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Dunkery Beacon Country House

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Near Dunster, Wootton Courtenay, Exmoor National Park TA24 8RH England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 13/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 13/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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A wonderful former Edwardian hunting lodge offering luxury accommodation, gourmet dining (Wed - Sat) and safe, spacious off road parking.Ideally situated for scenic country drives across Exmoor and along the coast.Seven individually decorated en-suite rooms, plus one with private bathroom, all with breathtaking views. Group bookings welcome. Children 10 years of age and over welcome.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Hiking
Horseback riding
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Wifi
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Picnic area
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Fireplace
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Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Radio
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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hilltopOxon wrote a review Oct 2021
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom854 contributions345 helpful votes
From the friendly welcome from Jane to the lovely room with views over Dunkery Beacon , to the excellent covid protection approach , to superb food and a good winelist there’s only good things to be said about this hotel . Breakfasts were high quality with a good choice and the dinner menu suitably limited in scope to ensure fresh produce , mainly local and home made. I enjoyed game starters and mains , the fig tart desert was superb. Overall a place to come back to.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Andrew B wrote a review Oct 2021
Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom5 contributions
Our walking group has just returned from its annual stay at Dunkery Beacon Country House Hotel. John and Jane Bradley treat their guests like old friends, and consequently strive to make sure we have the very best experience. John’s food is consistently outstanding, resourced from local farms and suppliers. Two of my favourite starters this year were the seared wood pigeon with a pancetta and membrillo salad, and a superb chicken liver terrine with cider chutney. The Exmoor Honey Roast Breast of Devon Duck in a red wine jus and the port tenderloin Wellington were both exceptional main courses. The desserts are always memorable, in particular this year the Italian style coffee and vanilla gateau with mango sorbet. Jane’s expert recommendations for wine are always much appreciated, and the local Wicked Wolf gin a particular favourite of the group. This year, several bedrooms had been refurbished during the recent lockdowns. The views from all the bedrooms are spectacular and quintessential Exmoor - one of the many reasons for returning to Dunkery Beacon year after year.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: All the bedrooms have wonderful views
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Bob D wrote a review Oct 2021
Towcester, United Kingdom7 contributions6 helpful votes
Someone has queried whether I should write a review, as I really don't want this superb hotel to be overrun! But, selfishness aside, it's good to be able to give unqualified praise. We stayed for a couple of nights and had dinner both nights. The Bradleys provide top class accommodation and food and wine (brilliant choice of Chablis, great selection of local gins). The view from our first floor room was breathtaking, enhanced by the wonderful weatherJane laid on for us. The room was spotless with what looked like a new sofa and a decent size television. Everything was first class. Jane's hostess skills are exemplary. Perhaps she should be running the three times more expensive chain hotel we stayed in in Bath last month. Her local knowledge is profound with great suggestions as to what we should see in our limited time. John's sourcing of local produce is to be enjoyed. He cooks with great skill and flair. I'm sorry if this review looks a bit over the top. But it really is a great family owned and run place.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: First floor, looking over the valley.
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Gaddspam wrote a review Oct 2021
Iwerne Minster, United Kingdom133 contributions79 helpful votes
Stayed for two nights with one dinner. This is a small and perfectly run hotel with a friendly but super efficient atmosphere. Felt really safe here, both with regard to security and Covid. Lovely ground floor room which was spotless. Every comfort well thought out, and of very high quality. Dinner was excellent. Lovely atmospheric restaurant area with an assortment of well cared for plants and decorations. Vegetarian options limited, but sure that provision can be made if you ask in advance. Wine list varied and our Malbec was lovely. Breakfast was gorgeous, with a continuation of the high quality locally sourced ingredients James and Jane are so proud of here. We are as yet undecided how many of our friends we will tell about this hotel….there is a small desire to keep it to ourselves!! Thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jane Bradley, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Country House
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Thank you very much for reviewing your first stay here and we are delighted you enjoyed your 2-night break. We know that you were apprehensive about coming to stay after a previous visit to a hotel in Devon where no covid-safe measures were in operation, so we are glad that our continuing measures here made you feel safe but without compromising our friendly, personable atmosphere. Thank you for also mentioning our food and the emphasis on local sourcing as much as possible - we are a small operation here (John - co-proprietor and sole chef) with limited covers and therefore we do run a small dinner menu, but it is tweaked each evening and John, as you mention, can always accommodate requests in advance or make modifications to suit. We do hope to see you for a return visit in the future - and perhaps some of your friends if you allow! Best wishes, Jane & John
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Helen T wrote a review Oct 2021
Bristol, United Kingdom7 contributions9 helpful votes
A hidden gem. Just returned home after 3 wonderful nights stay. The food & choices were outstanding at every mealtime. Nothing was too much trouble for Jane & her staff, always polite & courteous making time for each guest. Their covid procedures were sufficient to make the most wary traveller feel safe & comfortable. Our bedroom & bathroom were presented absolutely spotlessly. We have already booked for another stay in a few weeks time. Many thanks for making my birthday extra special.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Rooms with the best panoramic view towards the moors
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Response from Jane Bradley, Owner at Dunkery Beacon Country House
Responded 10 Oct 2021
It was a pleasure to host you both and thank you very much for choosing Dunkery Beacon Country House to celebrate your birthday. It is always reassuring to know that John's food offering continues to be very well received by guests and that the friendly personal service delivered by our small front of house team, all of whom live locally, is much appreciated. Thank you also for mentioning our Covid procedures and noting that these would be reassuringly sufficient to all, which is important in current climes. We very much look forward to seeing you both again next month! Best regards, Jane & John
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PRICE RANGE
US$111 - US$147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
dunkery beacon exmoor, hotel dunkery beacon
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandExmoor National ParkWootton Courtenay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dunkery Beacon Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Nearby attractions include The Golden Retriever Experience (7.3 km), Dunkery Beacon (4.8 km), and Dunster Castle (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea Room at Chapel House, Bramdowns, and Whortleberry Tearoom.
Is Dunkery Beacon Country House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Wootton Courtenay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dunkery Beacon Country House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Dunkery Beacon Country House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dunster Castle (5.5 km), Church of All Saints (3.7 km), and St Peter's Church, Minehead Quay (4.8 km).