Dunkery Beacon Country House

‘Our first visit and not our last to this lovely welcoming hotel,’ writes a trusted reader, of John and Jane Bradley’s Edwardian hunting lodge, a beacon of excellence in Exmoor national park. More

Contact details

Wootton Courtenay
TA24 8RH
01643 841241

Hotel information


8. 1 on ground floor.


mid-Feb–27 Dec, restaurant closed Sun/Mon/Tues.


lounge, restaurant, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi in public areas and some bedrooms, in-room TV (Freeview), limited mobile phone reception, ¾-acre garden (alfresco meals), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in restaurant in evening.


not under 10.


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

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room £85–£170, D,B&B £147–£232. A la carte £33. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat and on all stays in peak season (but check for late availability).

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Our first visit and not our last to this lovely welcoming hotel,’ writes a trusted reader, of John and Jane Bradley’s Edwardian hunting lodge, a beacon of excellence in Exmoor national park. The hosts are ‘genuinely caring’, writes another fan, ‘Jane front-of-house as wine expert, John as chef and keen gardener’. Traditionally styled bedrooms, two with four-poster, have moorland views, chilled spring water, fresh milk; luxury rooms have a cafetière, suites an espresso machine. In the Coleridge restaurant, with views towards the Coleridge Way, the guests are met, the feast is set with exemplary punctuality – ‘You may not have time for a pre-dinner drink if you arrive late!’ John Bradley’s seasonal menus, with nightly ‘tweaks’, are devised around local and home-grown ingredients. Praise this year for tempura prawns with coconut; herb-infused rump of Somerset lamb, smoked garlic, polenta; ‘an Exmoor blueberry syllabub I remember vividly three months later’. At breakfast there is ‘an excellent choice of cold and cooked items’. (Janet Allom, Mary Coles, and others)

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Dunkery Beacon Country House
Wootton Courtenay
TA24 8RH

Guest comments

'A delightful and well-managed hotel. Jane as front of house and wine expert and John as chef and keen gardener.We had a very comfortable and spacious suite on the ground floor. The lounge, dining room and breakfast room were all well decorated and comfortable. John’s cooking was of the highest level - Thai curry and a tiramisu to die for. Breakfast finishes at 9am which we found a little restrictive but there was an excellent choice of cold and cooked items and friendly discussions with Jane. ' - Janet & Dennis Allom - October, 2017
'Our walking group fills the entire house, which feels like a private country home. John and Jane encourage informality but there is nothing casual in the way they run the hotel. Attention to detail and personal preference are much appreciated as is the quality of John's cooking. ' - Andrew Butterworth - August, 2017
'Our first visit and not our last to this lovely, welcoming hotel. Our tastefully decorated room on the ground floor had its own sitting room. Jane and John provide high standards of comfort. Very good food; whilst John worked in the kitchen, Jane and her staff were attentive front of house. We felt we had all the benefits of a good hotel with the addition of less formality to enjoy their lovely home. ' - Mary Coles - June, 2017
'Enjoy wonderful walking straight from the hotel- OS maps & guides available. Return to John's creative cooking enhanced by freshly picked produce from the garden. Relax with a glass or two of wine, from a well chosen comprehensive list at sensible prices, on the veranda. ' - Bob & Jean Henry - June, 2016

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide