Atmospheric hotel in Pretty Village of Dunster

The dog-friendly Luttrell Arms in Dunster, Somerset one of the oldest post-houses in Britain, occupies the site of three ancient houses. Recorded in 1443, two of them were at that time conveyed to Richard Luttrell, who already held the other.

The houses were built into the hillside so the hotel’s garden with views of Dunster Castle, can be found on the first floor. The Coat of Arms of the Luttrell Family dating back to 1261 can be seen on the exterior of the building.

Inside are many notable architectural features. The mediaeval hall with its hammer beam roof can be seen in room 17. The lower half of its twelve light window lights the Inn’s bar. A large section is missing, possibly removed during the restoration of 1777 to give access to a new staircase.

In room 14 are the Coat of Arms of George Luttrell and his second wife Silvestra Capps. From this room you can enter the top of the porch-tower where there is a wonderful view of the High Street to the Castle. On the first floor, bedrooms 18-22 occupy what was once the ballroom. In the ceiling, which is original are large plaster roses with vent holes to allow the heat to escape from the gas chandeliers.

The Stable Bar to the left of the archway is where the horses would have entered in what used to be the stable block. The bar is dog-friendly while the main restaurant isn’t. Fortunately and as I was with Poppy, my dog we, along with some friends, were able to enjoy the restaurant’s menu with waiter service in the bar. It turned out to be a bonus as the olde-worlde bar had lots more atmosphere than the more modern decor of the restaurant.

Under new management in the past few years, the hotel has undergone refurbishment while retaining the history and atmosphere of times gone-by.

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About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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