Cottage Holidays in Dunster, Somerset, England

The village of Dunster in Somerset has to be one of your prime locations for a fun-packed, diverse cottage holiday. Close to the coast and located within Exmoor National Park, this medieval village has something for everyone, whatever the weather. 


Advice on Cottage Holidays in Dunster

Once a feudal stronghold, then transformed into a magnificent family home for 600 years, Dunster Castle sits proudly overlooking the village.  Now owned by the National Trust and open to the public, the castle is a popular tourist attraction. Let your mind wander back to a bygone age full of splendour and pageantry as you take in the glorious plaster ceilings, striking 17th century staircase and wonderful art collection. Stroll around the beautiful terraced gardens full of exotic trees and plants, and enjoy stunning views of Exmoor and beyond. Apart from two days at Christmas the gardens are open throughout the year and the Castle is open between March and October.

Dunster has over 200 listed buildings within its boundaries so if historic architecture is a hobby of yours you’ll have plenty to see on a cottage holiday without travelling anywhere. You may also like to pop into the Dunster Doll Museum. This extraordinary collection of 800 dolls will appeal to girls young and old. Collected over a 35-year period, the exhibits from all corners of the globe represent the culture and costumes of their land as well as of their time.

Yet another popular attraction to visit on a self-catering holiday, on the doorstep is Dunster’s Watermill. Built in 1680 the mill is still working, producing flour for local shops. You can see at first hand the entire operation as well as an ancient collection of agricultural machinery displayed in its museum. And if you still enjoy the age of steam then you can relive it with a trip on the West Somerset Railway that runs from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard and back, stopping on the way at Dunster.  Or the more active can enjoy all that Exmoor has on offer in the way of walking, cycling, horse riding or nature trails.

Fancy something different to get you into the Christmas mood?  Every first Friday and Saturday in December Dunster turns off its electric lights and the village is lit entirely by candles. There is a candlelight procession through Dunster accompanied by a variety of street entertainment including stilt walkers, carol singers, a fairground organ and bell ringers. This remarkable event is funded by local traders and proceeds go to Somerset’s St. Margaret’s Hospice.  Just like Dunster village itself it’s well worth the trip.

Do plan to book cottages and self-catering accommodation for a stay in Dunster in advance, especially if large groups are concerned. The big cottages always get booked months in advance.  Whatever type of self-catering property best suits you, we hope you find a high quality cottage in Somerset that meets your needs.

Book a Dunster cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Somerset on holiday.

55 rental properties

One Grooms Cottage, Dunster, Somerset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Stone-Built Cottage

sleeps 3 - 6 guests
3 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1

High quality stylish 3 bedroom dog-friendly cottage in the village of Dunster.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £495
Next availability:
from 21 January to 26 March 21 from 09 April to 10 April 21

Knowle Manor, Dunster, Somerset, West Country, England

20 bedroom Mansion

sleeps 15 - 50 guests
15 - 50
20 bedrooms
20
20 bathrooms
20
no dogs allowed

Fabulous large country house featuring an indoor swimming pool, games room, beautifully landscaped gardens and a location in the Aville Valley within Exmoor National Park, this is a very special place to stay with a family-friendly policy.

Special features: free internet access, pool (Beside the house), games room.

Weekly Price from: £8750

Duddings Country Cottages, Minehead, Somerset, West Country, England

39 bedroom Cottage Complex, Dunster 2 miles away

sleeps 2 - 78 guests
2 - 78
39 bedrooms
39
23 bathrooms
23
dog-friendly cottage, 4 dog(s) welcome
4
4 star

A fine collection of twelve country cottages nestled in the tranquil countryside of the Avill Valley within Exmoor National Park, 4 star rated and benefiting from access to excellent shared leisure facilities with an indoor heated swimming pool, games room, tennis court and children's play facilities, this is a great place for all of the family including the pet dog at this pet-friendly and family-friendly location.

