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Dunster Castle Hotel
Dunster Castle Hotel

5 High Steet Exmoor National Park, Minehead TA24 6SF

4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Situated in Minehead, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dunster Working Watermill and Dunster Castle. Minehead Beach is 2.2 m …

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Waverley Bed & Breakfast
Waverley Bed & Breakfast

10 Tregonwell Road, Minehead TA24 5DT

2.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (75 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Dunster Castle. …

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Beachside Suites
Beachside Suites

The Promenade, Minehead TA24 5QS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Dunster Castle. …

£80
Dunkery Beacon Country House
Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay, Minehead TA24 8RH

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Situated in Minehead, this country house is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Holnicote Estate and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dunster Castle …

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Tudor Cottage
Tudor Cottage

Bossington, Minehead TA24 8HQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (38 reviews)

Situated in a national park, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Allerford Museum and Dovery Manor Museum. Holnicote …

£80
Overstream Guest House
Overstream Guest House

Parsons Street, Minehead TA24 8QJ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (91 reviews)

Situated in Minehead, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dovery Manor Museum and Greencombe Gardens. Allerford Museum …

£60
Wick House
Wick House

2 Brook Street, Taunton TA4 3SZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (39 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Combe Sydenham Hall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bakelite …

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Exmoor White Horse Inn
Exmoor White Horse Inn

Exford, Minehead TA24 7PY

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Minehead, this boutique inn is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Dunkery Beacon and within 12 mi (20 km) of Tarr Steps Clapper …

£107
The Culbone
The Culbone

Porlock, Minehead TA24 8JW

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated in a national park, this inn is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Porlock Weir Harbour and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dovery Manor …

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The Ancient Mariner
The Ancient Mariner

42 Lime Street, Bridgwater TA5 1NG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (59 reviews)

Situated in Bridgwater, this inn is 0 mi (0 km) from Coleridge Cottage and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bakelite Museum and Fyne …

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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.

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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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