Step back into the Middle Ages...while enjoying modern home comforts.
Dating back to the 15th Century, this cosy self-catering holiday home in Dunster has original cruck beams, oak screening, a stunning four-poster bed, wood burning stove, stone floors and many more fascinating features.
The Oval is constructed of timbers some of which are more than 600 years old. Its name is nothing to do with cricket – it’s a corruption of the word ‘hovel’, used for any house in past times. It’s thrilling to explore and find marks on the wood panelling that were made by the carpenters so long ago, or sleep in the stately four-poster, just like Henry VIII.
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 smartly fitted oak kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, range-style cooker). Behind a low medieval doorway, a utility room (tumble drier, sink) and cloakroom (loo), perfect for wet coats/boots and dogs. Stairs (stairgates) up to three bedrooms – a beautiful double (5' four-poster, TV) with door to shower-room (suite, also accessible from landing), 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 parking space, 450 yards. Poor TV reception in adverse weather; internet-connected TV provided. A very lovely, civilised house in a beautiful village.
The Oval is situated in the beautiful medieval village of Dunster, a stone’s throw from the Castle and High Street. It has been equipped and lovingly decorated to a 4* standard to meet our guests’ needs:
3 double bedrooms (2 double,1 twin)
2 bathrooms with shower and WC
Large well equipped kitchen
Large lounge with wood burning stove
Dining room with french doors to patio
Well stocked playroom/reading room
Gas central heating
Electricity and heating costs included
Logs provided for your first fire
Linen, duvets and blankets included
Super soft towels (at small extra cost)
Washing machine and tumble drier
Dishwasher and fridge freezer
Fast wireless broadband
Landline telephone (honesty box for calls)
Cot and bedding, highchair, booster chair
Cool bags, freezer packs, flasks, rugs
1 TV (one internet enabled), 1 DVD player
Games, toys, jigsaws, DVDs, books
Garden with grass and large decked area with BBQ
2 parking permits
Dogs are allowed subject to prior agreement
Groceries for your self-catering holiday cottage in Dunster can be sourced locally.
If history is your interest, Dunster is a must:
The ancient castle set on a rock, a treasured National Trust property
The medieval St George’s Church with the longest rood screen in England – discover its fascinating story.
The working water mill built in 1680
The imposing Yarn Market, a meeting place for farmers and merchants in the middle ages for striking bargains, selling and buying wool. If you look very closely, you can see the hole made by a cannon ball in the English Civil War.
You could come to Dunster and find something fascinating to see or do every day - without moving from the village. We’ve not even mentioned the wide range of pretty shops, cosy tea rooms and friendly pubs and restaurants.
Whatever the season, Dunster is full of interest and activity, an historical gem that offers a complete holiday experience for visitors of all ages including the dog.
Set between the superb Quantock Hills of Exmoor and the sea, Dunster is a lively village, with a wide range of attractions. Families can enjoy the sea, the steam railway and wildlife spotting on Exmoor. Walkers and hikers come for the matchless countryside that offers pleasant easy ambling or more challenging climbs in all weathers. There’s fishing in the area and, if you’re feeling active, mountain biking and horse riding.
"Had a great week staying at The Oval, the cottage is really fantastic, with all our needs met as it is so well equipped. You really do not need to bring anything except your clothes and yourself. Thanks." Helpful Holidays guests, May 2011