Special features: free internet access, pool (In our swimming Pool Complex with hot tub), tennis court, games room, indoor hot tub, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Weekly Price from: £275

Carolina Cottage, Minehead, Somerset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Fishermans Cottage, Dunster 2 miles away

sleeps 4 - 7 guests
4 - 7
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Charming pet-friendly coastal cottage in Minehead with 3 bedrooms and superb sea views over the Bristol Channel.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £550
Next availability:
from 21 January to 25 March 21 from 17 April to 07 May 21

Harbour Cottage Minehead, Minehead, Somerset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Coastal Cottage, Dunster 2 miles away

sleeps 3 - 6 guests
3 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage

Sleeps 6 coastal cottage with excellent location just opposite Minehead's historic quayside, lovely harbour views, ample character and charm, within walking distance of Minehead's town centre.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £400
Next availability:
from 21 January to 12 February 21 from 19 February to 02 April 21

Allercott Cottages, Dunster, Somerset, West Country, England

2 bedroom self catering Cottage

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Two delightful stone-built cottages located on a friendly working farm in Exmoor National Park, boasting valley and garden views and perfectly situated for discovering the best of Exmoor, both cottages are family-friendly and dog-friendly.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £195
Next availability:
from 21 January to 19 March 21 from 26 March to 01 April 21

Seagulls Rest, Minehead, Somerset, West Country, England

4 bedroom Seaside Holiday Cottage, Dunster 2 miles away

sleeps 4 - 7 guests
4 - 7
4 bedrooms
4
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Pet-friendly 4 bedroom coastal cottage with sea views in Minehead, located just opposite from a shingle beach.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £650
Next availability:
from 21 January to 13 February 21 from 20 February to 03 April 21

Woodcombe Lodges, Minehead, Somerset, West Country, England

4 bedroom Log Cabins, Dunster 3 miles away

sleeps 2 - 10 guests
2 - 10
4 bedrooms
4
3 bathrooms
3
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
4 star

A collection of two stone holiday cottages and six wooden lodges based in a tranquil rural setting on the boundary of Exmoor National Park, located in three acres of gardens with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and fantastic leisure facilities including a putting green, games room with table tennis table, pool table and table football, along with a children's play area with swings and a sandpit.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £255


Special Offer: from 20 January to 31 December 21
Late availability: from 20 January to 02 February 21

Hideaways Blue Anchor, Blue Anchor, Somerset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Chalet Bungalow, Dunster 3 miles away

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1

Two bedroom holiday bungalow located next to a tranquil woodland only around one mile from Blue Anchor with its lovely beach, conveniently close to Minehead and just a few miles away from Exmoor National Park.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £295
Next availability:
from 06 February to 07 February 21 from 01 March to 05 March 21

Dragon Country House near Exmoor, Dunster, Somerset, West Country, England

8 bedroom Large Country House

sleeps 8 - 22 guests
8 - 22
8 bedrooms
8
8 bathrooms
8
dog-friendly cottage
5 star

Stay in style at this large 8 bedroom country house, located by Exmoor National Park close to Dunster, whether for a special celebration, occasion or family break, this property offers spacious rooms and plenty of space for groups of up to 22 friends or family plus 2 dogs.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £1876
Next availability:
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East Harwood Farm Cottage, Timberscombe near Minehead, Somerset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Country Cottage, Dunster 4 miles away

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2

Two bedroom pet-friendly country cottage with countryside views in Exmoor National Park, just 6 miles from Minehead.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £390
Next availability:
from 22 January to 01 April 21 from 05 April to 07 May 21

Linhay Barn Conversion, Washford, Somerset, West Country, England

4 bedroom Converted Barn, Dunster 4 miles away

sleeps 6 - 9 guests
6 - 9
4 bedrooms
4
4 bathrooms
4
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
4 star

High quality 4 bedroom family-friendly barn conversion in Washford in West Somerset, with a sauna, a hot tub and games room, this is a great place to relax, just 2 miles from the coast.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub, sauna.

Weekly Price from: £806
Next availability:
from 21 February to 26 February 21 from 05 March to 12 March 21