This was our second visit to this hotel this year. We will definitely go back again because it's such a beautiful village, and the Luttrell Arms is right in the centre. This time we took advantage of the Super Sunday offer which included Bed, breakfast and a 3 course dinner for £50 per person (2 sharing). The hotel is in the centre of the village and near to the pay and display car park. There is public parking spaces opposite the hotel, but this is limited. We were able to move the car closer from the car park to outside at around 6pm when the village became less busy. Our evening meal was something and nothing, but the breakfast was excellent!! Like our previous visit (in April) there seemed to be some lack of basic restaurant management, overseeing of the smooth running of service in the restaurant e.g. no one to advise you where you can / cannot sit; waiting for the desert menu for ages etc. The waitresses were lovely - very pleasant, but could have benefitted from some guidance and support to ensure the diners experience is more seamless. Our room was comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated and we had everything we needed e.g. iron, ironing board, drink making facilities, fridge, beautiful en-suite, television.
- 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