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Welcome to The Oval on West Street

Welcome to The Oval on West Street

The living room has plenty of space for everyone

The living room has plenty of space for everyone

You'll find everything you need in the kitchen.

You'll find everything you need in the kitchen.

We're proud to be dog friendly

We're proud to be dog friendly

A dining room perfect for everyday or occasions

A dining room perfect for everyday or occasions

Large, comfortable living room

Large, comfortable living room

The four poster bed is a favourite with guests.

The four poster bed is a favourite with guests.

There's nothing like a four poster bed!

There's nothing like a four poster bed!

Breakfast in bed!

Breakfast in bed!

En-suite bathroom in four poster bedroom

En-suite bathroom in four poster bedroom

The Blue Room is a double en-suite

The Blue Room is a double en-suite

Twin bedroom

Twin bedroom

Living Room, The Oval at Christmas

Living Room, The Oval at Christmas

Dine al fresco in the courtyard

Dine al fresco in the courtyard

There are great views from the sun deck

There are great views from the sun deck

Dunster is a quintessential Somerset village

Dunster is a quintessential Somerset village

Look up at Britain's Tallest tree at Nutcombe

Look up at Britain's Tallest tree at Nutcombe

Porlock Weir is one of our guests favourite spots

Porlock Weir is one of our guests favourite spots

Exmoor ponies graze above Porlock Marsh

Exmoor ponies graze above Porlock Marsh

Travel back in time on a steam train

Travel back in time on a steam train

Welcome to The Oval on West Street

Welcome to The Oval on West Street

The living room has plenty of space for everyone

The living room has plenty of space for everyone

You'll find everything you need in the kitchen.

You'll find everything you need in the kitchen.

We're proud to be dog friendly

We're proud to be dog friendly

A dining room perfect for everyday or occasions

A dining room perfect for everyday or occasions

Large, comfortable living room

Large, comfortable living room

The four poster bed is a favourite with guests.

The four poster bed is a favourite with guests.

There's nothing like a four poster bed!

There's nothing like a four poster bed!

Breakfast in bed!

Breakfast in bed!

En-suite bathroom in four poster bedroom

En-suite bathroom in four poster bedroom

The Blue Room is a double en-suite

The Blue Room is a double en-suite

Twin bedroom

Twin bedroom

Living Room, The Oval at Christmas

Living Room, The Oval at Christmas

Dine al fresco in the courtyard

Dine al fresco in the courtyard

There are great views from the sun deck

There are great views from the sun deck

Dunster is a quintessential Somerset village

Dunster is a quintessential Somerset village

Look up at Britain's Tallest tree at Nutcombe

Look up at Britain's Tallest tree at Nutcombe

Porlock Weir is one of our guests favourite spots

Porlock Weir is one of our guests favourite spots

Exmoor ponies graze above Porlock Marsh

Exmoor ponies graze above Porlock Marsh

Travel back in time on a steam train

Travel back in time on a steam train

The Oval

Exmoor Character Cottages Somerset, TA24 6SN

Historical holiday home in quaint Dunster village

  • Set in the heart of medieval village of Dunster
  • 14th century period charm
  • Stunning four-poster bed
  • Close to Dunster Castle
  • Garden terrace
  • Exmoor National Park is right on your doorstep
    • Sleeps 6Sleeps 6
    • Bedrooms 3Bedrooms 3
    • Bathrooms 2Bathrooms 2
    • 2 Dogs Welcome*2 Dogs Welcome*
    • WiFiWiFi
    • ParkingParking
    • Open fire / Log burnerOpen fire / Log burner
    • Owners/Manager onsiteOwners/Manager onsite
    • Covid Refund GuaranteeCovid Refund Guarantee
    • Visit England 4 star graded
    • VisitEngland Gold Award
    • 2021 English Regional Award

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Features

Sleeps 6

Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3

Bedrooms 3

Bathrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

Dines 6

Dines 6

2 Dogs Welcome*

2 Dogs Welcome*

WiFi

WiFi

Parking

Parking

Pub (within 1 mile)

Pub (within 1 mile)

Open fire / Log burner

Open fire / Log burner

Child-Friendly

Child-Friendly

Beach (within 10 miles)

Beach (within 10 miles)

National Trail (within 10 miles)

National Trail (within 10 miles)

Private chef available

Private chef available

Catering available

Catering available

Supermarket delivery available

Supermarket delivery available

Credit cards accepted

Credit cards accepted

Learning breaks available

Learning breaks available

Owners/Manager onsite

Owners/Manager onsite

Large groups welcome

Large groups welcome

Covid Refund Guarantee

Covid Refund Guarantee

About & Contact

Historical holiday home in quaint Dunster village

The Oval is a luxury holiday home with original cruck beams, oak screening, a stunning four-poster bed, woodburning stove and stone floors.

