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The Oval

Dunster, Somerset (Ref. 975967)

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  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Beautiful cottage filled with charm and plenty of history. Loads of space. Thoughtfully and very well equipped. Based in the heart of Dunster. Perfect for exploring Exmoor.”

    Mrs Webb, Stevenage, January 2019

    • “The Oval is the best cottage we have ever stayed at. The History and decor is a pure delight. This is the second time we have stayed here for the ' Dunster by Candlelight' and although the availability has gone for next year, we have still booked the week before, as it has really put us in the mood for Christmas, as Dunster is the place to be at this special time of year. The cottage has all the comforts of home and more. Lucy the owner decorates the lounge with a lovely Christmas tree and leaves you some goodies too.Thank you Lucy. Gary and Kathy Woodruff from Portishead”

    Mrs Woodruff, Bristol, December 2018

    • “"The Oval" is a wonderful old cottage with a palpable sense of history the moment you walk through the door. Lucy has provided plenty of information about the origins of the cottage, which we found fascinating. We felt welcome immediately on arrival, with music playing and a delicious apple cake plus a tea/coffee tray waiting for us. These little touches mean so much! Happy to find that the cottage has been sympathetically furnished, unlike many gorgeous old properties which sadly evoke a sigh of horror from me when I look at the brochure pictures and see modern interiors. I work in the antiques industry so this is a top issue for me! Our only complaint is that one week isn't nearly long enough!”

    Mrs Langley, Halifax, September 2018

    • “The house was spacious, we had 5 adults and a 2 and half year old grandson and we felt very comfortable. The location is a great base for with easy access to the beach, steam railway and Exmoor. The village is lovely with a number of great places to eat. We are planning to return.”

    Mr Allsopp, Cannock, August 2018

    • “A beautiful period property, extremely comfortable but mind your heads - very low beams!”

    Mrs Edwards, Milton Keynes, August 2018

    • “This was a lovely house. With everything you could wish for and more. Good location. Lovely village, and surrounding area. The tea and cake was a lovely touch also the milk left for us in the fridge.”

    Mrs Rolls, WANTAGE, August 2018

    • “The owners had supplied lots of information and nothing had been forgotten even supplying dog beds !!! Thank you for a very enjoyable holiday.”

    Mrs Taylor, OKEHAMPTON, June 2018

    • “Lucy was very helpful and informative about her cottage which turned out to be a really good find,we shall be back as it is only 60 miles from home which makes it even more appealing. The cottage was in a superb location,everywhere in Dunster was walk-able,as we have a spaniel that was an important factor in choosing The Oval.Plenty of walks from the front door and lots of information left by Lucy. The cottage was absolutely great,living in lots of history and every amenity thought of,even the car parking spaces,great touch.”

    Mr Dixon, Bristol, May 2018

    • “The owner of "the oval" at Dunster (Lucy) spared absolutely no effort in making the cottage as welcoming as possible. Every "T" was crossed and every "I" dotted, things like: a) Tea and coffee on the dining room table - all you had to do was boil a kettle b) A delicious coffee and walnut cake c) Some treats for the dog d) Good concise and accurate information about Dunster and its amenities e) Everything clean. f) Lots and lots of little details that Lucy had obviously considered and put into the cottage that made our stay truly exceptional.”

    Mr Littler, Stoke-on-Trent, April 2018

    • “What a wonderful place to stay! Beautiful holiday home with lots of character, it was a wonderful experience to stay in such an old house. Very welcome tea and cake on arrival. Church bells unique carrillon and views from top terrace special. Loved Dunster, Exmoor magnificent, recommend the walk up to Dunkers Beacon for amazing views across to Wales. Porlock Weir beautiful, coast road to Lynton and Lynmouth spectacular. Many Thanks!”

    Mrs Miles, April 2018

    • “We’ve been to many many cottages in this area but this tops them all. Perfect..”

    Mr Regan, BOLTON, April 2018

    • “The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable. The owner Lucy was very friendly and helpful and had left lots of useful information and visit suggestions. We hope to return.”

    Mrs Randall, Wareham, April 2018

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The Property

On West Street, an historically fascinating, quirky cottage, once an open ‘hall house’ believed to date from the 1400s - one of the oldest buildings in Dunster. Now beautifully upgraded, furnished and decorated whilst retaining charm, history and wonky floors. At the back, small courtyard (table/chairs) and, up steep steps (gate, handrail), decked patio (table/benches) with fruit trees and lovely views over the village to wooded hills.
Downstairs, tiled/stone floors (rugs), ancient timbers, leaded windows, low lintels, beams. Behind a heavy timber door, oak-screened hall, off which comfortable living room (TV/DVD) with fireplace (woodburner). Snug with easy chairs - a quiet reading room. Two steps up to breakfast/dining area with French windows to courtyard and smart oak-fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, range-style electric cooker). Behind a low medieval doorway, a utility room (tumble drier, sink) and cloakroom (loo), good for wet coats/boots and dogs. Stairs (stairgates) up to three bedrooms - step up to a beautiful double (four-poster bed) with door to shower-room (suite, also accessible from landing), 2 steps up to a twin, and another double (footboard) with en suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath); both double rooms have vaulted ceilings, cruck beams, good fabrics, window seats. Permit provided for reserved parking space in Nat. Trust car park; second space in private car park, 450 yards. A lovely house in a beautiful village.

Dunster: one of the West Country's prettiest large villages in exceptional countryside, its castle on a wooded hillside standing romantically over its lovely main street. Ancient buildings, cottages; interesting shops; fine church; famous Yarn Market; good pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Exmoor's heather hills, 6 miles; the sea/sand, 1 mile. Minehead (small resort town, sandy beach, steam railway, golf), 1 mile.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room Sitting Room Utility Snug Patio


Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en suite bathroom, 1 x double with four-poster bed and door to shower-room, 1 x twin. Sitting room with wood burning stove. Snug with easy chairs. Breakfast/dining area with French windows to courtyard. Oak-fitted kitchen and utility room. Ground floor WC and basin.


  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking in a two reserved parking spaces
  • Enclosed garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: One parking permit is provided for a reserved parking space in Nat
  • Trust car park; second space available in private car park, 450 yards from property.

Regional Information

DUNSTER Minehead 3 miles. Dunster is a popular tourist village near the North Somerset coast and is a largely unspoiled spot: the centre of the town retains many old buildings which hug the winding cobbled streets. The whole village is dominated by the castle on its hill but the focal point of the High Street is the picturesque Yarn Market, a covered area built in 1609 particularly to accommodate the wool traders and other cloth merchants. Inside Dunster castle there are fine plasterwork ceilings and the extensive terraced and landscaped gardens contain many rare shrubs and trees, and offer marvelous views out to sea, and towards the Quantocks. For those who enjoy exploring the countryside, Dunster is within the Exmoor National Park and there are plenty of footpaths leading onto the surrounding hills of Grabbist and walks into Dunster’s Deer Park at the foot of the castle. Dunster is well served with traditional inns, individual shops and interesting places to explore including the working 18th century watermill. West Somerset’s premier resort of Minehead is less than three miles away and has golden sandy beaches, seaside attractions for the visitor, and plenty of cafes, shops and bistros.

  • Note: Sorry, no short breaks. Permit provided for reserved parking space in Nat. Trust car park; second space in private car park, 450 yards
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.