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“Very nice country inn” 5 of 5 stars
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Dunkery Beacon Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Near Dunster, Wootton Courtenay, Exmoor National Park TA24 8RN, England   |  
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“Very nice country inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Dunkery Beacon Country House within the Exmoor area: This was our first stay in the House and can say we were very pleased with the accommodations. John and Jane, the new owners for the past 6 months, have taken special care to make the rooms very nice. We had two rooms and both had beautiful views across the valley and both were very nicely decorated. Our rooms at the House have been spacious,warm and quiet, exactly what we needed for restful sleeps after daily 8-12 mile circular hikes, and the beds were very comfortable. The food at every meal has been fresh, delicious and on the light side. Because John and Jane are interested in building a successful and welcoming hotel, they welcome customer feedback. I mentioned to John on our arrival that I liked black pudding and by the next morning it was available for breakfast even though it was not on the normal menu. Jane also helped us arrange transportation to nearby town for us when we needed it as well. We enjoyed our stay and hopefully we will be able to return sometime in the future.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
It was lovely to meet you both and hear all about your travels/different places you have lived around the world. You've led very interesting lives so far! We're so glad to hear that this beautiful area furnished you with numerous walks with views to die for and that our house then provided a peaceful, warm place to relax once the day's exertions had been done.

We do hope you'll look us up again when you next come over to the UK and we'll promise to have Bury black pudding and roast pork on the menus again!

Best wishes,

Jane & John
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English first
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights with D,B&B at the end of September.Our room was on the first floor with fabulous views of Dunkery Beacon. The room had a four poster with a comfortable mattress, the bathroom with shower, were clean and tidy. The breakfast was very good and the evening dinner was fabulous. Jane & John are very friendly and provided some tasty scones for a cream tea. Overall an excellent couple of days in this great country house and we're glad to have found a gem on Exmoor that we hope to return to.

Room Tip: Room 10 has fantastic views and a fourposter bed
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thank you very much for posting a review saying how much you both enjoyed your stay with us. We're so glad you had a relaxing break and that the weather was decent enough for you to go exploring in the car with the roof down - although somewhat breezy driving over the Beacon no doubt!!

We hope to welcome you to this part of the world again in the future.

Kind regards,

Jane & John
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We were lucky enough to find a room available when we staggered up to the hotel during a 3 day walking holiday on Exmoor. We received a warm welcome, including tea (with cake!) on the veranda, and enjoyed the fantastic view while our room was prepared. John and Jane are not only very friendly, welcoming people but they clearly know what they're up to as the whole experience was one of being very well looked after in very pleasant surroundings. We stayed a Monday, when the kitchen is closed, but as we were on foot, and there was nowhere nearby to eat, John kindly made us a snack, which hit the spot perfectly. I'd definitely go back there, and will be recommending Dunkery Beacon to friends.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you particularly admired the stunning views we have in this location.
Your comments are very kind and we do hope to see you both again if you venture this way again.

Best regards,

Jane & John
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Fleet, Hampshire, UK
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5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We have just returned from a 3-Night stay at Dunkery Beacon Hotel. The hosts John & Jane, were very friendly and accommodating to us and our teenage son. We had a pretty,room on the top floor which had fantastic views across the hills and out towards Dunkery Beacon.The breakfasts are superb and really set you up for the day! John is a fabulous chef so dinning in the restaurant should not be missed! Dunster castle is only a short drive away and is well worth a visit. We will definitely be recommending this hotel to our friends and will look forward to visiting you again soon, thanks.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Thank you so much for the feeback and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay, particularly the views and John's cooking of course!

Next time you visit we'll show you some other fantastic walks you can do in the area so make sure you bring your hiking boots.

Look forward to seeing you again.

Best wishes,

Jane
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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Stayed at Dunkery Beacon Country House August 2012 and could not have had a better time. The owners are so friendly and helpful, but not embarrassingly so - just natural. The food was excellent, whether it is the breakfast, which has outstanding sausages, free range eggs & honey - all locally sourced, or the evening meals served Wednesday to Saturday - the food was a serious notch above anything else we found in the Exmoor area. The rooms were super - the view from our room 10 took your breath away. We don't often say we will return somewhere, just because there are so many places to go, but we will definitely recommend here and certainly plan to return. Especially as it is the perfect base for the Exmoor area.

Room Tip: Try room 10 for panoramic views.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
We really appreciate you posting such a lovely review and are so glad that you all four of you had a great stay. John & I enjoyed your company and you were very bubbly, fun people to be around! It's also really nice to hear that you enjoyed the standard and quality of the food so much - it makes all the hours John spends in the kitchen thoroughly worthwhile!

Agreed, the views from your room, and in fact the whole property, are to die for. The weather has been pretty good over the last 4 or 5 days and now the heather is adding a splash of purple, the view looking towards the moor is spectacular.

Please do come down and visit us again if you get the chance.

All the best,

Jane
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

We have just returned from a two night break at Dunkery Beacon. It really was a great find. Everything was so good, from the hospitality of John and Jane, the views over to Dunkery Beacon, the darkness at night with no traffic noise to the amazing evening meal we had. John is a brilliant chef and the evening meal should not be missed. The bedroom was large (room 10) and the bedding had a really luxurious feeling. This is definitely a place we would return to.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Thank you very much for your feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us, particularly the room, the views and, of course, John's cooking. It was also nice to share with you some of my grandparents' old photographs of Malaysia.

We do hope you'll come and visit us again soon.

Kind regards,

Jane & John
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Fareham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Just got back from a 4 day break at Dunkery Beacon Hotel. I wanted somewhere to celebrate my 50th birthday and decided on this one because of the fantastic reviews. we weren't disappointed. Jane and John made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. We had room 7 which was lovely. We would recommend eating at the Hotel rather than going out to local restaurants as John is an amazing chef. We dined on 3 of the 4 nights we were there and the food was consistantly high on each occasion. The breakfasts are also to die for! Phil especially loved the black pudding special!
We will definately go back to Dunkery Beacon and would recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable, relaxed and high quality break. We will keep a check on your website for news of your Christmas Special.
Thanks again to both of you for a lovely stay. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you both again soon.
Phil and Julie

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, August 2, 2012
We really appreciate you posting such a great review and are delighted that you both had a lovely time here, particularly because it was a special occasion for you Julie. You certainly had the pick of the weather while you were down here and I'm glad that you were able to soak up plenty of sun during your stay. John is thrilled about your comments about the food....we'll have to make sure that the feta cheese tart is on the menu if you come to stay again!

Enjoy the rest of the "summer", and we really hope to see you again soon.

All the best,

Jane & John
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Address: Near Dunster, Wootton Courtenay, Exmoor National Park TA24 8RN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Wootton Courtenay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wootton Courtenay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dunkery Beacon Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wonderful former Edwardian hunting lodge offering luxury accommodation, gourmet dining and safe, spacious off road parking.Ideally situated for scenic country drives across Exmoor and along the coast.Seven individually decorated en-suite rooms, plus one with private bathroom, all with breathtaking views. Group bookings welcome. Children 10 years of age and over welcome. 2 X dog-friendly rooms. ... more   less 
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