Corfe Castle Dorset – a doorway into history

Corfe Castle Dorset.

Amazing what detail can be overlooked when in the proximity of dramatic scenery.
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle Dorset – a doorway into history : Corfe Castle Dorset is as dramatic as it comes when enjoying pastoral English scenery, but tear your eyes away from the hilltop ruins and the village is totally loaded with enchanting, charming, wonderful little gems like this doorway.


Corfe Castle Dorset
Corfe doorway


A quick sketch on location and a rapid paint in watercolours captures some of the essence of this quiet corner of the country with it’s 1000 or so years of history.

Why venture far from home when such delights are on our doorstep?



Corfe Castle Dorset – a doorway into history

Corfe Castle


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