History The Grade II*-listed Mortons House was constructed around 1590, in the footprint of an 'E' in homage to Queen Elizabeth I. One of the oldest in Corfe, the house was originally known as 'Dacombs', named after its owner, William Dacombs. Living in the shadow of the castle, the manor was extended in the 17th century, using stone from the crumbling historic landmark, and even setting up a series of tunnels connecting the two together. Today Mortons House is run as a hotel by the Clayton family, who have restored the fabric of the building to its former glory. The village of Corfe Castle is of course home to the legendary and eponymous medieval fortifications. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the structure was one of the first to be built with stone, rather than the traditional earth and timber.