Stayed at the Luttrell arms for 3 nights midweek.
This hotel is stunning! Didn't quite know what to expect, and we were very pleasantly surprised.
The staff are great, very professional, friendly, and helpful, they really are a credit to the place!
The building itself is fantastic, lots of areas to sit in, and very nicely decorated, the whole building has a welcoming feel to it, I could go on, it has bags of character an it's a very interesting place.
We ate in the restaurant twice and had a bar meal on the last night, all were excellent, and on a par with many very high quality restaurants we have eaten in.
On the whole the Luttrell arms seem to have it right, it's formal enough to feel high quality, but informal enough to relax in, a difficult thing to achieve I feel. We were made to feel very welcome, and will definitely be returning, we have already recommended to family and friends.
- Also Known As:
- The Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- The Luttrell Arms Hotel
- 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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