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.
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. 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 Minehad 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 beach chalets and a nature reserve set behind a sand and pebble shoreline on the Bristol Channel.