We stayed at the hotel for four nights in June 2014. Dunster is a beautiful village and offers much to tourists.
Whilst we always book our accommodation online [after research from trip advisor contributors] it is always a concern, until actually entering the property, that you will you get what you had in mind!
I must admit that entering hotels of the age of The Luttrell Arms it always goes through my mind, for a possible, subsequent, trip advisor report, will it be 'faded grandeur' - 'tired' - 'in need of refurbishment'?
Absolutely no such worries here!
Under new ownership since January 2013 - much has been done to restore the hotel to its former grandeur. Indeed there were a number of places work was being done on the hotel during our stay. It's a delightful, quirky, listed building - the sort much loved by my dear wife - and we found it clean, well appointed and much to our liking. The Dining area is magnificent.
Staff were all helpful and cheery - especially the gentleman behind the bar and Mandy our breakfast waitress. Mandy has a delightful, natural, ability to communicate with guests [as well as being efficient] and we were quite sorry when she went away on holiday during our stay!
We had two meals in the hotel as well as using the bar. All food was excellent, well presented and enjoyable. We thought price wise it was competitive with other hotels of this standard and looked almost 'cut price' compared to some prices we experienced in the Cotswolds later in our holiday!
There is a massive 'hidden garden' behind the hotel with plenty of seating where you can enjoy the lovely views over the village whilst having a drink or a meal.
We had two 'problems' during our stay - neither of which where attributable to the hotel! One is the absolute lack of mobile signal in and around the hotel. Second is internet if that concerns you. The owner told us that Dunster is going to be one of the last places in the UK to get fibre broadband and hence they are still 'on copper'. The hotel owners done their best by putting WiFi boosters in each room but the availability is 'interesting'!!
So we had a great time - room 15 - as can be seen in the pictures attached - where we were the first to use a brand new mattress.
The famous Dunster Yarn Market building [picture attached] was literally just outside the hotel.
- 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