Having been struck by the village of Dunster’s quaint period charm some twenty years ago, Dunster was on our list of places to return for quite some time. So, when we heard great things about The Luttrell Arms from Peter Mundy at The Ginger Peanut, we were keen to pay a visit.
Words & Photography by Collette Dyson
With a history dating back to the 13th century, The Luttrell Arms is a landmark hotel that boasts beautiful medieval features and charming gardens. This grade ll* listed building offers guests the choice of 28 unique bedrooms and an AA Rosette Restaurant, all within walking distance of the historic Dunster Castle.
We stayed in a ‘Feature Room’ during our visit – an impressive bedroom with a four-poster bed and a large window overlooking the historic Yarn Market. This was an incredibly comfortable and well thought out space. As well as an ensuite bathroom, we enjoyed a sitting area and a quaint reading/writing vestibule, with views of Dunster Castle beyond.
On the wall of our room hung a painting of a little girl holding a much-loved doll and after we browsed the local high street, we had a sneaking suspicion that the picture might have been a reference to the nearby Dolls Museum just across the street.
Atmosphere & Decor
The Luttrell Arms is brimming with historical charm. Inside, you’ll find a mix of traditional styles, as well as plenty of cozy spaces to relax and unwind. Alongside a bar area and a lounge (complete with open fire), The Luttrell Arms boasts a fantastic period courtyard at the center of the building, where you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Food & Drink
During our stay, we dined in the Psalter Restaurant – named after the famous medieval manuscript The Luttrell Psalter.
Spread across two split levels, this cozy restaurant is furnished with plenty of country prints and quirky elements. The Luttrell Arms prides itself on using locally sourced produce with 100% traceability and we enjoyed a lovely meal of beautifully cooked and well-presented food during our stay. This included dishes such as Carpaccio of Tuna, Poached Fillet of Halibut and Raspberry Soufflé.
We really felt at home at the Luttrell Arms. The staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay and we were even presented with a card when they found out one of us was celebrating a birthday (which was a lovely touch). The rooms are very comfortable and full of character, while the overall ambiance was laid back and relaxed. In terms of nearby things to do, there’s Dunster Castle, the Dolls Museum, and a high street filled with lovely lifestyle shops to browse. All in all, we found The Luttrell Arms a great place to stay and will happily return.