Welcome to Ruffles Cottage
“Ruffles Cottage” is a cosy, comfortable cottage set in the heart of the beautiful medieval village of Dunster. Dunster is set amongst the rolling hills of the Exmoor National Park and is known as the “Jewel in the Crown of Exmoor”. It is reputed to be one of the prettiest villages in England.
The cottage was built in 1844 and has all ‘mod-cons’ whilst retaining its traditional character, complete with a wood-burning stove. The property sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, (one double and one twin), has an upstairs bathroom and a small courtyard garden with garden furniture. Also for your use is a shared garden which is a few doors away.
The cottage is very well-equipped with WiFi, TV, DVD player, washer/dryer, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, travel cot, stairgate, high chair and many books, games, and DVDs.
Bikes and canoes may be stored securely in the adjoining lean-to and free parking is available in the road outside the cottage.
It backs onto St. George’s Church with its magnificent Rood-Screen and has views of Conygar Tower in the distance and a glimpse of Dunster Castle. It enjoys the melodic chimes of the Church bells.
There are numerous walks immediately from the door – up on to the moor via Grabbist Hill (which is just a few paces away), Dunster deer park and woods, up to Conygar Tower and of course the beautiful castle grounds.
Dunster has much to offer – to name a few – the famous Yarn Market, Gallox (ancient packhorse) bridge, watermill, dovecote, buttercross, Bat’s Castle , with the magical Dunster Castle rising above the village. Lots of fun activities are organised in and around the Castle. Dunster beach is just a short walk away.
There are good facilities with picturesque craft and gift shops, cottages, a doll’s museum and excellent pubs, cafes and tearooms, including the well-known Luttrell Arms. There are plenty of activities all the year round for young and old. A medieval pageant (Dunster by Candlelight) takes place at the beginning of December where the village is lit by candlelight and there is dancing and music and entertainment in the streets. Dunster Show and Dunster County Fair are popular events in the Summer.
Exmoor and West Somerset
Slightly further afield – Minehead, Porlock, Cleeve Abbey, Watchet, Lynton and Lynmouth (with its Victorian water railway), Dulverton, the ancient Tarr Steps, Lorna Doone Country and of course beautiful Exmoor with its abundance of wildlife. The list is endless!
Take a trip back in time on the West Somerset Steam Railway, which runs from Minehead, via Dunster and on to the Quantock Hills, stopping at pretty stations on the way.