Centrally located in medieval Dunster, on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, our cosy 17th century thatched cottage is ideal for couples, families, or groups of friends. The cottage is well appointed with modern appliances but retains bags of medieval character. To the rear is a sunny, private outdoor area; free parking and a children's playground are 2 minutes' walk away at Gallox Bridge, and the High Street, Water Mill/Tea Room, Castle, pubs, and restaurants are all within 5 minutes' walk.
Our cottage is a little gem, located centrally in Dunster, and with all of Dunster's amenities and places of interest within easy walking distance. The cottage has two spacious bedrooms upstairs (one double with en suite, one twin) as well as a third bedroom with a double sofa bed) off the living room downstairs which can be used as a storage room/study when the sofa bed is folded away, and is also outfitted with a sink and toilet en suite. The kitchen/dining room is large, and is outfitted with high quality appliances including washer/drier, fridge/freezer, gas oven, microwave and toaster. The large dining room table can comfortably seat six adults. The kitchen/dining room opens through a back porch into a landscaped rear garden which is a fantastic sun trap and which has a large patio with table and chairs, as well as a barbecue. The garden is flanked by a leat which flows through the village and powers the working water mill on Mill Street, alongside Gallox Bridge. The living room has a large, open fireplace and comfortable soft furnishings, with an additional sofa bed in the living room. The cottage has a smart TV in the living room and has private wi-fi access. Ceilings are low in places, so mind your heads! The space is very child and family-friendly, and the short staircase connecting the living room with the kitchen can be gated as necessary.
Bikes can be safely stored (and locked), in the shared passageway (covered) accessible from the street, or in the back garden (uncovered).
The cottage is accessed directly from West Street, from which a shared passageway is accessible. An external lockbox in the covered passageway contains the door keys, and the cottage is accessible with a combination code that we will give you in advance of your arrival. From the passageway, the cottage is accessed via a door on the left which takes you directly into the living room.
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We are likely to be available to you in person during your stay. If we will be away for any part of your stay, you will be notified before your arrival.
PARKING: On arrival, you can unload your car by TEMPORARILY parking (use your hazard lights) and unloading the car directly in front of the cottage. Please pull in extremely close to the cottage such that you are not obstructing other vehicles. Pulling up here for any more than brief unloading is not recommended.
Until November 2017, we have ONE parking permit (for ONE vehicle) for most West Somerset Council car parks. PLEASE NOTE that after November, we may choose NOT to renew the permit depending on guest feedback, in which case guests may have to pay daily rates at the nearby car parks or use on-street parking. If this is a deal-breaker for you, please contact Helen to discuss. We anticipate that during low season, parking without the permit will be very straightforward. The permit is located in the drawer of the dresser in the kitchen/dining room. Place it visibly on the dashboard of your vehicle. This permit provides you with free parking at the Park Street car park (near Gallox bridge), about 200m from the cottage. Note that even with the permit, this car park is small and can sometimes fill up. Overnight parking from 6pm-9am is free, even without a permit, but the car park is occasionally full overnight. Where there are no yellow lines, you can also use on-street parking, in West Street, further up St George's Street (5-10 minute walk) or at Frackford Bridge (10 minutes walk, turn off to the right further west along the A396). Those with a second vehicle can pay to park at the Park Street car park (up to 1 hour - £1.00, up to 2 hours - £1.70, up to 4 hours -£2.70, all day - £4.90 - rates as of early 2017) or next to the road at the locations described above.
National Trust members with valid membership cards can also use the Dunster Castle car park for free (5 minute walk).
The cost of using the permit - for as long as we have it - is included in your holiday rental fee for the cottage. PLEASE RETURN THE PERMIT TO THE DRAWER IN THE DRESSER AT THE END OF YOUR STAY.
The house rules are listed in the welcome pack inside the cottage. We encourage our guests to review these rules and practices when they arrive.i