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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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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A most enjoyable stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I can only endorse the comments of other reviewers here. The hotel is beautifully situated and its internal décor is elegant and relaxed: the lounge and dining room are particularly welcoming. Jane and John made us feel at home immediately, and John's cooking alone was worth the journey. Jane's experience in the wine trade was evident in the wine list as well as in the maps of wine regions adorning the walls. The enthusiasm of the owners was evident at every turn, and we've already recommended the hotel to members of our family.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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John B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you for taking time to post a review.
As this is not only our business, but our home, we feel like we are having lots of freinds and relatives over to stay, so we do enjoy meeting new guests and making sure that they are well fed and watered before going out to explore the beautiful countryside of Exmoor.
Please thank your freinds for their recommendation and thank you in anticipation of having your freinds and relatives here to stay.
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We chose this country house based on recommendations from other guests. What a find it surpassed our expectations. John, Jane and Misha were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, even down to preparing a packed lunch. John's food was delicious and well presented with some exciting flavours using many local products. the full english breakfast set you for the day. Janes wine expertise was obvious in the small but very select wines available, all at reasonable prices. The whole building was very clean and the bed linen was crisp and white.
We stayed in the second floor king suite which had superb views over Exmoor and one evening we even saw a badger making its way up the front drive.
A haven of peace to which we will return and next time it's the four poster just for the views.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 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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John B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your thoughtful review. One of the biggest selling points when we bought the hotel was its location which we agree is stunning.
The challenge came when we saw that the standards inside needed to match the wow factor the scenery provides and gauging the responses, I think we are getting there.
We both enjoy what we do here and it makes it easier to continue to provide great food, wine and accommodation when we read what you have to say. So thank you again. See you soon.
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Surrey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We have written about the Dunkery Beacon Hotel before and we really loved it. Now under new ownership, it is even better. Just as spectacular a location of course and just as comfortable, but two areas of significant improvement. The redecoration has made it bright, sharp and very smart, even more welcoming. Also new owners now do evening meals and very good they are too.

This has always been one of our favourite places to stay and it is now better than ever, brilliant.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John B, Manager at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you for your review and returning to the hotel a second time.
Although our first year in this business faced some great challenges such as the weather and financial climate, we considered it a great opportunity to reinvigorate all the guest areas and make a break with us one to remember.
All my years in somebody elses kitchen are now being rewarded as I now have my own in which to show off the many years experience I have gained both abroad and in the UK.
So thank you for recognizing our hard work and commitment to offering a truly unique experience on Exmoor.
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Alton
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed for two nights so that we could explore Exmoor and this hotel is in a beautiful location with lovely views. The accommodation, food and service were faultless. It is more like a large country house than a hotel and it is run in that manner. The lounge is charming, and candle lit at night. We are foodies and we found the food amazingly good. The owners should enter one of the food award schemes where they would score highly. The rooms were spotless and nothing was too much trouble. Micha, the waitress, couldn't have been more helpful and always with a smile on her face. We have no hesitation in recommending this place, you will love it.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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John B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
This summer has seen a much valued increase in guests staying and dining at our country house and now we are coming to the end of the busy period, it is very uplifting to hear that our guests are continuing to appreciate the level of accommodation provided and the food I prepare on a daily basis.

We will be investigating the numerous food award schemes, but the feedback we get from both yourself and other guests will take some beating, so thank you.

As ever, we will continue with our efforts to create new delights in the kitchen and improve upon the great standards offered in the bedrooms and hopefully, we will see you return for more gastronomic treats.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

A delightful country hotel. My partner, who is disabled, enjoyed room 5 on the ground floor. This room had the benefit of a separate sitting room from the bedroom. The food was very good and the owners and staff were very attentive and obliging. I would recommend a stay at this hotel. It might help other travellers to mention that orders for dinner are taken after breakfast so if you are not arriving until later in the day and would like an evening meal, a telephone call around 9.00am., would be an idea.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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John B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Many thanks for your kind review and apologies for the delay in our reply - it's been quite a hectic time over the last few weeks! We're very glad you and your partner enjoyed your stay with us and that our ground floor letting room was suitable for your requirements.

We're also delighted you chose to dine with us over 2 nights. We do as standard practice email the menu through to guests who have pre-booked dinner for the night of their arrival, so they can make choices in advance of the day rather than having to ring in the morning. I manage the kitchen on my own and prepare everything from scratch on the day, so a pre-order is much appreciated.

As you have discovered, our beds are so comfortable that guests often struggle to part company with them in the morning and, more often than not, we are still in the middle of serving breakfast at 9am, so a slightly later morning call would be welcome.

Best regards,

John
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Just the nicest guest house I have stayed in - the rooms are comfortable and spotless, the location is great for walking and discovering Exmoor, and the owners are extremely pleasant and helpful. The food is excellent and you can take a packed lunch if you are out for the day. Very peaceful and relaxing - we wish we could have stayed longer but will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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, September 12, 2013
We're so pleased you enjoyed your first visit to Dunkery Beacon Country House and were able to make the most of the peace, tranquility and beautiful countryside that surrounds us. John and I are delighted you enjoyed our food as well - breakfast, dinner plus packed lunches - and had a comfortable stay in one of our top floor rooms (all of which have great views too)!

We hope you'll visit us again for some more walking/exploring in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,

Jane
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

What a wonderful hotel set in such a superb location . The owners were so nice and the food was at a level that would put many so called elite hotels to shame . The room had a fantastic view overlooking open countryside and and was simply stunning (10). Would highly recommend and I can see why this is voted the number 1 in Somerset .

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 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, September 12, 2013
It was great to have you both to stay and thank you very much for posting such a kind review. John is very pleased you thought the food he produces was top notch and we're both delighted you loved your four poster room with views out of the bay window to die for!

Hope you'll be back for a return visit in the future.

Our best wishes,

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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