Cheap Hotels in Dunster
Hotels in Dunster
If you only had the time to visit one village in England, it's highly unlikely you'd be disappointed with Dunster. This incredibly well-preserved settlement, which is part of the Exmoor National Park, is dominated by a majestic medieval castle, and has dozens of other historic Listed buildings overlooking its pictorial cobbled streets.
This charismatic Somerset community is also celebrated for its charming country inns and historic priory, and was once home to a thriving textiles industry. For information on places of interest in the rest of Exmoor, consider visiting Dunster's National Park Centre, which also offers a special exhibition on the history of the village.
Renowned for its fine views over the Bristol Channel, Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, Dunster Castle was originally built in the motte and bailey style in the Norman period. The building was the home of the wealthy Luttrell family for more than 600 years, and was remodelled and extended in later centuries on multiple occasions. However, a castle had existed at this site in the Saxon era, although the current building dates back to the 1870s.
The Yarn Market
Built in the 17th century, the Yarn Market is one of the village's most iconic landmarks and is Grade I listed. The octagonal structure suffered minor damage during the English Civil War, however, when it was rebuilt by the politician Francis Luttrell, although has remained unchanged ever since.
The Conygar Tower
Dating back to the late 18th century, the Grade II listed Conygar Tower is an impressive folly that was constructed in sandstone and commissioned by the Luttrell family. It can be accessed via a scenic circular walk or via the steeper but shorter Conygar Walk, and offers more wonderful panoramic views of the village.
The Dunster Museum & Doll Collection
Marking its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Dunster Museum & Doll Collection is managed by volunteers and showcases the unique doll collection of Mrs Mollie Hardwick, who lived in a cottage in the village. Here, you can see more than 1,300 dolls dating from the Victorian period to the late 20thcentury , over half of which are on display.
Where to stay in Dunster – recommendations
For comforSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION, immaculate accommodation, you might want to book a stay at the Yarn Market Hotel or The Luttrell Arms, two historic, very hospiSEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION Dunster hotels. For great value for money, consider the stylish Exmoor House, or book a room at the friendly and affordable Spears Cross or the Millstream Cottage.
Eating out in the village
You can enjoy a romantic atmosphere and superb fine dining at the acclaimed Reeves Restaurant, or head to Cobblestones for other delicious meals with an authentic local theme. Other highly regarded restaurants in Dunster include The Stags Head bistro and the Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired Hathaways Restaurant.
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