As others have said, there's a very warm welcome when you arrive and staff remain attentive and welcoming throughout your stay. I was here for 5 nights on a business trip and really enjoyed my stay. The hotel was booked by a colleague and I have to say I was expecting to be staying above some dodgy pub when I heard the name, but as it turns out, it's a really lovely building and you can tell the current owners (who apparently took over about a year ago) and staff are making a real effort to ensure the Luttrell Arms is a welcoming place that you want to come back to. Staff were really helpful; the beds are super comfy (best night's sleep I've had in ages!) there's good information on what to do in the local area in all the rooms and there's WiFi. Dunster as a whole actually has turned out to be a really nice village. I wish I had been here on a romantic getaway rather than a business trip as it would be a great holiday retreat. Don't expect to have mobile phone signal though! This whole region is a signal blackspot (on Vodafone at least), but obviously with the WiFi you can still WhatsApp / Facebook message anyone you need to be in touch with.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- Luttrell Arms Dunster
- The Luttrell Arms Dunster, Somerset