Are you looking for dog-friendly cottages in Dunster Somerset for your next holiday? Our guests and their beloved dog Milo are regular visitors to this beautiful part of Exmoor. They share why this home, and the village, have such a hold on them.
We are the Ovaltineys
Dunster village is a Medieval delight, even older than me! It is unique and probably the best remaining perfectly preserved Medieval town in all England.
This is our sixth visit to this quintessential English destination. Steeped in history where little has changed, it is an absolute delight to your senses with so much around to see, do and explore.
With its magical fairy tale Castle nestling on the hill, this is the backdrop to the whole township. You just know you are in for something special when driving in. You can meander through the cobblestone lined streets past quaint “olde worlde” boutique homely shops and tea rooms.
The Lutterell Arms – a wine and food favourite
Head down to The Lutterell Arms, one of our favourite haunts for a good beer or glass or two (would be rude not to) of wine and fantastic food. The Yarn Market (circa 1609 ad) is on your right and also worth a visit.
A little further on and you arrive at The Oval, our holiday retreat for the week. Our time travel begins as you transcend back in history.
In through the original Oak stable door “Duck or Grouse” you go, under the Oak beam into the lounge. Time to sit and soak up the feeling of time gone by. If only walls could talk.
This cottage still enthralls. Clearly owner Lucy has blown her magic fairy dust everywhere to retain its charm. However, she compliments this with all you could ever need in a “luxury” holiday home. Just like an old comfort blanket it wraps itself around you.
Outside the atmosphere is palpable. It’s the beginning of December, our first Winter visit here, and the weekend ahead is “Dunster by Candlelight”. Yes, Christmas does really start early with this special weekend of parades, lantern shows and stalls in the streets. A real party for the whole family to enjoy.
To find a holiday destination that has so much on offer, to enjoy, and enrich your stay is indeed rare, but that is Dunster village. It is thoroughly engaging to research the area’s history. Doing so really does enrich your stay, and is an absolute must.
Plenty more to see and do
Indeed, the list of reasons to visit Dunster village is endless. Other ideas include:
● Beautiful days on the beach
● Fantastic, countless scenic walks with the dog (in our case, it’s Milo)
● The Benedictine Dunster Priory
● Historic Tithe barn, a working water mill and doll museum
● A ride on The West Somerset Steam Railway
● So many great places to eat and drink
So, another week of memories to savour with our stay at The Oval.
Our next adventure – this time to Stone Barn
Coming back? You bet! In fact, we are already planning our next visit and adventure, this time to Minehead in Somerset, England’s best kept secret. But hey, we are spoilt for choice given Lucy has other little accommodation gems on offer, and Stone Barn looks to tick all our boxes. We will see.
In the meantime, Lucy, thanks again for The Oval and for helping make this another fantastic sojourn to lovely Exmoor.
We really are “The Ovaltineys” happy girl and boy (along with Milo)
Thanks to Maureen & Peter Webb for such a lovely article! If you’re looking for cottages in Dunster Somerset then do contact us, as we’ve several properties in Exmoor that are sure to delight. Along with The Ovaltineys, so many other guests have shared wonderful insights about why they love coming to stay at Exmoor Character Cottages (link to trunk 20). Enjoy their stories and be inspired by their adventures!