More about Mortons House Hotel
A special evening out
From what we saw, the pubs in Corfe offer pretty standard pub fare, so for a treat on our second evening we booked a table at this well-reviewed hotel, and what a treat it proved to be! From our arrival and pre-dinner drinks in the lounge, to our after-dinner drinks in the same place, the whole evening was a real pleasure. Staff were attentive, bordering on over-the-top, but their friendly manner just won out over their formal French training. The setting, in this beautiful 16th century Elizabethan manor house, was picture-perfect. And the food was absolutely excellent. Of course all this came at a price, and the final bill was high compared with what we’d have paid anywhere else in the village, but to us, used to London prices, seemed reasonable value for what we got. When we were shown to our table we were offered the chef’s amuse bouche, a small cup of white onion soup drizzled with chorizo oil – delicious! With this and our starters we had home-baked bread flavoured with tarragon (we could also have had black olive and rosemary, or small brown rolls).
As a starter I chose the fennel and watercress risotto with a small red mullet fillet, which was really delectable. Chris had a goats cheese and shallot tartlet, which was equally successful. My main course was roast guinea fowl, served with savoy cabbage, lentil puree and confit potato. Again this was excellent, though if I may be allowed a very small criticism, I would have liked more of the wonderful lentil puree and would happily have traded some of the very generous portion of meat. Chris enjoyed a rather odd but successful dish which included curried potatoes and a deep-fried egg (sounds weird but apparently it worked!) He followed this with a selection from the very comprehensive cheese trolley, which he’d been eyeing ever since we first arrived in the restaurant. I tasted a couple of these too, and as strong, smelly cheese lovers we were both enthralled! My own dessert was wonderful – a “carpaccio of pineapple and basil, with a lime and kaffir leaf sorbet”. This was stylishly presented, and managed to look and taste decadent while actually being pretty light. In fact, the whole meal was generous without being too filling, and we squeezed in a coffee and a couple of petit fours each, before retiring to the beautiful wood-panelled bar for a digestif to round off an excellent evening.
This much pleasure didn’t come cheap, needless to say. We paid £79 for two for the food, and managed to spend an additional £50 on wine, water and bar drinks before and after the meal. In my view we got reasonable value for that however, as the food really was excellent and the whole evening a real pleasure from start to finish.
First Class Hotel And Surroundings
We have just returned from a short break at Mortons House Hotel. My husband is partially disabled and would like to say that the facilities are excellent for the less abled body as well as the more abled body. Upon arrival we were offered help with our luggage. Nothing was too much trouble. This made him relax instantly and enabled him to enjoy the hotel and the beautiful surroundings and views of Corfe Castle. All the staff are courteous and very helpful which made us feel at ease and extremely comfortable. The lounge had a wonderful log fire, the food and wine was first class. In fact the whole experience was well worth the money spent. We will definitely go back early Spring 2008 to enjoy the hospitality shown to not only us but everyone else that was staying at the hotel.
A truly GREAT small country hotel!
We organised two classic Jaguar events based around Mortons House Hotel in Corfe Castle, Dorset. The first was in late September, and the second very early November 2007, taking most of the hotel's 21 or so rooms on each occasion. Both we as organisers and our two groups loved the hotel, with its charming ambience, impeccable staff and excellent mix of professionalism and friendliness.
The quality of the food in particular came in for universal praise-it really is outstanding by any standards-and truly exceptional when judged against that which one normally encounters in most British hotels!!
We would not hesitate to organise futher events based around Mortons House and would recommend it to anyone with similar plans, either personal or commercial.
Trading on past glory
I stayed here in October 2007 and was excited beforehand based upon its location, its website and by its award as the best small hotel 2005. The rooms were quaint but given the position of the hotel, don't expect great views. The menu didn't change throughout our stay. The food was good, but no more than that. Considering the high prices charged for both the room and the food, one is led to expect a lot and, as a result, the overall feeling is one of slight disappointment. The staff tried hard and were pleasant but seemed overworked to us. I had a lovely time in Dorset but I don't think I'd go back to Mortons House Hotel.
Lovely welcome at a cosy hotel! Would love to return..
