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Mortons House Hotel
  • All-inclusive wedding venue in Dorset
  • Grade II*-listed Elizabethan manor house
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 60 guests
  • Buffet receptions for up to 100 guests
  • Highly-talented in-house catering team
  • Log fires, warming rustic ambience
  • 21 luxury bedrooms and suites
  • Exclusive use available

Overlooking the thatched and tiled roofs of the historic Dorset town of Corfe Castle, home to one of England's finest surviving examples of a medieval castle, and the magnificent Swanage Steam Railway, this splendid 16th-century manor house hosts gorgeous, cosy wedding ceremonies and receptions all year round. Mortons House Hotel is able to accommodate up to 100 guests for an informal buffet reception, and offers its 21 luxury bedroom suites to the wedding party when you hire exclusively.

The hotel is great for wedding celebrations all year round, but is simply perfect for winter and autumnal events, thanks to its cosy log fires and warming, rustic atmosphere. Their wedding coordinator Beverly Clayton has been at the venue for over 12 years, and would be very happy to talk through any details with you. Simply use their contact details at the bottom of this listing.

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.

Facilities

The Oak-Panelled Drawing Room

Licensed to host civil ceremonies, this unusual space features historic friezes sculpted by Indonesian sailors, and a fireplace.

Receptions

Mortons House is able to accommodate up to 100 guests for informal buffets or 60 for a formally seated wedding breakfast.

Formal Reception Capacity - 60 Guests
Buffet Reception Capacity - 100 Guests

Prices

Venue hire charges range from £300 in off-peak periods up to £1600 during the busy season. If you're hoping to invite a large number of guests to your big day at the venue, this guarantees you exclusivity of the entire manor - very cost-effective indeed!

Catering And Accommodation

Cuisine is provided by the hotel's in-house catering team, led by their well-established resident Head Chef, Ed Firth. This is informal, rustic food at its very finest. Expect such delights as a terrine of chicken, wild mushroom and prune to start, a pork fillet with braised cheek, white bean and rosemary cassoulet, celeriac fondant and baby spinach for main course, and then maybe warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream to finish.

There is also an innovative selection of canapés on offer, such as quail's egg, cauliflower purée and caviar; prosciutto ham, fig and mascarpone; or spicy vegetable samosa, mint yoghurt dip.

Accommodation

The hotel has 21 individual bedrooms and suites at its disposal. All bar four of them are in the main house itself (these four are located in the pretty walled gardens), ranging from their most luxurious four-postered rooms to suites and double/twin rooms.

Find out more info, using the contact details listed below.

Address
Mortons House Hotel
45 East Street
Corfe Castle
Wareham
Dorset
BH2 0EE

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