The Watermill Tearoom and Camellia House

Using an eco cup gives you 25p off your hot drinks and keeps your hands warm

Whether you've walked through the River Gardens and are in need of refreshments, or you want to pause and look at the views with a coffee, Camellia House will be ready to welcome you.

The Watermill Tearoom

During the winter of 2019 we’ll be starting work to improve the tearoom by Dunster Castle’s Working Watermill. This means the tearoom will be closed during the work, but you’ll be able to get light refreshments from Camellia House at the castle. Extra seating can be found in Tenants’ Hall during this time.

In transforming our catering facilities to better meet the expectations of all our visitors, we will be making the building fully accessible with new toilet facilities and providing more inside seating. 

Camellia House

Hot and cold drinks along with light refreshments and locally made ice cream are available to take out from the Camellia House. These include delicious hand- made flap jacks and slices of cake.   

There are a small number of tables within the cosy Camellia House from which to admire the Camellia plants themselves or choose a bench outside on the sheltered, Mediterranean inspired South Terrace and take in the views. On clear days the views extend all along the Somerset coast as well as toward the distant, rolling Quantock Hills.

Camellia House formed part of Anthony Salvin’s remodelling of Dunster Castle during the early 1870s for the Luttrell family. A true plantsman’s garden would not be complete without a Camellia house.

Tenants' Hall will be open to provide extra seating and with the fires lit, it makes for a very lovely pit-stop.