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“A Magic Saturday Lunch”
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The Luttrell Arms
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dunster
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2013

On a whim, instead of our normal Saturday lunch we took ourselves (myself, my wife and a very good friend) off to The Luttrell Arms.

Recently acquired by the owner of The Royal Castle Hotel Dartmouth (an establishment with which we are well acquainted) we decided to see what was special about this Hotel.

We were not disappointed. Even before we arrived the journey is picturesque, the Town of Dunster is charming (dare I say picture postcard).

The Hotel itself retains many superb period features although an awning has been strung in one of the courtyards (overlooked from the main bar) it's external Tudor period carved beams are a delight. The main bar itself is magic if you like open, aromatic wood fires, original type settles (with nice cushions). It's ceiling is high but oak beamed, there are a number of other ante rooms in which you can drink and dine if you choose but for me the main bar is the best. Do not be taken in by the very good photo on the Luttrell Arms web site, this makes the bar look larger (probably taken with a very wide angle lens) and it also makes the bar look much brighter and more modern when in fact it's comfortably lit and cosy.

Beers sampled were Exmoor Stag and Ale; both very well presented.

For lunch - Rump Steak with all the trimmings and a very good Jacket Spud (properly cooked). Pudding, local ice cream and a hazelnut tart served with a tiny little pan of melted chocolate.

Bar and table service as efficient, cheerful and characterful as we have come to expect from all of the other hotels in this owners portfolio.

Also check out, the Secret Garden - a gem, and the (to my eye) original antique glazing (none of your Pilkington float process here).

All for very reasonable prices.

Apart from the super setting (the countryside is fab), Dunster Castle, there's also a plethora of nice, local shops, an incongruously large Rohan (lot's of walkers in the area) and parking (in the Steeps) was easy and not ridiculously expensive.

We'll be back.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

The main area of the hotel looks great especially the dining room, the breakfast was tasty and the waitress was very polite and welcoming. We had a refurbished room with an area to dress in and the most wonderful bathroom that really had the wow factor. The room and hotel has free wifi that worked really well and even the tv had Internet built in(a quick game of cut the rope confirmed this was working) I cannot comment on the other rooms however I understand from the staff they are in the process of updating the hotel. I look forward to returning ome day

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We have in the past stayed at the sister hotel, the Royal Castle in Dartmouth so decided to try this one. The bar is set very high from the Royal Castle. All our expectations were met & exceeded.
We arrived just before mid-day on a Sunday & Dunster was heaving. Despite that we were able to get a free parking place on the High St, a few yards from the hotel. However, the hotel had advised us of other options at the time of booking so parking was not a concern. Although check in is not till 2pm our room was ready for us, which got the stay off to a flying start. We had opted for a 4 poster room which I strongly urge if you can run to it. They are fabulous. We had room 17 with the high beamed cathedral ceiling & original stone fireplace , a huge room, furnished in perfect baronial period style for the age of building. This room totally has the WOW factor. Good sized bathroom with toiletries, robes & towels to the usual high standard we have come to expect from these hotels. Great shower, perfect temperature control. The room overlooked the pretty innner courtyard & was very peaceful.
The hotel is ancient & its features & integrity have been preserved both inside & out. It is stunning. The secret garden is absolutely beautiful with lovely views of the castle. I can't wait to visit in the Spring or Summer to enjoy that.
We sampled the various bars during our stay, all are cosy with log fires burning. House Merlot is one of the best we've sampled anywhere. Bar prices reasonable. We dined out as we like to try different places but the food looked good. We were made very welcome in the main bar by the manager Tim, despite the place being very busy, he made time to make us feel as valued guests & it is that which makes us return to a place like this.
Breakfast was again to the standard we have come to expect & did not disappoint. We both opted for the full English which was freshly cooked to perfection. There were a good choice of alternatives but who can resist an Exmoor breakfast ? Also the same great selection of fresh fruits from the buffet as I enjoy at their other hotel. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries.
I would also like to mention Chris, one of the supervisors, who took time & offered to show us round the other 4 poster rooms to help us decide which one we may chose for our next visit. I still think I prefer our room 17 but the others, although not so vast, do have picturesque views over main Dunster High St. Each one is large with a seating area & decorated & furnished in a different style but always in keeping with the age of the hotel. No bland cookie cutter decor here! All the 4 poster rooms are on the 1st floor. I also saw one of the standard rooms & that was very attractive too.
If you are looking for a stay in lovely Dunster, look no further. You will be sure of a warm welcome at the Lutterall Arms & you won't want to leave!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Becca W, Manager at The Luttrell Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Thank you for such a great review. We are very pleased that we met the high standards set by our sister hotel – The Royal Castle. You might like to try or other family hotel, The Royal Seven Stars at Totnes to compare all three!!

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The service in the bar was exceptional. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help us. The food was good as well and served quickly. The pub is divided into lots of different areas, making it interesting and cosy. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Becca W, Manager at The Luttrell Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

So pleased you enjoyed your visit here. Thank you for taking the time to place such a kind review.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Found this hotel by chance looking for lunch in dunster. Fab sandwiches
and a ploughmans beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Best tuna sandwich I have had in ages! Had our two dogs with us and we were made extremely welcome. Gorgeous surroundings we sat in the courtyard. The secret garden overlooking the castle is amazing. Will definately co e back and stay overnight next time and they accept doggies. Staff very friendly without being too in your face!have already recommended it to a friend. Made a nice day out very specual glad we found it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Becca W, Manager at The Luttrell Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Thank you for your great review. Pleased to hear that you will be coming to stay overnight next time. We have some lovely superior rooms that open out onto the gardens – perfect for bringing the dogs!

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Booked the hotel for husbands 40th, room 14! What a room! Huge four poster bed, very regal decor, beautiful bit of medieval luxury. Room looks out over dunster. Superb stay and great service by reception and all hotel staff. Book this room if you want luxury or a wonderful suprise for some one!

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Becca W, Manager at The Luttrell Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2013

Thank you for your great review. Pleased to hear that you will be coming to stay overnight next time. We have some lovely superior rooms that open out onto the gardens – perfect for bringing the dogs!

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Shared a weekend with friends, great hotel, very friendly staff, good food, comfortable rooms. They do have hair dryers in rooms but don't say so in hotel website. Close to Exmoor and castle, town is loverly with lots of good quality shops with local flavour.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Luttrell Arms

Address: 32-36 High Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Dunster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Dunster
Price Range: £93 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Luttrell Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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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