Our family has been visiting the area, which is incidentally West Somerset, not North Somerset as previous reviewer states. North Somerset is from Weston super Mare up to Bristol, We should know we live there! We love Dunster and the surrounding area although the A road can be busy. The more commercialised areas, including Minehead, do have the large caravan parks, but once you leave these places there are some lovely, tranquil, unspoilt villages and hamlets with tea gardens etc and some are just working farming villages. Walk up North Hill in Minehead onto Exmoor and you will barely see another soul for miles. We haven`t experienced the "overflow" in Dunster for a long time, in fact the last few times we have visited it has been surprisingly quiet and lacking in tourists, especially the type he describes and we have never heard "moronic" people outside at night the times we have stayed, although there is a locals bar and early weekday mornings can be busy with locals driving to work through the village. The Luttrell Arms has been improved over the last few years by the new owners and is a delighful place to stay or stop for a coffee, lunch, cream tea or just a drink.
- 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