we have stayed at the Luttrell many times over the past 20 years and have seen many changes over the years. We stopped going about 3 years ago, but seeing it was under new ownership decided to give it another go. So we booked a 3 night DBB deal to try it out
On arrived, there was building work underway. I feel this should have been pointed out when I booked, but it didn't spoilt the visit so no harm done.
Check in was swift and efficient. The room was OK, but the blanket did have some holes in it.
And so to dinner. Oh dear. The evening meal was appalling. No bread rolls. Only one red wine on the wine list. The starter had to go back as it was cold. The main course ( veggie lasagne) was inedible. To be fair, they did offer to swap it, but as the rest of the set menu choices were meat ......
Breakfast the following day was fine, and after a good days sightseeing, back for another crack at dinner. It was better, Fish was cooked perfectly, and starter was nice as well. Maybe the chef the previous night had an off day. But really no better than pub grub, and twice the price.
The third night we ate out.
On checkout the bill was wrong.
So in all, reasonable but if you are charging a premium price, it should be so much better.
And will we stop again. Probably, but only B&B.
- 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