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Dunkery Beacon Hotel
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

With the weather forecast dry for the week ahead we booked our short stay. It has always been our intention to visit as we knew John from his days as a chef in Manchester.
On arrival the sun was shining, spring had arrived and the daffodils stood out in the middle of the recently cut lawn.
We were treated to a cup of tea on the verandah.
The room was first class with the pillows and mattress deserving of a special mention.
In the 3 days we were there we did a local walk on the first, a visit to Lynmouth on the second with stops for a visit to the church at Oare and a 2hour walk at Watersmeet. The third was spent at Dunster.
The breakfast was excellent and we recommend the coffee and locally produced sausage.
The evening meal was just great, beautifully presented and delicious to eat.
One final comment: make sure you stay on nights when they are serving evening meal, although we did enjoy eating out.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2014

It was great to have you to stay and we're glad the weather was fine so you were able to fully explore this stunning part of the country. Thank you for the positive comments about the mattress and bedding - we have quite a few people say that our mattresses are among the most comfortable they have slept on! Similarly, we are delighted that you enjoyed the breakfasts and evening meals here. John strives to produce top quality food as you know from his days as Head Chef up in Manchester.

We look forward to seeing you both again in the sunny South!

Best wishes,

Jane

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Our extended family of 14 adults got together to celebrate an 80th birthday. From the start to finish, from planning the weekend and the menu through to our final farewell Jane and John could not do enough to make our stay memorable. The food was interesting , well presented and very tasty - highly recommended! Our hosts achieved just the right balance between personal service and allowing us to feel at home - even the piano was well tuned and mellow.
One of our party needed extra help with accessibility and some adaptations were done in a jiffy with a smile.
We are already discussing how we can justify a second visit later in the year.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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John B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

It was a real pleasure to welcome your family to Dunkery Beacon Country House and we're so glad you all enjoyed your stay. There is always a great expectation with special occasions, such as your Mum's 80th birthday, and it was imperative that we made this a memorable event for all of you. Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed looking after you and almost felt like part of the family!

We hope to see you and your family again in the not too distant future.

Best wishes,

John & Jane

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Great location, views superb, easy access to Dunster, Porlock and onto Lynton & Lynmouth. Tea and cake (spiced apple, yum!) on arrival is a great introduction to the superb meals and hearty breakfasts we experienced on our 2 night break. Jane and John are great hosts and the property is a credit to them. Will definitely look to visit again in the summer when the weather may be a little kinder! Thank you!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Great to hear you enjoyed your first visit to us so much, despite the "slightly" damp and windy conditions! Exmoor is still a dramatic and stunning place to visit even when the weather's not so kind.....and you can always experience the wonderful view looking out from the comfort of our guest lounge whilst staying toasty by the log burner instead!

We really hope you'll come back and see us in a few month's time - this time for tea and scones outside on the veranda soaking up the view on a balmy summer's afternoon!

Best wishes,

Jane & John

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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Would love to the Troll that complains that the Gardenias weren't quite the right shade of pink, or that the salad dressing contained two drops of balsamic vinegar too much, so reluctantly I will have to agree with everyone else..
This place is lovely.
Food original and delicious.
Wine list thoughtful and excellent.
Comfortable candle lit lounge with woodburner.
Owners who make you feel special
Beautiful surroundings.
What are you waiting for?

Room Tip: The only room with a bath is the standard one
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2013

Thank you for a most unusual and original review (!) and we're very happy that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Lucky we don't have Gardenias of any colour!

We hope you both have a lovely Christmas and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Best wishes,

Jane & John

P.S. Both Four Poster rooms also have baths (plus showers overhead)

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Booked a double room at very short notice but was able to be accommodated - perfect location for exploring Exmoor, lovely rooms with comfortable beds, very friendly hosts and delicious breakfast. The room had a great view as well as a flatscreen TV with DVD player and a section of good DVDs from the DVD library. On arrival we were greeted with lovely tea and scones and educated on astronomy from John, which was very interesting. Unfortunately we didn't dine in although the menu looked appealing and John is a trained chef. The breakfast was delicious though and Jane was very attentive and friendly throughout. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2013

We're very glad you enjoyed your short break here and thank you very much for taking the time to provide feedback on all aspects of your stay - it really is appreciated.
We're hoping the skies will stay clear again tonight for more stargazing through John's telescope before heading off to enjoy Dunster by Candlelight!

As you're not too far away, we hope you'll be able to pop over again when you fancy a break.

Best regards,

Jane

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We have recently returned from an excellent 3 night break at the Dunkery Beacon Hotel. John and Jane made us feel very welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had a standard double room which was comfortable and clean, with a fantastic view to the front of the property. The guest lounge was a pleasant place to relax, which was kept warm and cosy by the wood burner.

We had dinner at the hotel on each of night of our stay and were very impressed with John's cooking, whilst Jane provided friendly and attentive service. Overall a very pleasant place to stay and enjoy the delights of Exmoor. John and Jane provide the right balance of friendly service and attention to detail throughout the hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jane B, Manager at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2013

Thank you very much for your review and we're delighted you enjoyed your 3 night stay with us recently. John is particularly pleased you were impressed by the food he produces, so thank you again for your feedback.

We hope we may see you again if you consider planning another break on Exmoor in the future.

Best regards,

Jane

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We have just returned from a four night stay at the Dunkery Beacon Hotel. It was wonderful! We had a warm welcome from Jane with tea and Scones by the cosy log burner. Our room was clean, warm, comfortable, attractively decorated and had a stunning view . Coffee and tea making provided in the room and delicious home made short bread.
The food at this hotel is outstanding. We enjoyed great breakfasts and superb evening meals. John is a skilled chef producing well balanced perfectly cooked food. What a treat! Jane provides a varied wine list and the service is perfect. We would definitely like to return for another stay and we recommend this hotel with confidence. Jane and John are charming hosts and made us feel very welcome.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 10 four poster premier room with bay window offering a wonderful view
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jane B, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2013

It's so nice of you to give such great feedback on your stay - it really means a lot to us and is reassuring that we seem to be providing an experience that guests appreciate and value.
We hope you'll come and visit us again when opportunity permits as it was a pleasure to have you both.

Best wishes,

Jane & John

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Additional Information about Dunkery Beacon Hotel

Address: Near Dunster | Somerset, Wootton Courtenay, Exmoor National Park TA24 8RH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Wootton Courtenay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wootton Courtenay
Price Range: £80 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dunkery Beacon Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wonderful former Edwardian hunting lodge offering luxury accommodation, gourmet dining (Wed - Sat) and safe, spacious off road parking.Ideally situated for scenic country drives across Exmoor and along the coast.Seven individually decorated en-suite rooms, plus one with private bathroom, all with breathtaking views. Group bookings welcome. Children 10 years of age and over welcome. ... more   less 
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