The Oval Dunster
Step back into the Middle Ages
In the heart of the medieval village of Dunster is The Oval, our oldest cottage. Dating back to the 15th century, this cosy self-catering holiday home has original cruck beams, oak screening, a stunning four-poster bed, wood-burning stove, stone floors and many more fascinating features. It has also caught the attention of Channel 4’s Time Team, which has dendro-dated the cruck beams in the main bedroom.
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.
We haven’t forgotten that this is a self-catering holiday home in the 21st century, though. You will therefore find a fully-equipped modern kitchen, utility room, playroom for the children, a little courtyard for summer breakfasts or drinks before dinner and a decked area. There is a 50″ smart TV with Netflix and DVD player, plus BT Infinity Wi-Fi.
The garden has wonderful views of Exmoor and from there, high above the village, you’ll catch the enchanting sound of the church bells.
As with all our cottages, The Oval is suitable for families with children, couples and adult-only groups. Dogs are welcome on request. Linen and central heating are included in the rental. There are two reserved parking spaces.
3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms; Wood-burning stove; BT Wi-Fi; TV/DVD/Netflix; Travel cot; Bed linen; Dishwasher; No smoking; Dogs welcome; 2 reserved parking spaces; Pub/Restaurant nearby; Coast within 3 miles
We know the importance of going the extra mile to delight our guests. That’s why our returning guests receive special treatment. We design and furnish the interiors with our visitors’ various needs in mind, hoping they will enjoy one cottage so much they’ll want to try another.
We’re delighted that visitors to our cottages bring essential income to an area of West Somerset that struggles economically compared to the rest of the UK. We encourage everyone to shop and eat locally as well as visit the local sites when they are here and thank you for doing so.