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What a year...

After Anne’s beautiful health and well-being blog comes my hard cold muddy and back to nature blog…

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we sold the Royal Castle and the Royal Seven Stars on the 11th February 2020. 

And hasn’t that year flown!! And how lucky are Anne and I. Our feeling of displacement at The Luttrell Arms and The Porlock Weir Hotel being closed is nothing compared to the suffering felt by so many people. 

It was the first time in over 30 years that I hadn’t worked a Christmas day so a long walk and a quiet very late lunch in our family bubble was perfect.

Signs of Spring

This slight feeling of gloom I put down to all the grey days and my inability to do even basic DIY around the house. Anne came back from her visit to The Luttrell Arms with a coat hook and asked me to put it up… Two weeks later I have raw plugs, a drill borrowed from our son, but can’t find two screws. The vine eyes (Hooks) I put into the end wall of the house and stretched wires across  to tie in our pyracanthas during the summer have somehow parted company with the wall and earlier in the week I was greeted with the pyracanthas arching onto the ground! The birds had eaten all the berries and it has had an early spring prune and doesn’t need any support!!!

Looking forward we have snowdrops out in the garden in mid Devon and some early blowsy bright yellow daffodils on the bank outside and lots of green shoots. I am so impressed with my gardening abilities I am thinking about a green house!!

Luttrell Arms Garden (and pods!)

The garden at The Luttrell Arms is shaping up for the summer with a new gardener in charge, and we are waiting for the weather to dry up before we can complete the landscaping at The Porlock Weir Hotel garden.  We are also trying to plan for reopening but I am not sure when that will be. I started a bit of a sweepstake on the Facebook page and we are tentatively taking bookings  from the 1st of April.  You can rest assured that if we are not able to open then we will happily move any bookings to new dates or you can cancel for free.

Whenever we do reopen we will be fielding a first class team, we have been keeping everyone engaged with personal phone calls, group chats and staff forums, and  we have been trying to communicate more with the wider group of our customers via social media.  If you don’t already follow us, please have a look next time you are scrolling through.  I know Michell’s cottage industry of Wicks and Anchor is going well. 

The countdown to re-opening...

When we reopen we are looking to improve customer service and Covid security by using more technology.  We hope you will be able to order drinks at your table and have more personal space  in our new garden pods in both hotels. We have improved the management of  non-resident customers and of course have a first class  management team.  We thank our lucky stars that The Luttrell Arms and The Porlock Weir Hotel are the two hotels  we chose to keep. The much more rural location of both hotels and more alfresco space to use and with all of Exmoor at our back door, we have some built in natural social distancing.

Please don’t leave it too long before you visit us…I am finding my confined social bubble a little too isolated and as soon as Mr Johnson says so we will be up and welcoming people back!

What our guests say...

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....

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 ...

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

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....

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....

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

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

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

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?...
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