe Castle village attractions, which are many.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2022

  • "I've stopped at this cottage 4 times now with last week, and enjoyed it everytime, me and my mother used to rent it, along with our dog, who are both sadly no longer with me now, it holds alot of memories of past holidays with them both."

    I hope to pay another visit sometime next year.

    Reviewed by Rae5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely homely cottage and great for a family in a beautiful village."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Property is very tired and equipment is lacking or old."

    The continual noise day and night from traffic was disturbing. No cleaning equipment or sanitiser given that Covid is still about.

    Reviewed by David2.5Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely visit, the property was perfect and in an ideal location."

    This didn't impact on our stay at all but the kitchen pots and pans could do with replacing.

    Reviewed by Leigh4.4Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is very nice and in a great position to explore the area."

    Parking is great if you only have the one car. Only downside is the stairs are very steep and quite difficult to come down especially if you have any mobility issues. Garden great and direct access to lovely walks so perfect for dog owners. Had a lovely week here.

    Reviewed by Tracey3.4Jul 2021

  • "We found the stairs dangerous very steep, the bed was uncomfortable."

    They should of been a non-slip matt on the floor from the shower, as I have a disability with my right knee. I found it difficulty getting in and out of the bath due to where the tap was. The traffic was was constant and we had to have to bedroom window open so found it hard to sleep. The garden was lovely and well maintained, it was good to have a parking space outside the house. We had a nice walk into the village, the tv and free internet were good.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.1Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic location right in the heart of a picture perfect village."

    The large garden was great for us and our dog with a gate at the bottom out to the open fields and gorgeous views. Will definitely visit again - ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Kathleen3.1May 2021

  • "I don’t publish internet reviews myself, but have left extensive notes on paper at the property."

    These include compliments which you’re welcome to publish yourselves.

    Reviewed by Paula3.8May 2021

  • "Tavern Way in Corfe Castle is perfectly placed for great holiday."

    With Swanage Poole & Bournemouth very close by - and of course Corfe Castle is lovely.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was better than we expected."

    Extremely comfortable and the walk from the end of the garden to Corfe castle village so close it was amazing!! It would be nice to have a king size bed as my husband is 6 3" and the microwave needs updating but it was adequate. This is a perfect cottage for 2 dogs. The walks are fantastic. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Apr 2021

  • "The new wooden flooring in the lounge was lovely."

    The view from the end of the enclosed garden is beautiful. The cottage is picture perfect. Plenty of walks & amenities in Corfe Castle means you are not travelling about too much. In fact we have already booked again for 2021

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely loved it here, we had a fantastic week."

    The cottage is lovely and comfortable, very nice furniture throughout. The stairs were a little scary at first, very steep. Big enclosed garden was perfect for our dog and that led straight out onto the Purbeck Way. The village and the walks all around were delightful we hardly used our car all week, will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2019

  • "Would of been handy to have some deckchairs or lounge garden chairs as the weather was so good."

    There were 2 wooden upright chairs and a broken one by shed.

    Reviewed by G3.4Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, well furnished and has handy parking right outside, the back garden was a real bonus with beautiful views and very quiet."

    The property is on the busy main road leading eventually into Swanage but we knew this at the time of booking, so having the bedroom windows open at night wasn't really an option for us. However we found keeping the curtains closed in the bedrooms all day helped to keep the rooms a little bit cooler. . In this modern era I would have assumed that there would be a small ice box as standard in the fridge but sadly no. This was a little inconvenient as the weather was very warm on some of the days and this would have been a real benefit for freezing ice packs for picnics to take to the beach etc. along with some Ice lollies for the grandchildren we had with us. It is a small compact kitchen so no room for a freezer. Other than the afore mentioned we had a thoroughly enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is in a great location, just a short walk from the back garden gate through the fields into the village."

    Ideal for dog walkers. And the village itself is well provided with pubs and an excellent village stores. However the main road which runs past the front of the house is very noisy and meant we had to have the windows shut even on a warm night. The stairs are really steep, as mentioned by previous reviewers. I was surprised to find there was no freezer compartment in the fridge - a nuisance when I had ice packs to freeze for our picnic bag. I was impressed by the service received from Dream Cottages. I contacted them with a few minor issues, and these were dealt with promptly and courteously. And they even brought me some pegs so I could hang out my washing!

    Reviewed by Jan4.4Jun 2019

  • "THEcottage at Tavern Way in Corfe Castle was comfortable,but we have the following suggestions."

