The village lies on the edge of Exmoor and close to the coast of the Bristol Channel.

Somewhere to stay

The Oval, which is situated at the heart of the charming Somerset village of Dunster, is watched over by Dunster Castle. Step inside and you will find original cruck beams, oak screening, stone floors and many more features reminiscent of bygone times.

Or for a wonderful traditional inn-style stay, stop over at the Luttrell Arms, with its ‘secret garden’.

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Go potty

Pop along to the rather marvellous Made in Dunster in West Street and browse the absolutely amazing handmade souvenirs to take home. Or why not try a pottery lesson.

Jeni does courses, generally three lots of two hours sessions; mugs, jugs and vases, then bowls, then trimming (neatening up), but she is more than happy to chat about single sessions or individual requirements.

Wonderful walks

Take a fascinating tour of the village, taking in lesser-known spots and revealing the hidden history behind so much of the area. You also get to take in some breathtaking views.

Take in the working watermill, the ancient packhorse ‘Gallox’ Bridge, St George’s Church, the dovecote, the yarn market and some very Instagrammable sights.

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King or queen for the day

What's a trip to Dunster without a visit to the absolutely gorgeous Dunster Castle? Follow in the footsteps of 1,000 years of history. The gardens are equally as spectacular all-year-round as the main building and you could easily fill a day there with a coffee and lunch stop.


Whether dining in the beamed restaurant or outside in the beautiful walled garden you are in for a treat at Reeves. Chef/Patron Justin Reeves won Somerset Life’s Chef of the Year 2015 and 2016. Claire and Justin own this gorgeous bistro-style restaurant. A husband-and-wife duo, with Claire heading up the front of house wonderfully and Justin being king of the kitchen.