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Dunster Castle Hotel

5 High Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SF England
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Dunster Castle Hotel has Dunster's only private car park. It's 50 yards to the Castle and 1 mile to Dunster beach. Most rooms face the cobbled medieval High Street. The refurbished hotel is under new ownership since 2016 and has established itself as a luxury boutique hotel with a gin bar, restaurant as well as serving the finest afternoon teas in its ballroom. All rooms are en-suite and vary from compact budget through to luxurious super-kingsize, and feature SMART TV's, free fast broadband, USB points, tea/coffee, quality amenities, and are complemented by stylish designer fabrics. Most overlook the cobbled high street. The restaurant has the fastest growing reputation in the area for delivering exceptional food sourced from local ingredients. It's seasonal and is complimented by exceptional service in elegant surroundings. The gin bar serves the finest 100 local, national and international gins available including popular 'gin flights' of 3 gins, Fevertree tonic and a G&T Ganache.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Ironing service
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Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, German
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alanl726 wrote a review Sep 10
Southampton, United Kingdom41 contributions21 helpful votes
Stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is in a pleasant village location. The room was comfortable and well equipped and the owners were cheerful and helpful. Breakfast was really good. Noticed on the first night that there was a dripping tap in the bathroom but didn't report it. However the housekeeper obviously did because the next day it was fixed. All round very satisfactory.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Cynthia R wrote a review Aug 2021
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Being a 77yr old couple and members of the National Trust,Dunster and it's beautiful castle,just minutes away,was the ideal stop over from Fowey in Cornwall to our home in Stratford on Avon,our reception when we arrived at the Dunster castle hotel from John and Lisa was very much appreciated.The bedroom (buttercross) was immaculate with an added touch of sherry and chocolates alongside the usual trimmings.The quality of service and choice of breakfast could not be faulted,all served in a restaurant/bar area whose decor was a wonderful blend of old and new,very much hope to return when fully functional.Tip: Close your wing mirrors in when entering and leaving carpark.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
GillyH60 wrote a review Aug 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom75 contributions67 helpful votes
We had such a lovely weekend stay at Dunster Castle Hotel it is in a fabulous location in the stunning medieval village . The owners were away but Paul and Hayley could not do enough to make are stay perfect . Everywhere is spotlessly clean our room was spacious and well appointed with lovely little extras like fresh milk and home made cookies . The breakfast is excellent with a good choice you just need to order the night before . It’s a shame the restaurant is not operating at the moment as the shortage of restaurants to eat in the village is a problem at this time of year especially on a Sunday but Paul kindly booked us a restaurant in nearby Minehead . Advise to anyone prebook a restaurant before your stay . Although they will allow you to bring food in . Would definitely return .
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mark E wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom65 contributions29 helpful votes
This hotel was being operated as a B&B during later COVID times (Aug,21) and staffed with a small team including the owners. That said, we had a wonderful stay in what was a lovely old building that was beautifully fitted out, with comfortable rooms and everything you need. A very nice touch was chilled milk in a flask everyday for your in room teas and coffees. The owners and the staff were all lovely people which is always a bonus. Do expect early morning traffic that might wake you, as all rooms are right next to the narrow street - did not spoil our stay I have to say. And the breakfasts were terrific, truly. Plenty of choice and quality ingredients, really gave us a good start to the day. Hats off to the chef who I believe was one of the owners. Great to have free parking in Dunster but mind that narrow entrance. I managed to get my LR Discovery in and out all week so most cars should be fine. We would love to revisit in better times and maybe enjoy some evening meals and a nightcap. Thank you!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Richard23921777 wrote a review Aug 2021
Swindon, United Kingdom32 contributions14 helpful votes
Have stayed here over the past 30 years and have seen several owners. John and Lisa have done a wonderful job and have taken it to a level of excellence! Rooms are really nice, clean with all the trimmings. They are doing breakfasts only at the moment due to Covid. The breakfast is really good and from a previous stay when the restaurant was open I remember the food on offer was also good! Well done you two, what an achievement especially with the current situation looming in the background. We will be back for sure!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dunster Castle Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Dunster Castle Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Dunster Castle (0.1 miles), Dunster Working Watermill (0.2 miles), and Dunster Village (0.06 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dunster Castle Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Dunster Castle Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Dunster Castle Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dunster Castle Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea Room at Chapel House, Hathaways, and Reeves Restaurant.
Is Dunster Castle Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Dunster.
Are pets allowed at Dunster Castle Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Dunster Castle Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dunster Castle Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Dunster Castle Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Dunster Castle (0.1 miles), Cleeve Abbey (3.9 miles), and Church of All Saints (4.8 miles).
Is Dunster Castle Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.