This inn dates from 1550 when it was originally built as four cottages.In 1860 it was converted into an inn,and it is one of four buildings in the town that still has a thatched roof,as all the others were destroyed in the Great Fire (1762)
An attractive looking inn with flagstone floors and a beamed ceiling with two open fireplaces,at the rear you will find a lovely beer garden.
As it comes into sight your reaction will simply be 'WOW!'
Corfe Castle is the stuff of boys fantasies and fair maiden's dreams!!! It is surely one of the most romantic of settings...
I was a little disappointed that we were not given any info about Corfe whilst we were there,,, but it is easy to find out about.
AD875 - The Saxons had settled here but the Danes didn't stop plundering so, King Alfred the Saxon King married Hubba the Dane and there followed a truce. However,,, Halfdan (King of Denmark) broke this truce 2 years on and a fierce naval battle proceeded... 120 Viking boats sunk (off Swanage) Alfred decided to build a castle at Corfe's 'gates'...
AD 1090 After William's conquest Corfe Castle became a Norman castle!
Corfe became a royal castle and King John kept his crown jewels here!
The castle got caught up in the Civil war and was partially destroyed in1646 by the Parliamentarians.
A family ticket cost us £21 and, I thought, as far as tickets go this was relatively reasonable.
After seeing the apes rescued from all kinds of ***ty places on TV, with the BBC and more latterly with C5 in UK, we decided as we were weekending in Dorset to pay a visit.
We spend a long afternon wandering about and were lucky the weather was good.
The highlight for me was the area where the ring tailed lemurs are free to roam and the come and sit next to you. Sadly, camera packed away and then they ran off when I went to get it!
Well worth a visit to put some cash in their hands to help the next batch of badly treated apes and monkeys.
As we live close to the Priory Hotel we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary here for dinner.What a good choice this turned out to be! We found the staff very friendly without being intrusive,this together with the excellent food and great wine list made for a most enjoyable evening.
its such an old and nice building, nice cafe-bar-restaurant right on the riverbank, sitting outside and enjoying the fresh homemade muffins and some coffee. in the evening you can have a five star meal in there which is very good and all fresh.
Favorite Dish: Chocolate Muffin and Vanilla Latte
This is a lovely oldie worlde Inn, complete with resident ghost. (Felt by our dog)
Friendly, homely atmosphere and service.
Wonderful home cooked food.
Definately a worthwhile place to visit.
Favorite Dish: I had roast of the day, which was beef and was 'just like my mama used to make'
My husband had pasta bolognese, which was also fantastic.
Wareham Walls were built in Saxon times to defend the town from the Vikings.The walls surround the town on three sides,the forth side is defended by the River Frome.
It is possible to follow the route of the walls,which is signposted and benches provided,a distance of 1 mile.
Situated on the outskirts of Wareham in Dorset,the forest is mainly heathland and pine woods.There are several parking places around the forest,one of which is just off the A35 on the Morden road (B3075).The Sika trail runs for 7 miles around the forest,this is generally flat with a couple of inclines,and suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.Just follow the yellow marker posts which show you the route.
Several camper van sites are available in the forest on the road from Wareham to Bere Regis,together with a pub called the "Silent Woman"- GPS: BH20 7AA.
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