Centrally located within easy distance of all the shops, pubs and restaurants, it was built in the winter of 1366 according to the specialists at ‘The Time Team’.

As one of the oldest houses in Dunster, this cosy cottage has original features alongside top-of-the-range appliances, comfortable furniture and high-quality linens and furnishings.

Upstairs, you will find three bedrooms, two doubles with en-suites and a twin. The main bedroom has a feature antique four-poster double bed and high ceiling, framed by the cruck beams with original medieval pins holding them in place. The en-suite with shower cubicle is a ‘jack and jill’ bathroom, shared with guests sleeping in the twin bedroom. The Blue Room is a double with a bath and shower in the en-suite. The WC is a macerator/sanilav.

Downstairs you’ll find a comfortable living room with a woodburning stove, a 50” smart TV with Netflix and DVD player. There’s plenty of seating here for everyone and we’ll leave a dog basket here for your pooch. Opposite the living room is the well-stocked playroom/reading room we call ‘The Snug’.

Head to the back of the house and you’ll come to a large well-equipped kitchen with a dual fuel range cooker, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and Nespresso Essenza coffee machine. The dining room has large pine table and chairs, with room for a highchair. In good weather, open the French doors to a pretty courtyard with metal garden furniture for al fresco dining.

The utility room houses the tumble-drier and WC (also a macerator/sanilav). Outside, climb the steep steps to the deck which offers wonderful views across the countryside and stylish, comfy seating.

We are child and dog-friendly. Kids will find books, DVDs, games and toys in the cottage for children of all ages. For dogs, we provide baskets and throws, towels, bowls and mats for your four-legged friends – and a treat on the welcome tray.

Reserved parking for two cars.

Exmoor is England's smallest National Park and extremely varied. To one side is the sea and inviting beaches, to another purple heather humming with bees on the moor.

Add to this magical ancient woods, fields and hills in a green tapestry, and sheltering villages peppered with thatched cottages. Ancient castles, stately homes and historical gardens abound. The steam and whistle of the puffing West Somerset railway seems to add the finishing touch.

It is also a dark skies reserve - and there's nowhere better to stargaze than from the sun deck.

The medieval village of Dunster is a must for visitors to Exmoor. It’s packed with interesting places including the National Trust castle, a working water mill, the famous Gallox Bridge and Conygar Tower. December's Dunster by Candlelight event is hugely popular and guests are advised to book early!

Add to that the stunning Yarn Market, a meeting place for in the middle ages for selling and buying wool and today’s interesting range of independent shops and tea rooms and you’ll be spoilt for choice! You could go to Dunster for a week and find something fascinating to see or do every day - without moving from the village. 

Lucy who owns the cottages wrote a book of walks and places of interest called 'The Little Book of Walks' to help guests decide where to visit. As a Premier Cottages guest, you will receive a free copy on your welcome tray to help you plan your stay - however long you are with us.

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Exmoor Character Cottages
Somerset, TA24 6SN

Location & Attractions

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  • Castle Castle
  • Golf Golf
  • Heritage Heritage
  • Pub/Restaurant Pub/Restaurant
  • Town Town
  • Visitors Attraction Visitors Attraction
  • Walks Walks

The Oval , Exmoor Character Cottages

17 West Street
Dunster
TA24 6SN

Castle Dunster Castle and Watermill

This National Trust property is an ancient castle and comfortable country home offering dramatic views. Don’t miss the subtropical gardens. Check out the website for seasonal events.

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Walks Dunkery Beacon

The highest point on Exmoor scales 1705 feet and can be seen from 500 miles. It’s an ancient area with Bronze Age barrows around the landscape. There are walks for all here.

