About Us

We’re a family business  with a simple aim of providing wonderful hospitality, great service and excellent food and drink. Whether you’re staying with us or just visiting for the afternoon we’re committed to ensuring that your time with us will be as enjoyable and pleasurable as possible.



We take great pride in offering you a Dorset home from home experience and very much look forward to welcoming you to the Bankes Arms Hotel/Family.


Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck

The town of Corfe is dominated by the Castle, constructed in the 11th century and with a fascinating and colorful history culminating in its demolition by the Roundheads in 1646.

In 1572, Corfe Castle left the Crown’s control when Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton. Sir John Bankes bought the castle in 1635, and was the owner during the English Civil War. His wife, Lady Mary Bankes, led the defence of the castle when it was twice besieged by Parliamentarian forces.
The ruins remained in the ownership of the Bankes family until 1982.

The surrounding area has some wonderful walks such as The Purbeck Hills, The Heartland Way and The Purbeck Ridgeway – Corfe Castle to the Coast. For further information please ask a member of staff or visit:

Our garden provides the ideal vantage point to view the trains arrive and depart in Corfe, as well as being a lovely setting for lunch, it’s a must on the Corfe Castle to do list!