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Autumn Tidings

Autumn Tidings
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Changing seasons

AS the clocks change this weekend and winter approaches it seems an appropriate time to return to my keyboard and bring some’ good tidings of  joy’ in advance of the festive season.  The temperature here on Exmoor is unseasonably warm and the hotel  still has a summery feeling with lots of guests enjoying the outdoors and the garden still a popular place to sit and enjoy the late summer sunshine . 


The dry weather that we have enjoyed so far this year has been good news for everything that we enjoy as a family and our guests at Dunster and Porlock Weir with the exception of Nigel who has been very worried about the welfare of his trees!  Thankfully though they seem to have survived the drought conditions and he is still as enthusiastic as ever as a part time farmer and is very happy to not be responsible for the trials and tribulations of running of the Royal Castle Hotel at Dartmouth – it seems unbelievable that it will soon be 2 years since we handed over our South Devon hotels to a corporate company.  We are proud of the fact that we are retaining the independence of the Luttrell Arms and the Porlock Weir hotel in this climate where privately owned hotels are becoming a rare find – in the last couple of years many of our hotelier friends have sold their much loved privately owned properties to large corporate companies whose policies change the atmosphere forever.


The very best news that I have to report is that we are all very  excited that we have recently welcomed our new General Manager who is looking forward to his new role  at the Luttrell Arms.  Daniel Hattingh , who has extensive experience in the hospitality business in his native South Africa and also in highly acclaimed West Country  hotels has a passion for traditional hospitality and quality food and drink. Daniel has ‘hit the ground running’ and his energy and charm has already made a huge impression at the hotel on everyone and we are all  looking forward to continue  working with him on building on our reputation and leading the team into the new season. 


We are so pleased that after 2 years of absence the Dunster by Candlelight event is returning this year- this famous weekend starts on Friday 2nd December for 2 evenings and  highlights the unique character of  our famous Exmoor Medieval village and is a pre Christmas highlight which kick starts the Festive Season for us all.  We are already preparing for our Christmas guests and if you haven’t made plans yet for New Year celebrations we have a handful of rooms available but be quick as we expect them to book up quickly!


We all have  lots of enthusiastic plans to sustain and enhance the experience that our guests enjoy when visiting Exmoor and staying with us at the Luttrell Arms at this time of year.  Alan our Head Chef is busy planning seasonal and festive menus and  I am looking forward to planning some refurbishments and the mammoth task of  decorating the hotel for Christmas.  We are all looking forward to the usual winter pleasures of log fires, cosy candlelit evenings and we hope you will be joining us before long at the hotel where you will be warmly welcomed.


Sending very best wishes to everyone,


Anne Way


What our guests say...

The staff really go the extra mile

We’ve been staying here on and off for over 18 years and it just keeps getting better. Fantastic location for Exmoor, the west Somerset coast and Dunster. The staff really go the extra mile and are superb, the rooms are original and comfortable and the food is good. Lots of different public rooms to explore and relax in, two bars both with open log fires plus lots of character plus lovely gardens...
James F

Quirky in the right sense

Lovely clean room and bathroom. Super public rooms and spaces with fires. Quirky in the right sense and not as a euphemism for inconvenient. Great location for walking and touring. Wonderful food both breakfasts and evening meals. We felt thoroughly pampered...
Sarah P

Our favourite hotel

We had such a lovely time at this hotel. 2nd visit and we shall definitely return. Everything is just so. Hotel rooms, service, staff is just lovely and food delicious. We couldn't fault it at all. The main bar area just makes you feel like you want to spend the rest of your day sitting by the fireplace sipping on your drink and reading the paper. Our favourite hotel and we would highly recommend ...

Amazing staff

My wife and I stayed two nights recently here with our young son to attend a wedding in the village...the hotel was very busy throughout the weekend due to the annual music festival, and yet all the hotel staff went out of their way to make us feel so welcome....

Helpful Staff

Great hotel and location. The food was very good particularly the breakfast. The staff were very helpful especially when we had to amend the booking. Dunster castle was within walking distance and along with the mill is worth a visit....

The hotel is a gem

My wife and I booked in for a birthday trip in November. Dunster is a charming small town / village destination with a great castle. We stayed for two nights with dinner on one night and afternoon tea on the second. The hotel is a gem, with lovely old bars and lounges plus a main bar very popular with the locals-four real ales and a selection of ciders and lagers. Staff were excellent. Dinner was ...
Peter T

Terrific hotel, great gardens

Loved this hotel. Lots of nooks and crannies. Nice welcoming bar, would be very nice in the winter if imagine, because there is a grand, big fire place. Garden is beautiful, great to relax in on a summer day. Highly recommend although a Little expensive, but worth it for a treat....

A perfect lunch

We stayed here earlier in the year and returned just for lunch today.We weren’t disappointed. My wife had the roast beef and I chose the seafood chowder. Though quite different both of these meals were delicious.A beautiful location, friendly service and great food! What more could you ask for?...

Pulled out all of the stops

My Partner and I had a really great stay with the dog. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. They really pulled out all of the stops to ensure a carefree stay with the dog. We found the whole set up and inclusive treatment for dog owners to extremely well done and a real home from home with all the old world charm of a historic building in a historic and idyllic country setting. We will definitely...
Andrew W

Happy Hotel

I rarely feel compelled to give reviews, but this hotel is worth one. It occupies a charming old building of great character with a good garden. In keeping with its age, it has stairs but no lift. The bedrooms are clean, bright and with good modern accommodation. The dining room is very attractive, and the restaurant menu is excellent. The staff are competent, friendly and helpful. It is a happy hotel...
Mr Fletcher
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