I stayed at the Mortons House Hotel from the 19th – 23rd December 2006 with my sister and parents. We had one twin, and one double room, which were very comfortable, with the added surprise of fresh chocolate biscuits every day and a weather forecast, which we found to be very welcome extra touch. We found it to be a very cosy and pleasant hotel with both rooms.
The food in the restaurant was lovely, but the only minor complaint was that it was very cold in the bedrooms at night. We loved sitting by the fire in the visitor’s lounge of an evening and enjoying a nice coffee and chocolates.
There’s a lot to see in the nearby area, we went to the Jurassic Coast, Poole harbour, Corfe Castle, Studland Bay, Durdle Door. We found plenty to do for a short break, and would love to return.
We loved staying here, and the place has an incredibly warm atmosphere, and nothing is too much trouble. We loved it!
We have just left Mortons House hotel, after booking a 5 night stay but staying for 6 nights as we just did not want to leave.
For two nights we were part of a large group on a Jag enthusiasts weekend. The hotel proved to be a great location for this event.
We have stayed in hotels all over the world, but to date have never received such great service from every member of staff and made to feel so welcome. Nothing was to much trouble at this hotel.
The hotel setting and ambience is wonderful and the inviting open fire on colder nights is just the thing after a day out, and to enjoy a pre-dinner drink.
If you want me to talk about the food that would take up another 10 pages, after the first nights dinner we could not wait to work our way through the menu for the rest of our stay. Attention to detail and again the service along with the standard of the food make the whole Mortons House package 5 star in our opinion.
Not only will we be back (and soon we hope) but will have no hesitation in recommending the hotel to anyone looking for a great break away in the UK.
Dear oh dear
A lovely setting and lovely building and I'm sure they have some lovely rooms. However, ours was a pokey little affair, with windows which opened out on to the roof of the kitchen. The vents from the kitchen are on the roof and when the windows are open, the vents fill the room with the most vile stench.
The owner/manager was most unsympathetic and was unable to recognise this might present a problem.
This is a hotel which charges a premium rate but failed to provide anything like a premium service.
My recommendation would be to think very carefully before booking this hotel.
The Best Hotel We Have Stayed In
This is a wonderful, friendly, cosy hotel. We always take a break here each year. Nothing is ever too much trouble. All the staff , from the Owners to front of house, waiters/waitresses, housekeeping are always courteous and very helpful We have never had a bad experience here and will definitely be back in 2008 and future years
The hotel is in an ideaI quiet location for anyone wishing to explore the Purbeck area of Dorset . Many lovely walks can be taken directly from the hotel
The building itself is beautiful and we always request the same room which has a wonderful views of both the castle and the railway
Dinner and breakfast cannot be faulted, always delicious, good portions. Whilst staying, we had Dorset cream tea, which we would thoroughly recommend
The Owners pay a lot of attention to the little things; Molton Brown toiletries, complimentary home made biscuits in a jar in the room; Hildon still and bottled water are left for you upon arrival. A weather forecast left on the dressing table for each day of your stay. Complimentary fruit is also available if desired. The attention to detail are unsurpassed
We would definitely recommend the hotel to anyone who would like a peaceful, attentive break
A perfect winter wedding
I would highly recommend Mortons House, especially as an intimate wedding venue. We had such a perfect day. A wonderful cosy atmosphere - roaring fires and tasteful Xmas decorations. Fantastic food - all our guest said they hadn't had such a great meal in a long time. Helpful co-ordination - especially from Beverley who helped us organise the wedding, even down to small finishing touches like the colour of the flowers on the tables! Great Staff -who went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble. The bedrooms are also lovely - we will definatley come back to stay. So whatever you hear to the contrary - don't believe it, some people are never happy! Thank you so much Mortons - you are a very special hotel and will be in our memories forever.
Always a treat!
We try to stay at the Morton's house annually, finances permitting, and have always returned feeling thoroughly relaxed and pampered. The setting is beautiful, the hotel historic with all the associated ambience and the staff are unobtrusively friendly. The children (now 10 and 12) have always eaten in the restaurant with us and the owner was so impressed by their enthusiasm for the food on our first visit that he personally brought them a 'cocktail', making them feel very special. The people who wrote the nit-picking negative reviews on this site are missing the point. This hotel is all about the atmosphere, which is wonderfully, luxuriously homely...and its proximity to 'Why' the jewellers is an added bonus!
Mortons House Hotel