Dunkery Beacon Country House

‘A close approximation to perfection. More

Contact details

Dunkery Beacon Country House
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 bedrooms (£5 per night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room £85–£170, D,B&B £147–£232. À la carte £31. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A close approximation to perfection.’ Long-time fans praise John and Jane Bradley’s ‘peaceful, hugely enjoyable’ Edwardian hunting lodge, with ‘beautiful views’ towards the summit of Dunkery Beacon. ‘There have been small but significant changes since our last visit: improvements to the car park, upgraded bedroom heating systems, new raised beds for growing vegetables in the garden.’ Walkers particularly appreciate the daily supply of apples in the lounge. ‘Clean, comfortable’ bedrooms have their own character; all have fresh milk, locally ground coffee, chilled spring water. John Bradley is a keen forager; wild foods complement his ‘creative cooking’. A characteristic dish: pan-fried Holnicote venison, fondant potato, sautéed kale, parsnip purée, blackberries. Jane Bradley’s ‘well-chosen, comprehensive wine list’ is fine accompaniment. Nights, take advantage of Exmoor’s Dark Sky designation (a telescope is set up to maximise stargazing opportunities); in daytime, there’s ‘wonderful walking, with maps and guides provided, straight from the hotel’. (Andrew Butterworth, Bob and Jean Henry)

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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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