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The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
7 nights minimum
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The Oval in Dunster is a historically fascinating, quirky cottage, once an open ‘hall house' believed to date from the 1400s – one of the oldest buildings in Dunster. Now beautifully upgraded, furnished and decorated whilst retaining charm, history and wonky floors. At the back, small courtyard (table/chairs) and, up steep steps (gate, handrail), decked patio (table/benches) with lovely views over the village to wooded hills. Downstairs, tiled/stone floors (rugs), ancient timbers, leaded windows, low lintels, beams. Behind a heavy timber door, oak-screened hall, off which comfortable living room (Smart HD TV/DVD/Netflix) with fireplace (woodburner). Snug with easy chairs - a quiet reading room. Two steps up to the breakfast/dining area with French windows to the courtyard and s...The Oval in Dunster is a historically fascinating, quirky cottage, once an open ‘hall house' believed to date from the 1400s – one of the oldest buildings in Dunster. Now beautifully upgraded, furnished and decorated whilst retaining charm, history and wonky floors. At the back, small courtyard (table/chairs) and, up steep steps (gate, handrail), decked patio (table/benches) with lovely views over the village to wooded hills. Downstairs, tiled/stone floors (rugs), ancient timbers, leaded windows, low lintels, beams. Behind a heavy timber door, oak-screened hall, off which comfortable living room (Smart HD TV/DVD/Netflix) with fireplace (woodburner). Snug with easy chairs - a quiet reading room. Two steps up to the breakfast/dining area with French windows to the courtyard and smart oak-fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, range-style electric cooker). Behind a low medieval doorway, a utility room (tumble drier, sink) and cloakroom (loo), good for wet coats/boots and dogs. Stairs (stairgates) up to three bedrooms – step up to a beautiful double (four-poster bed) with door to shower-room (suite, also accessible from landing), 2 steps up to a twin, and another double (footboard) with en-suite bathroom (suite, shower over bath); both double rooms have vaulted ceilings, cruck beams, good fabrics, window seats. Permit provided for reserved parking space in Nat. Trust car park; second space in private car park, 450 yards. A lovely house in a beautiful village. The Oval in Dunster (Somerset) has a security deposit of £200 is required when booking this property, it will be returned to you 48 hours after your stay providing the owner does not discover any damage or breakages. There is small terrace outside the dining room/kitchen. There are steep steps (handrail) up to a decked area with views out to the village and church. The rest of the garden is private. Two parking spaces are available to guests: 1. Parking is in a reserved parking space. Parking for 1 standard sized car. This space is within a privately owned car park 450 yards away. 2. Parking is in a public car park. Parking for 1 standard sized car. A parking permit is provided for this car park owned by the National Trust.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
2 Unknown types
About the Manager
The Best of Exmoor
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:80%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2010
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

“What a wonderful cottage. It has everything we need – well-equipped and well-placed. The extra little touches made our arrival feel special – much appreciated. We’ve enjoyed some lovely walks – some easy, some more strenuous. Your ‘Little Book of Walks’ inspired us, but just...More

Date of stay: November 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Sue, thank you for taking the time to post a review for your stay at The Oval, Dunster. Such a gorgeous cottage and very cosy too especially on these chilly autumn days. We hope you will come and enjoy another stay with us soon...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As previous reviewers have said, The Oval is lovely: well-equipped in every area. Even a slow cooker! So nice to stay where dogs are positively welcomed, with their own large cushions for sleeping off the exertions of the day. We were fortunate to have weather...More

Date of stay: October 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and so lovely to hear you all had a great time at The Oval and that the dogs were happy! The cottage is certainly spacious with so much cosiness and an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. We will look forward to you visiting us...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

“Thank you to all at Exmoor Character Cottages for a superb stay. This was our first stay in Dunster, and the surrounding areas and it was superb. The Oval was a perfect break for us and Archie the dog, with its period features and modern...More

Date of stay: October 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Laura, thank you so much for sending in your review for your recent stay at The Oval in Dunster. It is indeed a beautiful cottage and in the perfect position to explore the village and Exmoor. Glad you had a great time and I...More

Reviewed 14 October 2020

The cottage was perfect in every way. Beautifully presented and the location in the charming village was ideal. Our dogs settled very quickly by the log fire and the cottage was a lovely cosy place to relax when the weather wasn't playing ball. We have...More

Date of stay: October 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Laurence, it so kind of you to post this review and we appreciate your comments. The Oval is indeed very well equipped for a 14th century building and thank you for sharing that. Sounds like the dogs had a great time too! Take care...More

Reviewed 30 September 2020

What a charming place The Oval is - it exceeded our high expectations after reading the reviews from previous guests online! Everything and more we could have wanted for an Autumn break. We know our two little dogs were totally at home here, and so...More

Date of stay: September 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2020

Hello Pip, thank you for taking the time to post this review, which is so helpful to us and also to future guests. There is nothing like arriving to a warm welcome and The Oval is so cosy and comforting, it makes everyone want to...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2020

Thank you to Lucy and the team for such a warm welcome on our arrival (cake!), and for the wealth of information provided. We loved our stay at The Oval, enjoying the mix of the old character of the cottage as well as having all...More

Date of stay: September 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review of your stay at The Oval in Dunster. Lucy and her team appreciate your comments about the high standard of cleanliness in the cottage. The Oval is such a gem, and its premier...More

Reviewed 31 August 2020 via mobile

“We have had a lovely holiday in Dunster. Somerset is special to us all and never disappoints. The Oval is a beautiful cottage, and the children loved the chocolate cake! In a world that is very different at the moment, we all felt very safe...More

Date of stay: August 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2020

Hello Stacey, many thanks for your review and we are happy to read that you all had a lovely family time at The Oval. And the chocolate cake never disappoints! Take care and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

We had a great stay at The Oval. Thank you very much for the welcome pack and all the information about the surrounding area. The cottage had everything we needed. We hope to return another year!

Date of stay: August 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2020

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you had a great holiday at The Oval in Dunster. It is indeed a lovely cottage in a delightful village and we hope to see you again soon. Take care.

Reviewed 12 June 2020

Dunster is a Medieval village even older than me. It is unique and probably the best remaining perfectly preserved Medieval village in all England. This is our sixth visit to this quintessential English village. Steeped in history where little has changed it is an absolute...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2020

Hi Peter, loved this review and your lovely comment about the comfort blanket and magic fairy dust, thank you. And yes, I often wonder what the walls would say if they could indeed talk?! It sounds like you all had a great stay and at...More

Reviewed 19 March 2020

We had the most wonderful time. Location is fantastic. Cottage it fully equipped This cottage in Dunster is with parking which is a must. I couldn’t recommend this property more. The owner was fab and gave me all the information I needed before we arrived....More

Date of stay: March 2020
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Christopher L, VR Owner at The Oval in Dunster - Historically fascinating holiday cottage in Dunster, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2020

Hi Rosie, so lovely of you to take the time to write this review. Very pleased you had a fabulous time, but its hard not to when the location is as special as the cottage itself. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon....More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
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