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Visitors Attraction West Somerset Steam Railway

Take a nostalgic ride on 20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coast. This branch line of the Great Western Railway steams through lovely coasts and countryside.

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Pub/Restaurant Reeves Restaurant

There’s a warm welcome and fine dining at Reeves Restaurant in Dunster. This is a perfect destination for a celebration. We recommend Sunday lunch too. Dog friendly. Booking essential.

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Golf Minehead + West Somerset Golf Club

The Minehead Links Course offers all-year-round play on a well-kept course. Guests not only benefit from special prices but have exclusive access to the Club’s Society.

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Town Lynmouth and Lynton

From Lynmouth, take the funicular Cliff Railway up to Lynton and wander around its lovely art galleries, tea rooms and shops. Why not try Charlie Fridays Coffee Shop too

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Visitors Attraction Alpaca Trekking

Get up close and personal with these gentle creatures as you walk alpacas on Exmoor. Walking with alpacas at Hall Farm in Exmoor is fun for all animal lovers.

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Visitors Attraction Exmoor Pony Centre in Dulverton

Meet some Exmoor ponies and learn all about the breed at this wonderful centre. You can arrange pony treks too – a great way to experience a protected species.

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Heritage Tarr Steps, near Dulverton

This picturesque clapper bridge spans the fast-flowing River Barle. Reputed to date from 1000 BC, the bridge’s stone slabs lie end-to-end, supported by solid stone stacks weighing 17 tonnes.

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Heritage Selworthy Tearoom

Our favourite tearoom is the Periwinkle in the beautiful National Trust village of Selworthy for the best views across Exmoor. Don’t miss a visit to the famous whitewashed church.

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Town Dunster Village

Don’t miss one of the most beautiful villages in Exmoor. Tour the Yarn Market, Dove Cote, Tithe Barn, St George’s Church, Gallox Bridge, Watermill and historical high street.

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Walks The Valley of Rocks

Drive up into Lynton and out to the stunning rocky landscapes and plucky goats at the Valley of Rocks. Indulge in a yummy cream tea at Mother Meldrum’s café

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Walks Bossington & Porlock Weir Walks

Explore the picturesque Porlock Weir and Bossington Beach for great views and fresh air. England’s smallest Church, Culbone, accessible on foot only, is well worth the longer trek.

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Meet the owner

Lucy Green

Owner Lucy bought The Oval, a medieval cottage in Dunster in 2008. She loved sharing her home with guests so much that by 2018 she had a portfolio of four character cottages in Exmoor. Today the team is as passionate as ever about offering beautifully furnished and decorated self-catering properties, where high spec appliances and high speed Wi-Fi sit alongside historical features such as thick walls, thatched roofs, squint windows, large fireplaces and cruck beams. Our properties are well-equipped with everything you need for a self-catering break. We provide toys, books, DVDs and games for children as well as stairgates, high chairs and travel cots. Dog owners will find bowls, baskets and mats and treats. We are especially proud of the high standard of our cleanliness and maintenance. Our gardens and hot tubs are loved by visitors. Lucy speaks to every guest before arrival to ensure the best possible experience. Whatever the time of year, and however long your stay, you will find a very warm welcome in all our cottages. We wish you a very Happy Holiday in Exmoor.

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  • Welcome to The Oval on West Street
  • The living room has plenty of space for everyone
  • You'll find everything you need in the kitchen.
  • We're proud to be dog friendly
  • A dining room perfect for everyday or occasions
  • Large, comfortable living room
  • The four poster bed is a favourite with guests.
  • There's nothing like a four poster bed!
  • Breakfast in bed!
  • En-suite bathroom in four poster bedroom
  • The Blue Room is a double en-suite
  • Twin bedroom
  • Living Room, The Oval at Christmas
  • Dine al fresco in the courtyard
  • There are great views from the sun deck
  • Dunster is a quintessential Somerset village
  • Look up at Britain's Tallest tree at Nutcombe
  • Porlock Weir is one of our guests favourite spots
  • Exmoor ponies graze above Porlock Marsh
  • Travel back in time on a steam train

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Bedrooms 3
2 Dogs Welcome*

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Dines 6Dines 6
2 Dogs Welcome*2 Dogs Welcome*