We had been recommended The Luttrell Arms and decided to try it on a last minute break. Because we booked only a couple of days before arrival we only had a choice of a standard room however there was nothing standard about our room. It was beautifully decorated with plenty of room and storage space. It was on the front of the hotel and I was concerned about the noise level during the night having read other reviews. However we too experienced a warm evening meaning we had our window open but did not experience excessive traffic noise - which of course cannot be the fault of the hotel! The staff we found to be extremely polite, attentive and friendly. Being a dog friendly hotel we took with us our black lab and we were delighted by how "dog friendly" the hotel was from the offer of providing him with a bed to him having access to all areas of the hotel (with the exception of the restaurant which is totally understandable). The hotel itself is stunning with many of the original features being kept, restored and complimented by some very tasteful decoration. The covered seating gallery overlooking the courtyard and leading to the gardens was a delight. The garden was vast being spread over several levels and had plenty of seating available and from what we could see some of the rooms had their own secluded courtyards or access to the gardens. All in all the hotel is definitely somewhere we will return to BUT the only thing that lets The Luttrell Arms down is the food. We only experienced the bar food but found the menu choice very limited and a little over priced for the quantity and quality of the food. However that said it is not a "deal breaker" for us and we will return, hopefully soon.
- 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