    The toilet and bathroom combined was downstairs,but there was no anti slip mat in the bath. You had to climb over the side of the bath and there was no grab rail if you wished to have a shower. Although the stairs were wooden and very shallow,we managed them quite well, for our age..we are both mid seventies,but a less able person may struggle. Otherwise we enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Jun 2019

  • "No, we had a lovely time."

    Fantastic area where we took advantage of all the possibilities of nature walks.

    Reviewed by Julia Vibeke5.0May 2019

  • "Thankyou x The cottage in Corfe Castle was excellent."

    The people in the village were really friendly. A superb base for exploring the Dorset countryside.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0May 2019



    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2019

  • "A lovely comfortable and cosy cottage in a great location for exploring Dorset we had an amazing week"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at this comfortable and homely house."

    It was on a main road but we were told this before booking, but as there was parking just outside this wasn't a problem. It had a lovely garden which led onto the Halves(green land between the two roads), and from here you can walk for miles. This is a huge bonus especially if you have dogs like us. The house had everything you needed, was warm and had excellent Wifi which was a bonus for our son. Would definately return to this great house and stunning area. Thanks for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2019

  • "Property was excellent and location good."

    Apart from this the holiday was brilliant and local pubs excellent. Stayed July 2018

    Mrs Sarah JordanSep 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay very much in the cottage."

    It is in an excellent location and a great garden for the dog. The garden leads onto the most beautiful scenery which takes your breath away. We appreciated being allowed to park on the wide pavement in front. A well-equipped cottage with everything you need in the kitchen. I loved it. Stayed August 2017.

    Mr David SharpSep 2017

  • "Nice clean and cosy."

    Great garden and access onto common, great for us and the dog - stayed August 2017

    Mr John SnelgroveSep 2017

  • "We had a lovely time staying at Tavern Way in Corfe Castle."

    It was a beautiful location and perfect for our short break in Dorset. The dog enjoyed his first holiday and loved the garden. Plenty of places to eat in the village and lovely to come back to after a day out. Importantly for the younger members it had a good internet connection : ) – Stayed July 2017.

    Mrs Emma HitchAug 2017

  • "Had a lovely stay at Tavern Way, especially enjoyed the lovely garden and walk to Corfe Castle."

    Found the property clean, well maintained and perfect for our needs. Stayed July 2016

    Mrs Rachel ThorntonAug 2016

  • "Very nice property, not far from centre of village."

    Well equipped, comfortable with very large enclosed garden. Stayed July 2015

    Mr ThomsonJul 2015

  • "Lovely cottage, perfect for dog walkers as you go straight out the back gate to miles of walks and 5 mins walk to Corfe Castle itself."

    Mrs Carol BoardmanJun 2015

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Galley kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Night storage heating, electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available
  • Roadside parking for one vehicle only subject to availability
  • Long fenced garden with lawn leading to open fields, with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 min
  • Corfe Castle 5 min
  • Note: wooden cottage stairs are slightly steep
  • Note: This property has a Pet Charge of £21 Per Pet Per Week

The property

Tavern Cottage is situated in the heart of Corfe Castle village in Dorset and is believed to inspire Kirrin Castle in Enid Blyton’s popular books.

The property sits only a couple of minutes from the famous castle ruins. The property is a lovely cottage for families or couples with a garden and views to the Corfe castle, where you can take some pictures.

The property is well-equipped and has a home-away-from-home feeling to it. The property is located on the main Wareham to Swanage road, but it is really quiet because of the secondary double-glazing windows. The village of Corfe Castle offers special gift and craft shops, several up-market eating houses and coffee shops with cream teas.

Much of the area is in the ownership of the Natural Trust and is designated as an area of outstanding beauty. Tavern Way is in a perfect position to explore many of Dorset's popular locations of Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and Old Harry's Rock at Studland.

The area of Purbeck has a special beauty with sweeping headlands, steeply ridged hills, heathland areas and coastline.

Studland which is close by has a famous sandy beach which is approached via unspoilt scenery.

You may take your car by the Studland chain ferry to Poole which is a real thrill for children.

Venture and explore villages of Worth Matravers, Kingston, Langdon Matravers.

A bit further you will find the South West Coast path with amazing Chapman’s Pool, Kimmeridge bay, Dancing ledge, St Aldhelm’s chapel.

Tavern Way is a beautiful getaway perfect for those wishing to holiday surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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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: guests need to bring their own cot linen.
Note: wooden cottage stairs are slightly steep.
Note: please be aware gardeners will be attending the property intermittently throughout the year for essential garden maintenance.
Note: the property fronts the main Wareham to Swanage road, secondary double-glazing windows have been installed to minimise any road noise.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas