Around and About Alford House
Alford House B&B is located on the outskirts of Corfe Castle and is centrally located on the Isle of Purbeck. It is ideal for exploring the local area including the sandy beaches at Studland and Swanage, Wareham, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, the Jurassic Coast and Hardy’s Dorset. Other local visitor attractions include: The RSPB Reserve at Arne and the new Museum of Jurassic Marine Life at Kimmeridge, Monkey World, The Tank Museum, Tyneham Village, Brownsea Island, Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, Durlston Country Park, Lulworth Castle, Athelhampton House and many local craft centres.
We have a number of circular walks from the house leading all around the area, including the coastal path (within three miles) and across the Common to the centre of Corfe Castle. Cycling is very popular in the area and we have storage for bicycles if you wish to bring your own.
The village has a number of shops, including a local store/post office (Dorset Village Shop of the Year winner for 2016), a newsagent/sweet shop, a bakery, a National Trust shop and two gift shops. There are two local pubs and two hotels (all serving evening meals) and two tea rooms – all within 5 to 10 minutes walk. The Castle is open throughout the year to visitors and the Swanage Railway from Corfe Castle station provides a regular steam service to Swanage.
The local towns of Swanage and Wareham (both within five miles) have a wide variety of shops. There is a weekly market on the quayside at Wareham and in Swanage. There is a regular hourly bus service throughout the day to both Wareham and Swanage. Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth are all within easy driving distance or on the train from Wareham.
Here are some informational sites regarding the Isle of Purbeck and surrounding areas: