Dunster is a magical place and even more so when you take a short break and stay in the village.
Dunster is England’s largest medieval village, it boasts over 100 Conservation Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. However, it’s not just the beauty of the buildings that makes Dunster so welcoming, it’s also the gentle rolling hills and forests of the enticing Exmoor countryside. Dunster is situated within the Exmoor National Park, a conservation area; an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The 11th century Dunster Castle overlooks the village and has dominated the village scene since it was built. Today it is a National Trust property, given to the nation by the Luttrell family in 1976. The Luttrell family owned the village and surrounding land for over 600 years and it was this tenure that ensured Dunster remained intact and unspoilt for such a long time. Today the Estate land is owned by the Crown Estate and as well as farms and forests producing high quality produce and timber it offers waymarked walks, stunning views and the chance to get up close to the tallest tree in England.
The majority of properties in the village offering accommodation are Conservation Grade 2 and enjoy a number of historic features. To stay in a building that was built before America had been discovered is pretty impressive.
Dunster is compact and all restaurants, pubs and shops are within comfortable walking distance. All businesses are privately owned, so shopping is much more personal and individual than the majority of mainstream high street shops.
There are plenty of things to do on Exmoor, it depends on you. If the outdoor and fresh air beckons, then you have walking, cycling, horse riding and country pursuits on your doorstep. If you want a more leisurely pace, a gentle car ride over Exmoor, a ride on the West Somerset Steam Railway or simply strolling around the village will ensure you unwind.