The Yarn Market and Castle sit at either end of Dunster's High St. Dunster, A Historic Village on the West Somerset Coast

Dunster

The medieval Somerset village of Dunster lies a mile or two inland from the West Somerset coast near Minehead and offers visitors a choice of attractive and historic holiday homes. The village, with its wide cobbled High Street lined with typical Somerset cottages, classy merchants' houses, indicates a rich community in the 16th and 17th centuries giving the town its attractive period appearance today. The hexagonal Yarn Market (look for the holes made by civil war cannon balls in its roof) housed the wool auctions, the basis of Dunster's prosperity. Look out for the craft shops, art galleries and stylish boutiques, and then trace your steps to the 600-year old castle, the home for much of that time to the Luttrell family.

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Ruffles Cottage abounds in character. The pet-friendly cottage in the centre of Dunster promises a perfect family holiday with its carefully selected décor, its woodburning stove and its endless contemporary comfort. Guests can hike the trails of Exmoor, explore the local village or simply relax.

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Situated in the heart of lovely Dunster, Priory Cottage is a beautifully-presented cottage which blends tradition and modernity. The pet-friendly cottage boasts space over its three levels and features a wood-burner, exposed beams and sloped ceilings, as well as access to the wonders of Exmoor

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Exterior of a stone-built holiday cottage in Dunster.
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Withycombe Cottage is a charming rural cottage set on vast grounds within Exmoor National Park near Dunster, Somerset. The pet-friendly cottage sleeps 6 and features an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and children’s playground, plus a games room and an interior combining tradition and style.

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One Grooms Cottage is a luxurious stone-built cottage in Dunster which promises guests tradition and sophistication. Original features are scattered throughout the pet-friendly property, which boasts contemporary furnishings and technology, and posits guests within the beautiful region of Exmoor.

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Number 4 St Georges is a lovely little cottage in the heart of the village of Dunster. The pet-friendly cottage is surrounded by greenery and the natural wonders of Exmoor and promises a cute little garden, a wood burner, modern amenities and an ideal location for families who love the outdoors.

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Two Grooms Cottage promises refinement. The luxury cottage in Dunster is fitted to an exceptionally high standard and is situated in the heart of the village. The stone-built rural cottage blends tradition with modernity and offer spacious well-appointed rooms plus access to the delights of Exmoor.

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An award-winning luxury cottage in the heart of the beautiful Exmoor village of Dunster. The cosy yet spacious three-bedroom Exmoor holiday cottage boasts cruck beams, oak screens, a stunning four-poster bed, wood burning stove, patio and deck. Two reserved parking spaces. Sleeps 6. Dogs welcome.

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Enjoy life amidst Exmoor National Park’s unspoilt beauty with a stay at Travellers Rest, a large Exmoor holiday cottage near Timberscombe, Somerset, set in a scenic valley surrounded by moors and woodland, a child-friendly property with stone floors, wooden beams, and two wood-burning stoves.

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Grist Mill is a characterful rural cottage in the medieval village of Dunster in Somerset. The semi-detached cottage sleeps 8 and features a large leafy garden with furnished areas, a new sunroom, quirky décor and furnishings, open-plan design, contemporary style and a cosy wood-burning stove.

In the 1860's, Dunster's fortified castle, now open to the public, was restored to a more comfortable Victorian style, although many of the original features were retained - the beautiful wide oak staircase and the 17th century plasterwork, for example. Situated on the border of Exmoor National Park, the scenery is, of course, magnificent, so find the South West Coastal Path and see it at close quarters. The 15th century parish church of St. George's is the largest on Exmoor and was once a Benedictine priory. Dunster does not close down for the winter but retains its working habits all the year round making its pretty holiday cottages an attractive destination for weekend breaks out of season Drive to the nearby town of Minehead, with its shopping centre and all-embracing Butlin's Holiday Camp - a good day out for all the family.

Cross the road to Minehead and a visitor arrives at Dunster Station, a stop on the West Somerset Steam Railway, one of the largest in the UK with 23 miles of track. Beyond the railway lies Dunster Beach, a sandy beach overlooked by rows of attractive 1930's self-catering beach chalets and a nature reserve set behind a sand and pebble shoreline on the Bristol Channel.