Local Attractions

There is so much to see or do in the local areas of Dunster, Exmoor and Somerset. Below are a few of our "must see" attractions...

For a full range of local attractions why not check out Visit Exmoor's website here

West Somerset Railway

West Somerset Railway

Our local heritage railway is a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway. It's full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves. Perfect for all

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Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.

The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor. 

The Golden Retriever Experience

The Golden Retriever Experience

The Golden Retriever Experience (The GRE) is a family-run attraction in Minehead, West Somerset that gives the unique opportunity for you and your family and friends to have a personal encounter with a pack of trained Golden Retrievers.

A Fantastic family day out with our four legged friends.

7 Days a Week 11am - 6pm between March and October.

Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

For a great family day out with a difference, with Owl & Hawk Flying Experiences, Pony Experience for young Children, Individual Horse Rides for Experienced Riders, Gentle Horse & Rider Workshop and more...

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club

'Stay & Play'

Would you like a discount on your green fees at Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club? Stay with us and get a discounted rate on your golf - just mention you are staying with us when you book your golf with Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club.

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club is located in Minehead, just a 5 minute drive from our hotel.

Greencombe Gardens

Greencombe Gardens

Greencombe, is situated alongside the wooden slopes overlooking the Bristol Channel and was started in 1946 by Horace Stroud. It is only a 3.5 acre strip, but full of beautiful and rare plants.

The garden fell into the care and custody of Joan Loraine in September 1966.  All you can see in the organic garden today is due to her dedication and love for this delightful woodland garden.

Valley of The Rocks

Valley of The Rocks

This fascinating valley is a U-shaped dry valley that is parallel to the sea. It lies about ½ mile to the west of Lynton. It is well known for its feral goats that roam freely and often quite hair-raisingly on the jagged cliff edges. It is thought that during the Ice Age the ice sheet prevented the East Lyn River from reaching the sea on its normal route and was diverted westwards. When the ice sheet retreated the river was able to resume its original path, leaving this valley riverless. Over the years the valley has silted up to become the U-shape we now see, not caused by a glacier. It is well-known for its unusual rock formations and caves.

Facilities: Mother Meldrum’s Cafe provides a range of refreshments, with public toilets and a picnic area at the Lynton end of the valley.

Culbone Church

Culbone Church

If you fancy a coastal walk with a view, try the Porlock Weir to Culborne Church route via the South West Coastal path. 

There are spectacular views across the Bristol Channel on a clear day, and the route passes the romantic remnants of Lord Byron's daughter's gothic mansion, with tunnels carved out of the hillside by nineteenth-century Swiss mountaineers.

Culbone Church, is located in the village of Culbone in Somerset and is said to be the smallest parish church in England. The church, dedicated to the Welsh saint Beuno, has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building and the churchyard cross is Grade II*. The church is recorded in the Domesday Book.

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures

Calling all adrenaline junkies, Exmoor Adventures offers a huge range of award winning outdoor activities and courses, suitable for all ages and abilities, within Exmoor, the Quantock Hills and North Devon. Try your hand at kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, coasteering, orienteering, paddle boarding, raft building, tree climbing or for those of you who want to take it a little easier, why not hire an electric bike from them to explore the wonderful local areas.

Tropiquaria Zoo

Tropiquaria Zoo

Tropiquaria is in a unique setting on the edges of Exmoor and the Quantocks, close by the sea. 

We are small zoo based in and around an old "Art Deco" BBC Radio Transmitter station. This Grade II Listed building houses our Tropical Hall, Nocturnal House and Aquarium. The grounds house our outdoor collection

We are also an animal sanctuary and work closely with the RSPCA and other exotic wildlife organisations, to help rescue and rehome animals.  

Wild About Exmoor - Guided Walks & Star Gazing

Wild About Exmoor - Guided Walks & Star Gazing

"We provide guided walks and stargazing on Exmoor on a bespoke or group basis. Our walks are all geared to explore the best of Exmoor National Park and can be themed to enjoy the literary connection with poets such as Coleridge or novelists such as R.D.Blackmore, author of Lorna Doone. We are happy to share the history of a place such as the Roman Fortlet at Heddons Mouth and always include foraging, homemade cakes or a locally sourced picnic. We can also go on a walking safari seeking out red deer and/or Exmoor ponies. 

Then at night time we can provide all sorts of opportunities for stargazing with or without a meal or even a forest walk to spot nightjars at Nutcombe Bottom!"

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

The zoo had in the past specialised in smaller animals, providing natural living spaces for many creatures no longer seen in the city zoos. Today, new exhibits exist for larger animals such as Puma, reindeer, maned wolves, meerkats, Cheetah, European wolves and to name but a few and of course the Exmoor beast! Sand Cats, Binturong, singing dogs, wolves, Carpathian lynx, Clouded leopards, many of whom are endangered in their habitat. The careful planting of shrubs and trees as they have matured, will keep you wondering what is next, providing a very relaxing and natural atmosphere.

What our guests say...

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....
Bob962

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

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 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

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....
Nigel2222

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....
Roger5757

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?...
Billyboybud

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 ...
DanaO

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

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
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