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The Bankes Arms Hotel

23 East Street, Corfe Castle BH20 5ED England
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#2 of 2 hotels in Corfe Castle
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A Boutique Hotel offering newly refurbished ensuite bathrooms in a central location in the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Isle of Purbeck. As well as individual rooms there is a large selection of alcohol, soft drinks and hot drinks served in the bar and lounge areas downstairs. The complimentary breakfast is considered one of the best in the area and included in the hotel price. The full menu is served daily from midday throughout the day and into the evening. The hotel is a great base for hiking and exploring the local are as well as fast access to the stunning beaches and everything else the area has to offer. With room deals running all year round we cater to all groups and traveller types. We hope to see you soon to see why we have gained such a great reputation.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Romanian
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Piggy wrote a review Yesterday
3 contributions
Called in this week on a lovely sunny day to get a drink and light snack at lunchtime after a long walk. Told we cannot order without connecting to wifi, I had no phone and my partner has a very old phone which would not connect. Daniel was very helpful and did get us connected and had to read us the menu as we could not see the screen in the bright sunlight. Food was average, ploughmans was ok but with some very soggy slimey carrots, the baggette certainly was not wholemeal. The table next to us joined after we had ordered and smoked the whole time we were eating which was unpleasant. Would not be able to go here again as I do not carry a phone when out for a days walk so no possibility of ordering or any provision in place to cater for non phone freaks. 5 stars for Daniels help but this would not have been possible if it was busy, but as an overall experience it was not good.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from George Pitcher, Owner at The Bankes Arms Hotel
Responded yesterday
This review is not for us but for the Bankes Arms Inn based in Studland. We are the Bankes Arms Hotel in Corfe Castle about five miles up the road. We believe in taking tableside orders with a good old fashioned pen and paper. We hope you will pop in and see us when you are next in the village. Kindest regards, George
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A O wrote a review May 6
2 contributions
I have stayed December 2019 and then visited last Sunday with friends. The roast was so good along with the service that I have just booked us a mini summer holiday. The rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. Nothing is too much trouble for the team and it has a lovely warm welcome. 100% go and have a great time! Thanks to George and the team for Sunday and looking forward to my summer stay.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: We like the Purbeck Room
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Response from George Pitcher, Owner at The Bankes Arms Hotel
Responded yesterday
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. We are delighted that you had such a positive experience and makes all of the hard work worthwhile. We look forward to welcoming you back again for more of the same on your next visit. Kindest regards, George
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Mandy M wrote a review Apr. 2021
Bridport, United Kingdom20 contributions13 helpful votes
We booked for lunch at the Bankes Arms thinking we had to due to Covid restrictions. When we turned up, a table had not been reserved but this didn’t matter as there were plenty available. We chose one and waited for a menu. After about 10 minutes one was brought and our drinks order taken. The drinks arrived a little later and our food order was taken after my husband prompted the waitress to take it. We waited. It was sunny and we were out for the day so we weren’t impatient. We waited a little longer. After an hour we asked if there was a problem with the food. Apparently not - the waitress had just forgotten to give the order to the kitchen. When the food eventually came it was ok; a little cold but that was to be expected. The hotel was not under staffed. There were plenty of young people wandering around; they just weren’t interested in serving a couple of grey haired old people.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from George Pitcher, Owner at The Bankes Arms Hotel
Responded yesterday
Thank you for leaving your review. We are disappointed that you did not have a good visit. All of the staff are trying very hard as we have reopened and sometimes a simple till error can through the whole service process. A little leeway would always be appreciated in recognition of the effort that they are making. We hope that you will try us again and see why we get such positive feedback and so many repeat customers wether they have grey hair or not. Kindest regards, George
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Richard P wrote a review Dec. 2020
11 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I dropped in for coffee before noon after a long walk from Ulwell. We were welcomed when the pub opposite had turned us away. I ordered the cod fish finger sandwich and it was the best I have ever had - made with care and attention to deal- you might even call it “love”. My wife loved the lemon brioche pudding. The pub had a lovely atmosphere with open fire and a great old world vibe but with good service. I will definitely be back on our regular walks on the incomparable Purbeck.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Sophie wrote a review Dec. 2020
3 contributions
We came to the bankes arms for my boyfriends birthday. We had a delicious lunch, fabulous service in a nice, cosy and safe restaurant. The host was fantastic. We wish you well during this hard time and looking forward to supporting more small businesses where we can. Keep up the good work. Sophie and James x
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$121 - US$175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandDorsetIsle of PurbeckCorfe Castle
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bankes Arms Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Dorset Adventure Park (0.7 km), Jurassic Coast (6.3 km), and Studland Trekking Centre (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Top room amenities include a view of a nearby landmark, a view of the mountains, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Pink Goat, Java Independent Coffee House, and Bliss Food Co..
Is The Bankes Arms Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Corfe Castle.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Bankes Arms Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Romanian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bankes Arms Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Jurassic Coast (6.3 km), Tyneham (7.9 km), and Fort Henry (7.7 km).