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Dunster Castle Hotel
Dunster Castle Hotel

5 High Steet Exmoor National Park, Minehead TA24 6SF

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4 out of 5 (145 reviews)

Located in Dunster, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of St George's Church and Dunster Castle. Dunster Dolls Museum and The …

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Glendower House - B&B
Glendower House - B&B

30-32 Tregonwell Road, Minehead TA24 5DU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (71 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Dunster …

£78
Beachside Suites
Beachside Suites

The Promenade, Minehead TA24 5QS

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4.5 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Dunster …

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The Rest and Be Thankful Inn
The Rest and Be Thankful Inn

Wheddon Cross, Minehead TA24 7DR

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this inn is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dunkery Beacon and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parish Church of St …

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The Notley Arms Inn
The Notley Arms Inn

Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (42 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Combe Sydenham Hall and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Bakelite Museu …

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Hunters Lodge B&B
Hunters Lodge B&B

Sparkhayes Lane, Minehead TA24 8NE

3.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Located in Porlock, this bed & breakfast is steps from Exmoor Adventures and Dovery Manor Museum. Greencombe Gardens and …

£70
Millers At The Anchor - Hotel
Millers At The Anchor - Hotel

Porlock Weir, Minehead TA24 8PB

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4.4 out of 5 (105 reviews)

Located in Porlock, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Porlock Weir Harbour and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greencombe Gardens and …

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Edgcott House - Guest House
Edgcott House - Guest House

Edgcott Road, Minehead TA24 7QG

3.5 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Located in Exford, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Exford Memorial Hall and Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene. …

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The Rock Inn
The Rock Inn

Waterrow, Taunton TA4 2AX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (88 reviews)

Located in Waterrow, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cothay Manor, Tarr Steps, and Church of St. Stephen and All Angels. …

£85
The Ancient Mariner
The Ancient Mariner

42 Lime Street, Bridgwater TA5 1NG

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4.6 out of 5 (61 reviews)

Located in Nether Stowey, this inn is 0 mi (0 km) from Coleridge Cottage and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oatley Vineyard and …

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Pocket Guide: Exmoor National Park Dunster Working Watermill Hotels

The Dunster Working Watermill is the finest example of its kind in the West Country, built in 1680 on the banks of the River Avill and still grinding flour to this day. Overlooking the awesome landscape of Exmoor National Park and just a few minutes from Dunster Castle it's an ideal spot for an outing from your neighbouring Somerset hotel. If you're just passing through the area, it's also ideal for a break.

Somerset Hotels near Dunster Working Watermill

There were originally two mills on the site, both mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the other one has long since vanished. The mill we see today dates from back in medieval times, although its present appearance can be traced to the late 1770s. It survived prolonged periods of neglect and war until it finally stopped working in 1962. Fast-forward to 1979 and the mill has been restored and is in working order once again, and basically that's what visitors now see. The adjacent bridge dates to the 18th Century, when it was built to replace the medieval one, so there's quite a bit of living history on display here. Take advantage of the excellent Somerset hotel and guesthouse accommodation in the area to pop along and see the mill in action.

Dunster Water Mill Still Grinding Away Centuries On

In the 19th century artists from across the country came to the mill because of its sheer beauty and romantic charm. For today's visitors, a riverside garden was added, along with a tea room in the renovated stables. If you're looking for a real rural idyll from your Somerset hotel base then this must surely quality. It's an educational experience too, with visitors allowed in to see how flour is classically produced by harnessing the power of the river to complex traditional machinery, including incredibly rare twin overshot water wheels. Buy some real homemade stone-ground flour while you're here, and have morning coffee with scones and cake in the tea room. There are some great accommodation options in this part of Wessex, from Somerset hotels to small family-run B&B establishments that will give you a big welcome.

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