My husband and I stayed at the Luttrell Arms as we wanted to visit Dunster Castle on our way to Devon for Easter.
We managed to find a free parking space in the high street near to the hotel. We were a little dubious about our stay due to previous reviews. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our room. Our room was small but clean and very comfortable but with its own little entrance and corridor, with a lovely large modern bathroom, also going off the corridor. Overall, our room was very privately situated and overlooked a small garden from a little window with its own window seat. We were supplied with plenty of tea, coffee, biscuits etc. and even had a little fridge. The only complaint was that the kettle lead was too short.
We were booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and headed to the dining room in the evening. The staff were very cheerful but the left hand didn't seem to know what the right hand was doing. My husband, a meat and fish eater, had no problem at all in choosing from the menu. I am a vegetarian and found it difficult to find two courses without meat or fish, but eventually did so with the help of the bar menu. Whilst the service was very slow, we could not fault the food in any way, it was excellent and very well presented. The wine was also reasonably priced for the quality.
Breakfast was lovely. The staff were very cheerful and could not do enough for us. I asked for an omelette and my husband a full English. Both arrived beautifully presented and lovely and hot. We could not fault the breakfast in any way and left feeling very full.
When checking out there were some hiccups but these were soon sorted. The hotel has recently been taken over and the new owners had a few teething problems with their new computer systems. We would certainly stay at the Luttrell Arms again if in the area. As far as we can see the new owners can only make the hotel better and better! We just hope this does not reflect too much in their prices!!
- Also Known As:
- The Luttrell Arms Hotel
- The Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- Luttrell Arms Dunster
- The Luttrell Arms Dunster, Somerset
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Luttrell Arms is a 3 star, 28 room hotel. Set in the medieval village of Dunster with its many interesting buildings, under the shadow of the Castle and within the Exmoor National Park. The privately owned 14th century Luttrell Arms is surrounded by beautiful countryside making it the ideal destination for that weekend break or midweek getaway. Stroll around the village, walk the moor, or just sit by a log fire in a building where hospitality has been a way of life for hundreds of years. Heritage "If you could bottle the air in the bar at the Luttrell Arms and sell it you'd clean up" so wrote a local journalist. The smell of logs burning on the fire, a hint of hops from the pints of ale, add to this the smell of something aromatic being cooked in the kitchen, and the most essential element - the smell of history, it oozes out of the walls which have stood for 800 years. There are many outstanding architectural features, the medieval hall with its hammer beam roof (room 17) and twelve light window. History seeps out of the blackened frames, which had their glass rattled loose as Cromwell’s gunners laid siege to Dunster Castle from a defended strong point at the end of the garden. Cromwell’s Commander, Col. Robert Blake walked the corridors of the hotel, it was then called the Ship Inn and was used as his headquarters throughout the siege of the castle. Also of note is some very fine plasterwork on the ceiling of the lounge downstairs, and the plaster over mantle in room 12, showing Actaeon being devoured by hounds. The Arms of Luttrell that we use today carry us back to a Gentleman of 1261, the crest takes us only back to 1621, but the supporters are directly derived from one of the Barons who coerced King John into sealing Magna Carta. A more modern visitor is Hercule Poirot. In "The Cornish Mystery" he confronts the murderer in one of the hotel’s bedrooms. ... more less
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