Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay, Somerset

An Edwardian hunting lodge with a veranda from which to gaze out to the highest point on Exmoor, or at the starry black sky. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

An Edwardian hunting lodge with a veranda from which to gaze out to the highest point on Exmoor, or at the starry black sky. Today it is a ‘delightful, well-managed’ hotel, run by owners by John and Jane Bradley. Much has changed since the days when 20 single rooms were let exclusively to male shooting enthusiasts. Bedrooms are furnished in smart contemporary style. A ‘comfortable, spacious’, dog-friendly ground-floor suite proved to be 'right up to date with all the 21st-century gadgets: music system, DVD-player and a vast TV screen (rather large for the sitting area!)’. One bedroom has a sunken bath with a shower over, another a mahogany sleigh bed. All are supplied with a cafetière, fresh milk and Keiji toiletries. In the Coleridge Restaurant, John Bradley uses produce from Somerset suppliers, and from their own and local gardens, in such dishes as poached supreme of salmon with linguine, white wine and herb sauce, and sprouting broccoli. Jane, front-of-house, spent 15 years with venerable wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd. 'Service was impeccable.’ Breakfast brings ‘excellent choice’.

Hotel details

Address

Wootton Courtenay
Somerset
TA24 8RH
England

Telephone

01643 841241

Bedrooms

8. 1 on ground floor.

Open

mid-Feb–27 Dec, restaurant Wed–Sat pm (only Fri, Sat in winter), Sun lunch.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi in most bedrooms, in-room TV (Freeview), limited mobile phone reception, ¾-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in restaurant in evening.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

allowed in 2 suites (£5 per night, max. 2 dogs), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £85–£169. À la carte £37. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat and on all stays in peak season (but check for late availability).