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“A very nice hotel in a lovely location”
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Yarn Market Hotel
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Dunster
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2012

We had a two night stay in The Yarn Market Hotel in June. We were given room 6, a large, well furnished room overlooking the Yarn Market building and the main street. The room was clean, fresh and tidy as indeed was the rest of the hotel. The staff were helpful and friendly.

Everything in the hotel seems to have been well thought out with nice touches including the loan of a mobile phone if needed. There’s a drying room/boot room, a cycle shed and cycle cleaning facilities, even a puncture repair outfit for those guests keen on outdoor pursuits. The hotel has negotiated a two-for-one deal with National Trust for guests visiting Dunster Castle. The “Guest Information” folder is a mine of useful information about the hotel and attractions in the surrounding area,

The hotel doesn’t have its own car park and parking is a bit of a lottery. We were lucky to find parking in the market square but in any case, the hotel provides free parking vouchers in the public car park around the corner.

We ate in the restaurant both evenings. The menu wasn’t particularly exciting but the food was well cooked and enjoyable. The meals weren’t cheap but there are other places to eat in Dunster and we’d have tried these had we been staying longer.

The breakfasts were really good. I stuck to fruit, cereals, orange juice etc. But my wife had a cooked breakfast one morning and agrees with other reviewers’ comments about the sausages!

Dunster itself is a lovely village, dominated by the castle. We spent a full day visiting the castle and exploring the village, all on foot and no need to use the car. Most of the shops are aimed at tourists but there are the usual convenience stores, supermarkets and filling stations in Minehead a couple of miles away by car.

The Yarn Market Hotel doesn’t have a bar, although wine and bottled local beers are available to diners. For those guests like me, who enjoy a good pint, I’d recommend The Luttrell Arms across the road (take a look at their Secret garden too), or The Stags Head Inn which also has a popular restaurant for locals and visitors.

Room Tip: Try and get a room overlooking the Yarn Market.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

Visited with a group of fellow walkers. Had a great time and the area was very beautiful (although hilly for walkers !).

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

We needed two rooms for our stay and both were lovely and clean and fresh. My wife did not find the bed comfortable and I found it rather short but apart form that a lovley place to stay. A super choice of breakfasts as well. All in all very nice but littl ethings ike helpibng carry the bags up the many stairs would have been a nice gesture too. Would definitely go there again though.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Bedding not very clean and I am sure the mattress covers and bed covers were never washed, very grubby, not somewhere I could recommend. Manageress was unhelpful.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Angela W
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yarnmarket, Manager at Yarn Market Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2012

We have been trying to investigate this complaint but have looked as far back as the beginning of March and cannot find anyone matching your details on a weekend break. We will continue our investigations as we take our hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and aim to maintain the highest possible standards.

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

I spent a weekend here while visiting local attractions including Dunster Castle and the West Somerset Railway. It's a picturesque old inn in a great location overlooking the historic Yarn Market. The rooms have lots of character but have been nicely modernised. There is free wi-fi, although this is a bit patchy and you may need to go to the lounge to use it. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and will suggest good walks and where to go in the evening. A real touch of Olde England - and the food is great! This isn't one of those standardised modern hotels where every room is the same - the floor plan is a bit complicated with lots of stairs and corridors, but that actually makes it quite fun - and there are helpful signs giving directions to the rooms!

Room Tip: Rooms 22 - 24 all overlook the Yarn Market and have superb views down the High Street towards the Ca...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed at the hotel during the West Somerset Railway Spring Gala. The location is perfect for travelling to Dunster station. For our stay, we booked a four poster bed room (room 9), which was located on the top floor at the rear of the property. The room was well maintained in a 'Country Style' decor rather than anything more modern. We have an issue with carpet in bathrooms, but in fairness the carpet was clean and dry and we accept it is a personal choice. The bathroom was large and had a full size bath with shower, the bedroom was of a standard size for a property of this age. We both slept well, so found no issues with the bed.

I'm not sure how people of limited mobility would cope in the hotel, as there are a lot of stairs and corridors to manoeuvre through. The walk through areas could do with a freshen up.

We ate breakfast only at the hotel, and were greeted warmly on both mornings. You can help yourself to the standard English fry up / continental breakfast options, or request kippers, boiled eggs etc.

Check in and check out, we were greeted in a friendly manner and shown to our room upon arrival. We very much appreciated the fact that parking tokens are available if you cannot find a spot in the centre of the village.

We love this area of the country and find Dunster to be a perfect base, the hotel suited our needs and everyone made us feel welcome.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I stayed here with my husband early last summer. We stayed 3 nights for the triathlon/ironman event. Due to this popular event, accomodation is hard to find at that weekend and this hotel was the only place available nearby.
I would not have booked this myself as I had an inkling what it would be like, and I wasn't far wrong. The welcome on arrival was ok, but on the whole it felt like they were just interested in taking their payment. The room wasn't bad, but very small and very little space around the bed to move around.
Our room would have been more suited for a single room. The fittings and carpet are tired and cheap/shabby looking. The ensuite was more like a cupboard in size and feel. All I can say is that it was ghastly and carpeted.It looked unfinished and cobbled together as cheaply as possible. There was barely room to turn around or get in and out of the shower. I hated having to use the shower, toilet or sink, it was not a pleasant experience.
The ancient divan bed was so uncomfortable. When you sit on the bed, your bottom touches the divan base. There was only one thin old pillow each and It felt like sleeping on a large ironing board for 3 nights and all this for £100 a night was a rip off. I was exhausted when we arrived home, as we were unable to get a decent nights sleep.
The breakfast wasn't bad apart from the sausages. There was plenty of choice and you can have cooked or continental. The staff were very pleasant and friendly in the breakfast room.
We never tried the restaurant, as it didn't look very inviting when we checked in, so I can't say what it was like.
To be fair, the hotel did issue us with parking permits to park in the car park round the corner if there wasn't a space free outside in the street. That meant we had free parking for the whole stay which was a good thing.
On checkout we were never asked whether we'd enjoyed our stay. It was brisk and totally indifferent. I would never stay here again anyway. This hotel has got it's fans, but I'm not one of them.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Yarn Market Hotel

Address: 25-33 High Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Dunster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Dunster
Price Range: £70 - £147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Yarn Market Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated within Exmoor National Park in the medieval village of Dunster, not 500 metres from Dunster Castle, this family-run hotel offers cosy accommodation with free Wi-Fi and parking. The property is located in the middle of the High Street opposite the iconic Yarn Market. As a member of the Visit Britain Pets Welcome, Walkers Welcome and Cyclists Welcome schemes, it specialises in walking holidays and special interest breaks as well as catering for families, pets and individuals. Each en-suite room is comfortable, inviting and full of individual character and they provide a range of accommodation options to suit all guests. The Gables Restaurant offers a fantastic and varied menu of traditional home-cooked food with something to cater for all tastes. With its ambient surroundings and friendly service, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. It's just over a 40 minute drive from Taunton and Junction 24 off the M5 and is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful area of the country and its many wonderful attractions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Yarn Market Minehead
Yarn Market Hotel Dunster, Somerset

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