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The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
7 nights minimum
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The Oval in Dunster is a historically fascinating, quirky cottage, once an open ‘hall house' believed to date from the 1400s – one of the oldest buildings in Dunster. Now beautifully upgraded, furnished and decorated whilst retaining charm, history and wonky floors. At the back, small courtyard (table/chairs) and, up steep steps (gate, handrail), decked patio (table/benches) with lovely views over the village to wooded hills. Downstairs, tiled/stone floors (rugs), ancient timbers, leaded windows, low lintels, beams. Behind a heavy timber door, oak-screened hall, off which comfortable living room (Smart HD TV/DVD/Netflix) with fireplace (woodburner). Snug with easy chairs - a quiet reading room. Two steps up to the breakfast/dining area with French windows to the courtyard and smart oak-fit...The Oval in Dunster is a historically fascinating, quirky cottage, once an open ‘hall house' believed to date from the 1400s – one of the oldest buildings in Dunster. Now beautifully upgraded, furnished and decorated whilst retaining charm, history and wonky floors. At the back, small courtyard (table/chairs) and, up steep steps (gate, handrail), decked patio (table/benches) with lovely views over the village to wooded hills. Downstairs, tiled/stone floors (rugs), ancient timbers, leaded windows, low lintels, beams. Behind a heavy timber door, oak-screened hall, off which comfortable living room (Smart HD TV/DVD/Netflix) with fireplace (woodburner). Snug with easy chairs - a quiet reading room. Two steps up to the breakfast/dining area with French windows to the courtyard and smart oak-fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, range-style electric cooker). Behind a low medieval doorway, a utility room (tumble drier, sink) and cloakroom (loo), good for wet coats/boots and dogs. Stairs (stairgates) up to three bedrooms – step up to a beautiful double (four-poster bed) with door to shower-room (suite, also accessible from landing), 2 steps up to a twin, and another double (footboard) with en-suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath); both double rooms have vaulted ceilings, cruck beams, good fabrics, window seats. Permit provided for reserved parking space in Nat. Trust car park; second space in private car park, 450 yards. A lovely house in a beautiful village. The Oval in Dunster (Somerset) has a security deposit of £200 is required when booking this property, it will be returned to you 48 hours after your stay providing the owner does not discover any damage or breakages. There is small terrace outside the dining room/kitchen. There are steep steps (handrail) up to a decked area with views out to the village and church. The rest of the garden is private. Two parking spaces are available to guests: 1. Parking is in a reserved parking space. Parking for 1 standard sized car. This space is within a privately owned car park 450 yards away. 2. Parking is in a public car park. Parking for 1 standard sized car. A parking permit is provided for this car park owned by the National Trust.More
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Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2010
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dunster is a beautiful medieval village, set between Exmoor and the sea. The Oval is a fantastic, quirky very old cottage but has all the facilities to enable you to fully cater for your stay. The cottage has 3 good sized bedrooms, a kitchen, dining...More

Date of stay: December 2019
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation for The Oval which is indeed in a fabulous location. We are pleased you appreciated the cottage and had a great time in Dunster!

Reviewed November 30, 2019

I've lost count of how many times we're stayed at the oval and each time we fall in love with it even more. This stay was only for two nights but we were greeted with all the additional touches you get with a longer stay...More

Date of stay: November 2019
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Once you stay at The Oval, it's gorgeous charm brings you back again and again! Glad you enjoyed all the little touches and thank you again for taking the time to post a review. See you again soon!

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Reviewed October 31, 2019

We absolutely love the Oval and have stayed there 5 times. The Oval is a beautiful historical property which benefits from all the modern day facilities you need for a great family holiday. Dunster is one of our favourite holiday destinations and the oval is...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Mandy, thank you again for your review for The Oval, which is such a favourite spot for a holiday and a real home from home! See you again soon!

Reviewed October 26, 2019

This was our second visit to the Oval and Dunster, and it won’t be the last, even though we’re coming from the US. We arrived to tea and treats from Lucy and team, and rediscovered the lovely cottage, both quaint and modern. We love the...More

Date of stay: September 2019
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So kind of you to take the time to post a review and we are pleased you had a great time at The Oval. There is so much to see and do in Dunster and on Exmoor and we look forward to welcoming you again.

Reviewed October 22, 2019

The Oval is a picturesque character cottage, comfortably furnished and well appointed with everything you could possibly need while staying. Lucy thought of everything both in terms of a throughly well equipped kitchen, to milk and water in the fridge, a welcome cake and all...More

Date of stay: October 2019
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

The Oval is such a hit even though you do have to be careful with the low beams! Good to know you managed to avoid such a calamity though and had a great time in Dunster.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Are there nightlife options close to this vacation rental? YesNoUnsure
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