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

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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 broad cobbled High Street, lined with typical Somerset cottages and classy merchants' houses, indicates an affluent community in the 16th and 17th centuries, giving the town its attractive period appearance today. Look out for the craft shops, art galleries, tea rooms, and stylish boutiques, and then trace your steps to the 600-year-old castle, the home of the Luttrell family, for much of that time. The hexagonal Yarn Market (look for the hole made by a Civil War cannon ball in its roof) housed the wool auctions, the basis of Dunster's prosperity.

A  stone-built cottage overlooks a large lawn surrounded by flowering shrubs and bushes.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

A perfect rural retreat set amidst a working sheep farm within the Exmoor National Park, Mill Cottage in Luxborough offers comfortable upside-down accommodation for up to six guests, a child-friendly cottage in Somerset with a spacious living area, a wood-burning stove, and an enclosed garden.

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Exterior of a double-fronted stone holiday cottage in Dunster nestling into a steep wooded hillside.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

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, a wood burning stove, a patio and a deck. Two reserved parking spaces. Dogs welcome. Sleeps 6.

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Exterior of an Exmoor Barn conversion on a bend in an empty country lane.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Situated on a working sheep farm and featuring comfortable upside-down self-catering accommodation on Exmoor, The Granary near the rural village of Luxborough, Somerset, makes a peaceful retreat amidst the Exmoor countryside. This child-friendly barn conversion has charming beams, exposed stone walls, and solid oak floors.

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Exterior of a traditional Somerset longhouse in a rural location.
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4

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

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Exterior of a terraced stone-built holiday cottage in Dunster.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Pebble Cottage is a delightful renovation of a traditional cottage for holidays exploring the West Somerset coast and Exmoor. The pet-friendly holiday cottage in Dunster sleeps four and offers a vibrant mature, south-facing, furnished garden, a stylish interior with an open-plan design and a wood-burning stove.

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Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6

The West Wing forms the greater part of a traditionally built thatched Somerset Longhouse. It sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms and is one of 12 holiday cottages at Duddings, near Dunster & Minehead in The Exmoor National Park. Indoor pool, tennis court. Spa bath. Families & dogs are welcome. Visit England 4-star

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Exterior of a chalet bungalow with a courtyard containing a table with a parasol and chairs.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Enjoy all that Exmoor has to offer with your stay at The Bramleys, a comfortable coastal cottage in the village of Old Cleeve. It features two bedrooms that convert from super-king size to twin, a fully fitted kitchen, and pretty views of the surrounding Somerset countryside from the patio.

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Planters filled with shrubs stand outside a cottage overlooking an empty lane.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Ruffles Cottage abounds in character. The pet-friendly cottage in the centre of Dunster promises a perfect family holiday with its carefully selected décor, wood-burning stove and endless contemporary comfort. Guests can explore footpaths on Exmoor, explore Dunster and its beach, ride steam trains on the West Somerset railway or just relax in the cottage.

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Exterior of a stone-built holiday home in Dunster surrounded by a stone wall..
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Withycombe Cottage is a charming rural holiday cottage in the Exmoor National Park near Dunster. The pet-friendly property sleeps six with an indoor pool, a swimming pool, a tennis court and children’s playground, a games room, and an interior combining tradition and style.

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In the 1860s, Dunster's fortified castle, now open to the public, was restored to a more comfortable Victorian style. However, 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 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 year round, making its pretty holiday cottages an attractive destination for weekend breaks out of season. Visit in early December to witness the spectacle of Dunster by Candlelight (and complete your Christmas shopping). 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 arrive 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 1930s self-catering beach chalets and a nature reserve set behind a sand and pebble shoreline on the Bristol Channel.

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