Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay, Somerset

An Edwardian hunting lodge, rumoured to have served in the 1960s as an MI6 training centre, is today a welcoming country house hotel where sleepers wake to glorious views over Exmoor. More

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An Edwardian hunting lodge, rumoured to have been a 1960s MI6 training centre, is today a welcoming country house hotel where guests wake to glorious views over Exmoor. It doesn’t take a spook to reveal that its success is due to ‘caring and friendly’ hosts John and Jane Bradley. ‘They encourage a degree of informality,’ writes a reader, whose walking group stays every year, ‘but there is nothing casual about the way they run the hotel.’ Traditionally styled and furnished bedrooms include two dog-friendly suites (one with four-poster) with a separate lounge. All rooms have fresh milk, a cafetière or espresso machine, luxury toiletries. In the Coleridge restaurant, with view to the Coleridge Way, John’s ‘outstanding’ regularly changing menus with nightly twists bring such ‘memorable dishes’ as ‘wild boar terrine, quince jam, toasted ciabatta; Exmoor honey-roasted duck breast, truffle mash, raspberry infused red cabbage’; ‘a tiramisu to die for’. Wines are supplied by prestigious merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd, where Jane worked for 15 years. Devotees will be sad to hear that at the time of the Guide going to press, the hotel was on the market. (Andrew Butterworth, JA, MC)

Hotel details

Address

Wootton Courtenay
Somerset
TA24 8RH
England

Telephone

01643 841241

Bedrooms

8. 1 on ground floor.

Open

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

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi in public areas and some 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–£170, D,B&B £147–£232. À la carte £37. 1-night bookings refused Fri/Sat and on all stays in peak season (but check for late availability).

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